Library

Biology Research Guide

Before beginning your research, good to know:

  • Use library website links to find journal articles.
    Googling “PubMed” will not give you many full text articles,
    nor will Googling “JSTOR” if you are off campus.

  • Click Find It or “Check Lake Forest College” to get articles that are not in full text in a database.
     
  • Interlibrary loaned articles are often received within hours of requests made Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., but may take a day or two, and can take up to 2 weeks.

Find articles

“Primary” articles are written by those who performed the original research.

  • Web of Science is the recommended database to search for biology articles.
    With Web of Science you will search
    • Science Citation Index & Social Sciences Citation Index: 2000 to present
    • Medline: 1950 to present
    • Current Contents: 1998 to present
    —with links to the full text of articles.
    How to successfully search Web of Science

Note: Most articles found in all of these other databases can be found by just searching Web of Science.

 

Find books

Find books in our library
  • On the library home page at lfc.edu/library, search for books by keyword, title, author, or subject.
     
  • On the right side of your search results, click links to “Narrow Your Search” by Topic, Language, etc.
     
  • Books that you can take out of the library have a Location of “General Collection — Lower Level.”
     
  • Books can be found on the shelves by call numbers. For example:
  • Natural History and Conservation QH 1 - QH 199
    Biology (General) QH 300 - QH 700
    Evolution QH 359 - QH 425
    Genetics QH 426 - QH 470
    Botany QK
    Zoology QL
    Human Anatomy QM
    Medicine and Health (General) R
    Public Health and Medicine RA
    Neuroscience RC 321 - RC 571
    Plant Culture SB
    Forestry SD
  • Ask at the Circulation/Reference Desk if you need help locating a book.
  • E-books: Search the library catalog, then, on the right, under Location, choose EBooks.
Find books in other I-Share libraries
Get books from non-I-Share libraries
  • If no I-Share libraries have the book you need, search the WorldCat catalog and/or ask a librarian for help.
    • Only non-I-Share book requests will be filled using ILLiad links from WorldCat.
    • Books from non-I-Share libraries often cannot be renewed and have short loan periods.

 

Websites

 

Cite articles, chapters, books, and websites

  • APA Citation Style

  • College Statement on Plagiarism

Find and Cite Images

See: Find & Cite Images for Biology Papers and Presentations

 

Help

For help with research or citation:
  • Go to the Reference Desk in the library or call 847-735-5074 during these times:
    Monday-Thursday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 a.m.; 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.
    Friday: 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
    Saturday: CLOSED
    Sunday: 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.; 7:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. 
  • Ask a librarian anytime.

 

Adenine Thymine base pair
Image by Wikimedia Commons contributor Jypx3. Used with permission.