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Librarian for Biology

Karlyn Schumacher | (920)-748-8750 | [email protected]

Access Librarian Karlyn Schumacher

Access Services Librarian Lane Library Departments: Circulation, Interlibrary Loan, Course, Reserves

Librarian for Art History, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Environmental Studies, Mathematics, Physics, and Studio Art.

Getting Started

The following resources can be helpful places to start at the beginning of the research process.

Biology reference books

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Life SciencesQH307.2 .C36 1985

Dictionary of Developmental Biology and EmbryologyQH491.D94 D52 2012

The Encyclopedia of the Biological SciencesQH13 .G7

Encyclopedia of Human BiologyQP11 .E53 1991 v. 1-8 (non-circulating)

Ocean and Marine DictionaryGC9 .T86 1979

Online reference sources

Credo Reference: A great starting point for research projects. Search in hundreds of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri, quotations, and subject-specific titles, as well as 200,000+ images and audio files, and nearly 200 videos.

Discovery Search: Search books, e-books, and articles in one place.


The following databases and journals are useful places to search for biology-related articles. Contact a librarian if you would like more information on how to search for articles on your specific topic.

Academic Search Complete (EBSCO): Covers a wide range of academic disciplines, with more than 8600 periodicals available in full text.

ASM Journals: Full-text access to American Society for Microbiology journals and archives.

BioMed Central: Peer-reviewed open access journals in the health sciences.

BioOne: Full-text journals in biology, ecology, and environmental science.

Directory of Open Access Journals: An interdisciplinary database of free, full-text, scholarly journals.

HighWire Press: Open access scholarly journals in the sciences.

ProQuest Research Library: Includes both popular and scholarly periodicals covering a variety of subjects, with over 3300 titles available in full text.

PubMedCitations for biomedical literature, with links to full-text content when available.

Below you will find lists of academic journals helpful for doing research in biology. Journals in this list are available to you through Lane Library.

Biology: Journals classified with the subject “biology.”

Microbiology: Journals classified with the subject “microbiology.”

Microbiology and Immunology: Journals classified with the subject “microbiology and immunology.”

Molecular Biology and Biochemistry: Journals classified with the subject “microbiology and biochemistry.”

Science, Technology, and Agriculture: Journals classified with the subject “science, technology, and agriculture.”


Search for books in our collection through Lane Library’s catalog.
You can find books with biology-specific subject headings below:

Discovery Search: search books, e-books, and articles in one place.

WorldCat: you can find books that Ripon College does not have in WorldCat and can request them through interlibrary loan.

Writing Guides & Citations

Council of Science Editors Documentation Style: A quick overview of components of the Council of Science Editors citation from the Writing Center at UW-Madison. Find more information on writing and citing on the Writing Center’s website.

Sciences Writing Guide: tips and tools from the Writing Center at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on writing in the sciences.