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Using the Biological Literature

A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition, 4th Edition

By Diane Schmidt

CRC Press

412 pages

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The biological sciences cover a broad array of literature types, from younger fields like molecular biology with its reliance on recent journal articles, genomic databases, and protocol manuals to classic fields such as taxonomy with its scattered literature found in monographs and journals from the past three centuries. Using the Biological Literature: A Practical Guide, Fourth Edition is an annotated guide to selected resources in the biological sciences, presenting a wide-ranging list of important sources.

This completely revised edition contains numerous new resources and descriptions of all entries including textbooks. The guide emphasizes current materials in the English language and includes retrospective references for historical perspective and to provide access to the taxonomic literature. It covers both print and electronic resources including monographs, journals, databases, indexes and abstracting tools, websites, and associations—providing users with listings of authoritative informational resources of both classical and recently published works.

With chapters devoted to each of the main fields in the basic biological sciences, this book offers a guide to the best and most up-to-date resources in biology. It is appropriate for anyone interested in searching the biological literature, from undergraduate students to faculty, researchers, and librarians. The guide includes a supplementary website dedicated to keeping URLs of electronic and web-based resources up to date, a popular feature continued from the third edition.


"Using the Biological Literature: A Practical Guide. Fourth Edition.

By Diane Schmidt. Boca Raton ( Florida): CRC Press (Taylor & Francis Group).


xi + 400 p.; index.

ISBN: 978-1-4665-5857-1.


The Quarterly Review of Biology

Praise for the Previous Edition:

"The third edition of this valuable reference work continues to provide a useful survey of the rapidly expanding biological literature, emphasizing theoretical disciplines. … Highly recommended for all college and university libraries, and for lower-division undergraduates and higher."

—B. E. Fleury, Tulane University, CHOICE, 39(9) May 2002, p. 1566

"The third edition of this comprehensive work expands its subject coverage of web-based resources, which was initiated in the second edition. Print resources are described and their online or digital counterparts also noted. … Recommended for libraries serving two-year technical and community colleges, four-year liberal arts colleges, and major research universities as well as organization, society, and government agency libraries that have biology as a subject focus."

Science & Technology Libraries, 21:3-4, 211-221

"The book is easy to follow … It is a very useful resource for collection development librarians and for graduate students who may want to become familiar with an area of biological sciences. Highly recommended for academic libraries."

Issues in Science and Technology Librarianship, Spring 2002

Table of Contents


Searching the Biological Literature

General Sources



Classification, Nomenclature, and Systematics

Dictionaries and Encyclopedias


Field Guides


Full-Text Sources

General Works

Guides for young Scientists

Guides to the Literature



Mathematics and Statistics

Methods and Techniques

Textbooks and Treatises

Writing Guides


Reviews of the Literature

Abstracts and Indexes

Biochemistry and Biophysics

Molecular and Cellular Biology

Genetics, Biotechnology, and Developmental Biology

Microbiology and Immunology

Ecology, Evolution, and Animal Behavior

Plant Biology

Anatomy and Physiology




Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Library & Information Science / General
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Botany
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Evolution
SCIENCE / Life Sciences / Biology / Molecular Biology