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Microbiology: Reference

Reference Books

Reference books include encyclopedias, dictionaries, manuals, and handbooks. They contain introductory material, or provide standard data and facts about a topic. In biology, protocol manuals for conducting standard lab procedures are also becoming an important reference source. 

A few of the most critical reference sources are listed here. Several more are available in the reference section and in the book stacks.

Key Reference Sources

Note about BEST Library

Many of the print books (including reference books) in biology and related sciences are likely to be listed as being located in BEST Library. This was our STEM library up until int closed in the summer of 2020. We are in the process of moving the books over to King, but not everything has made it over yet. If you find a book you want to read that it located in BEST, you will need to use the Request Item link in the catalog and ask that it be delivered to King for you to pick up.

What about Wikipedia?

Wikipedia is often a great source of background information.  The worry by some librarians and professors is that there is little control over changes made to entries, so some of the content can easily be erroneous.  That said, Wikipedia can be still be a useful tool -- just be sure to verify the information you find there!  In good Wikipedia entries, the suggestions for further reading and reference can be particularly useful.

Check the Wikipedia Biology Portal.