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A Selective Guide to Life Sciences Sources

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Biology Data Book (Second Edition). Compiled and edited by Philip L. Altman and Dorothy S. Dittmer. Bethesda, MD: Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology, 1972. (3 vols.) Ref. QH310 .A392.

Contains biological information arranged in table form. Volume I covers genetics, cytology, reproduction, development and growth. Volume II covers biological regulators and toxins, biological effects of the environment, parasitism and sensory and neurobiology. Volume III covers nutrition, digestion, metabolism, respiration and circulation, and blood and other bodily fluids.

The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Life Sciences. Edited by Adrian Friday and David Ingram. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1985. Ref. +QH307.2 .C36 1985.

"Surveys the current state of knowledge in biology." The first section begins with the cell, moves onto growth, development, physiology and reproduction of organisms and then discusses behavior and ecology. The second edition discusses different environments and the organisms found in them. The final section discusses evolution and fossils.

The Encyclopedia of the Biological Sciences (Second Edition). Edited by Peter Gray. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1970. Ref. QH13 .G7 1970.

"Intended to provide succinct and accurate information for biologists in those fields in which they are not themselves experts." Includes 800 articles on topics in the biological sciences, most with references.

Henderson, I.F., et al. A Dictionary of Biological Terms. Priceton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand Co., 1963. Ref. QH13 .H38 1963.

Defines 16,500 terms from biology, botany and zoology. Also gives the pronounciation and (if applicable) translates the roots of the word.

McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology. Edited by Sybil P. Parker. New York: McGraw-Hill Inc., 1987. (20 volumes). Ref. +Q121 .M3 1987.

Although this is a general science encyclopedia, biology is covered in depth. Articles range in size from one paragraph to several pages. Includes many illustrations and tables.

Roe, Keith E. and Frederick, Richard G. Dictionary of Theoretical Concepts in Biology. Metuchen, NJ: The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 1981. Ref. QH302.5 .R63.

"Attempts to provide access to the literature on named theoretical concepts by citing original sources and reviews in which these concepts are explained." Includes 1,166 named concepts, arranged alphabetically, from the fields of plant and animal biology.


Grzimek's Encyclopedia of Ecology. Edited by Dr. H.C. Bernhard Grzimek. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1976. Ref. HQ541 .G79.

Part One describes the physical, chemical and biological aspects of the environment. Part Two discusses man's effect on and alteration of the environment. Some color photographs.

Lincoln, R.J., Boxshall, G.A., and Clark, P.F. A Dictionary of Ecology, Evolution and Systematics. Cambridge, England: Cambridge University Press, 1982. Ref. QH540.4 .L56 1982.

Aim is to provide "short working definitions of those terms that come within the routine reading matter of ecologists, taxonomists and the like. Has 21 appendices in the forms of maps, diagrams, tables and lists that have been used to summarize groups of associated terms or concepts."


Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia. Edited by Dr. H.C. Bernhard Grzimek. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1972. (13 volumes) Ref. QL3 .G7813.

A comprehensive encyclopedia of animal life. The animals are classified into naturally related groups. For each animal, such topics as physical description, habitat and distribution, history, breeding behavior, habits and social life are discussed. Contains numerous color illustrations and photographs.

The Mitchell Beazley Atlas of World Wildlife. Edited by Martyn Bramwell. London, England: Mitchell Beazley Publishers, Ltd., 1973. Ref. QDl50 .A88 1973b.

Each chapter explores a different continent or section of the globe. Within each chapter different environments are examined and the animals and plants who live there are illustrated and discussed. Also has a chapter on the interaction between man and wildlife.

The Oxford Companion to Animal Behaviour. Edited by David McFarland. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1981. Ref. QL750.3 .O94 1981.

"Has been designed as a non-specialist introduction to the study of animal behaviour." Its scope includes the scientific discipline of ethology and touches upon the related disciplines of ecology, genetics, physiology and psychology.

Orders and Families of Recent Mammals of the World. Edited by Sydney Anderson and J. Knox Jones, Jr. New York: John Wiley and Sons, 1984. Ref. QL703 .O73 1984.

Purpose is to "provides a ready source of information about recent mammals." Includes a concise summary of each of the 21 orders and 131 families of living or recently extinct mammals.

Walker, Ernest, et al. Mammals of the World. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins Press, 1964.
(3 volumes). Ref. QL703 .W22.

Basic reference source on all known and present genera of mammalian life. Organized by order, families and genera. Articles describe animals, their range, their breeding characteristics and habits. Volume II is a comprehensive bibliography for those seeking more extensive information. Includes many photographs.

The Encyclopedia of Birds. Edited by Dr. Christopher M. Perrins and Dr. Alex L.A. Middelton. New York: Facts on File Publications, 1985. Ref. +QL673 .E53 1985.

Divided into three parts: Ostriches to Buttonquails, Plovers to Woodpeckers and the Passerines. Within each section, there are articles discussing a single family or several closely related families. Gives details on such topics as physical features, distribution, breeding, and diet and feeding behavior. Includes many color photographs, diagrams and drawings.

The Encyclopedia of Aquatic Life. Edited by Dr. Keith Banister and Dr. Andrew Campbell.
New York: Facts on File, 1985. Ref. +QL120 .E53 1985.

Divided into three sections: fish, aquatic invertebrates and sea mammals. Within each area are signed articles, varying in depth from 2 to 24 pages "depending on the importance and interest of the group." Contains many color photographs and illustrations.

Wheeler, Alwyn. Fishes of the World: An Illustrated Dictionary. New York: Macmillian Publishing Co., Inc., 1975. Ref. +QL614.7 .W7 1975.

Entries are arranged in dictionary format under the scientific name of the species of fish with separate entries for families of fish. Each entry describes the fish and gives information about its habitat and activities. Has 501 color photographs arranged in systematic order of families at the beginning of the book.

McCafferty, W. Patrick. Aquatic Entomology: The Fisherman's and Ecologists' Illustrated Guide to Insects and Their Realitves. Boston: Jones and Bartlett Publishers, Inc., 1983.
Ref. QL473 .M35 1983.

As well as serving as an "illustrated field guide to the aquatic insects of North America," this book also "coveres many of the principles of aquatic entomology and incorporates a considerable amount of general biological and ecological information." Includes over 1000 original illustrations.

Arnett, Ross H., Jr. American Insects: A Handbook of the Insects of American North of Mexico. New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold Co., 1985. Ref. +QL474 .A76 1985.

"Combines the features of a field book, an identification manual and an abbreviated catalog of the insects of the U.S. and Canada." Contains a detailed discussion of the orders of insects and the species assigned to each order. The handbook was designed to allow nonspecialists to obtain certain basic information about and identify insects.



American Joint Committte on Horticultural Nomenclature. Standardized Plant Names. Harrisburg, PA: J. Horace McFarland Co., 1942. Ref. QK11 .A5 1942.

"A listing of approved scientific and common names of plants and plant products in American commerce or use. Purpose is to make buying easy by bringing about the consistant use of a single standardized scientific name and a single standardized common name for every tree, shrub and plant in American commerce."

Coombes, Allen J. Dictionary of Plant Names. Portland, OR: Timber Press, 1985.
Ref. QK96 .C668 1985x.

"The aim of this book is to provide a guide to the derivation, meaning and pronunciation of the scientific names of the more commonly grown plants."

Usher, George. A Dictionary of Botany. Princeton, NJ: D. Van Nostrand Co., Inc., 1966.
Ref. QK9 .U8 1966a.

Gives short definitions of terms from soil-science, statistics and biochemistry as well as botanical terms. Includes definitions of phyla, classes, orders and families but not genera and species.


Bianchini, F. and Corbetta, F. The Complete Book of Fruits and Vegetables. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1976. Ref. +QK98.5 .A1 B513 1976.

Includes cereals, vegetables, fungi, fruits, herbs and spices, stimulants and starch and oil-yielding plants. Each plant receives a full-page color illustration. The text gives physical descriptions, nutritional value and preparation. The appendix contains further information on some of the plants discussed.

Harrison, S.G., Masefield, G.B., Wallis, Michael. The Oxford Book of Food Plants. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1969. Ref. QK98.5 .N5.

"The purpose of this book is to provide accurate and attractive illustrations, and textual descriptions, of the plants which serve the human race for food." For each plant, gives particulars of origin, geographical distribution, parts used for food, treatment and nutritional value, and other features of special interest. Plants are arranged according to the kind of food they provide.

Rinaldi, Augusto and Tyndalo, Vassili. The Complete Book of Mushrooms. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1974. Ref. QK617 .R5413 1974.

Over 1,000 species and varieties of American, European and Asiatic mushrooms are identified in Part One. Each mushroom is described in great detail and listed as edible or poisonous. Part Two includes short articles on different topics relating to mushrooms including poisonous mushrooms, nutritional value and locating mushrooms. Includes 460 color illustrations.


Perry, Frances and Greenwood, Leslie. Flowers of the World. New York: Crown Publishers, Inc., 1972. Ref. QK50 .P47.

Its "purpose is to outline the vast wealth of plant species throughout the world." Because it covers such a wide range, only a limited number of species are discussed. Gives a physical description of each plant, tells where it can be grown and what, if anything, it is used for.

Wild Flowers of the United States. Edited by William Steere. New York: McGraw-Hill Book Co., 1965. (15 vol.) Ref. +QK115 .R5.

This set is "a series of comprehensive books covering all the wild flowers of the U.S. in scientifically accurate yet non-technical language and with each species beautifully illustrated in color." It is divided into six parts: the Northeastern States, the Southeastern States, Texas, the Soutwestern States, the Northwestern States and the Central Mountains and Plains. Has a seperate index. Produced under the sponsorship of the New York Botanical Garden.


Gleason, H.A. Plants of the Vicinity of New York. New York: Hafner Publishing Co., Inc., 1962. Ref. QK177 .G55 1962.

"The sole purpose of this book is to enable anyone to learn, by his or her own effort, the name of any of the wild plants which grow in the area around New York City."

The Oxford Encyclopedia of Trees of the World. Edited by Bayard Hora. Oxford, England: Oxford University Press, 1981. Ref. QK475 .O93.

Contains "a good selection of the most significant trees of the world." Introductory chapters discuss forests, and trees and man. The remainder of the book discusses features of specific types of trees including physical descriptions, uses and diseases. Many color photographs and illustrations.

Compiled by Kelly Nagle
Spring 1988

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