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BIOL Biological Sciences Subject Guide

A guide for finding biology information to support your academic research and coursework

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Explore Key Topics in Biology

Explore Key Topics in Biology

For a more streamlined search, click on the links below. The following is a list of curated, pre-made search strings in OneSearch for the top 10 Library of Congress Subject Headings (LCSH) for biology and related areas:

  1. Biology (General) -This heading covers general biology resources, including introductory texts and overviews of the field.
  2. Microbiology - Focused on the study of microorganisms, this area is fundamental for students interested in infectious diseases, biochemistry, and environmental biology.

  3. Genetics - This heading encompasses resources on the study of genes, genetic variation, and heredity in organisms, a crucial area for understanding biological functions and evolutionary processes.

  4. Botany - Dedicated to the study of plants, including their structure, properties, and biochemical processes. This area is essential for research in agriculture, ecology, and conservation.

  5. Zoology - Focuses on the study of animals, including their anatomy, physiology, behavior, and evolution.

  6. Ecology - This heading includes resources on the relationships between organisms and their environments, a key area for understanding biodiversity, conservation, and climate change impacts.

  7. Evolution - Encompasses resources on the theory of evolution, evolutionary biology, and the history of life on Earth.

  8. Biochemistry - Focused on the chemical processes within and relating to living organisms, this area is fundamental for students interested in molecular biology, genetics, and biotechnology.

  9. Molecular Biology - Covers the molecular basis of biological activity, including DNA/RNA research, gene expression, and the regulation of genetic information.

  10. Biotechnology - This heading includes resources on the use of living systems and organisms to develop or make products, an important area for innovation in medicine, agriculture, and environmental science.


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