Subject Guide: Biology - Books, e-Books, & Protocols

Subject Guide: Biology - Books, e-Books, & Protocols

Books are excellent secondary sources. They tend to cover one or a few topics.


Start by searching for books in the UCR Libraries in the Library Catalog (Scotty).  


  • If starting with keyword searches, get broader or more specific in your search terms to find what you need.

  • If UCR does not have what you are looking for, try searching in Melvyl, the library catalog for the whole UC system.  Books can be requested and then picked up and returned at the UCR library of your choice!
Click here for more information: Find Books or Using Scotty or Search Techniques or Checking Out & Renewing Material


Most of the library's e-books are listed in Scotty, so you will find them while you are searching for books.  


  • When you find an e-book, you will probably get to look at the material by chapter.
  • You can usually search within a book to easily find your keywords.

Click here for more information: Electronic Books


The library has many protocols in print, as e-books, and even in video form.  Start by searching the Library Catalog (Scotty) as you would for a book. 

If you are looking for protocols published in Current Protocols (Wiley) or Springer Protocols, you can search for the specific title of the protocol or browse the volumes.

Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE) is a video based journal of protocols. UCR subscribes to all of JoVE's content.  Search this resouce at their website.


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Subject Guide: Biology


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