The UCR Library collects resources in  biology and the life sciences, concentrating on conservation biology, community ecology, biodiversity and population dynamics; cell, molecular biology and genetics; fertilization, developmental biology, physiology, and biomechanics; animal behavior, endocrinology; evolutionary biology, and systematics. We offer subject-specific and general research educational services at the library and also provide access to information from the UC Libraries System and beyond.

Conducting Research

Books & Articles

Books are useful for getting a broad introduction or background information to a topic in the biological sciences.  Search by topic keywords in the UCR catalog or the Melvyl (UC) catalog. 

Scholarly or peer-reviewed articles are a source of reliable and credible information. Locate articles by searching in the biology databases. The most popular databases are listed on this page.  

Specialized Resources  

Protocols are available in print, as e-books, and video format.  Search the UCR catalog or check Current Protocols , Springer Protocols, and the Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE).

Patent literature is important to many biology research topics.  Patent searching is available through SciFinder Scholar, Google Patents, the United States Patent & Trademark Office (USPTO), and international patent offices.

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