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This Research Guide is designed to aid students in using Iona College Library resources to complete projects and assignments for the Biology coursework and includes important reference works, articles in databases, and journals. 

View the department's website and find information about course offerings, program faculty, curriculum requirements, etc.

Where Are the Biology Print Books Located?

Books on Biology are found in Dewey Decimal Number sections: 

570 Life sciences; Biology
571 Physiology & related subjects
572 Biochemistry
573 Specific physiological systems in animals
574 [Unassigned]
575 Specific parts of & systems in plants
576 Genetics & evolution
577 Ecology
578 Natural history of organisms
579 Microorganisms, fungi & algae

580 Plants (Botany)
581 Specific topics in natural history
582 Plants noted for characteristics & flowers
583 Dicotyledons
584 Monocotyledons
585 Gymnosperms; conifers
586 Seedless plants
587 Vascular seedless plants
588 Bryophytes
589 [Unassigned] 

590 Animals (Zoology)
591 Specific topics in natural history
592 Invertebrates
593 Marine & seashore invertebrates
594 Mollusks & molluscoids
595 Arthropods
596 Chordates
597 Cold-blooded vertebrates; fishes
598 Birds
599 Mammals

The 500's are found in Ryan Library, 3rd Floor, West Wing. Call numbers beginning with "R" are reference books on the first floor, and call numbers beginning with "Q" are oversized books which are in the same room as the Biology collection on the Third Floor. Locations

Key Biology Print Books and E-books

Free Books from The National Academies Press

The National Academies Press (NAP) publishes the reports of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and medicine. NAP offers more than 8,500 titles in PDF format. Almost all of these PDFs can be downloaded for free by the chapter or the entire book. The free PDFs are available exclusively from the NAP website at


Wolfram Alpha Life Sciences provides computational information about genomics, molecular biology, human anatomy, neuroscience and individual animals and plants. Search for it on Google or Bing.

Gale eBooks Reference Library


A to Z Databases
Find the best library databases for your research.

  For news and opposing views on science-related  topics, search in the News and Current Events databases.

Database Search Tips

Stop by the Research Essentials guide which has a page of database search tips.