Research Guides by Subject


Microbiology Resources


Print Resources

Accessed through the College of the Canyons library web site, the online catalog will show you what items the library has and where the items are located. To find resources on microbiology you may want to start with the following subject headings: Microbiology, bacteriology, medical microbiology, communicable diseases, or the names of individual bacteria such as Staphylococcus.

The online catalog will provide the following information: the call number of the material, the material type (i.e. book, video recording, pamphlet), any special location for the items (reserve room, media reserves, reference, etc.), and the availability of the item or items.

Suggested print resources:

Bergey's Manual of Determinative Bacteriology: Ref QR 81 A5 1993 (this item may be requested at the Reserve Desk and cannot be taken out of the library)

Koneman's Color Atlas and Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology: QR 67 C64 2006 (this item is available at the Reserve Desk and must be used in the library)


Internet Resources

The Internet can be an incredible research tool, if you use it with care. The Internet has often been compared to a giant library -- but it's much closer to a giant warehouse. When using the numerous subject guides and search engines you have at your disposal, it is important to recognize the qualitative differences between them.

There are two excellent U.S. Government Web sites with information on public health issues and current outbreaks of viral and bacterial diseases. These are the Web sites of the National Institutes of Health and the U.S. Centers for Disease Control.

Bad Bug Book: Published by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, this complete online book forcuses on foodborne pathogens.


Online Databases

ProQuest Direct is an example of a subscription database on the Internet, meaning that it is only available to certain users, i.e. students and faculty at College of the Canyons. ProQuest Direct is a resource consisting of citations, abstracts and in many cases full-text articles from over ten thousand publications, including magazines, journals and newspapers. It is available on all Web-accessible college computers and may be accessed from your home computer by acquiring a password from the library. The articles that you retrieve may be downloaded, printed out or emailed to your personal email account. If you are searching for a specific bacteria or virus you may want to select the Advanced search option. This option is helpful because you are able to narrow down your search by subject, author, or document (article). In the example seen below the topic Staphylococcus aureus is used. In addition, below you will see that the 'Database' selection has been changed so only articles from biology journals will be retrieved:





If you look at the bottom of the screen you will notice that you can select only full-text documents and scholarly journals. You may want to select both of these options in order to retrieve articles that have a strict focus on scientific research.

Since ProQuest is your main source for finding research-oriented articles on your topic it is very important that you learn how to use it. If you have any questions about the database please consult a librarian.

Nursing Resource Center: contains thousands of full-text articles from magazines, journals and newsletters, with an emphasis on research related to nursing.

Questions about properly evaluating the information found on the World Wide Web? Please see this excellent guide created by the Cornell University Library.

Concerned about avoiding plagiarism? See Glendale College Library page Avoiding Plagiarism.


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