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This guide provides resources to help in creating reports detailing the identification and description of microorganisms.

The Importance of Books

Microbiology Reference Books are excellent places to find information about microorganisms including:

  • nomenclature and taxonomy
  • physical description and characteristics
  • ecology and habitats
  • lab techniques for enrichment, isolation and maintenance
  • toxicity and virulence

They are also are good source to find articles on general topics and processes in the field of microbiology

Microbiology books you can check out may go into greater depth about specific microorganisms or diseases caused by them.

Using books for research does not mean that you need to read the entire book necessarily.

  • Use the table of contents and the index to find where in a book information about your topic is located.
  • The introduction to a book may be a good place to find background information on the topic the book is about.
  • You should read enough of a book or chapter to understand what an author is saying and quote her correctly.
  • Sometimes chapters in books are complete works written by different authors, making them ideal for research.
  • NOTE: Generally, when doing research in the sciences, it is important to find the most current material which one can.

Search the Classic Catalog

Search for books using St. Louis Community College's Classic Catalog.


Search Strategies

NOTE: When doing searches for books in the area of sciences, generally the more current information you can find the better. Therefore, remember to apply "date" limits on Keyword searches or "Limit/Sort" and then "Sort results by year" options for Subject searches. These features are located at the top of search screens.

You can use the following search strategies for finding books on a microorganism or topics in microbiology. A search box is available below the Useful Books box to the left  (use the pull-down menu to do subject searches):

Keyword Searching

  • You can begin by doing a keyword search simply using the name of an organism or genus: e.g. pseudomonas
  • Or use keyword searching by entering terms which are related to your topic connected with the word "AND," .
    • For example, to find books about diseases caused by e. coli, simply enter the search string "escherichia coli AND disease."
    • To broaden your search you might truncate a search term: "bacteri* AND infect*."
    • The asterisk (*) truncates a term and will retrieve words that start with the indicated letters and have any ending up to 5 more letters. For example, bacteri* will retrieve results which may include bacteria, bacterium, bacterial, etc. and infect* may include infect, infected, infection, infectious, etc.
  • Keyword searching is a strategy which may require repeated attempts before arriving at useful results.

Subject Searching

  • Below are some examples of useful subject headings in the field of microbiology.
  • Results from your keyword searches may also help you identify appropriate Library of Congress Subject Headings. Look at the complete record of a book which is useful for your topic to find its subject headings. You can then use these headings to search for your topic in the STLCC Catalog more efficiently. 
  • Finally, a librarian can help you with subject searching if you are having difficulty.

Useful Books

Click on the call number to see which STLCC campus carries each volume. Books listed "Reference" must be used in the library.

St. Louis Community College Libraries

Florissant Valley Campus Library
3400 Pershall Rd.
Ferguson, MO 63135-1408
Phone: 314-513-4514

Forest Park Campus Library
5600 Oakland
St. Louis, MO 63110-1316
Phone: 314-644-9210

Meramec Campus Library
11333 Big Bend Road
St. Louis, MO 63122-5720
Phone: 314-984-7797

Wildwood Campus Library
2645 Generations Drive
Wildwood, MO 63040-1168
Phone: 636-422-2000