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This guide will help you find resources for the identification and description of microorganisms and other topics related to microbiology.

About Books

Using Books for Research

You do not necessarily need to read the entire book.

  • 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.
  • Sometimes chapters in books are complete works written by different authors, making them ideal for research.

Reference, Circulating and E-Books

Reference books are generally used to find basic information and overviews of topics, such as definitions, physical description and characteristics of microorganisms, lab techniques, and toxicity or virulence. Microbiology books you can check out  (circulating books) may go into greater depth about specific microorganisms or diseases caused by them. Both kinds of books may be available either as printed books in the STLCC libraries or as e-books. 

Reference 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
  • toxicity and virulence

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

Circulating Books

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More Help Finding Books

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