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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 Websites

Librarians often, rightly, warn students that the Internet may not be the best or easiest place to find good information on a topic, but to instead use books and periodical articles. Good information can be found on the web, but it requires careful searching and evaluation.

Microbiology and the sciences in general, though, are an area in which the strengths of the Internet can be put to good use. Governmental and educational research agencies and professional organizations may publish articles and databases which are freely available. There is also an increasing amount of peer-reviewed scientific information available. Finally, some individuals and subject directory creators have created portals which usefully collect good sites in a field.

A great strength of the Internet is the availability many images which can be downloaded for reports and papers.

Government Web Sites

American Society for Microbiology (ASM)

Other Websites

Evaluating Websites

Remember that anyone can post anything at all on the Web, from outright lies to informed opinion to accurate, thoroughly researched information. Therefore you must always evaluate a website before you rely on it for your research or personal use.

The sites listed here have been collected and reviewed for quality by an STLCC faculty librarian. For help with evaluating websites and other information sources which you find on your own, visit ...

Advanced Searching on Search Engines

Google and other search engines offer Advanced Search options which allow you to target your searching by either modifying your search terms or applying limits.

Modifying Search Limits

On Google's Advanced Search everything under the phrase "Need More Tools?" applies limits to either how your results are displayed or which type of results are displayed. At the bottom of the page there are even more limits.

Modifying Search Terms

  • The 1st search box on Google's Advanced Search is a simple search box. To narrow your search it is helpful to include more search terms.
  • Any words placed in the 2nd seach box will be searched by Google as a phrase. You can do this on a regular Google search page simply by placing quotation marks around a phrase or name.
  • And words placed in the 3rd search box(es) will be searched separately and all the results shown. This broadens your search and is not recommended except for obscure topics.
  • And words placed in the 4th search box will be excluded from your search. Again, unless you have a specific need to do this, this is not recommended as you might miss out on useful results. Instead, include more terms using the first box to try to narrow your topic.

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