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Finding Books

Reserve Books

Subject Headings

Reference Sources

Finding Articles

Web Resources

Evaluating Sources

Citing Sources

Additional Help

Human Anatomy & Physiology Subject Guide

Subject guides are designed to help students begin the research process, find reputable sources, and save time.

Searching the Library Catalog for Books & Other Materials

To locate books and other materials in CCSF Libraries, select the Library Catalog from the Library's Homepage. You will notice many ways to search, such as Title, Author, Subject, Subject Keyword, etc.

Examples of subject headings include: Human anatomy, Physiology, Human physiology, Nervous system, Brain, Mind and body, Pain, Memory, Aging, Sex differences, Histology, Stress, Exercise -- physiological aspects, etc.

Reserve Materials

Reserve Materials include books, sample tests, class notes, and other items that instructors put at the library for class use. The check out time is shorter than regular circulating books.

To search for a book on reserve in the Library Catalog, select either Reserves by Course or Reserves by Instructor.

When you have located the materials, write down the Call Number and Title and present this to a staff person at the Circulation Desk.


Browsing the Library Collection

Materials in the Library are shelved by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. Books are arranged on the shelves by subject. Relevant areas in the collection to find materials on human anatomy and physiology include:

Human Anatomy QM1-699
Human Physiology QP34-495


Using Key Reference Sources

Reference books provide background information and overviews on a given topic. Some relevant reference books include:

Bullock, John, Joseph Boyle III, and Michael B. Wang. Physiology. 4th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins, 2001.
QP41 .P492 2001 John Adams Reference

Clayman, Charles B., ed. The Human Body: An Illustrated Guide to Its Structure, Function, and Disorders. London: Dorling Kindersley, 1995.
QP38 .H7933 1995 John Adams Reference, Rosenberg Reference

Dulbecco, Renato, ed. Encyclopedia of Human Biology. 2nd ed. 9 vols. San Diego: Academic Press, 1997.
QP11 .E53 1997 Rosenberg Reference

Gray’s Anatomy. 38th ed. New York: Churchill Livingstone, 1995.
QM23.2 .G73 1995 John Adams Reference, Rosenberg Reference

Guyton, Arthur C. and John E. Hall. Textbook of Medical Physiology. 9th ed. Philadelphia: W.B. Saunders, 1996.
QP34.5 .G9 1996 Rosenberg Reference

The Merck Manual of Medical Information. 1997 ed. Whitehouse Station, NJ: Merck.
RC81 .M535 1997 Downtown Reference, John Adams Reference, Rosenberg Reference

Mosby's Medical, Nursing, & Allied Health Dictionary. 6th ed. St. Louis: Mosby, 2002.
R121 .M89 2002 John Adams Reference

Physical Activity, Aging, and Sports. 4 vols. Albany, NY: Center for the Study of Aging, 1989-95.
QP301 .P545 Rosenberg Reference

Seeley, Rod R., Trent D. Stephens, and Philip Tate. Anatomy & physiology. 4th ed. Boston, Mass.: WCB/McGraw-Hill, 1998.
QP34.5 .S4 1998 Rosenberg Reference

Segen, Joseph C. Current Med Talk: A Dictionary of Medical Terms, Slang & Jargon. Stamford, Conn.: Appleton & Lange, 1995.
R121 .S4287 1995 Rosenberg Reference

Van De Graaff, Kent M. Human Anatomy. 5th ed. Boston, Mass.: WCB/McGraw-Hill, 1998.
QM23.2 .V36 1998 Rosenberg Reference


Searching for Articles in Periodical Databases

Periodical databases group together journal, magazine, and newspaper articles by subject. They also usually provide abstracts (brief summaries) and the full text of the articles. Do you need help identifying the differences between scholarly journal v. popular magazine articles?

Note: Most periodical databases are part of the private, passworded Web, so you will need to have a current CCSF ID card with a barcode to access those that CCSF subscribes to. You get the free barcode from the Library either in person or online.

Infotrac Web
Infotrac is a brand name for several databases with coverage from 1980 to the present. Most useful for physiology topics are the InfoTrac Health Reference Center, Health and Wellness Resource Center, and the OneFile. These databases let you limit your results to articles only from scholarly journals by checking the box "Refereed titles."

Proquest Newspapers
Provides full text indexing of the Christian Science Monitor, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, Wall Street journal, and Washington Post -- Time periods vary.

SFPL - Electronic Resources, Magazines, and Newspapers
San Francisco Public Library subscribes to many periodical and reference databases. You must have a San Francisco Public Library card number to access them. Once you have entered your barcode number, select the subject -Health.


Web Resources

Below are some examples of academic/scholarly web sites pertaining to art and art history. If you use a search engine, such as Google, remember to evaluate the quality of the results.

American Medial Association. Atlas of the Body
This site provides full color diagrams and explanatory text for certain parts of the human body.

Gray’s Anatomy
Online version of the 1918 edition of the classic anatomy text. Search by topics, by keywords, and by browsing thumbnail sketches. The illustrations reproduce the original engravings.

A database of recent press releases on medical topics. This is a good place to find information about recently published studies from the researchers and sponsoring institutions. The site provides an advanced searching menu, as well as keyword searching.

The Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy. 17th ed.
Searchable online version, based on the 1999 edition, but with some topics updated more recently. This medical text is intended for health professionals. Access information through the table of contents or through keyword searching.

The Merck Manual of Medical Information—Home Edition Online. 2000.
Similar in scope and organization to the Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, but intended for a more general audience.

National Library of Medicine. MedlinePlus
Intended for a general audience, this gateway site offers many resources for health science. These include a dictionary, an encyclopedia and directories. The Health Topics page leads to topic specific web resources from government agencies and non-profit organizations such as the American Cancer Society, American Medical Association, etc.

National Library of Medicine. PubMed
On this site the National Library of Medicine provides access to articles from professional journals, textbooks, a database of websites, and other valuable sources of information on health issues.


Need More Assistance?

Librarians welcome your questions and can help you with your research. For additional help you may go to the Reference Desk at any of the 5 CCSF campus libraries or telephone:

  • Rosenberg Library: 415-452-5543
  • Alice Statler Library: 415-239-3460
  • John Adams Library: 415-561-1946
  • Southeast Campus Library: 415-550-4353
  • Downtown Campus library: 415-267-6513
Electronic Reference Service to CCSF students, faculty, staff and registered community users. Use this service when you are NOT in a CCSF library.

Library and Web Research Workshops
FIfty minute workshops are given throughout the semester on effective methods in searching for books, articles and information on the Internet.

Evaluating and Citing Information Sources
Several useful sources for evaluating the quality of web pages, how to prepare citations for a "Bibliography" or "Works Cited" list, and how to avoid plagiarism.

Purdue's Online Writing Lab
One of the most thorough and easy to navigate writing labs avaialble!

A+ Research and Writing
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