Human Anatomy & Physiology

Use this guide to quickly find reputable sources and save time on your research! Contact your subject librarian or the reference librarians if you need more help. For an overview of how to research efficiently, see Steps of the Research Process.

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Finding Materials in the Library

Search CityCat to find books, e-books, disks and more. There are many ways to search, such as Title, Author and Keyword.

Books in the library are organized by call number according to the Library of Congress classification system which groups items by subject, so you can often simply browse the shelves. Here are some relevant subjects and their call numbers:



 Human Anatomy  QM1-699
 Human Physiology  QP34-495

Reference Sources

Reference books are great for short overviews and background information. There are also reference resources in our database section.

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

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

Encyclopedia of Human Biology, 2nd ed. 9 vols. Dulbecco, Renato, ed.
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

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

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

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

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

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Use databases for specialized and the most up-to-date information, especially academic (scholarly) sources that are not available for free on the Web. See the Articles & Databases page for a full list of databases available.

Science in Context (Gale)
Thousands of topic overviews, experiments, biographies, pictures and illustrations; current scientific developments are covered in articles from more than 200 magazines and academic journals and links to reviewed web sites.

Academic Search Premier (EBSCO)
Full-text articles from leading journals and reference sources. Coverage includes the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature and other subjects from 1980 to the present. Updated daily.

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Use websites for government information, statistics and current events. It's very important to carefully evaluate websites for accuracy, currency, bias and credibility.

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.

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