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The University of Massachusetts Amherst


A guide to resources in Biology at UMass and beyond.

Library of Congress Classifications

The majority of science books are found in the Q range of call numbers and several areas contain books related to various aspects of biology.  Here's how the Library of Congress breaks down the Science section:

Q Science (General)
QA Mathematics
QB Astronomy
QC Physics
QD Chemistry
QE Geology
QH Natural history - Biology
QK Botany
QL Zoology
QM Human anatomy
QP Physiology
QR Microbiology

Information about Medicine is found in the R range of call numbers.  Here are some of the main areas:

R Medicine (General)
RC Internal medicine
RD Surgery
RG Gynecology and obstetrics
RJ Pediatrics
RK Dentistry
RT Nursing
RX Homeopathy

Other Library of Congress call numbers that may have information related to Science:

S range for Agriculture

T range for Technology

Discovery Search

Getting Started

The best place to search for books is using Discovery Search, the default search box on the UMass Amherst Libraries website. Discovery Search looks for books and articles at UMass Amherst, the Five Colleges and worldwide libraries. It searches many resources all at once, but does not include all of our databases. It also does not provide the specialized limiters that are available in subject databases when you search them directly. 


When your search is complete, the results can be narrowed using the limiters on the left. If a book is at one of the Five Colleges, you can request it to come to UMass Amherst using the Request Item link above the box with information about the book.

When you have found a source that seems useful, click on the title to open the full record. Look at the Subject Terms assigned to that source; if you see one that looks good, click that to get other titles that have been given that subject heading.

E-book Databases

UMass Amherst Libraries has access to several E-book collections. The list below highlights those that have health-related content.