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Applied Life Sciences

Find Your Textbook

Find your textbook and other course materials by searching in the Course Readings list using your professor's last name or course name.

If you do not see your textbook listed, then your professor may not have asked the Library to place the item on course reserves. Please reach out to your Subject Librarian to get more help with finding the item you need. 

Applied Life Science Call Numbers

To search for eBooks, articles, media and more - use Library Search - the search field on the library homepage.

The Claremont Colleges Library use the Library of Congress Classification System to organize physical books in the library. Our science section can be found on the first (1st) floor of the Honnold side of the building.

LC Subclasses for Applied Life Sciences

  • Chemistry:  call numbers beginning with QC
  • Physics:  call numbers beginning with QD
  • Human anatomy: call numbers beginning with QM
  • Physiology: call numbers beginning with QP
  • Microbiology: call numbers beginning with QR

Learn to Search Like a Scholar

Are you struggling with searching and want to learn more effective strategies? Take an easy 10-minute Library tutorial to learn how to search like a scholar! Reduce your stress when searching and quickly learn techniques that will equip you for life.

After completing the tutorial, you'll know:

  • Why search strategies are necessary
  • Foundational search strategies
  • How to break your topic down into keywords for effective searches
  • How to apply the operators AND, OR, NOT, asterisk, and quotation marks, in your searches to produce more relevant results
  • How to revise your search based on the results


Types of Sources

In the sciences, a primary source describes original research, while a secondary source analyzes or comments on a primary source or sources.  For example, a research article is primary literature because it describes an original experiment and its results, while a review article is secondary literature because it collates multiple research articles to describe the current state of the field. A tertiary source is an index or consolidation of primary and secondary sources.

Examples of primary sources: 

  • Research articles
  • Theses and dissertations
  • Conference proceedings
  • Reports
  • Patents 
  • Unrefined data sets 

Examples of secondary sources:

  • Review articles
  • Data compilations
  • Most books

Examples of tertiary sources:

  • Encyclopedias
  • Dictionaries
  • Field and identification guides

How to Evaluate Your Sources


Academic Databases

The databases below can help you find primary and secondary literature in the sciences. While searching, you can narrow your results to primary literature, ebooks and more.

View the Database Directory for on-going updates to our subscriptions.


The Claremont Colleges Library has both print and ejournal collections. Search for other journals by title or ISSN by going to the Library homepage > Journals or use Browzine to browse journals by subject

Core Health Journals

eBook Collections

Find more eBooks in our collections by using Library Search (search field on Library homepage). Be sure to apply The Claremont Colleges Library filter and filter again by eBook format. Find all eBook Collections by going to the Library Homepage > Databases > Databases by Format > eBooks.

If you don't find your item in our collections, you may also fill out an online form to Suggest We Purchase an eBook or contact your Subject Librarian.


Reference Materials

Use Reference materials to get background and general information on your topics. Find all eBook Collections by going to the Library Homepage > Databases > Databases by Format > Reference Sources.


Open Access Resources

What is Open Access?

The term Open Access, also known as OA, refers to the free and unrestricted online access and publication of research such as journal articles and books. This type of content is open to everyone with no access restrictions or fees.

Visit Open Content on the Library website to learn more about browser extensions and Deep Web searching techniques you can use in the World Wide Web. You will also find additional open access resources throughout this guide. 


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