Biology

Material collected is primarily in the English language, with some French and German and other languages.
 
To provide the materials necessary to support the undergraduate and graduate course instruction program, the graduate thesis research program and the research activities of the Faculty. In order to accomplish this, the Department is building comprehensive research collections in certain areas of study. The wide range of interest and expertise in the Department dictates that an extensive and wide-ranging collection is essential.
 
Material comes primarily from the United States, Canada and Europe. Proceedings of conferences, symposia, etc. are collected from everywhere. Periodicals are acquired from everywhere. Books are acquired from everywhere.

For most academic programs, geographic areas are not a restriction. However such courses as Biology 3R03, 3TT3, 4AA3, 4J03, 4S03, 4X03 and 4Y03 have some emphasis on certain geographic regions.

Most material is collected with no geographic restriction. However, the Department has conducted research in Jamaica and has an interest in the flora of that area.

Material required is virtually all currently published with the exceptions of periodical backfiles and a small number of out-of-print basic books.,

  • Books, currently published. (Some purchases of reprints or out-of-print editions in some areas).
  • Periodicals, currently published and backfiles, Electronic forms of core Biological and Molecular Biology journals.
  • Government documents, transactions, symposia, monographs and bulletins.
  • Laboratory manuals and work books are acquired as an aid to laboratory work.

     Unless specifically requested, slides, microfilms, maps, recordings and tapes are not normally acquired.

There is a considerable overlap with the collection policies of the Health Sciences Library. As a general rule, the Department does not duplicate the holdings of the Health Sciences Library.,

Agriculture (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Anatomy (B)

     The science dealing with the structure of animals and plants.

 

Behavioural Science (D)

     A science deriving its concepts from the observation of behaviour of living organisms, i.e. psychology and sociology. (Covered by Psychology holdings).

 

Biochemistry (A)

     The science dealing with the chemistry of living matter. Some of this material is also acquired by the Health Sciences Library.

 

Biometrics (C)

     The application of mathematical-statistical theory to biology. There is an overlap here with the policy of Mathematical Sciences.

 

Botany (A)

     The branch of biology that deals with plant life.

 

Cell Biology (A)

     The branch of biology dealing with the study of cells, their formation, structure and function. Some of this material is also acquired by the Health Sciences Library.

 

Developmental Biology (A)

     The science dealing with the formation, development, structure and functional activities of embryos. Some of this material is also acquired by the Health Sciences Library.

 

Ecology (and Environmental Biology) (A)

     The branch of biology dealing with the relation between organisms and their environment.

 

Entomology (D)

     The branch of zoology dealing with insects.

 

Environmental Toxicology (A)

     In conjunction with other departments.

 

Evolution (A)

     Taxonomy and evolution of organisms.

 

Genetics (A)

     The science of heredity, dealing with the resemblances and differences of related organisms resulting from the interaction of their genes and the environment.

 

Helminthology (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Ichthyology (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Immunology (A)

     Some of this material is also acquired by the Health Sciences Library.

 

Mammalogy (C)

     The study of mammals. Some of this material is also acquired by the Health Sciences Library.

 

Marine Biology (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Microbiology (A)

     The science dealing with the structure, function uses, etc. of microscopic organisms. Some of this material is also acquired by the Health Sciences Library.

 

Molecular Biology (A)

     All aspects. Some of this material is also acquired by the Health Sciences Library.

 

Morphology (C)

     The branch of biology dealing with the form and structure of plants and animals. Some of this material is also acquired by the Health Sciences Library.

 

Mycology (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Nutrition (E)

     This material is usually acquired by the Health Sciences Library.

 

Oceanography and Limnology (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Ornithology (B)

     The study of birds. This has become a major interest in the Biology Department.

 

Parasitology (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Physiology (A)

     The science dealing with the functions of living organisms and their parts.

 

Phycology (algology) (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Phytopathology (Plant Pathology) (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Population Genetics (A)

     The study of the genetics of populations.

 

Protozoology (C)

     The branch of zoology dealing with one-celled organisms.

 

Radiation Biology (B)

     The study of the effects of radiation on organisms

 

Soil Science (E)

     No special interest should be given to this area.

 

Virology (A)

     The study of viruses and the diseases they cause.

 

Zoology (B)

     The branch of biology dealing with animals.

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