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To find books, try the catalogs listed below. If you don't find the book you need in the Vassar Library Catalog or using ConnectNY, use ILLiad, Vassar Library's interlibrary loan service. Click here for more information about interlibrary loan services.
Use the Catalog to find print and electronic books and periodicals (journals, magazines, newspapers) owned by the Library, as well as other media. Use the drop-down menus to specify the type of search you want to conduct. When Vassar does not have the book you need or our copy is not available, search Connect NY.
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The Library provides access to thousands of e-books published by Springer spanning the fields of astronomy, chemistry, computer science, life science, earth science, math, and physics. Coverage extends from 2005 to present; accessible titles are indicated by a green square. These books can also be found by searching the Vassar Library Catalog.
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Call Numbers in Biology
Books in Vassar Library are assigned a call number according to the Library of Congress classification system. The call number consists of a combination of letters and numbers, and is designed so that books on similar topics will be near each other on the shelf and easy to browse.
If you want to browse the collection, call number ranges are as follows:
QH301 to QH705.5 -- General biology, Evolution, Genetics, Reproduction, Life, Ecology, Cytology, Economic biology
QK1 to QK989 -- General botany, Spermatophyta, Cryptogams, Plant anatomy, Plant physiology, Plant ecology
QL1 to QL991 -- General zoology, Invertebrates, Chordates (including fishes, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and mammals), Animal behavior, Morphology, Anatomy, Embryology
QM1 to QM695 -- General human anatomy, Regional anatomy, human and comparative histology, Human embryology
QP1 to QP 981 -- General physiology, Neurophysiology and neuropsychology, Animal biochemistry, Experimental pharmacology
QR1 to QR502 -- General microbiology, Bacteria, Cyanobacteria, Microbial ecology, Microorganisms in the animal body, Immunology, Virology
Also note that materials on medicine can be found in the call numbers spanning R5 to RZ999, while psychology books are found from BF1 to BF990. If you are looking for agriculture browse from S1 to SK664.