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BIO 104 Resources

Course guide for BIO104: General Biology

For your library lab assignment, you are required to use at least six sources. Of those sources, you need at least one from each of the following categories:

  • Reliable internet source
  • Book
  • Peer-reviewed journal article
  • Magazine article.

This guide is intended to help you find those sources, but remember that UNE librarians are also available to assist with your research (and citation!).

You can access online library materials by logging in with your Nor’easter username and password. 

Taxonomic Information

Search for the scientific name of your organism in the Catalogue of Life. Under Classification locate the following information: 

  • Kingdom
  • Family
  • Genus
  • Species

Catalogue of Life citation example:

Page title. Date of Publication. City (ST): Publisher or Producer; [Date accessed]. URL.

Lynx rufus (Schreber, 1777). 2020.  Leiden (The Netherlands): The Catalogue of Life; [accessed 2023 November 2]. URL.

Catalogue of Life

Background Information

Books can be a great resource for finding general background information on your organism. You can find books by searching for your topic and narrowing your results to books and ebooks. Our database Credo Reference can also take you to helpful ebooks.

Missing some information? Try adding in different keywords like: habitat, diet, mating, etc.

The following websites can also be helpful in locating background information:

Animal Diversity Web

Plants Database

Encyclopedia of Life

ICUN Red List


When searching for information about the connection between humans and your organism, it will be helpful to combine search terms. This information can be found in a variety of source types.

Try combining the scientific or common name of your organism with different search terms related to human life.

Here are a few examples:

economic impact, uses, medicinal uses, health benefits, food, pests, tourism, etc.

The following websites can also be helpful in locating human connection information:

Animal Diversity Web

Plants Databases

ICUN Red List

Current Research

The best place to find current research on your organism is through peer-reviewed academic articles.

When searching for current research, remember to narrow your results down by date to make sure your sources are recently published!

You can locate relevant scientific articles in the following library databases:


Biological Sciences Collection

Academic Search Complete


Images can be found in a variety of places including: magazines, websites, or books.

For magazines and books, you can use the search bar at the top of the page and narrow results to your desired source type.

Citing images in CSE (name-year):

Creator’s name. Title (descriptive word). City (ST): Publisher or Producer; [Date accessed]. URL.

Killingsworth S. Country cat, city cat (photograph). Berkeley (CA): Bay Nature; [accessed 2023 November 6]. URL.

Citing your sources

For this assignment you will be citing using CSE (name-year).

Citing sources is hard! But don’t worry, UNE librarians are here to help! Need citation help? Stop by the library, use our chat service, or send us a message in Ask a Librarian.

Within your references, you will also include a short explanation of why each source is authoritative and reliable (an annotated bibliography).

UNE CSE Style Guide

CSE Manual

Annotated Bibliographies