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Biology (BLGY 230 & 231)

Subject Guide for Biology Classes

Welcome!

This guide will help you find scholarly print and online resources relevant to Biology and the Natural Sciences.

This guide is organized by pages along the left side. You can access all of the information on a page by scrolling or by clicking the links under each page.

The Home page will give you information on how to use the guide and basic information about the Library/Learning Commons.

This guide--and all library pages--are best viewed in Mozilla Firefox or Google Chrome.

After this orientation students will be able to:

  • Describe the Learning Commons layout and basic library services (including research assistance).
  • Locate and access library materials and resources, both physical and digital.
  • Recognize print sources on Biology located in the Reference Section.
  • Illustrate the difference between journals and magazines for research.
  • Identify sources for MLA citation style
  • Understand and avoid plagiarism.
  • Determine how to evaluate sources for scholarly research.
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About the Learning Commons

About the Learning Commons:

The BPCC Library/Learning Commons in located in Building A. The library owns over 45,000 items, including books, magazinges, DVDs and Blu-Ray's, as well as a growing digital collection. Our electronic resources include indexes and databases which contain numerous newspaper articles. The BPCC Library is a member of the LOUIS consortium.

Computers in the Learning Commons allow access to the internet and various course-related software. Research assistance is available from professional librarians and staff members. Library instruction classes are offered for all courses.

Learning Commons Layout:

First Floor Second Floor

Information Desk

Instructional Classroom

Dean’s Office

Faculty/Staff Offices

Reference Collection

70 Computers

KIC Scanner

Photocopier

2 Printers

Reference Station


 

Quiet Study

Circulation Desk

Circulating Shelves

  • Fiction Collection
  • Non-Fiction Collection
  • Biography Collection
  • Story Collection
  • Juvenile Collection
  • Graphic Novels
  • Louisiana Collection
  • Oversized Collection

Audio-Visual Shelves

  • Fiction DVDs
  • Non-Fiction DVDs
  • Audio Books
  • CDs

Periodicals

3 Study Rooms, each with a computer

30 Computers

Printer

Tutoring Center (located on 2nd Floor):

Reserve Desk

Writing Support Services

Tutoring areas

Anatomy model cabinets

70 computers

3 Study Rooms with computer for each

KIC Scanner

2 Printers

Circulation Policies

Quick Info: Circulation Policies

                                                                                   Books (Fiction, Nonfiction, Biography, Short Story, and LA collection only):

Up to 20 at a time for 14 days

Audio-visual Material

CD-ROMs and DVDs:

   Up to 2 at a time for 3 days, may be renewed for an additional 3 days

Audio CDs (music and audio books):

                                                                                  Up to 5 at a time for 14 days

  • Reserve Material 
    • Textbooks on Reserve are available for use up to 2 hours in the Tutoring Center and may not be taken out of the Learning Commons.

Can I renew my items?

  • You can Renew your items!
  • Books may be renewed by accessing your account through the Review my AccountWill open new browser window or tabfeature or by visiting the Learning Commons in person.
  • Books may be renewed up to two times
  • Audio-visual items may be renewed once.
  • Reserve materials can only be renewed for 2 additional hours.

More info on circulation policies can be found on the Learning Commons FAQs page.

Printing Procedures

Printers are located on both floors of the Learning Commons.

Printing is limited to 300 pages of research and classroom related material per student per month. 

Your printing account is already set up with the library.

Go Green IconPlease go green and try to limit the amount of paper you print.

To help reduce the amount of print jobs:

  • Print on both sides of the paper 
  • Utilize the Print Preview option instead of printing a test page
  • Print Power Point presentations 3 slides to a page or more
  • Reduce your font size (only if your assignment allows)