Finding Books: Zoology Research Guide

Locate books by searching the NCSU Libraries catalog. You can search for books by author, title, subject, and keyword.

Standardized subject headings are used for subject searches. For example, to find books about zoology, use the following subject headings:

Animal diversity
Animal-plant relationships
Birds--Ecology
Commensalism
Endangered species--North America
Evolution (Biology)
Host-parasite relationships
Zoology
Zoology--Nomenclature
Zoology--North America
etc.

You can also search for groups of or individual animals, using scientific or common names. For example:

Aquatic animals
Cetacea
Felidae
Fishes
Giraffe
Primates
Water birds

If you know the title of a relevant book, you can search this title in the online catalog, look at the subject headings used to index it, and then search those subject headings for related books on the topic.

If the NCSU Libraries does not have the book or journal that you need, you can do one of the following:

  • 1. Use the Tripsaver/Interlibrary Loan service. (Ask at the Reference Desk for assistance.) Tripsaver provides books and photocopies of articles from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC-CH), Duke University, and North Carolina Central University (NCCU), usually within 2-3 days. If the item is not available through Tripsaver, Interlibrary Services will attempt to find the item from another participating library.

    Printed journal article and book request forms for Interlibrary Loan/Tripsaver are at the D. H. Hill Library Reference Desk and the branch libraries.
    An electronic version of the forms is available from the NCSU Libraries Web page.

  • 2. Check out books from Duke, NCCU, or UNC-Chapel Hill.

    NCSU students, faculty, and staff are eligible for borrowing privileges at the libraries of three other major universities in the Triangle--Duke University, NC Central University, and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, all members of the Triangle Research Libraries Network (TRLN). A valid NCSU ID is required to establish privileges when visiting another TRLN library. You may also be asked to access profile information in your NCSU library account (i.e.,"My Borrowing Record") using a PIN number. The list of participating libraries and information such as hours of operation, directions, and circulation policies is available on the TRLN Web site. It is best to check this page for the policies of the library you are visiting before making a trip there.