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D. Hiden Ramsey Library, University of North Carolina at Asheville

Biology: Reference

Resources for Biology

Using Reference Resources

A reference source is a compendium of authoritative information, compiled for ease of use.

Reference materials include

  • subject or general encyclopedias, dictionaries and thesauri 
  • statistics
  • biographical compilations
  • maps
Reference materials may be found on our main floor to the left of the Research Services Desk as well as online.

Key Reference Titles

Field Guides

Field Guides in the UNCA collection include:

Audubon Society Field Guide series
Guides to butterflies, fossils, insects/spiders, mushrooms, reptiles/amphibians, and seashells of North America

Peterson field guide series
Guides to coral reefs, ferns, mammals, herbs/medicinal plants, butterflies, and birds of North America.

A field guide to the trees and shrubs of the southern Appalachians
GENERAL QK122.3 .S88 1994

National Geographic complete birds of North America
 GENERAL QL682 .N38 2006

Online Resources