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Animalia (Metazoa)

Animal Kingdom Research Starter 

(Research Starters  from EBSCOHOST provide links to citable, authoritative summary articles for thousands of popular topics. They are a wonderful place to begin your research.)


Reference Books:

Encyclopedia of Insects: REF QL462.3 .E485 2009

The Encyclopedia of Mammals: REF QL703 .E53 2006

The Fresh & Salt Water Fishes of the World: REF QL615 .M49 1976


Books to Check Out:

Books about the animal kingdom are located in the QL1-739 section of the stacks.

Use the terms from below to search in the Sauk catalog or for books within the I-Share catalog.

QL1-355 General

Including geographical distribution

QL360-599.82 Invertebrates

QL461-599.82 Insects

QL605-739.8 Chordates. Vertebrates

QL614-639.8 Fishes

QL640-669.3 Reptiles and amphibians

QL671-699 Birds

QL700-739.8 Mammals


Print Books:

Animals without Backbones: QL362 .B93 1987

The Biology of Small  Mammals: QL703 .M47 2010

The Complete Illustrated Encyclopedia of Animals of the World : an Expert Reference Guide to 840 Amphibians, Reptiles and Mammals from Every Continent: QL49 .C65 2008

Field Guide to Birds of North America: QL681 .B75 2007

Firefly Encyclopedia of Insects and Spiders: QL 462.3 .F57 2002

Firefly Encyclopedia of Reptiles and Amphibians: QL 640 .7 .F57 2002

Kingdoms & Domains : an Illustrated Guide to the Phyla of Life on Earth: QH83 .M36 2009

Reptiles & Amphibians for Dummies: SF459.R4 B375 2003

The World of Whales, Dolphins & Porpoises: QL 737 .C4 M3144 2003



Animals : a Visual Encyclopedia

Encyclopedia of Insects

The Princeton Encyclopedia of Mammals

Return to the Sea : the Life and Evolutionary Times of Marine Mammals



Access Science: (Award winning reference database covering all major scientific disciplines)

Credo Reference: (Award winning reference database with thousands of specialized encyclopedias and links to articles and interactive media)

Encyclopedia Britannica (General knowledge encyclopedia)


I-Share Catalog

SVCC belongs to a consortium of more than 80 academic and research libraries in Illinois – CARLI. If you can’t find what you need in our library, expand your search to the I-Share catalog. To borrow from CARLI libraries, first you need to activate your library account at SVCC and then create an I-Share account. This takes very little time, and any library staff member will be happy to help you.


PLOS ONE: an international, peer-reviewed open access journal focusing on scientific research

Science Online: the world's leading journal of original scientific research, global news, and commentary



National Geographic from the National Geographic Society

Nature Works from New Hampshire Public Television

The Wonders of the Seas from the Oceanic Research Group

World Register of Marine Species from the European Registry of Marine Species in conjunction with the Flanders Marine Institute.


Searching Book Indexes:

  • An index is an alphabetical listing of topics usually in the back of a book
  • Try searching indexes for the following terms



Cell membranes


Diploid cells



Haploid gamete










Nutrition/Ingestive or absorptive

Sexual Reproduction/Asexual Reproduction

Specialized Cells