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Biology 113: The Nature of Science: Home


Welcome to the Guide for Biology 113

My name is Barb Anderson, and I'm the librarian working with your class. On most of the pages in this guide, you'll see my contact information listed to the right and other ways of finding Help from the library. I encourage you to contact me in Blackboard, by phone or email, or make an appointment.

I've created this Guide specifically for your class.  To get started, click on the tabs.  The tabs will help you find background information for your research topic, search online library databases to find scholarly articles, search for books on your topic, and get help with your citations.

This Guide is just a starting point. Please explore the Library website on your own, and follow the links to the subject oriented research guides listed below.  Remember, if you can't reach me, you can also ask ANY other librarian for help by Email, IM, phone, or in person. See the contact information in the Help box to the right.

Your Library ID

Your Library ID number is the ENTIRE number on the back of your student ID:

23311+ your 9 digit personal ID number


Creating Your Library Accounts

Need a Book from  Another Library?

Your I-Share account allows you to request books from other university libraries.

Create an I-Share account

Need to Request the Full Text of an Article?

Your ILLiad account allows you to request electronic delivery of journal articles from other university libraries.

Create an ILLiad account

IMPORTANT: The form asks for your barcode number. This is the entire number found on the back of your RU ID card. This barcode begins with the numbers 23311, followed by your RU ID number that begins with "9."


Current News from ScienceNow

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Daily News from National Geographic

This is a fun site to check out for the latest news, photos and just to see what's being talked about.  It may give you some interesting ideas for your topic.  It's updated daily.

See Also

You may also find useful information in the research guides created for the following disciplines:



Health and Medicine

Here is the link to the RU Department of Biological, Chemical and Physical Sciences


1. Phone:

a. Chicago: 312-341-3639/49
b. Schaumburg: 847-619-7980

2. Email

3. Chat

4. Schedule one-on-one

Librarian Contact Information

Barbara Anderson, Ed.D.
Head of Instruction and Learning

Office: 1035 AUD
Phone: 312-341-3647

Email Me