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Research Guides - Natural History

Online Catalog

Use the online catalog to find any reference, reserve, or circulating books, or videotapes in the NMC collections. Catalog entries may be searched by author, title, subject, or keyword.

Unless you are looking a specific author or title, the keyword search is the best way to find books. Examples of keywords are:

  • evolution
  • natural history
  • ecosystems

"Nature" is too broad! Don't forget to think of synonyms and narrower terms

Browse the shelves

Take a look in an appropriate area to find a useful book. The "call number" is a book's address, and it depends on the subject of the books. For examples, QH to QV is the call number area for books in Biology, QH is general biology and ecology, and QL is the area for most books on marine biology. Books about places in history are in the Ds, and DU represents Micronesia.

Reference Books

Seek reference books, as detailed contents will not be in the catalog. Reference items may not be checked out, but should always available when you need them. Here are some helpful reference books for general information:

  • The Pacific Islands: An Encyclopedia REF DU17 .P3 2000
  • The National Geographic Index REF G1 .N27, REF G1 .N271, and REF G1 .N272
  • Coral Reefs of the World REF QE565 .C67 1988 v.1-3
  • Cambridge Illustrated Dictionary of Natural History REF QH13 .L56 1987
  • World of Biology REF QH 302.5 W67 1999
  • Wayside Plants of the Islands REF QK471 .W478 1995
  • SeaLife: A Complete Guide to the Marine Environment REF QL121 .S43 1996
  • Coral Reef Animals of the Indo-Pacific REF QL137.5 .G67 1996
  • Tropical Pacific Invertebrates REF QL362 .C655 1995
  • Micronesian Reef Fishes REF QL623.6 .M94 1999
If a book has an index in the back, use it! Please don’t entirely disregard older information. Use your own judgment or ask a librarian.

Databases, Magazines, and Journals

Academic Search Premier is a database that provides full text articles from nearly 4,600 scholarly publications. Access this database from anywhere in the CNMI. Please see a library staff member for patron id.

Current issues of journals, magazines, and newspapers are kept on display in the library.

The Internet

Don’t trust everything you read on the Internet. Consider the source! How old is the information? Does some qualified person or institution take responsibility for the information? An .edu or .gov domain name should be more reliable, but here are a few specific sites that have been recently reviewed:

Use Search Engines to look for a particular topic on the World Wide Web. Try:

Citing Your Sources

A Style Manual will show you the proper format when preparing a bibliography for citing the sources of the information that you use in your research paper. As you proceed with your research, keep track of where you’re getting your information, including details such as title, author, date, publisher, and page numbers. There are several different styles, but your class will probably be using either

APA Style
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
REF BF76.7 .P83

or

MLA Style
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
REF LB2369.G53 2003

If at any time you would like help or further assistance with research, please ask a librarian. We are here to help you!



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