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General Links

LibGuides (VCC) Guide to biology resources on the web and at the VCC Library
Biology Animations Animations to help visualize processes in human biology. (Recommended for Bio 12 and UT Bio, second term)
Biology Project Animations, review material, and activities for several biology topics.
Biology Project: Mitosis and Meiosis University of Arizona’s Biology Project has great animations of and mini quizzes to test your understanding of the material.
Biology Videos Khan Academy videos on biology topics like evolution, cell genetics, photosynthesis, human biology, etc.
Connecting Concepts: Interactive Lessons in BiologyNew A series of interactive web-based lessons designed to give introductory undergraduate biology students opportunities to connect biology concepts
Ecology Resources Animations and activities on ecology topics from the University of Alberta. Check out the topics on the right hand side for more. (Recommended for Bio 11 and UT Bio, first term)
E-Fauna BC Electronic atlas of the wildlife of British Columbia
E-Flora BC Electronic atlas of the flora of British Columbia
Evolution 101 One-stop source for everything about evolution. Topics: what evolution is, how it works, how it factors into your life, how research in evolutionary biology is performed, and how ideas in this area have changed over time.
Interactive Simulations (Biology)New Interactive simulations of biological concepts
Tree of LifeNew A world-wide collaborative effort that provides information about biodiversity, the characteristics of different groups of organisms, and their evolutionary history.
Virtual Cell Animation CollectionNew This collection has been developed to introduce students to new concepts. By walking through the still images and movie included for each topic, viewers are in control of choosing the learning style that best fits their needs.
Histology GuideNew Histology is the study of the microanatomy of cells, tissues, and organs as seen through a microscope. It examines the correlation between structure and function. Histology Guide teaches the visual art of recognizing the structure of cells and tissues and understanding how this is determined by their function.
Guide to Reading Journal ArticlesNew A concise guide from KPU outlining the parts of an academic article and how to effectively read journal articles for research (PDF)

Anatomy & Physiology Links

Anatomy and Function of the Brain An interactive tutorial to help you learn the parts and function of the brain
Basic Neuroscience Basic neuroscience including: brain basics, higher functions, spinal cord, peripheral nervous system, the neuron, sensory systems, effects of drugs, neurological and mental disorders.
Gastrointestinal System Anatomy An interactive tutorial to help you learn and practice identifying organs in the gastrointestinal system
Gray's Anatomy Includes 1,247 engravings from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries.
Structure of the Kidney An interactive tutorial to help you learn and practice identifying parts of the kidney
WebAnatomy A collection of quizzes and self-tests on intro-level A&P from University of Minnesota.

Dictionary Links

Biology DictionaryNew A dictionary of biological terms
Suffix Prefix Dictionary Most comprehensive online dictionary of biological and medical prefixes and suffixes

Genetics Links

DNA From The BeginningNew Animated primer on the basics of DNA, genes and heredity
Learn GeneticsNew Excellent site that looks at DNA, heredity, traits, and epigenetics.

Tutorial Links

Biology Corner

Biology lesson plans, worksheets, tutorials and resources for TEACHERS and STUDENTS

Microscope Measurement

Useful website to practice calculating the diameter of field of view under different magnifications and size of object

Microscope Tutorial

Useful website to practice microscope manipulation
YOUTUBE: Microscope Tutorial (Part 1) John Sowash demonstrates: 1. Parts of the microscope 2. Parts that you can adjust 3. Using your microscope (7:15)
YOUTUBE: Microscope Tutorial (Part 2) John Sowash demonstrates: 1. Total Magnification 2. Common mistakes (4:15)
YOUTUBE: Sheep Heart Dissection Sheep heart dissection video (7:59)
Virtual Compound MicroscopeNew An awesome simulation of a compound microscope by the University of Delaware (Flash required)