Student Services Department
Student Services Librarian
by Sheena M Campbell – August 22, 2021
This guide is designed to connect BIS-2A students with a spectrum of resources that can provide clarification, add nuance, and/or inspire further exploration of course concepts. This guide includes resources that will help you to form a holistic understanding of the cellular basis of life.
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Reference Sources: Get a Quick Overview
Background sources like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks can help provide clarification for topics and concepts covered in your course readings. Most entries will include helpful links and images, as well as related terms and further readings.
Books: Gain Deeper Insight
Books (print and electronic) will provide a comprehensive view of course topics and concepts. While course readings introduce you to topics and processes, books devoted to these concepts have the space to examine them in-depth if you would like to nuance your understanding of course topics.
Video: Great for Visual Learners
Videos can help us learn more quickly and effectively than text alone. The human brain processes information faster and retains it longer when paired with visualizations. Plus if you’re someone who likes repetition, watching a video tutorial after you’ve done the readings can help to reinforce what you’ve learned.
Digital Tools: Apply Concepts
Digital tools like 3D models, simulations, and games can help you gain a deeper knowledge of course concepts through interaction. These tools enable you to observe and manipulate the processes of biological phenomena and help to to visualize underlying mechanisms.
ChemTube3D – Interactive 3D Models
JoVE’s Cellular Processes Video Tutorials
Genetic Science Learning Center
Background sources like encyclopedias, dictionaries, and handbooks can help provide clarification and additional context for topics and concepts covered in your course readings.
If there is a topic you want to explore, simply perform a keyword search (ex. amino acids) using the index or search tool to identify the entry related to your area of interest. Most entries will include helpful links and images, as well as related terms and further readings.
Includes articles covering every aspect of cell biology, with fully annotated figures, abundant illustrations, videos, and references for further reading.
Provides definitions for thousands of terms used in the study of cell and molecular biology. This dictionary serves equally as a handy reference, spelling, and fact-checker for students, research scientists, and the curious lay reader.
Provides a comprehensive survey of modern biochemistry and molecular biology. Each entry is written to be accessible to non-expert users, noting where terms are often confused and providing recommended terms and alternative names.
Helps to define and explore contemporary biochemistry, understanding that every living process from physiology, to immunology, and genetics is impossible without a grasp on the basic chemistry that provides its underpinning.
Provides short entries that briefly define key terms, and a guide to additional reading and relevant websites for further study. Many of the entries include figures to explain difficult concepts. Key terms in related areas such as biochemistry, cell, and molecular biology are also included.
This work provides definitive introductions to a broad array of topics including individual volumes with a range of articles on molecular motility, cell membranes and channels, bioenergetics, proteins and nucleic acids.
Below are some examples of books related to your BIS 2A course content, but you can perform a search through the library catalog to find books in your area of interest, or use subject categories to browse our collection.
Covers key principles of cellular function and uses them to explain how molecular defects lead to cellular dysfunction. Concise text and graphics simplify complex information to help readers make the most of their study time.
Provides clear, concise, and comprehensive coverage of all aspects of cellular physiology from fundamental concepts to more advanced topics and includes full color illustrations.
Guides the reader in applying knowledge directly to real world scenarios using case studies to bridge foundational cell biological concepts to translational science. Aids students in synthesizing information and applying science processes.
Introduces basic concepts of genetics including DNA sequencing, gene transcription, RNA processing, protein structure, and gene expression.
Explains, step by step, how DNA forms specific structures, the nature of these structures and how they fundamentally affect the biological processes of transcription and replication.
Beginning with an introduction to cells and concluding with an overview of current techniques in cellular and molecular biology, each chapter covers core concepts, clarifying each individually and creating a set of building blocks that allow students to fully comprehend one aspect of the subject matter before moving on to the next.
This is a basic guide to chemical structures and reactions of living cells. The first three chapters of this book contain introductory material on cell structure, molecular architecture, and bioenergetics.
Covering fundamental concepts and meaning from this enormous and ever-growing field, the authors tell the story of cell biology, and create a coherent framework through which non-expert readers may approach the subject.
Search JoVE’s video database by entering keywords related to your topic (ex. Mitosis and Cytokinenses) to find animations and video tutorials.
The Ameoba Sisters YouTube Channel provides animated video tutorials with the goal of ‘demystify science with humor and relevant examples drawn from everyday life.’
The PhET Interactive Simulations project at the University of Colorado Boulder creates free interactive math and science simulations. PhET sims an intuitive, game-like environment where students learn through exploration and discovery.
The Royal Society of Chemistry’s interactive periodic table features history, alchemy, podcasts, videos, and data trends across the periodic table.
(*note that the site’s animated videos are generated from the still images utilizing flash–click on the “First Look” links to access images. Animated videos will no longer be accessible after flash player end-of-life)
The UC Davis Library provides a variety of reference and research assistance services, from online chat to virtual consultations. Get help with course assignments, and research projects. Let us help you get the most out of collections and services.
An on-campus, undergraduate-run research group. Their goal is to help motivated students develop technical lab skills and leadership abilities by applying themselves to projects with real-world impacts.
The MCB Club is a group of students interested in learning about molecular and cellular biology. Meet fellow students and get involved in the life sciences. During meetings, guest speakers such as research professors or health professionals speak to the club in addition to fun social events for members. The MCB Club is open to students of all majors.