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Microbiology and immunology

Liaison librarian

  • McGill users only
  • Open access resource
  • Free resource
  • In-library-use only
  • Catalogue record

Sources for Background Information

Searching the Library Catalogue

Use the basic word(s) anywhere or advanced keyword search in the library catalogue. You can search using words like - immunology, microbiology, virology, etc.

Get more catalogue search tips.

You can also browse the catalogue, or the shelves at the following National Library of Medicine Classification call numbers

Call Number Subject
QW 1-300 Microbiology
 QW 1-155 Bacteria
 QW 160-170 Virology
 QW 180-190 Fungi. Bacterial Spores
QW 501-949 Immunology
WD 300-330 Immunologic diseases

Search tips

Ways to decrease results

Boolean operators AND e.g. Caulobacter AND chromosome separation will retrieve records containing both concepts
Phrase searching “___” e.g. "polymerase chain reaction" will retrieve records containing the phrase polymerase chain reaction
Use limiters Varies by database, often listed on left hand side of search results e.g. publication date, format, language
Search a particular field Drop down menu next to search box e.g. keyword, title, author, abstract

Ways to increase results

Boolean operators OR e.g. bacteria OR microorganism will retrieve records with both terms
Truncation */? e.g. process? will retrieve catalogue records containing the words process, processes, processing, etc.
Use fewer or broader terms   e.g. E. coli will retrieve more results than uropathogenic Escherichia coli

Subject Headings

Some databases used controlled vocabulary or subject headings to index articles. Medical Subject Headings, or MeSH are often used to to index information in the life sciences. You can search for MeSH terms to use in your search and also get ideas for broader or narrower terms or synonyms to try.

Obtaining materials that are not available at McGill

McGill students and staff may order articles and books not available at McGill using the interlibrary loan service.

Please do not wait until it is too late to request items through interlibrary loan.

Core and additional databases

Literature databases

Methods & techniques

Theses and Dissertations

Nomenclature and Taxonomy


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