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Cell & Molecular Biology Research Guide: Background Information

Here you will find resources to search Cell and Molecular Biology literature as well as related subjects like Cancer Cell Biology

Why Use Background Sources

Reference tools are great places to start your research. Use these tools to:

  • Refine your research question by becoming familiar with the key issues, themes,and figures important to your research topic.
  • Locate short summaries, definitions, and background info which is essential for your own understanding and is useful for the introduction of your paper. 
  • Identify and understand important and technical terminology & vocabulary which will be useful in your search for articles. 
  • Locate references to reliable and authoritative sources 
  • Find known information (taxonomy, species information). 

Some of our background sources are available Online. Please check BenSearch. 

Background Sources

Some key resources that will help you understand cell basics apart from text books are some websites. Scitable is by Nature and will be of great relevance in understanding the different processes that occur within a cell, that is the basis of life.  Gaphical images are very informative. 


Scitable: By NATURE Education

Click on the link, and select from topics on the left. 



Oxford dictionary of biochemistry and molecular biology

Cammack, Richard, Ph. D.


Available at Benedictine University Library Reference Collection (ask at Research Center) (R 572.03 O98 2006)





Dictionary of microbiology and molecular biology

Singleton, Paul.; Sainsbury, Diana.



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