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Microbiology: Welcome

The study of microorganisms such as fungi, bacteria, algae, archaea, and viruses.

Finding Ebooks and Ejournals

The best way to find Ebooks is with the Medical Ebooks Search.  There are subject sets for public health and for epidemiology, so start by picking the one most likely to contain your topic, or search by typing a keyword in the box.  

You can also search in the library catalog, click the "Library Search" tab, enter your keyword, and use the filters to narrow the results to certain campus locations, or to electronic resources.

Find the Ejournals by searching for a word in the name of the journal (not by the title of an article). Consider related terms that might be useful.  To narrow your retrieval, choose more specific terms; to broaden your search, think of umbrella terms that are on topic but less specific. Remember, you are only searching the name of the journal, not for individual articles (see PubMed for that).

The birth of microbiology

Microbiology as we know it today was only made possible when in the year 1674 Antonie Van Leeuwenhoek, a Dutch  scientist, created the first microscope. He used a small device (microscope) that he had invented to observe small beings in soil, river-water, saliva and feces samples, which he named "animalcules". That same year Leeuwenhoek wrote several letters to the Royal Society in London describing the beings he saw through his small microscope. It was these letters that were the birth of microbiology; after all, it was these letters that opened the eyes of the Royal Society to become aware of the existence of small microscopic beings.

Read the rest of this interesting article by Ingrid da Silva Dias at: 


Looking for the required and recommended textbooks for the SOM class?  Go to this guide:

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