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Entomology

databases and resources for Penn State faculty, staff, and students researching insect science

Basic book searching

  • Use the Browse function if you are looking for a specific title or author (type last name first).
  • Use the Keyword function and combine terms to search on a topic then use the subject headings from relevant books for additional search terms.
  • Write down the call number and location for any book you want. If the item is not at your campus use the "I Want It" button to request it. 
  • For electronic books, click the link under the words "online content" to access the full text

You can also find books via

Books Searching Tips

Suggested CAT Search Terms:  Try searching for specific insects (i.e. beetles or bees), concepts (i.e. bee culture or insect hormones).

General call numbers and subject areas are:

  • QH541.15.C44 - Chemical Ecology
  • QL461- QL599 - Insects
  • QL472 - Aquatic Insects
  • RA369.5 - Insects as Carriers of Disease
  • RA1063.45 - Forensic Entomology
  • SB818 - SB945 - Insect Pests
  • SB931 - Insects as Carriers of Plant Disease
  • SB950 - SB990.50 - Integrated Pest Management
  • SF518 - Insect Rearing
  • SF521 - SF539 - Honeybee Culture

At University Park, most materials in the life sciences are located on the 4th floor of Paterno Library.

Libraries Borrowing Policies

  • Check books out at the nearest lending desk or self check-out station. 
  • Loan periods are usually one semester
  • Books can be recalled for another user, so respond ASAP to library notices. 

Find Books not at PSU

If you know the item you want, and Penn State does not own it, use Interlibrary Loan!

Try these databases if you want to search other libraries by subject or author.  

You can request the items directly from these systems and they will automatically use our InterLibrary Loan service