Anatomy & Physiology Resources

The purpose of this guide is to lead the beginning researcher to the most important and useful sources in the Reference Collection and online for the study of Anatomy and Physiology.  The list of sources is not exhaustive; please consult with a Reference Librarian for additional suggestions. 


CIBA Collection of Medical Illustrations v. 1-14.  Frank H. Netter, M.D. (1965).  Call no. REF 611 NE.

Gray's Anatomy:  The Anatomical Basis of Medicine and Surgery. 
Peter L. Williams, Chairman of Editorial Board
(38th Edition).  Call no.  REF 611 Gray's  


An Atlas of Human Anatomy for Students and Physicians v. 1-2.  Carl Toldt, M.D.  (1919).  Call no. REF 611 TO.

Atlas of Human Anatomy. 
Frank H. Netter, M.D.  (1997).  Call no. REF 611.0022 Netter.

Grant's Atlas of Anatomy.   Anne M.R. Agur and Ming J. Lee.  (1999).  Call no.  REF 611.0022 Agur.

Grant's Atlas of Anatomy.  J.C. Boileau Grant (1962). 

The Johns Hopkins Atlas of Human Functional Anatomy.  George D. Zuidema, M.D.  (1997).  Call no.  611 Johns.


Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary.  Douglas M. Anderson, Chief Lexicographer (2007 - 31st Edition).  Call no. REF 610.321 Dorland's.


The Sonoma/Napa and Partners (SNAP) online catalog is the gateway to circulating books on anatomy and physiology. Search by keyword, author, title or subject. Subject headings strive to identify topics with consistent terminology. The basic terminology is produced by the Library of Congress. Always look at the subject headings in any catalog, database or index to make sure that you are searching with the most relevant terminology. Once you have the right terms, it's much easier to find the right books.When searching by subject, use one or more of the subject headings below:

Anatomy                                             Medicine
Body, Human                                      Pathology    
Dissection                                           Physiology
Human Anatomy                                 Physiology, Pathological
Human Physiology                                                       

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The following databases may be useful in locating information on anatomy and physiology. These reference sources are available online through Solano, Napa and Partners (SNAP) databases and require a library card
or e-card to access them.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text
Consumer Health Complete (Ebsco) 
Health Source-Consumer Edition (Ebsco) 
Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (Ebsco) 
MEDLINE (Ebsco) 


JAMA (Journal of the American Medical Association)   Call Number:  MAGZIN

NIH Medline Plus  Call Number:  MAGZIN 

Nursing  Call Number: MAGZIN

Science  Available thru Zinio Digitized Magazines

WEBSITES         *Denotes particularly good sites for Biology 218 - Human Anatomy

A Guided Tour of the Visible Human
The Visible Human Project has generated over 18,000 digitized sections of the human body.  This Mad Scientist site provides an introduction to the three planes of section and also provides cross-sectional anatomy to visualize 3D structures.

American Academy of Family Physicians
Search this site for up-to-date information on diseases and conditions.  The AAFP's peer-reviewed and evidence-based clinical journal delivers concise, easy-to-read clinical review articles for physicians and other health care professionals.

*Anatomy Atlases:  A Digital Library of Anatomy Information
Curated by Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D., this site contains live links to the Atlas of Microscopic Anatomy - A Functional Approach:  Companion to Histology and Neuroanatomy: Second Edition

Biomed Central
BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 265 peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine and includes broad interest titles, such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine alongside specialist journals, such as Retrovirology and BMC Genomics. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely accessible online immediately upon publication.

eSkeletons Project
eskeletons Project from the University of Texas at Austin is devoted to the study of human and primate comparative anatomy.  It provides an interactive environment in which to examine and learn about skeletal anatomy. The purpose of this site is to enable you to view the bones of both human and non-human primates and to gather information about them from their osteology database.

Gray's Anatomy of the Human Body
The 20th edition (1918) of Gray’s Anatomy of the Human Body "features 1,247 vibrant engravings—many in color—from the classic 1918 publication, as well as a subject index with 13,000 entries".

Human Anatomy Online
To see detailed human anatomy charts and gather in-depth anatomy information, users can point and click any of the human body systems.  Begin by choosing a system then you select a new image by moving the mouse over the image.  Selecting the text icon will provide informaton on the image you are viewing.  This webiste includes images, animations and descriptions.

*Internet Atlas of Histology
Brought to you by the College of Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champagne, this site provides histology slides on many body systems. 

*Martindale's Virtual Medical Center - Health Science Guide:  Anatomy and Histology Center
This site offers a comprehensive gateway to resources.  It is a "medical multimedia education and specialized information resource center".  Section 1 provides information about the anatomy and function of the abdomen, digestive system, brain, brain, brainstem, breast, chest and cardiothoracic system.  Section II provides information about the anatomy and function of the eye, endocrine system, muscle, musculoskeletal, foot, knee, spinal cord, oral and temporomandibular joint and skin.  Categores of resources include:  medical cases and grand rounds, courses, textbooks, databases, journals, tutorials, videos, associations, atlases and image databases and so much more.  This website is maintained by Jim Martindale. 

*Mayo Clinic
A great site to search for information on diseases and their treatment.  

*Medline Plus Anatomy
On this site from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institute of Health, you'll find links to descriptions and pictures of the human body's parts and organ systems from head to toe.

Muscle Database (Human)
From the Swedish Institute off Kinesiologic Medicine, this is the first complete database of muscles on the Internet.  At the moment it encompasses the name of the muscle, innervations, attachments, and muscle function. 

Neurosciences on the Internet
The cutaneous fields of peripheral nerves page allows users to click on a nerve's name in the list provided to view its cutaneous field.  Also check out the "Best Bets" link for additional neuroscience resources.

PubMed comprises more than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

U.S. National Library of Medicine
Use their search box on the upper right to find information about anatomy and physiology topics.

*University of Michigan Medical School's Medical Histology and Virtual Microscopy Learning Resources
Virtual Slide Library
This virtual library provides thousands of slides for medical and teaching use.

Virtual Embryo
Developed by Dr. Leon W. Browder of the University of Calgary, this site has several components, including Dynamic Development, a supplement to lectures and textbook reading for students of developmental biology, and Virtual World of Development, tutorial site with additional resources.  Topics covered include:  amphibian development, fertilization, gastrulation in Xenopus, fish development, development of C. elegans, molecular basis of Xenopus development, Drosophila development, sea urchin development, chick development, human development, mouse development, eye development, and heart development.

Visible Human Project
Brought to you by the National Library of Medicine, the Visible Human Project " provides complete, anatomically detailed, three-dimensional representations of the normal male and female human bodies. Acquisition of transverse CT, MR and cryosection images of representative male and female cadavers has been completed. The male was sectioned at one millimeter intervals, the female at one-third of a millimeter intervals.The long-term goal of the Visible Human Project is to produce a system of knowledge structures that will transparently link visual knowledge forms to symbolic knowledge formats such as the names of body parts."


American Association of Anatomists

Human Anatomy and Physiology Society

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Last updated:  August 19, 2014                                                           Questions & Comments: Nancy McEnery