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The Grand Parasitorium: All You've Ever Wanted to Know about Parasites...and MORE!   Tags: biology, diseases, parasites, parasitology  

Welcome to my little LibGuide about parasites. I hope you enjoy your stay.
Last Updated: Apr 23, 2015 URL: Print Guide RSS UpdatesEmail Alerts

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A Brief Introduction

So, what exactly is a parasite?

That's a good question. Thanks for asking, large text! The Oxford English Dictionary gives a number of definitions for the word, but this LibGuide is only concerned with the contemporary, biological definition: "one that obtains nutrients at the expense of the host organism, which it may directly or indirectly harm." This is understood to exclude organisms that exhibit classic predator-prey relationships in which one organism quickly kills and consumes most or all of another. While for most people, the word "parasite" conjures images of fleas, ticks, leeches, and other creepy-crawly bloodsuckers, parasites are in fact incredibly diverse. You'll see.

This LibGuide is not meant to be an exhaustive guide to parasitology, but rather a springboard to other resources for those interested in the study of parasites. Please be warned that due to the nature of the subject, there's a good chance that some individuals will find some of the text, images, or videos linked to in this guide disturbing or offensive. To those people, I say: sorry about that, and don't forget to thoroughly cook your meats. For more info, please visit the Warnings & Disclaimers tab.

That's pretty cool. But how do I use this LibGuide thingy?

Thanks, I think it's pretty cool too, large text. Navigating this guide is pretty simple. The resources are sorted by type under the appropriate tab. If you're looking for print resources, click the Print Resources tab. If you're looking for electronic resources, click the Electronic Resources tab. You get the idea, I hope. Click the box title to view the resource. I also tend to link to any other websites or resources that I reference within summaries and descriptions for your convenience. Links that take you outside of this guide open in a new tab or window, also for your convenience.


Tropical Topical Index

Avian Parasites

Evolutionary Ecology

Fictional Parasites

Host Behavioral Manipulation

Human Parasites

Parasites as Pets?

Parasites of Reptiles and Amphibians

Parasitic Diseases


Pet Care

Mental Health

Toxoplasma gondii


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