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Your Body Is an Open Book: An Anatomy Guide

The study of the human anatomy is simply fascinating. Whether you are a serious student or a casual explorer, accurate and valuable online sources exist to help you out. Here is a collection of some of the best guides collected from around the web and organized by topic. Search based on particular aspects of anatomy, or start with a general look and then jump in deeper when something catches your interest!

 

General

Get Body Smart: This is an online textbook specializing in physiology. Choose a subject area and click to explore. Quizzes and preparation materials (including iPad-friendly links) are also included on the site.

Innerbody: Innerbody is an interactive multimedia site designed to help you explore the human body. Scroll down to choose between recently popular anatomy searches, or work at your own pace.

 

Skeletal

Anatomy Corner: Skeletal System: The links on this homepage cover skeletal anatomy with printable worksheets and resources. You’ll soon find yourself labeling the human skeleton properly.

BiologyCorner: Chapter 7: Skeletal System: This site provides coloring resources (which helps cement bone components in the memory). The study guide and quiz sections are definitely worth further attention.

 

Digestive

Colorado State: Digestive System: Colorado State uses this page as a launching point for a detailed descriptions of different digestive components, such as the stomach, liver, and intestines. Set aside a chunk of time, because this resources goes deep with an impressive amount of detail.

Innerbody: Intestines: Hover over different parts of the intestines to examine key parts and see summaries of their description.

Estrella Mountain: The Digestive System: This single-page guide starts with insects and moves up to the human body with complete descriptions and useful analogies.

 

Muscular

TelleEMG: General Muscles Anatomy: This site is a good place to start if you want a simple guide that lets you narrow down to body parts and muscle groups you can then study in-depth. This can be especially helpful for quiz prep or quick review.

Bodytrainer: Anatomy and Characteristics of Human Muscles: This guide will be very useful for physical therapy students and people who need a working knowledge of the different types of human muscles and the ways they work.

Maricopa: Muscular System: This guide is designed to help artists, but it also serves as a great tool for quizzing your anatomical comprehension. Pick an image, hover over the muscle, and click to produce the correct name.

 

Cardiovascular

Encyclopedia Britannica: Human Cardiovascular System: Some encyclopedia entries can be a bore, but this section, with its images, overview, and specific sections, is an excellent examination of the cardiovascular system.

Operational Medicine: Guide 9: Cardiovascular and Lymphatic Systems: Explore this series of basic diagrams for a better understanding of the heart and how it functions (the map that looks like a building layout can be especially helpful).

Pearson: Human Anatomy and Physiology: These larger, interactive color guides provide a more in-depth examination of the heart for those interested in greater detail.

 

Respiratory

EKU: Respiration: This guide is a little old-fashioned, but it contains images, descriptions, and videos, making it a strong entry for a complete look at the respiratory system and its operation. Clink on the term links for more info.

Man Anatomy: Respiratory System: With a smoother interface, this brief guide describes the basics of the respiratory system, providing a good overview for beginners.

 

Lymphatic

McGraw-Hill: Lymphatic System and Immunity: Choose a topic for a textbook style review of the subject. These details are sure to be useful for students of all levels.

Pearson: The Lymphatic System: These links include diagrams and study schematics that make for excellent exam preparation.

 

Endocrine

Kids Health: Endocrine System: This guide to the endocrine system covers basic terms and components in easy-to-read language. Use it for a starting place or general review.

CliffsNotes: Human Endocrine System: The Cliffs Notes version is notable for its summaries for each component (pituitary gland, thyroid, etc), each serving as an ideal reminder.

 

Nervous

BBC: Human Anatomy – Nervous System: This BBC interactive guide is surprisingly useful and complete. Click on different aspects of the nervous system to learn more about how they work and the details behind their operation.

Operational Medicine: Guide 11A Nervous System: Once again Operational Medicine provides a list of diagrams which are readymade for study purposes, from individual nerve cells to the complete brain.

 

Reproductive

3D Science: Reproductive: This analysis of human reproductive systems provides ideal models for internal and external studies, including pregnancy morphology.

Pearson: The Reproductive System: These links cover physiology, anatomy, STDs, and quiz materials for both male and female reproductive organs.

 

Urinary

Visual Dictionary Online: Urinary System: Do not let the obscure arrangement annoy you. Move through each section carefully and use the definitions to create a complete picture of the way the urinary system operates.

Innerbody: Urinary System: Use the anatomy terms list and descriptions to build up a solid concept of the urinary system.

 

Integumentary

JRank: Integumentary System: A key benefit behind this wiki-like description is the multiple links that explore definitions behind the words used. If you have a question about the details, click away.

DocsFiles: Integumentary System Study Guide: This archived collection of integumentary study guides is worth your time. Click on a guide to open a mini-viewer and access truly excellent study guides and outlines for the material.