The 10 Best Microbiology Textbooks

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This wiki has been updated 22 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Whether you intend to pursue a career in medicine or simply want to understand the stories on the news better, you'll need a grasp of how the smallest organisms in our world operate. These textbooks take on the challenge of microbiology, and are available in editions suitable for everyone from new students to advanced professionals in the field. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the Wiki.

1. Microbiology: An Introduction

2. OpenStax Microbiology

3. Koneman's Color Atlas

Editor's Notes

March 08, 2019:

There are really two types of people who will seek out the titles on this list: those who are enrolled in related courses and those who want to teach themselves. If you're in an introductory class at the high school or college level, it's highly likely your professor has recommended Microbiology: An Introduction, as it's a trusted resource that walks students through the necessary concepts. But if you're learning on your own, then the number two pick from OpenStax is a great choice, and you just can't beat the price of the E-book version. Other selections on the list are more specialized, though you'll get the most bang for your buck with Koneman's Color Atlas, which is good for educational purposes and also something you can keep around as a reference tool whenever you need to brush up on something.

4. E-Z Microbiology

5. Techniques in Microbiology

6. Textbook of Microbiology & Immunology

7. Textbook of Diagnostic Microbiology

8. Microbiology with Diseases by Taxonomy

9. Microbiology: A Systems Approach

10. Foundations in Microbiology

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