Welcome to the Biosciences subject page. This guide highlights the key resources for your subject area.
All required reading for your modules should be available from your online reading lists. In addition to prescribed reading, when doing your own research ‘beyond the reading list’, LibrarySearch is a quick and easy way to simultaneously search for academic content across a number of different sources. If you get stuck, please don’t hesitate to contact your Academic Librarian.
These are collections that are either specific to your subject area, or contain a significant amount of subject-specific content. Many of these can be searched together using LibrarySearch, but content in some specialist databases can only be found by searching them individually. And, for more comprehensive searching or for systematic reviews, you may need to search each individual database in turn.
- ACM Digital Library
Access to a range of full-text articles on bioinformatics, from a computing/technical perspective.
- American Chemical Society
Articles in the chemical and related sciences, including these journals: ACS Chemical Biology; Biochemistry; Bioconjugate Chemistry; Biomacromolecules; Biotechnology Progress; Nano Letters.
- BioMed Central
Access to 180+ peer-reviewed life science journals, including BMC Bioinformatics and BMC Biotechnology. Research articles are usually available in full-text; others may provide citation and abstract only. Also provides a number of subject gateways that bring together high quality websites and research articles for a particular subject area.
- Nature The leading weekly international scientific journal.
- PubMed Central Free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).
- Science Direct
Full-text articles from more than 2,000 journals, covering all subjects.
- Science Direct Topic Pages These provide concept definitions and subject overviews for researchers who want to expand their knowledge about scholarly and technical terms. Each synopsis provides a series of short, authoritative, excerpts from highly relevant book chapters written by subject matter experts in the field.
- Scopus Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature - it features smart tools to track, analyse and visualise scholarly research.
Full-text articles from more than 2,500 journals including Cell and Tissue Research and Theoretical and Applied Genetics.
- Taylor & Francis Online
Access to over 1100 journals including Communicative & Integrative Biology and Rare Diseases
- Web of Science Web of Science (previously Web of Knowledge) is a leading research platform and provides a comprehensive database indexing all subject areas within the Sciences, Social Sciences, Arts & Humanities from 1900 onwards.
- Wiley Online Library
Access to nearly 1,500 peer-review journals including the Biology of the Cell and Journal of Medical Virology.
Key websites for your subject area include:
- Biochemical Society. Includes Biochemical Journal.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. United States government health protection agency.
- Communicable Disease Surveillance and Response. Important information from the World Health Organisation.
- Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs (DEFRA). Oversees the food industries in the UK and deals with environmental concerns.
- European Bioinformatics Institute. Provides information about the EBI, its history, research activities and publications.
- Food and Agriculture Organization. Part of the United Nations, the FAO works to alleviate hunger and promote agricultural development.
- Mitomap. Human mitochondrial genome database. "The role of Mitomap is to report, not to analyze, published and unpublished data on human mitochondrial DNA variation".
- National Federation for Infectious Diseases. USA based organisation supporting research into the understanding and prevention of infectious diseases.
- PFAM. Database of protein families from the Wellcome Trust Sanger Institute.
- Society of Biology. Professional body for biologists. Information on publications, UK branches, membership, education and training.
- Society for In Vitro Biology. Aims to foster the exchange of knowledge in this subject area. The focus is on biological research, development and applications of significance to science and society.
- Virus Reference Laboratory. Based at University College Dublin, this laboratory provides information about viruses including a Virus Alert Bulletin.
- Wellcome Collection - Find thousands of freely licensed digital books, artworks, photos and images of historical library materials and museum objects.
Your Academic Librarian
Your Librarian is Carolyn Mustard. Carolyn can help you find the resources you need for your research, and advise you on how best to reference them.
Tel: 01382 308891
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