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Subject Guide - help and guidance on finding resources in your subject area

Welcome to the Biosciences LibGuide

Use this Subject LibGuide to help you make the most of the library and information resources and services

New to the University?  Explore the Getting Started with the Library guide to learn all about the Library basics. 

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Natasha Bayliss

Where to start your search

Library Search

Search across the print and online collections for books, chapters, articles, journals and lots more. 

For more in depth research in databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Expand your searching

There are a wide range of online resources that will help you trace books, journal articles and much more, to support your  study and research.  Key resources are highlighted in the adjacent tabs.

Explore the how to find resources guide as a starting point.

Research databases index the global literature and provide references to journal articles, books, conference proceedings, etc. that match your search criteria. They help you to find information about previous publications in your research field. 

Reaxys video guides  are available too.

SCOPUS tutorial.

You can see a full list of relevant databases in the A-Z database listing under Biosciences

Use the Databases A-Z List to access all the resources available to you. You can browse by subject (e.g. Biosciences) or type (e.g. maps, news, images etc.) or search to find your required resource.


You can use the following services to explore research materials available elsewhere

  • Library hub discover - Search a trial database of UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues.

  • WorldCAT - search the collections of libraries in your community and tens of thousands more around the world. 

  • The European Library - access to the collections of the 48 National Libraries of Europe and leading European Research Libraries.

  • The Library of Congress -  catalog records for books, serials, manuscripts, maps, music, recordings, images, and electronic resources in the Library of Congress collections in the USA.

  • CORE - gives an incredibly fast search of the full-text of 80M open access research resources

Online Tutorials

Biosciences finding and using library resources tutorial link
dissertation guide
how to evaluate information

I am looking for ...

You are likely to use a wide range of different types of information sources for your study and research. Use the online support highlighted here to guide your searching.


Online Books

You have online access to hundreds of online books that relevant to biological sciences.  Use the Library Search to search by topic to discover relevant content. For example, you could try finding Campbell's Biology : a global approach.

Print Books

Our print books are arranged in Dewey Decimal Classification order.  This means that books on similar topics are grouped together.  Find out more on the how to find books guide

The vast majority of our journals are available online, allowing 24/7 access wherever you are.

Use Library Search to find Journal Titles and articles that relate to your research/study area, drawn from a wide range of full text sources.

For targeted searching, select a research database and explore the published literature in your field. Key databases are flagged above.

  • News sources can be invaluable research resources. 
  • They provide contemporaneous accounts of events as they emerge and unfold, affording a snapshot of developments at a point in time.
  • You can engage in historical research by tracing commentary on issues over time, to identify and track changing political, economic and social trends. 
  • The availability of news resources online allows for very effective and comprehensive searching, in a way that was impossible with print or microfilm / microfiche editions of the newspapers 

Find out more on the News LibGuide.

  • Statistics is the science of collecting, analysing and presenting numerical data.

  • Statistical data can be found on a huge variety of subjects, for example the economy, employment, the environment, government, health, international trade, manufacturing, and population.

  • They can be a vital source of information for your studies.

Find out more on the Statistics LibGuide.

HSTalks - The Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas. You can explore TED Talks related to the topic of the Biology, Bioethics or view the most popular talks from the TED homepage.

Bioscience Skills Resources

There are a wide range of online resources that will help you develop your practical skills. Key resources are highlighted in the adjacent tabs.

jove logoThe Journal of Visualized Experiments provides access to videos demonstrating experiments from laboratories around the world. It's a valuable resource you can use to learn about Lab techniques and processes!

The University subscribes to the following collections: Biology, Immunology & Infection, Neuroscience, Medicine and Biochemistry. Content in other collections will not be accessible. 

Effective Searching & Referencing

It is important to plan your search strategy, and manage your search results so that you get the most from your online searching.

Keep a record of all the material you need to cite in your assignments, papers, projects etc. 

Use the Search Techniques and Referencing guidance to assist you.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 


As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

For more guidance take a look at:

Find out more about the skills support available to help you develop a range of study skills including essay writing, referencing, critical reading and getting the most out of lectures.

Study Skills Support

Sage Research Methods Online (SRMO) is a great resource to use when you are planning and conducting your research. 

It is targeted at social science researchers but is useful across all subject areas as it covers key research methodology topics that are applicable across the research spectrum.

Sage have produced a comprehensive LibGuide to help you get the best from the resource.

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