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Natural Sciences: LibGuide - online library support

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

 

Welcome to the Natural Sciences 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 Library Induction to learn all about the Library basics. 
Contact your Librarian
For advice or to book a 1:1 appointment

 

Select your subject from the drop down menu to find your librarian.

 

  E-mail: libhelp@fxplus.ac.uk 

 

Where to start your search - 3

Library Search

Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles + more.

The Library Search LibGuide is available for guidance.

For a full selection of 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, performances and much more, to support your  study and research.  Key resources are highlighted in the adjacent tabs.

 

Key Research Databases

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

The following databases will help you discover material related to the natural sciences. You have access to further resources via the Natural Sciences subject list area in the A-Z Databases list. 

Use the Environment Complete tutorials for an introduction to the database.

There are video guides available to help you search Reaxys.

Use the QuickStart guide if you are new to this resources or the Help Tutorials to view demonstrations of the various database functions.

Use the Databases A-Z List to access all the resources available to you.

You can browse by subject e.g. Natural Sciences or type (e.g.maps, statistics, images etc.) or search to find your required resource.

Allied subjects include Biosciences, Computer Science, Engineering, Mathematics, Physics and the Medical School.
You will also find LibGuides available for these and other subject disciplines.

  • TED is a nonprofit devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).  

  • You can explore TED Talks related to the Sciences.

  • You'll find talks on all sorts of other topics too. The latest and most popular talks are available from the TED homepage

 

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

  • COPAC - exposes rare and unique research material by bringing together the catalogues of c.90 major UK and Irish libraries.

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

  • SUNCAT - is the Serials Union Catalogue for the UK research community, a free tool to help researchers and librarians locate serials held in the UK.

  • 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.

  • LibWeb - Access to a listing of online library catalogues worldwide

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

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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.

The 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 College provides Health and safety Information you should consult.

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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.

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

Academic 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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