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Natural Sciences Subject Guide: LibGuide - online library support

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


Welcome to the Natural Sciences Subject Guide

Use this guide 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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Connect to the platform with your Exeter IT login, and create a free account to save and organise journals and articles.

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Use LibKey to help you get access to full text articles. 

Click the LibKey icon above to add the extension to your web browser. Select 'University of Exeter' as your institution and login using your Exeter IT login when prompted. 

Reading for leisure

Take a break from your recommended academic reading and explore e-books and audiobooks on the Libby app.


More information can be found on the Libby guide.

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Get in touch for help and advice on making the most of your library resources or book a 1:1 appointment with a Librarian


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.



Search within the following key databases to find articles, chapters and academic papers related to the natural sciences. 


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


You have access to further resources via the Natural Sciences subject list area in the A-Z Databases list. 

These are just a sample of some of the e-books you will be recommended to read as part of the Natural Sciences programme. See your module reading list for more information and links to other books, or run a search in Library Search.


Nature and Science are the two most prestigious scientific journals. They cover all of the sciences.

See the boxes below for the key resources for each of these subject areas.






The following resources might be useful if you are looking into the history, philosophy and ethics of science, perhaps as part of a Frontiers module.

Resources to support the development of professional skills and knowledge, such as:

  • Communication skills
  • Finding and using scientific literature
  • Science funding
  • Career paths in science

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

You can browse by subject e.g. Natural Sciences 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


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!




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Visit the Biosciences libguide for more information on the library resources available.


Visit the Physics libguide for more information on the library resources available. 


There are video guides available to help you search Reaxys.

The Journal of Visualized Experiments provides access to videos demonstrating experiments from laboratories around the world.

A valuable resource you can use to learn about Lab techniques and processes.

Visit the Chemistry libguide for more information on the library resources available.


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

Visit the Mathematics libguide for more information on the library resources available.

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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