Life Sciences

  • Additional Library resources available during the COVID-19 pandemic

    In addition to the e-content provided through the Library web site, many academic publishers are making additional e-resources available. Check this list  Library resources during COVID-19 pandemic for details. The list is being updated as more resources become available, so do check back regularly.

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    Key electronic resources for Science Subjects

  • Subject databases provide the best way of finding journal articles, published worldwide, on different aspects of the sciences.
    Databases that may be used to search for information on different aspects of the sciences include:

    • Web of Science (previously Web of Knowledge)

      This host service provides a single route to many of the key scientific databases subscribed to by Brookes. These are: the Web of Science Core Collection (including the Science Citation Index); MEDLINE; Biosis Citation Index; Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science; and Journal Citation Reports. Databases can be searched individually or together and bibliographic records will link to any full-text content available via Full Text Finder.

    • Academic Search Complete

      A multi-disciplinary database offering full text access to more than 5300 journals, as well as abstracts to a further 4000 journals across a wide range of subjects, including the sciences.

    • BioMed Central Databases

      A catalogue of more than 1100 sites covering a wide range of biomedical topics from Alzheimer disease to zebrafish anatomy. Some of the databases contain experimental data; others provide synopses of published information. Most of the databases are freely accessible and should be of interest to researchers, teachers and students.

    • Biomedical & Life Sciences Collection

      A collection of animated, seminar style talks by leading world experts on all aspects of biomedical and life sciences. The talks can be searched as a whole but are arranged into series such as Apoptosis, Cancer, Epidemiology, Human Genetics, Obesity, Retroviruses, Stem Cells etc for focussed browsing. There are around 1000 talks, which vary in length from about 20 minutes to an hour. The collection will be regularly expanded and updated as new series and talks are added.

    • BIOSIS Citation Index

      Life sciences and biomedical research - includes agriculture, animal studies, bio-engineering, bio-physics, botany, ecology, microbiology, pharmacology, zoology and experimental clinical medicine. Over 18 million records. 1969 to present.

    • British standards online

      This includes access to the full text of all current British Standards.

    • CINAHL: Cumulative index to nursing and allied health literature

      Nursing, health care. The CINAHL Database covers the following allied health fields: Athletic Training, Audiology, Cardiopulmonary Technology, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Services, Health Information Management, Medical Assisting, Medical/Laboratory Technology, Nutrition and Dietetics, Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Physician's Assistant, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Therapy, Social Service in Health Care, Speech-Language Pathology, Surgical Technology. Covers material published since 1982. In total, more than 1200 serial publications are regularly reviewed and indexed. Since 1986 abstracts have been included and are now available for 600 journal titles. Full text for selected items is available.

    • Emerald Insight

      This database contains academic and theoretical articles on management and business, including business strategy and the environment and aspects of quality control. The database provides abstracts from 1969 onwards and the full text of many journal articles is available from 1989.

    • Factiva (Full text plus some abstract/index)

      International news database providing archive of 10,000 sources from 152 countries in 22 languages. Leading national newspapers, trade and professional journals, the BBC Monitoring Service (transcripts of world radio broadcasts) are all included.

    • ISI Proceedings - Science and Technology

      ISI Proceedings (formerly : Index to Scientific & Technical Proceedings) is an index to the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions held in the areas of science, technology and medicine. ISI Proceedings contains approximately 2 million records from more than 60,000 conferences from 1990 to present. More appropriate for dissertation work.


      Biomedicine and health care. Compiled by the National Library of Medicine (USA), MEDLINE contains bibliographic information drawn primarily from life sciences literature, published since 1966. Specifically, medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences. Contains over 12 million bibliographic citations and abstracts from more than 4,600 biomedical journals. Full text links may be available for some records.

    • PsycINFO

      A broad based Psychology database, coverage includes abstracts of books, journal articles and dissertations. Covers material published since 1887 Contains more than 1.5 million references.

    • PubMed

      The PubMed database contains bibliographic records for biomedical articles from MEDLINE and some other life science journals.

    • ScienceDirect Freedom collection

      Contains around 2500 full text journals published by Elsevier, mainly in science, technology and medicine. Full text coverage for most journals in the collection is available from 2002 to present.

    • SPORT discus (full text)

      SPORT Discus contains information on sports medicine,exercise physiology, physical fitness, sports science, sports psychology, biomechanics, training, teaching, programming and coaching material.

    • TAIR

      The Arabidopsis Information Resource (TAIR) provides a database of genetic and molecular biology data for the model higher plant Arabidopsis thaliana. Data includes the complete genome sequence along with gene structure, gene product information, genome maps, genetic and physical markers, publications, and information about the Arabidopsis research community.

    • Zetoc: electronic table of contents from the British Library
    • This database covers about 20,000 current journals and conference proceedings in science, technology, medicine, engineering, business, law, finance and the humanities. It covers material published since 1993 and is updated daily.

    Lists of databases most relevant for particular subjects can be found from the Key Electronic Resources section.

    The Library has full-text access to over 10,000 journals, the vast majority of which are available over the internet.

    Looking for a particular electronic journal? Search for the journal title or browse on E-journals by title.

    Looking for a particular print journal? Search for the journal title on the Library Catalogue.

    Looking for journal articles on a subject? Use a database - see the suggestions above.

    Find our electronic books by searching the Library catalogue. You can then refine your search to the electronic books catalogue.
    The following electronic reference work may be of interest to you:

    Oxford Reference Online - About 200 dictionary, language reference, and subject reference works published by Oxford University Press.

    Further information about electronic books available to Oxford Brookes staff and students is contained on our e-books information pages.

    Some recommended subject specific websites are listed in the Key Electronic Resources sections but you may simply want to browse the Internet. Use Google more effectively by using "Search Tools" (on the Google tool bar) to identify level or date range, or "Advanced Search" to make your search more focussed.

    Cite Them Right Online shows you how to reference a wide range of resources using Harvard and other referencing styles. It also gives guidance on how to avoid plagiarism
    Referencing and citing your sources correctly
    Harvard system - Library printed guide to citing your references
    Endnote : reference management software for assisting with studying, research and creating bibliographies
    Guide to constructing a search strategy - PDF

    List of science subject locations and Library shelfmarks - Word document
    Digital Capabilities for Students (via Moodle)

    Bodleian Health Care Libraries

    Reference Membership of Bodleian Health Care Libraries (Cairns) is open to all staff and students within the Oxford Brookes University Faculty of Health and Life Sciences. Please go to the Cairns Library at the JR Hospital to apply for membership.

    Using other libraries

    Information about using other University of Oxford (Bodleian) libraries and accessing other university and special libraries in the UK.