Key electronic resources for Biology and Environment

  • Use databases to search for details of articles, published in all the most important journals in a particular subject area.

    Databases recommended for finding articles in Biology and the Environmental Sciences are:

    • 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 full-text database providing full articles, with their accompanying indexing and abstracts, across a wide range of subjects, including biology and the environmental 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.

    • 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.

    • Digimap - this page provides information of the wide range of UK maps available through Digimap
    • 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.

    • JSTOR - this database provides an archive of full-text articles from a wide range of academic journals, including many life sciences journals. JSTOR does not give access to issues which are less than 3-5 years old but is very useful for older journal articles.
    • 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.
    • 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.

    N.B. The Library's electronic databases page provides a complete list of all our databases with brief details of subject coverage and access information.

    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.
    These are some additional electronic reference works that may be of interest to you:

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

    Encyclopedia of Life
    The complete work of Charles Darwin Online - contains Darwin's complete publications including many handwritten manuscripts and a searchable bibliography of the writings of Charles Darwin.

    Biology and Environmental sites


    In addition to the websites listed above, the following links may prove useful:

    Business and Environmental Management




    Climate Change and Air Quality


    Renewable Energy, Bioenergy: Food - Climate Change - Sustainability