Other related resources can be found in the following branches:
A wide range of materials to support biology courses are available in the Biological Sciences Library (ask at the Desk):
Biological Sciences PhD theses are available in the thesis collection in the Arts and Social Sciences Library.
The Biological Sciences Library contains a special collection of rare books.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain Items not held in print in the University's branch libraries or available online. There is a charge for this service, though it may be possible to obtain an Inter-library loan voucher to pay for this:
Resources available in the Biological Sciences Library
Reading review articles can be a good way of familiarising yourself with a topic quickly. Review articles can be published in normal journals, or in review type journals like the following. In many databases you can search for review articles, eg by refining search results in Web of Science by Document type.
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Probably the most troublesome are abbreviated journal titles which can make finding a journal difficult.
In biology the journal title abbreviations used by BIOSIS are often used. A list of these is given in "BIOSIS serial sources" which is kept at the Issue Desk in the Biological Sciences Library.
If you are unable to find the abbreviation you are looking for, please ask a member of the Library staff for assistance.
Sometimes very short unofficial abbreviations are employed in biology reference books or journals. Here are some examples that you may encounter:
Please note: these should not be used in the references that you write, unless they are stipulated by the body or journal that you are submitting your work to.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 6 September 2012 by the University Library
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