Other related resources can be found in the following libraries:
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 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:
|BIOSIS Citation Index||The most comprehensive database for the traditional areas of biology - botany, zoology and microbiology, but also covers related fields such as biomedical sciences, agriculture, pharmacology and ecology, and includes interdisciplinary fields including biochemistry and veterinary medicine. The BIOSIS Citation Index combines the literature content from the BIOSIS Previews database with fully indexed cited references from BIOSIS (from 2006) and from all the Web of Science databases (prior to and post 2006). This means that in addition to subject and bibliographic searching of the BIOSIS literature you can now perform powerful cited reference searches.|
|CAB Direct||CAB Direct is CABI's electronic platform delivering access to over 10 million abstracts across the applied life sciences.|
|Medline on OvidSP||Produced by the US National Library of Medicine, Medline on OvidSP covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 5,600 journals published world-wide. Data available goes back to 1966 and the database is updated weekly.|
|ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland||Also known as Index to Theses, this database offers the most comprehensive available listing of doctoral theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716. Bibliographic listings for content for 1950-1986. Abstracts for content since 1986 with some additional 15,000 citations added annually.|
|PsycINFO||PsycINFO (sometimes mistakenly known as PsychINFO) is produced by the American Psychological Association. It is a comprehensive international database covering summaries of journal articles, book chapters, technical reports and citations to dissertations in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. Coverage is from 1806 onwards.|
|Scopus||A large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Scopus has journal coverage in many subjects across the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.|
|Web of Science - Core Collection||The databases available within the Web of Science - Core Collection are:
Entries prior to 1981 do not include abstracts.
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 21 September 2015 by the University Library
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