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MetaLib: your resource gateway provides access to a vast range of online resources, including databases, search engines, subject gateways, and selected Internet resources.
Guides to searching databases
A number of guides to searching individual databases and to literature searching in general, produced by the Medical Librarians, together with some externally produced, are available here. The Medical Librarian team are also able to give help and advice about searching databases.
The Medical Subject team run a programme of training in finding and using information by arrangement with your department.
There is no single way of writing references, however you should cite references in a consistent style. Biomedical journals mostly use either the Harvard or Vancouver formats for citing references.
The Vancouver Group - now known as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - first published its Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals in 1979. The current version of Uniform requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals is available online. For samples of reference citation formats, consult the National Library of Medicine.
Other useful resources include:
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Abbreviated journal titles can make finding a journal difficult. It is often necessary to know the full title in order to locate the journal. To find journal title abbreviations you could use:
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 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 27 April 2015 by the University Library
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