Life Sciences resources

Your Liaison Librarian: Julie Beard      email:     tel: +44 (0)1782 734162

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Web of Science
Search a variety of databases, including Web of Science Core Collection. Search across all databases simultaneously, or select specific ones from the drop-down menu. Also includes access to Journal Citation Reports. You can also search BIOSIS on its own using the lnk provided on this page.

BIOSIS Citation Index - Web of Science
Life sciences and biomedical research covering pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies and more. You can cross-search BIOSIS along with other databases using the 'Web of Science' link on this page, although searching BIOSIS individually gives access to some unique search tools.

EBSCO: Life Sciences databases
Includes MEDLINE, CINAHL Plus, PsycINFO, SPORTDiscus and Academic Search Complete. You can also search MEDLINE on its own using the link provided on this page.

Millions of citations from biomedical journals. Uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities. You can also search MEDLINE along with a collection of other databases, using the EBSCO: Life Sciences databases link listed on this page.

PubMed Central (PMC)
Archive of full-text biomedical and life sciences journal articles.

ProQuest: Science and Technology databases 
Cross search a variety of databases including the ProQuest Biological Science and Aquatic Science Collections. Search all databases simultaneously, or select specific ones by clicking on 'Change databases'.

Leading scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters.

Cochrane Library
A collection of health-related databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

Laboratory Hazards Bulletin - Royal Society of Chemistry
Provides key information on hazards encountered by laboratory workers in all fields including R&D, analytical and hospital laboratories. Includes waste management, occupational monitoring and legislation.

arXiv: Quantitative Biology
Archive for electronic pre-prints in the field of quantitative biology.

Pronounced ‘agri-archive’, this is a free, open access source of unpublished pre-prints across the agricultural sciences. 

BioMed Central - Springer Nature
Over 200 peer-reviewed journals in the fields of biology and medicine.

Electronic archive of papers in psychology, neuroscience and linguistics.

Analytical Abstracts - Royal Society of Chemistry
Current awareness and information retrieval service tailored to analytical scientists, provided by The Royal Society of Chemistry.

ClinMicroNow (American Society for Microbiology)
Authoritative clinical microbiology texts merged into one searchable resource.

VLeBooks (previously DawsonEra)
One of our core ebook collections with many titles relevant for Life Sciences.

ProQuest Ebook Central
This ebook platform is another of our core ebook collections.

School of Life Sciences - online reading lists
Access the recommended reading for your modules.

Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy
Features nearly 330 videos of real human anatomic specimens in their natural colour.

British Pharmacopoeia
Official collection of standards for UK medicinal products and pharmaceutical substances.

ClinMicroNow (American Society for Microbiology)
Authoritative clinical microbiology texts merged into one searchable resource.

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) Core Biology
Animated video lessons explaining key concepts in Biology, plus scientist-in-action videos showing actual research experiments.

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) Science Education Database
Video library dedicated to teaching scientific fundamentals through simple, easy-to-understand video demonstrations. Keele is subscribed to both the 'Basic Biology' and 'Advanced Biology' collections. Limited access to other sections is also available.

JoVE (Journal of Visualized Experiments) Video Journal
Peer-reviewed, video methods journal publishing experimental techniques in a visual format to increase scientific reproducibility and productivity. Keele is subscribed to the 'Biology' and 'Neuroscience' sections. Limited access to other sections is also available.

Medicines Complete - Royal Pharmaceutical Society
Gives online access to the current edition of various medicinal and drug related publications, including: BNF, Clark's Analysis of Drugs & Poisons, Martindale's, Stockley's Drug Interactions.

Nature Precedings
Pre-publication research and preliminary findings.

NCBI (National Center for Biotechnology Information)
The NCBI advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information.

Database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the life and biomedical sciences (free access to 1980-2012 content only)

British Library EThOS
The British Library ETHOS project provides electronic access to research theses from many UK universities.

European Newsstream - ProQuest
Provides the searchable full-text of articles published in around 30 UK newspapers including The Times, Telegraph, Guardian and The Independent.

Google Scholar
The most famous web search engine can search for academic journals and literature too. In Google Scholar’s settings you can also customise your results to quickly see which of them you have full-text access to through Keele Library. To get this working, before you perform your search click on Settings and type 'keele' into the Library Links search box. Tick the Keele University – view online @Keele box, click on Save Preferences and you're ready to go. When you've typed in your search, any results with ‘view-online@Keele' link next to the title provide a direct link through to the article.

Keele Research Repository
A digital archive of research and enterprise output produced by Keele University staff.

Access to Nature, a leading weekly international science journal, from 2007 onwards.

NDLTD (Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations)
Details of theses and dissertations from universities in the United States and worldwide.

A news and business service which includes around 12,000 publications, including worldwide, national and local newspapers.

Reference management software which you can use to import, manage and save references from your research, whether they are from books, library databases, journals, web pages or other sources. You will need your Keele username and password to access RefWorks.

Full text access to Science journal. Access is from 1880 to the current issue.

Use this site to set up "table of contents" email alerts to your inbox when new issues of journals are published.

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The Liaison Librarian for Life Sciences is Julie Beard. If you’d like more in-depth help on using resources, want advice on how to search effectively, or want to further develop your information or digital literacy skills you can contact Julie and ask for an appointment:

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