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Science electronic resources: by subject

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Biological and Life Sciences (including
food and agriculture)
Health, Medicine & Nursing
Chemistry Maths, Physics and Computer Science
Energy and Environment Psychology
Engineering and Technology Science - General
Geology and Geography Standards

Health, Medicine & Nursing

Name Brief Description Format
AMED
1985 to present
Covers journal articles on allied and alternative health. Subjects covered include: Acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis, chiropractic, osteopathy, rehabilitation, herbalism, holistic treatments, Chinese medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry. Online
British Nursing Index
1985 to date
Indexes the most popular English language nursing journals published primarily in the UK. Online
BRITISH PHARMACOPOEIA 2010 Provides information on the appropriate use of medicines in human and veterinary treatment.
Resource available on workstation 9 in the Science Reading Room - floor 2.
CD-ROM
CINAHL Plus
1937 to present
CINAHL Plus provides indexing for 3,802 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health. It also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,270 journals. Full text material includes nearly 80 journals plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. Online
COCHRANE LIBRARY A compilation of evidence about the effects of health care, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
CRD databases A set of three databases which can be searched, individually or together. They are DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness), NHS Economic Evaluation Database, and Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Database.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
Dentist Register Searchable database of registered dentists and dental care professionals in the UK.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
DRUG INFORMATION - FULLTEXT Information from the American Hospital Formulary Service and the Handbook of Injectable Drugs. Online
EMBASE
(Excerpta Medica)

1974 to present
A medical database with particularly good coverage of drug literature. The emphasis is on European sources. Online
Europe PubMed Central Europe PubMed Central provides a free-to-access online digital archive of full-text, peer-reviewed publications from biomedical and life sciences research. Europe PubMed Central additionally provides access to PubMed abstracts, biological and medical patent records, searchable grant data provided by the funders of the service, as well as link-out to gene, protein and chemical compound databases.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
Global Health
1910 to present
Specialist international public health database which is particularly strong in the areas of tropical medicine, infectious diseases, vector control, food safety and epidemiology. Online
Health and Psychosocial Instruments
1985 to present
Provides access to information about measuring instruments in the fields of health, psychology, organisational behaviour and library and information science. Covers questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, coding schemes/manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios and tests. Online
HMIC Health Management Information Consortium Comprising of the UK Department of Health Library & Information Services, the Nuffield Institute for Health Information Resource Centre of Leeds University Library, and the King's Fund Library. Online
Informit Health Collection Full text databases providing access to core nursing and allied health information from the Australasian region. Content includes research articles, reports and case studies.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Asian & African Studies and Science Reference Enquiry desks.
Online
INTERNATIONAL PHARMACEUTICAL ABSTRACTS
1970 to present
Includes clinical and technical drug information, pharmacy practice and pharmaceutical education. Online
Maternity and Infant Care A bibliographic database containing abstracts to journal articles on topics such as the midwifery profession, pregnancy, labour, birth, postnatal care, neonatal care, and the first year of an infant's life. Online
MEDICAL REGISTER An up-to-date register of qualified doctors in the UK.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
Medicine eBook collection - Springer A collection of 2,500 eBooks published between 2005 and date covering a range of medical subjects and specialities. Content includes monographs, reference works, encyclopedias and handbooks.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online
MEDLINE
1950 to present
Covers journal articles on all aspects of medicine, including dentistry, nursing and veterinary medicine. Online
NLM gateway Allows users to search in multiple retrieval systems at the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM). The current Gateway searches MEDLINE/PubMed, OLDMEDLINE, LOCATORplus, MEDLINEplus, ClinicalTrials.gov, DIRLINE, AIDS Meetings, Health Services Research Meetings, Space Life Sciences Meetings, and HSRProj.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
PubMed A service of the National Library of Medicine, PubMed provides access to over 12 million MEDLINE citations back to the mid-1960's and additional life science journals. It includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
SPORTDiscus
1830 to present
Contains information on sports medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, training techniques, coaching, physical education, physical fitness etc. Online
TRIP A Website designed to identify the best evidence for answering clinical questions. The Website draws on many free information resources and makes this content searchable via a single mechanism.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Individuals can register to get enhanced functionality (such as email updates).
For help with this resource: see staff at the Science Reference Enquiry desk.
Online

Maths, Physics and Computer Science

Name Brief Description Format
ADS - The NASA Astrophysics Data System A NASA funded abstracting resource covering astronomy, astrophysics, geophysics, etc.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
Encyclopedia of Astronomy and Astrophysics Offers convenient access to the entire text of the printed Encyclopedia with continuous updating to the text, periodic additions of new material, extensive links to primary literature and important astronomy websites. Online
INSPEC
(Available through Engineering Village)
1969 to present
Provides bibliographic references with abstracts to worldwide published literature on physics, electronics, electrical engineering, computer science and information technology. Online

Psychology

Name Brief Description Format
PsycEXTRA
1908 to present

Help Sheet
A grey literature database relating to psychology, behavioural sciences, and health. Full-text is available for the majority of records (approximately 70% and growing), in addition to a complete abstract record. Coverage consists primarily of material written for professionals but disseminated outside of peer-reviewed journals. Online
PsycINFO
1887 to present

Help Sheet
Includes citations and summaries of journal articles and book chapters in psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. Approximately 50000 references spanning journals from 1887 and books from 1987. Online

Science - General

Name Brief Description Format
Credo Reference Credo Reference is an online reference library that provides access to a large number of encyclopedias, dictionaries, thesauri and other reference books. Subjects covered include art, biography, history, literature, music, religion, and science and technology. Online
Current Contents Connect Current awareness database that provides access to tables of contents, abstracts and bibliographic information from leading scholarly journals, as well information from evaluated websites and documents. Online
Dissertations & Theses Index of North American and European doctoral dissertations and master's theses. A large number of the titles are available in full-text. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. Period covered: 1861-. Online
Journal Citation Reports Bibliometric tool which allows users to evaluate and measure the impact of scholary journals with statistical information based on citation data. Updated annually. Access to : JCR Science Edition (2003-present); JCR Social Sciences Edition (2005-present). Online
PASCAL (2001 to present) Multidisciplinary, bibliographic database which provides coverage of core literature in science, technology & medicine with special emphasis on French & European literature. Several national and international research centres contribute.
This resource is only available in British Library Reading Rooms.
Online
SCIENCE.GOV Science.gov is a gateway to authoritative selected science information provided by U.S. Government agencies, including research and development results.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
Scirus Scirus is a comprehensive science-specific Internet search engine, searching over 450 million science-specific Web pages, Coverage includes scientific, scholarly, technical and medical data such as ArXiv.org, Biomed Central, NASA and Science Direct.
This resource is freely available on the Internet.
Online
SCOPUS
1996 to the present
Broad based coverage of scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature drawn from over 14,000 peer-reviewed journals. Subject areas include Chemistry, Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, Life and Health Sciences, Social Sciences, Psychology, Economics, General Science, Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences. Online
Web of Knowledge Multidisciplinary research platform from Thomson Reuters. Provides access to Web of Science (including the Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index), Current Contents Connect, BIOSIS Citation Index, Zoological Record, Journal of Citation Reports, Derwent Innovations Index.
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online
Web of Science Collection of databases providing multidisciplinary literature coverage – including cited references – in the sciences, social sciences and arts & humanities. Provides access to the Science Citation Index Expanded (1900-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1956-present) and the Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present). Also provides access to information from the Proceedings Citation Index- Science (2006-present) and Conference Proceedings Citation Index- Social Science & Humanities (2006-present).
For help with this resource: see staff at the Humanities, Rare Books & Music, Science or Social Sciences Reference Enquiry desks.
Online
WorldWideScience.org A global science gateway that enables federated searching of national and international scientific databases. Maintainted by the Office of Scientific and Technical Information (part of the US DoE) and a number of other national organisations, including the British Library. Online

Standards

Name Brief Description Format
British Standards Online Full text access to current, historic, and draft standards produced by the British Standards Institution. Updated daily.
NB: This is a view-only subscription – printing is not permitted.
Online
IEEE Xplore Access to most IEEE and IET journals, magazines & conference proceedings published since 1988, and current IEEE standards. Covers engineering & technology industries, including power & energy, telecommunications & information technology. Online