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Using the Resources

Here are just six of the ways you can use the science, technology and medicine resources for your research. 

  1. Become a Reader and access our collections in the London Reading Rooms. Our dedicated Science Reading Rooms provide an inspiring working environment, and specialist staff at the enquiry desks will guide you to the resources you need and show you how to use them effectively.
  2. Wherever you are, you can Explore the British Library for books, journals and articles, and pre-order items to be ready for you in the Reading Room when you arrive, This now also provides resources that you can use from home, in the form of research datasets.
  3. Access a wide range of online databases and research tools by searching our Electronic Resources and Journals, which includes links to Europe PubMed Central and WorldWideScience, a global science gateway providing one-stop searching of national and international databases.
  4. If you work in UK Higher or Further Education, you have free access to our Electronic Table of Contents database, Zetoc. Here you can search journal articles and conference papers and make use of the email alerting service to keep you up to date with new relevant publications.
  5. Access the British Library Document Supply service which is founded on an unrivalled research collection with truly global content. Your place of work may offer access to this service via a librarian or information officer. Electronic copies can be delivered as encrypted PDF files via our secure electronic delivery system in as little as two hours.
  6. Access the Sounds online digital library of around 12,000 recordings from the British Library Sound Archive. This includes wildlife recordings and oral history interviews with scientists.

For more inspiration, you can find out how people have used the science, technology and medicine resources to benefit their research by visiting Your Stories, where you can also inspire others by letting us know how our collections have already helped you in your research.

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