Biology - Finding Articles

For some assignments, our Discovery Service will give you enough sources to work with.

Sometimes you may want to try specific databases or journals – perhaps your lecturer has recommended particular names as a good way of finding articles. This page lists key sources for Biology:

Databases

• BioMed Central not in Discovery 

BioMed Central is the largest open access publisher in the world, publishing over 200 peer-reviewed open access journals across the fields of biology, chemistry and medicine.

• Geobase not in Discovery 

GeoBase is a multidisciplinary database of bibliographic information and abstracts that indexes journal literature across the earth sciences including geology, human and physical geography, environmental sciences, oceanography and geomechanics from 1980-present. Updated weekly, GeoBase contains 1.8 million records with over 100,000 new records added annually. A guide to this resource can be found at: https://library.port.ac.uk/guides/docs/LG737.pdf

• Google Scholar not in Discovery 

What

  • A variant of Google that searches for academic literature

Why

  • Provides access to articles, books, conference papers and preprints
  • Links to Full-text @ Portsmouth where available when settings are applied

How

  • Simple or advanced searching allowing refinement by date, author etc
  • A Library Guide to this resource is available 

• Greenfile 

GreenFILE covers research information on all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. This is a multidisciplinary resource and topics include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. This resource is also available through the Discovery service.

GreenFILE covers research information on all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on the environmental effects of individuals, corporations and local/national governments, and what can be done at each level to minimize these effects. Multidisciplinary by nature, GreenFILE draws on the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology. Topics covered include global climate change, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more

Global Plants is a community-contributed database used by students and researchers. Global Plants lets herbaria share their plant type specimens, experts determine and update plant names, and students discover and learn about plants in context

• PMC not in Discovery 

PubMed Central is a free archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). In keeping with NLM’s legislative mandate to collect and preserve the biomedical literature, PMC serves as a digital counterpart to NLM’s extensive print journal collection

• PubMed not in Discovery 

PubMed comprises millions of citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites

This resource is an interdisciplinary module of regularly updated, peer reviewed ‘featured articles’ written by individuals or groups of experts in a particular field. The range of subject areas include Atmospheric Sciences, Bioscience, Energy and Natural Resources, Geoscience, Global Change, Hydrology and Oceanography. This contains Treatise of Geomorphology, Geophysics and Geochemistry.

ScienceDirect's extensive and unique full text database covers authoritative titles from the core scientific literature, published by Elsevier. More than 2,500 journals and more than nine million full-text articles are available in ScienceDirect providing access to the physical sciences and engineering life sciences. This resource is also available through the Discovery service. A Library Guide is available.

This is a large collection of science, technology and medicine related full-text and bibliographic information.

• Scopus 

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.

Web of Science – part of the Web of Knowledge collection of databases – consists of a number of databases containing information gathered from thousands of scholarly journals, books, book series, reports and conferences. Three citation databases (Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-), Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts (1975-) and Humanities Citation Index (1975-)) also contain the references cited by the authors of the articles. You can use these references to do cited reference searching, allowing you to find articles that cite a previously published work. Conference Proceedings Citation Index – Science includes the published literature of the most significant conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions in a wide range of scientific disciplines.

 

Journals

This journal is concerned with the use of mathematical models and systems analysis for the description of ecological processes and for the sustainable management of resources.

This journal publishes papers that contribute to understanding the molecular and cellular basis of biological processes.

Covering all areas of physiology the journal of Physiology is a journal of the Physiological Society.  It contains full length research papers and shorter reports of particularly important cutting edge work.  It also contains pieces on new techniques for physiological research plus symposium reports and topical reviews. Collections of articles on a particular theme are also occasionally published as virtual issues.

This journal covers all areas of physiology.

This Journal covers all aspects of marine ecology including topics on microbiology, botany, zoology, ecosystem research, biological oceanography, ecological aspects of fisheries and aquaculture, pollution, environmental protection, conservation, and resource management

• Nature 

• Science 

Journal of the American Association for the Advancement of Science containing research, news and commentary.  Campus use only

Your Subject Team

Ann Hindson & Sarah Weston

Faculty Librarians

Email: sciencelibrarians@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3236

Marie Smith

Assistant Faculty Librarian

Email: Marie.smith@port.ac.uk

Phone: (023) 9284 3339

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