Biology - Recommended Sources


A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

An online reference collection, featuring full-text content from subject-specific reference titles. Do a keyword search of the whole collection or browse for a reference work by subject. Get help planning your research by visualising your topic with a concept map.

Contains full text books in many subject areas.

The Library Catalogue contains details of books, journals, DVDs and other materials held by the library in physical form as well as many resources available electronically (eg. e-books and databases).

A 'search term' may be all or part of a title, author, publisher or simply subject keywords.

A guide to the using the library catalogue can be found here

Additional Sources

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

ECOTOX is a source for locating single chemical toxicity data for aquatic life, terrestrial plants and wildlife. The database was created and is maintained by the US Environmental Protection Agency. ECOTOX integrates three previously independent databases into a single system which includes toxicity data derived predominantly from the peer-reviewed literature, for aquatic life, terrestrial plants, and terrestrial wildlife


EDWIP offers information on fungi, viruses, protozoa, nematodes, and bacteria that are infectious in insects, mites and related arthropods. Data in EDWIP include associations between pathogenic organisms and insect, mite and other arthropod hosts. EDWIP also includes information on where associations have been observed, stages and tissues of hosts infected, and habitats and host ranges of the arthropod hosts. Association and nonassociation data in the database are supported by bibliographic citations. All areas of the database are searchable

International Plant Names Index (IPNI) is a database of the names and associated basic bibliographical details of seed plants, ferns and fern allies. Its goal is to eliminate the need for repeated reference to primary sources for basic bibliographic information about plant names. The data are freely available and are gradually being standardized and checked. International Plant Names Index will be a dynamic resource, depending on direct contributions by all members of the botanical community

• Marine Digimap not in Discovery 

Marine Digimap offers a range of hydrographic map and data products from SeaZone.

SpringerProtocols is a database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences, giving researchers step-by-step protocols for immediate use in their lab. The database is compiled from protocols from Humana’s book series Methods in Molecular Biology, Methods in Molecular Medicine, Methods in Biotechnology, Methods in Pharmacology and Toxicology, and Neuromethods, as well as from Laboratory Handbooks. e.g. The Biomethods Handbook, The Proteomics Handbook, and the Springer Laboratory Manuals

Your Subject Team

Ann Hindson & Sarah Weston

Faculty Librarians


Phone: (023) 9284 3236

Marie Smith

Assistant Faculty Librarian


Phone: (023) 9284 3339

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