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Biomedical Sciences

This page will help you get more out of your Library resources for your assignments, projects and dissertations in Biomedical Sciences

For some assignments, our Discovery Search will give you enough sources to work with. However you may also want to try subject specialist databases or browse particular journals.

A database is a collection of information organised in such a way that you can quickly select the bits of data you want - a bit like an electronic filing system. The Databases listed below collate journal article citations. When you search them using combinations of keywords, authors name and/or subject headings you will find article abstracts and where available the full text of the full article.

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.


  • A variant of Google that searches for academic literature


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


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

• Medline fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery


  • Medline contain journal article abstracts with links to the full-text where available


  • Subjects covered include veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health, and pre-clinical sciences. Plus life sciences, including some aspects of biology, marine biology, plant and animal science as well as biophysics and chemistry.


  • Keyword and Thesaurus searching with ability to refine results by date, article type, age, gender, author, language
  • Help pages available
  • This database is available to search on its own from the link above, plus you will find Medline results when searching Discovery.

Medline is a biomedical database containing references and abstracts to the international biomedical literature. Medline' major subject areas include nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health, and pre-clinical sciences. Medline also covers life sciences, including some aspects of biology, environmental science, marine biology, plant and animal science as well as biophysics and chemistry.

• PMC 

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 

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

• Science Direct fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

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.

• Web of Science fully searchable in EBSCO Discovery

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.


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