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Biological Sciences

Databases

Find articles relevant to your subject by searching databases.

Look at the guides to get the most from each database.

These databases are available for use by Leeds staff and students both on and off-site within the terms of the license agreements. Off-site users will need to login using their Leeds username and password.

You can also see a complete list of databases for Biological Sciences

Key databases

CAB Abstracts Online

Covers human health, food and nutrition, agriculture, environmental issues, genetics, plant and animal science. CAB Abstracts includes information about research articles, books, conference proceedings and reports. Coverage from 1973 onwards.

CAS SciFinder

Widely considered to be the best database for any chemical research, CAS SciFinder also includes the major medical database Medline. It includes journal references, patent information and chemical substance and reaction data. The full CAS Registry file, containing the chemical structures and dictionary information for the 24 million substances identified by the CAS Registry System, is also included. You must register for access.

Registering

Register for SciFinder using your University email address. You will receive a unique username and password. You need to use this every time you access the database.

If you have any problems with registration or your SciFinder username and password, contact the CAS Help Desk.

Access

Access SciFinder here

When off campus, you will be asked to enter both your University and your SciFinder username and password.

CAS SciFinder support pages.

SciFinder demo outlining key features.

Medline

Search for journal articles and other reference types in medicine, dentistry and nursing, including biomedicine, medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health, pre-clinical sciences. This includes material from across the biological and environmental sciences, psychology, and chemistry. The database is updated frequently and can be searched back to 1950. A current awareness service provides alerts for newly added content.

Ovid Databases

More than 100 core and niche databases to support a variety of research needs in a wide range of disciplines including clinical medicine, pharmacology and more. The powerful combination of Ovid's rich database implementation with Ovid's advanced search features, natural language processing, sophisticated linking technology, and customizable display options, offer a unique, integrated database solution ideal for all users.

Guide to using Ovid Databases

Proquest: Science and Technology

This collection of databases allows you to search for journal articles and conference proceedings in a wide range of science and technology subjects including biological sciences, environmental sciences, geology, water resources and engineering. It includes historical archives and current subscriptions.

Guide to using Proquest: Science and Technology

Science Direct

Covers a wide variety of subject areas and disciplines: science, medicine and engineering, as well as business, management and social sciences. Offers full text access to the Elsevier Science journal collection of over 1,800 titles. There are over 1 million articles from 1995 to the present.

Guide to using Science Direct

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.