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Welcome to the subject page for Biology.

This page will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more… 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. 

ScienceDirect is a leading scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and over 11,000 books. There are currently more than 9.5 million articles/chapters with almost half a million new records added every year.

Full text records for all ScienceDirect content to which we subscribe are now available in OneSearch. When you carry out a search in OneSearch, you may see a link in the search results that says.  If you follow this link and we have access to the full text, you can download the pdf from the ScienceDirect website.

If off campus, you may need to login to ScienceDirect first in order to see full text.

  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    All ebooks, in OneSearch, provide online access from any location. 

    Recent Books

    Reece, J.B. Campbell, N.A. (2014) Campbell biology (10th ed). Book.

    Campbell, N.A. (2014) Biology a global approach (10th ed). Ebook)

    McLennan, A.G. (2013) Molecular Biology (4th ed). Book & ebook.

  • Journals & Eresources

    BIOSIS Previews A comprehensive reference database for life science research, covering original research reports and reviews in traditional biological and biomedical areas as well as providing references to primary journal literature on vital biological research, medical research findings and discoveries of new organisms.

    Science direct Science database covering physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.

    Web of Science Leading scholarly literature in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities and proceedings of international conferences, symposia, seminars, colloquia, workshops, and conventions.

    BioOne BioOne is a nonprofit publisher that aims to make scientific research more accessible through a growing portfolio of products including its full-text aggregation, BioOne Complete, and open access journal, Elementa: Science of the Anthropocene..

    Other databases that might be useful: 

    Bioline International

    Academic Search Complete

    Cambridge Journals Online

    Oxford Journals

    Wiley online library

    Key collections for your subject are identified above and you can also view the complete current list of available eresource collections.

  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    BioTech Life Science Dictionary

    Most of the 6700+ terms deal with biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, cell biology and genetics. We also have some terms relating to ecology, pharmacology, toxicology and medicine.

    EMBL European Bioinformatics Institute

    The European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) is part of EMBL, Europe's flagship laboratory for the life sciences.


    Ensembl is a genome browser for vertebrate genomes that supports research in comparative genomics, evolution, sequence variation and transcriptional regulation. Ensembl annotate genes, computes multiple alignments, predicts regulatory function and collects disease data. Ensembl tools include BLAST, BLAT, BioMart and the Variant Effect Predictor (VEP) for all supported species.

    ION: Index to Organism Names

    ION contains the organism names related data gathered from the scientific literature for Clarivate Analytics' Zoological Record® database. Viruses, bacteria and plant names will be added from other Clarivate databases such as BIOSIS Previews®.

    Neurology, Neuroscience & Neurosurgery websites

    From UCL Queen Square Institute of Technology. Links to gatewyas, organisations, specialised resources, history of neurology, online directories of neurologists.

    The Royal Society - Journals

    The Royal Society is a Fellowship of many of the world's most eminent scientists and is the oldest scientific academy in continuous existence. They offer 350 years of research across the whole of science. Explore their scientific journals.

    Royal Society of Biology

    The Royal Society of Biology, previously called the Society of Biology, is a learned society and professional association in the United Kingdom created to advance the interests of biology in academia, industry, education, and research.


    Since 1997, the SciCentral editors have been aggregating breaking research news from the most reputable and reliable sources. The service has received over 30 Web awards and enthusiastic reviews from leading science publishers (e.g.; Science Magazine, The Lancet, The New Scientist) for the quality of its service. Over 700 other websites point to SciCentral as a trusted source of information.

    Scitable | Learn Science at

    A collaborative learning space for science.

    Textpresso Central

    Textpresso Central contains roughly 1.5 million full text articles. Perform simple keyword searches or more advanced searches to answer specific biological questions. Search results are presented in the context of the full text for rapid assessment of relevancy.

    UCSD Signaling Gateway - Molecule Pages

    The UCSD Signaling Gateway Molecule Pages provide essential information on over thousands of proteins involved in cellular signaling. Each Molecule Page contains regularly updated information derived from public data sources as well as sequence analysis, references and links to other databases. Published Molecule Pages contain an expert-authored review article that describes the biological activity, regulation and localization of the protein.

    Wellcome Images

    Collection of over 170 000 historical and contemporary images, covering medical and social history, contemporary healthcare and biomedical science.