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These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.

Key journal collections

  • Clinical Key is a clinical based resource that contains a large number of e-books, images and videos. You need to create an account to use Clinical Key and to use the personalisation features. You can watch a video on creating an account here. It is divided into three collections:
  • Clinical Key Nursing
  • Clinical Key Medicine
  • Clinical Key Midwifery
  • Health Research Premium Collection provides access to a range of health and medicine related journals and resources, including the Health & Medical Collection and Health Management Database.
  • JSTOR Global Plants database Global plants is the world’s largest database of digitized plant specimens and a locus for international scientific research and collaboration. 
  • Nature is a prestigious international scientific journal that publishes the finest peer-reviewed research in all aspects of science and technology.
  • SAGE Research Methods is a database which supports research at all levels by providing material to guide users through every step of the research process. Resources include a methods map, case studies, datasets, books, reference works, journal articles and instructional videos from world-leading academics.
  • ScienceDirect is a collection covering life, physical, medical, technical and social sciences.
  • Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database, containing 24,600 journals from 5,000 publishers. It is excellent for literature reviews or for finding out what has been published in your area as it can locate high quality journal articles, book chapters and more, for any subject.

Additional journal collections

  • Anatomy TV provides 3D models and illustrations of human anatomy.
  • Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy is a journal that publishes interdisciplinary studies on the mechanisms and therapeutic applications of antimicrobial and anti-parasitic agents and chemotherapy.
  • Applied and Environmental Microbiology is a journal that publishes articles on applied microbial research, basic microbial ecology research, and genetic and molecular investigations of microbial topics of practical application.
  • Biomed Central Journals  is a Science, Technology and Medicine publisher of open access, online, peer-reviewed journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology and medicine.
  • Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system enables you to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search an extensive archive. Box of Broadcasts is intuitive and easy to use, so you may find you can start straight away.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
  • GreenFILE has information covering all aspects of the human impact on the environment. It includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more.
  • Journal of Bacteriology is a journal that publishes research articles probing fundamental processes in bacteria, archaea, and their viruses and the molecular mechanisms by which they interact with each other and with their hosts and their environments.
  • Microbiology and Molecular Biology Reviews is a journal that publishes articles exploring the significance and the interrelationships of the latest discoveries that build our understanding of bacteria, viruses, parasites, fungi, and other higher eukaryotes.
  • PubMed comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
  • Statista – Market Outlooks & Forecasts, Company Reports & Profiles, Quantitative Data & Statistics. Statista is a comprehensive statistics platform offering over 1.5 million data sets. Find studies and reports, forecasts and surveys from over 400 industries that you can download in a range of formats. There are video tutorials showing you how to make the most of Statista and a quick guide.
  • Wiley Online Library is a multidisciplinary collection of over 1600 journals, covering the life, health and physical sciences.

Additional software tools

  • R can be downloaded on to any University computer by searching for the Software Center on the bottom toolbar of the PC. Search for R, then select R with R Studio, and you will be able to download R onto the chosen PC. More information is available from

There are a number of books on R available in Catalyst, as well as several eBooks that can be accessed via the library catalogue.

Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.

  • Lexis+ contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database. Enter Lexis+  Click content and select Newspapers.
  • Daily Mail Historical Archive 1896-2004 contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
  • Gale OneFile: News contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
  • Times Digital Archive contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 2019. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.

Ecology and conservation

Life sciences

Professional bodies

  • Federation of European Microbiological Societies (FEMS) aims to advance and unify microbiology knowledge. It brings together 46 member societies from 36 European countries.
  • Microbiology Society is the largest microbiological society in Europe with more than 5000 members.
  • The Royal Society is the world’s oldest scientific academy in continuous existence and it currently has more than 60 Nobel Laureates among its 1400 Fellows and foreign members.
  • Royal Society of Biology is a professional body of the Biological Sciences, it represents learned societies, organisations and individuals.
  • Society for Applied Microbiology aims to ensure that microbiology and microbiologists are able to exert influence on policy-makers within the UK, in Europe and worldwide.