Journals & Databases

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:
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Annual Review of Microbiology is a journal that publishes articles covering developments in the field of microbiology, including bacteria, archaea, viruses, and unicellular eukaryotes.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Wiley Online Library is a multidisciplinary collection of over 1600 journals, covering the life, health and physical sciences.

Additional Software Tools

  • R is a programming language and free software environment that can be used for statistical computation and graphics. It can be downloaded on to any University computer by clicking on the start menu and selecting Application Catalogue. You can download R from the page that then appears. 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.

  • 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.
  • LexisNexis 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.
  • 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.

Useful Websites

Ecology & Conservation

  • International Biogeography Society promotes the study of patterns and processes in the geography of nature, including evolution, ecology, and conservation of biodiversity.
  • Natural England is the advisory body to the UK Government on the natural environment.

Life Sciences

Professional Bodies

  • 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 amongst 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.
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