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

  • 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.
  • 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

  • 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. However, if you need a bit of help, take a look at the video tutorials.
  • The Company of Biologists is an Open Access publisher of leading peer-reviewed journals and aims to support and inspire biologists.
  • 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.
  • 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 1500 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. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection.  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.
  • Infotrac Newsstand 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 1985. 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.