Biochemistry PhD, MD, MSc, ChM and DSc theses of staff and students of the Biochemistry Department, from 1910 to date, are available in the thesis collection in the Medical Library.
The Medical Library contains a special collection of rare books.
The Inter-Library Loans (ILL) service can be used to obtain Items not held in print in the University's branch libraries or available online. There is a charge for this service, though it may be possible to obtain an Inter-library loan voucher to pay for this:
Recommendations for new books, journals or database subscriptions can be made to either the Medical Subject Librarians (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Professor Andrew Halestrap (Library Representative for Biochemistry). We also welcome requests for trial access to new and novel resources.
Note: some of the documents on this page are in PDF format. In order to view a PDF you will need Adobe Acrobat Reader
The main databases for Biochemistry are the Web of Science (Science Citation Index) and Medline (PubMed), however see the Metalib links below for a list of all databases offering biochemistry content.
Help and Guidance:
The Medical Library runs formal training sessions on database searching for biochemistry students. However if you require additional help please contact Medical Library Staff (email@example.com)
You can also use the self-paced training guides and tutorials to learn how to use each resource.
The Medical Library contains a wealth of such material in either print or electronic format.
Consider titles starting with:
Look for others that end with the term 'reviews', for example:
Examples of other titles include:
The Medical Subject team run a programme of training in finding and using information by arrangement with your department.
There is no single way of citing references, various styles are available. The Department of Biochemistry recommends using the Biochemical Journal style of referencing. This is a numeric style, references cited in the text are identified by sequential numbers in square brackets and the references listed at the end of the work are in numerical order. For further details see the instructions to authors (references and citations section) on the Biochemical Journal's website.
Other commonly used styles are Harvard and Vancouver (another numeric style), details of which can be found in the guides mentioned below. You will need to use the style specified by your department (as indicated above) or by the body or journal to which you are submitting your work. If there are no guidelines specified, you should make sure that you write your references in a consistent way.
The Vancouver Group - now known as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - first published its Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals in 1979. The current version of Uniform requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals is available online. For samples of reference citation formats, consult the National Library of Medicine.
Other useful resources include:
Abbreviated journal titles can make finding a journal difficult. It is often necessary to know the full title in order to locate the journal or to request it on inter-library loan. To find journal title abbreviations you could use:
If you are unable to find the abbreviation you are looking for please ask a member of Library staff.
Sometimes very short unofficial abbreviations are employed in reference books or journals. Here are some example that you may encounter:
Please note: these should not be used in the references that you write, unless they are stipulated by the body or journal to which you are submitting your work.
For general information, please visit the journal abbreviations page.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 1 May 2013 by the University Library
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