|Medline on OvidSP||Produced by the US National Library of Medicine, Medline on OvidSP covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 5,600 journals published world-wide. Data available goes back to 1946 and the database is updated weekly.|
|PubMed, including Medline||A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes all of Medline plus references from a wider range of life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1946. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources, including: - records from in Medline In Process (which is also searchable through OvidSP) - some non-medical science titles which do not have MeSH subject headings plus many open access, full-text publications funded by the National Institute for Health.|
|Embase||Provides references to articles from approximately 8,000 international biomedical journals. Embase has particularly strong coverage of drug research, pharmacology, toxicology and related areas. Nursing, veterinary medicine, psychology and alternative medicine are covered selectively. Data goes back to 1974 and is updated weekly.|
|Scopus||A large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Scopus has journal coverage in many subjects across the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Scopus includes cited reference searching as a feature.|
|Web of Science - Core Collection||
The databases available within the Web of Science - Core Collection are:
Science Citation Index covers all major scientific disciplines. Web of Science offers cited referencing searching as well as subject searching.
|BIOSIS Citation Index||The most comprehensive database for the traditional areas of biology - botany, zoology and microbiology, but also covers related fields such as biomedical sciences, agriculture, pharmacology and ecology, as well as biochemistry and veterinary medicine. BIOSIS is part of the Web of Science platform which enables you to run cited reference searches.|
|Cochrane Library - Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews||The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of individuals and institutions committed to preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews of the effects of health care. The Cochrane Library publishes its own full text systematic reviews which can be found through the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. It also provides references to systematic reviews conducted elswhere via the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE). There is also a Controlled Trials Register as well as other listings on methodology, health technology and economic evaluation.|
|PsycINFO||PsycINFO is a comprehensive international database containign references to journal articles, book chapters, technical reports and dissertations in the field of psychiatry, mental health, psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. Coverage is from 1806 onwards.|
|DailyMed||Information about marketed drugs from the US National Library of Medicine. Entries include a description, pharmacological information, indications and information about dosage and adverse reactions.|
|Electronic Medicines Compendium||Information on thousands of licensed medicines available in the UK. Updated daily with new and revised information.|
A web-based application for organic and inorganic chemists and related scientists, which consists of the combined content of the Beilstein, Gmelin and Patent Chemistry databases.
Java version 1.5 or higher has to be present on the PC/Mac for various functions of Reaxys to work (structure editor etc).
|EndNote Online||EndNote Online enables you to collect and organise references and will interact with Word to insert formatted citations and generate a reference list or bibliography. you will need to create an account with EndNote Online. Further information about EndNote Online can be found on our EndNote Online advice and support page.|
|JournalTOCs||JournalTOCs is a large free collection of scholarly journal Tables of Contents (TOCs) service covering thousands of journals from over a thousand publishers. It will alert you when new issues of your selected journals are published.|
|Zetoc (Electronic Table of Contents)||Provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents service (ETOC). The database covers all subjects and contains details of approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published per year. The database includes almost 15 million references to articles from 1993 to date and is updated daily. ZeTOC Alerts is an email alerting service which helps you keep up-to-date with relevant new articles and papers.|
|COPAC||Provides access to the merged online catalogues of many major university, specialist, and national libraries in the UK and Ireland, including the British Library. Members of the University can login to Copac with their username & password for a range of additional facilities.|
|Dissertation Express||A searchable index providing brief citation details to Dissertation Abstracts International. You can choose to personally purchase the full text of dissertations/theses you require or you can request them via our Inter-Library Loans Service.|
|EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)||
The UK’s national thesis service. EThOS provides details of all doctoral theses awarded by UK Higher Education institutions and free access to the full text of as many theses as possible for use by all researchers to further their own research. .
Please note: UK theses not available on EThOS can be requested via the Inter-Library Loan service
|ProQuest Dissertations & Theses: UK & Ireland||
This database offers a listing of doctoral theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716. Some additional 15,000 citations are added annually.
|Explore Bristol Research||The University of Bristol's definitive research information source including full-text research publications, research projects and the people behind the research. Part of Pure, the University of Bristol's research information system.|
|UK Clinical Research Network Study||Information about current NIHR (National Institute for Health Research) research is now in the 'UK Clinical Research Network Study Portfolio', while past research up to 2007 is covered by the National Research Register (NRR) Archive.|
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.
It is important to reference any sources of information you use in your work in order to avoid plagiarism. The Library's Plagiarism information and advice pages give guidance on what plagiarism is, its consequences and how to avoid it.
You should cite references in a consistent style. Biomedical journals mostly use either the Harvard or Vancouver formats for citing references. 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. There are many guides to the Harvard style of referencing available on the web.
Other useful resources include:
For information on quoting specific journals, please visit the relevant publishers' websites.
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 22 January 2016 by the University Library
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