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Welcome to the Biosciences subject page.  This guide highlights the key resources for your subject area, and the key services and facilities available from the Library.

Your Librarian is Jean McGuinness. Jean can help you find the resources you need for your research, and advise you on how best to reference them.


Tel: 01382 308823

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Subject specific journal collections/databases

The key resources for your subject area are:

  • ACM Digital Library 
    Access to a range of full-text articles on bioinformatics, from a computing/technical perspective.
  • American Chemical Society 
    Articles in the chemical and related sciences, including these journals: ACS Chemical BiologyBiochemistryBioconjugate ChemistryBiomacromoleculesBiotechnology ProgressNano Letters.
  • BioMed Central 
    Access to 180+ peer-reviewed life science journals, including BMC Bioinformatics and BMC Biotechnology. Research articles are usually available in full-text; others may provide citation and abstract only. Also provides a number of subject gateways that bring together high quality websites and research articles for a particular subject area.
  • Nature 
    The leading weekly international scientific journal. 
  • Science Direct 
    Full-text articles from more than 2,000 journals, covering all subjects.
  • SpringerLINK 
    Full-text articles from more than 2,500 journals including Cell and Tissue Research and Theoretical and Applied Genetics.
  • Taylor & Francis Online 
    Access to over 1100  journals including Communicative & Integrative Biology and Rare Diseases.
  • Wiley Online Library 
    Access to nearly 1,500 peer-review journals including the Biology of the Cell and Journal of Medical Virology. 


Websites - sources of freely available reports, papers, books etc

Key websites for your subject area include: 

Reading Lists


Log directly into Blackboard to see if an online list is available for your module(s). If there's not one available, ask your module leader to contact the Library.


Log directly into Blackboard to access and make changes to your reading lists. More information on how to do this can be found from our Reading Lists page. Alternatively, contact your Academic Librarian.

Evaluating your resources

Remember, when deciding which resources to use for your research, ask yourself the following questions:

  • Am I using the right type of resource? ie too many books could make your research quite general - have you used any journal articles? are you using too many websites? 
  • Are your resources current? Depending on your subject area, you made need to use only the most up-to-date of literature.
  • Is what you're using reliable? ie if it was found on the internet: is it a reliable source? when was the website last updated?

Other resources

There may be other types of information available that you hadn't considered using, or you'd like more help with, such as:


How to find books, journal articles are more.


For help with referencing styles: Harvard, APA and OSCOLA.

Online help

There are various ways of getting help, both online and in person:

GettingStarted @Abertay

Get a headstart with this quick online guide to getting started with the Library and IT at Abertay.


Online information and interactive tutorials on IT, referencing, academic writing and more.

Getting help

Details of who and how we can help.