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Biological Sciences: Databases

Searching Databases

Databases are subject based search engines that enable you to search across a large number of journals simultaneously.  Before using databases, remember to break your search/topic down into two or three key concepts.

  • Think of keywords, including synonyms, for each concept.
  • For databases such as Medline and Web of Science, search for your keywords or concepts one at a time.
  • Once you have searched for each keyword separately use OR to combine the synonyms and finally, AND to combine each concept.
  • Use the limits in the databases to further reduce your search results.
  • Searches carried out can be saved or alerts created - set up a user account within the database.
  • For each search result, use the  link to check if it is available via the library.
Please contact your subject librarian , or refer to our Database FAQs if you require further help in using these resources.
 
 

Key Databases for Biological Sciences

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Databases FAQs