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Biomedical Sciences

Find resources

Welcome to your online guide to finding resources for Biomedical Sciences

Choosing the right resources

As a Biomedical Sciences student, you are expected to find and use high quality literature. You'll need to use a range of different sources and demonstrate your ability to find good results in order to impress your tutors and to develop your research skills. Our online Skills Guides have lots more useful information about planning and running your searches. 

Finding books

Biology books are located in the X section which is on the third floor of the JB Morrell Library. Chemistry books are located in the V section also on the third floor.  If you need to find medicine books, they are located in the Y section which is on the first floor. 

Many books will also be available online as e-books. Look for the links in YorSearch, under the View It section of each book.

Theses and Dissertations

See our webpages for information on how to access theses by students at the University of York and other institutions. 

Problems finding resources?

Tips on what to try if we don't have access via the Library:

  1. Try Google Scholar
    Google Scholar includes links to freely available PDFs and alternate versions of articles.

  2. Search institutional repositories
    If the article you need was written by someone at a university, they might have placed a copy in their institutional repository. Look at their website for more details.

  3. Apply for it using our free Interlending Service
    We can source articles and books from elsewhere.

  4. Visit other libraries
    You can access items at other libraries. Apply to the Library for a SCONUL Access card so that you can access other UK university libraries or visit the British Library at Boston Spa. Book a place on our free weekly minibus. 

  5. Contact your Academic Liaison Librarian
    Stuck? Email lib-biology@york.ac.uk for advice. 

Databases

To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.

To get the most out of searching the databases you need to plan your search in advance and think about which keywords you are going to use. Use the tutorials on the right-hand side of the page to learn more about this.

Using operators

iconMost databases allow you to enter elaborate controlled searches using special words and characters ("operators")...