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Life Sciences

Some useful resources for Life Sciences are listed below.

BioMed Central

Access information: Free access on and off-campus from
Description: An independent publishing house committed to providing open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. The University of Edinburgh is a member.
Coverage: Portfolio of 291 journals.
Access information: Access on and off campus. The link above defaults to search in the Web of Science Core Colletion. Please select BIOSIS Citation Index from the dropdown menu. 
Description: The electronic version of Biological Abstracts for information about contents of journals, meetings, patents, and books in the life sciences and biomedical research. Covers pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies.
Coverage: 1926 to present.
Additional Information: Detailed information about BIOSIS Citation Index

CAB Abstracts

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Access on and off campus. Due to a current technical problem with the CAB Abstracts database, any searches performed from 1 February 2024 onwards are unreliable and incomplete, returning fewer results than expected. Ovid have identified the cause of this issue and are working to resolve it as soon as possible. The work is expected to be complete by Monday 8 April 2024.  

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Description: CAB Abstracts is the world's leading agricultural database. Find journals, books, conferences and reports. It covers significant research and development literature in the fields of animal and crop husbandry, animal and plant breeding, plant protection, genetics, forestry, veterinary medicine, aspects of human health, human nutrition, rural development, leisure and tourism and the management and conservation of natural resources.


1910-1972 available by selection from Ovid menu.


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