NST Part II BBS - Online Information Resources
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Campus wide information services are co-ordinated and supported centrally by the University Library, which gives access to online databases and journals, subject gateways etc:
With regard to its monographic collections, the Library is, in principle, a single copy library. Additional copies may be acquired where a particular text is heavily used or where heavy demand is anticipated.
An increasing number of journals are available in electronic format. These are noted in the Union List of Serials, but the University Library website includes a consolidated list of the full text electronic journals which are currently available, free of charge, throughout the University.
Access and passwords
Many of the networked electronic services are made available within the "cam" domain, via IP address recognition, so you will not normally be prompted for a password. Other services require password-controlled access and, predominantly, the authentication system used is an ATHENS user-id/password.
All passwords are issued to individual users and must be applied for in person from reader services staff at:
Cambridge University Library, Main Reading Room
Passwords are issued only to current staff and students of the
University. Further information on
Recommended Bibliographic Services
A comprehensive index to international literature of the life sciences indexes. More than 6,000 journals, plus books, book chapters, text books, conference proceedings, short communications and software reviews. Ninety percent of journal entries include abstracts. Searching by using specific 'concept codes' or 'biosystematic codes', in addition to keywords, is offered.
A commercially produced biomedical index, including EMBASE and MEDLINE Covers around 3,500 journals. Embase is particularly strong in coverage of drug research, pharmacology and toxicology. Like Medline, Embase has its own thesaurus, EMTREE, to assist searching.
You've been given (or you have found) a reference; how do you find the book or article?
Having found a list of useful references, you will then need to find out whether they are available in Cambridge.
Scirus is the most comprehensive science-specific search engine on the
Internet. It searches more than 167 million science-related pages and
Scirus helps you quickly locate scientific information on the Web. You
can restrict searching to scientific journals - for many journals direct
access to the article in pdf or html format is provided from within the
cam domain - which speeds up your literature searching.
This page provides links to the Cambridge University Library
online catalogues Newton, Janus etc which include listings of
book and journal
holdings of all the Universitys libraries
The page also provides links to other major academic and national library catalogues, such as those of the British Library, Library of Congress and the Consortium of University Research Libraries. If an item is not apparently held by the University you can still request it through Inter Library Loan at SPL or at certain departmental libraries.
Feedback and support
In addition to department libraries, the University Library has two science libraries which jointly offer a comprehensive range of services and support. The Scientific Periodicals Library in Bene't Street concentrates on the biological, chemical, earth and environmental sciences. The Betty and Gordon Moore Library at Wilberforce Road, although it specialises in the physical sciences, also offers general assistance to those located in west Cambridge.