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NST Part II Neuroscience Resources


CamTools has a large repertoire of tools to aid the support of teaching and promote on-line access and collaboration. The most important components will be:

  • resources to download materials from your lectures
  • dropboxes for you to submit written materials
  • announcements to draw your attention to changes
  • mailtool: you can send e-mails to the group directly from this page.

This will be the primary route by which we will contact you, for instance for time-table changes. Be sure to check your e-mails or the site frequently.

Inside CamTools you will see tabs for each of your worksites. These will include:

  • My Workspace: a personal space where you can store your own files and notes. The schedule here contains the merged schedules of all your Modules as well as general course events.
  • Neuroscience: NSTII: the main course site. This site will contain links to the Course Handbook, and lists of workshops, seminar papers, critical analysis papers, and projects, when they are offered. There will be announcements from time-to-time - you can even send announcements yourself.
  • Mod N?: NSTII: each Module has its own site. This contains a series of resources for each lecture (the lecture handout, and/or the lecturer's Powerpoint slides – not available for every lecturer). There may be announcements specific for that Module, along with its own e-mail archive. Some Module organisers may choose to add other features such as discussions or assignments for problem sessions or journal clubs during the course.  These Module sites are shared with Part II PDN and managed by Vicky Johnson (PDN). Some Modules are shared with other departments/courses, and you may find it necessary to follow a link if on-line resources reside at another web site.

Online Journals and other electronic resources

Most journals from the last 5-10 years are available on-line, and many students and academics now find this is the most convenient way to access papers. Most of them are on web sites run by the publishers and are only accessible from institutions which have paid subscriptions, such as the University of Cambridge. 

In most cases you will have access to them automatically if you are using a machine in the University (.cam domain), including your college – but not from outside (therefore, not from your home).  In some cases you will need to use your Raven username and password to access them.

To get to the web site for a journal, the simplest way is to use the University Library's 'A-Z list' of e-journals:

For Science magazine, the whole archive (1880 -) can be accessed by going through the UL’s ‘A-Z list’ to ‘Science Archive’.

Science Citation Index via Web of Knowledge
The Science Citation Index, indexes the international journal literature of science, medicine, agriculture, technology and the behavioural sciences.  More than 3,400 titles are indexed.  It provides the titles and abstracts but not full text.  Non-journal material, such as conference literature, books, reports or theses are not included.  The Science Citation Index enables you to search for papers that have referenced a known paper, which is a unique and valuable feature for following up a topic.  Dates of coverage: from 1981. 

PUBMED is the major general biomedical database produced by the US National Library of Medicine. PUBMED is searchable by index terms, synonyms and subject.

Google Scholar Another good source of scientific reference material.

University Library catalogues

Medical Library Website

Central Science Library

eresources@cambridge This site aims to provide Cambridge users with seamless access to a growing collection of subscribed electronic resources. The site also has a good help section, covering journal and database access for on and off campus users.

CrossSearch Users can search for article citations and full text resources by using CrossSearch, a new federated searching service. It is possible to search over 300 key resources simultaneously, including CSA, Web of Science, Science Direct and major ejournal providers. In the advanced CrossSearch interface, multiple subject areas or specific resources can be searched at once. Users can order results with relevancy ranking and clustering options, then view citations and full text in the original native interface.

SCOPUS A further major academic database.

Finding printed journals in Cambridge libraries
If you need a print copy of a journal, you can find out where it resides in Cambridge from:
This page provides links to the Cambridge University Library Online Catalogues - computerised library system known as Newton, made up of multiple databases covering different libraries in Cambridge. Then, if you want to look for a particular journal, type in its title then select Journal title.

Useful Websites

Department of Clinical Neurosciences

Cambridge Neuroscience

British Neuroscience Association