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Biological Sciences: Find Journals


This is the search engine for library resources which allows you to search across a range of different databases.

Go directly to mySearch for advanced searching functionality - you don't have to be an advanced library user to use this! Advanced means it has a lot of functionality and gives you ways to expand or narrow down your search to find the resources you need. 

Discovery Service

Which databases should I use?

mySearch already searches in most of these, but searching in a database gives you

  • Extra ways of filtering results,
  • Searching a smaller set of journals than mySearch
  • Ways of searching for subject-specific terms

ALL of these links are to one page - scroll down to find your database

Open access repository (pronounced archive).

Preprints of articles which are not peer-reviewed, edited but are screened and checked for plagiarism. 

Web of Science 



A mapping resource which BU subscriubes to. Check this guide for help and support with using it. 

Website of the Environment Agency, Geomatics Group

This website provides authoritative geographic information about the natural environmentt.  The information covers rural, urban, coastal and marine environments across Great Britain.  It is presented in an interactive map which can be explored using various mapping tools that are included.‚Äč

What is a journal?

A journal or periodical is an academic publication which is regularly published with articles written by experts which have been peer reviewed (read by other academics before publication). Each journal is published in

  • Issues - this is the particular individual journal, and is shown in referencing by the second number in brackets.
  • Volumes - these are groups of issues, often organised by year, and this is the first number in your reference. 

Which journal should I use?