This section includes links to databases for which we hold a subscription, such as the ISI Web of Knowledge. You can also find links to literature search tools, online catalogues of other libraries, specialist tools, and general resources. As we discover new sites of particular interest, we shall add them here.

Free Online Material incl. full-text articles

Europe PubMed Central

PubMed Central

OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.

Open Access Journals: DOAJ - one of the biggest, vetted OA journals collection

ROAR - Registry of Open Access Repositories

SPARC collected repositories

BioMed Central

Public Library of Science (PLoS)

Google Books

Tools - Literature & Databases searching tools (sometimes free-text material)



A webportal allowing to search multiple databases of the NCBI website.

BASE is a multi-disciplinary search engine for academically relevant OAI-Sources worldwide. BASE makes it possible to search for more than 50,000,000 documents across 2,700 repository servers worldwide and it is one of the biggest search engine for academic OA documents and publications.

ISI Web of Knowledge (intranet only)
The following features are part of our subscription to the ISI Web of Knowledge, which is one of the world’s biggest citation databases, covering over 10,000 high impact journals and the corresponding current and retrospective science literature:

Faculty of 1000 Biology (intranet only)
F1000Prime is an in-depth directory to the top articles in biology and medicine.

Digital resources and literature from open repositories as well as the deep net, also free-text material

Google Scholar
The well-known search engine aiming at academic publications and materials

HubMed Citation Finder
The citation finder permits adding, finding and uploading citations into a literture/reference manager, e.g. Endnote

Find journal abbreviations and other resources

DIMDI allows cross-searches in multiple databases

Highwire Press Stanford University

Tools - Protocols (intranet only)

Cold Spring Harbor Protocols

Current protocols in cell biology

Current protocols in molecular biology

Current protocols in protein science

Nature Protocols

Springer Protocols - PLease see: Methods in Molecular Biology (Heidelberg only).

  • Biochemistry
  • Biotechnology
  • Cell Biology
  • Imaging/Radiology
  • Infectious Diseases
  • Molecular Medicine
  • Pharmacology/Toxicology
  • Protein Science
  • Bioinformatics
  • Cancer Research
  • Genetics/Genomics
  • Immunology
  • Microbiology
  • Neuroscience
  • Plant Sciences

Tools - EMBL generated resources

The EMBL Bio-IT Portal for Computational Biology

EBIMed is a web application that combines Information Retrieval and Extraction from Medline

Now integrated in Europe PubMed Central - CiteXplore combines literature search with text mining tools for biology

EMBL Image Library (internal access only)
The image library contains over 40 000 images taken over the many years at EMBL. It includes photographs of people, events, equipment, labs and buildings, both creative and factual.

Tools - Online catalogues of libraries (sometimes free-text material)

VLIB – Max-Planck
Virtual library catalogue covering the most relevant libraries in the USA, UK and Germany

Electronic database covering journals

Système universitaire de documentation
Bibliographic information by French academic organisations.

Tools - additional databases from RSC (intranet only)

Analytical Abstracts

Catalysts & Catalysed reactions

Laboratory Hazards Bulletin

Methods in Organic Synthesis

Natural Product Updates

Social networks for lifes scientists

Database on researchers, networking and collaborations.

Research Gate
Sharing publications and fostering collaborations amongst researchers

General resources - Biology and life sciences
A central repository for online biology-related services by EMBL-EBI and the University of Manchester.

National Library of Medicine (NLM)
The world's largest biomedical library

National Institutes of Health VideoCast
Video platform of the US primary agency for biomedical and health related research.

Free biology videos online - The world's leaders in biology present lectures that start with broad introductions and then progress to research questions and experiments.

Henry Stewart Talks (intranet only)
The Henry Steward Talks publishes animated audio visual presentations by world leading experts - advanced content in a user friendly format. This collection covers biomedicine and life sciences, and every talk has been specially commissioned with informative visuals and synchronized narration. These are research and continuing professional development briefings at their best.

University of Heidelberg links for Biology

Harvard University links for Biology

Karolinska Institute Stockholm

Biology Browser
Information on the life sciences by Thomson Scientific

The revised and updated BioToolKit provides access to over 1600 bioinformatics and neuroinformatics resources for the analysis and visualization of the genome, transcriptome, and proteome, and to neuroinformatics tools enabling visualization of neuroanatomic structure.

WikiPathways is an open, public platform dedicated to the curation of biological pathways by and for the scientific community.

General resources - Citing and reference tools

EndNote – Online tutorials

EndNote – Output styles

Style Guides and Resources

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