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Biotechnology Subject Page

My name is Lisa Callaghan and I am the subject librarian for the School of Biotechnology at DCU.
These pages (below) contain information specific to your subject area. You will find links to general information
on the left hand side of the screen.  
Please feel free to contact me if you need any assistance.

Telephone: 700 8247



Most main lending books (3 week and 1 week) for your subject are located on the second floor. Search the Library Catalogue to find out what books we have or browse the shelves at the relevant number. Here are some of the main shelfmark numbers for biotechnology and related topics.

SubjectBook Shelf Mark
Biology (General)570
Immunology616.079 and 571.96


The library currently provides access to thousands of  e-books. When you search the library catalogue you can refine your search by choosing "E-Books" on the left hand side of the screen. When you click on the link to view the book you may be asked to verify yourself as a registered student by logging in with your computer username and password (Novel login).

Apart from individual titles accessible via the catalogue, we also have searchable collections of e-books. Have a look at our e-books page for a full listing.

All our e-books can accessed off-campus.

Can't find the book you are looking for?

Ask for help at the information desk. If we don't have books listed on your recommended reading list you can contact your Subject Librarian.




The A-Z of journals is a listing of all our print and e-journals. It will tell you if the journal you are looking for is available in print here in the library and/or electronically on one of our databases. You can search this list by entering the title of the journal or you can get a list of journals in your chosen subject area by browsing.

Remember – search by journal title NOT article title.

See what journals are available for the following subjects:



To search for articles on your topic carry out a search on one of our databases.

The following is a list of the most important databases for Biotechnology and related subjects. A full list of all our databases is available from the A to Z of databases.

Some databases contain the full-text of the articles others provide you with a citation/abstract only. In the case of citation/abstract databases click on the this will search all our databases to see if the article you require is available

Key Biotechnology Databases – start your searching here

Web of Science
Web of Science provides access to the Science Citation Index, a multidisciplinary index to the journal literature of the sciences. It fully indexes over 6,650 major journals across 150 scientific disciplines and includes the cited references from indexed articles. Web of Science - Search Tips (06:19 minutes)  Web of Science Training Videos (YouTube)

Scopus is one of the largest multi-disciplinary abstracting and indexing databases of research literature and quality web sources. It offers access to over 16,000 titles from more than 4000 international publishers, with abstracts available back to 1966. Citation data is available from 1996. Coverage includes scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature including, arts and humanities. There are also 23 million patent records from 5 patent offices as well as links to 'Articles in Press' from over 3,000 journals.
E-tutorials and demos 

Science Direct
 ScienceDirect offers access to the full-text of over 2,000 Elsevier journals and navigation across 30 million records with links to 10,000 journal titles - covering all fields of science. Abstracts for some titles as far back as 1967. Full-text availability from 1995.Coverage: Varies according to title | E-tutorials

Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.

Biomedcentral BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research.  Browse and search research articles of 175 journals. Coverage: All research articles.


EMBASE (Excerpta Medica), is the most comprehensive database in biomedicine and pharmacology and gives you access to the most up-to-date information about medical and drug-related subjects. The EMBASE journal collection is international with over 4,500 biomedical journals from 70 countries. Allows simultaneous searching of the Medline database. Help

 Other databases

Academic Search Complete  
Full-text access to over 5,000 peer-reviewed journals in: business, communications, computer science, biology, chemistry, engineering, physics, psychology, education and nursing.

American Medical Association (AMA)  
AMA Journals are among the most widely circulated family of peer-reviewed medical journals in the world. Each journal ranks among the top clinical journals in its respective field in terms of citations. Provides full text access to JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) plus 9 speciality archives journals.
Coverage: Varies according to title

Annual Reviews    Authoritative, analytic reviews in 34 disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences. Annual Reviews saves you time by synthesising the vast amount of primary research literature and identifying the principal contributions in your field. Annual Reviews publications are among the highest cited publications by impact factor according to the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI). Coverage: 1996 - present.

Provides access to a wide range of medical journals, including BMJ, and covers a broad spectrum of medical specialities. All journals are peer reviewed and titles such as Thorax, Heart and Gut are leaders in their fields.
Coverage: Varies according to title

Cambridge Journals Online   
Full text access to over 260 peer-reviewed journals covering all the main subjects in the humanities, social sciences and hard sciences:  mathematics and applied science, neuroscience and biomedicine, history, language and linguistics, political science and international relations. 

Cell Press    
Full text access to 14 Cell Press titles including Cancer Cell, Cell, Cell Metabolism, Developmental Cell, Molecular Cell, Neuron and Structure.
Coverage: Varies according to title.

General Science Full Text 
Provides full text from more than 100 periodicals dating as far back as 1995, in addition to indexing and abstracts for nearly 300 periodicals dating back to 1984. Subject coverage includes astronomy, biology, botany, chemistry, conservation, health & medicine, oceanography, physics, zoology and much more.

Hindawi    Hindawi is a fast growing academic publisher with 40+ journals in the fields of Biology & Medicine, Chemistry, Engineering, Materials Science, and Mathematics. Hindawi is the only "Open Access" publisher with fully Open Access journals spanning a wide range of subjects in Science, Technology, and Medicine.     

InformaHealthcare     Previously hosted on InformaWorld, InformaHealthcare hosts nearly 200 journals in medicine, pharmacology, neurology and psychiatry. View a list of titles here.

Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) is a leading international publisher of professional health information for physicians, nurses, specialized clinicians and students. Consists of 25 titles in the biomedical field.  

Nature journals    Full-text access to a number of Nature Publishing titles including Nature, one of the world's most highly cited interdisciplinary science journals. List of titles available.  

Oxford Journals    Consists of 169 online journals from many disciplines including scientific, technical and medical. Includes access to JNCI Cancer Spectrum.

Pubmed (see medline): freely available version of Medline. Tutorial

SAGE journals online  
Full-text access to over 400 journals in Business, Humanities, Social Sciences, and Science, Technology and Medicine

Scientific World   
Access to multidisciplinary database of primary research and review articles covering Environmental/Ecological Sciences, Genomics/Genomics/Proteomics, Pharmacology/Pharmaceutics & Cell Biology.
Coverage 2001 - to date.

SciFinder covers biochemistry, organic, macromolecular, applied, physical, inorganic and analytical chemistry. Updated daily, it contains abstracts from more than 9,500 journals, patents, conferences and reports, plus records of over 35 million chemical substances and reactions.   Starting to use SciFinder:

  1. All users must first register and create a username and password to get access.
  2. You should have the most recent version of your browser installed
  3. You should change your browser's settings to allow popups from
  4. Off-Campus access: before you use SciFinder off-campus, you may need to change the security settings on your web browser.

Help Guides (PDFs) | E-tutorial: Introduction: key features and tips (3:00)  | More E-tutorials available here

SpringerLink  Full-text access to over 1,000 journals including over 300 life sciences and biomedical titles.

Wiley Online Library   
Full-text access to over 1,200 Wiley journals, E-books, reference works and databases covering subject areas including: business, chemistry, computer science, engineering, law, life sciences, mathematic, physics, psychology and social sciences. Register to take advantage of alerting services and stay on top of the latest developments in your field. 
Coverage: varies according to title.

You can also search across a number of databases at once using Find Articles