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Finding information

Finding books

Please remember that not all our books are represented on the electronic catalogue, and you should contact us regarding older items. iDiscover will find most books.

Finding journals

You can also use iDiscover to check whether this library holds a journal, or if it is available in another library in Cambridge. The results will also indicate if we have electronic access. Alternatively, you can go straight to the e-journals listing to check electronic access. In the Genetics Library itself, there is a list posted on the wall outside the office indicating which journals are held as paper copies, and where they are located.

Finding references to papers

Recommended databases for the biosciences include: PubMed, Web of Science, and SciVerse [Scopus + Science Direct] but we have access to many more. You will always get more accurate results if you search on a single database, but if you are not having much luck, try a metasearch, which searches on multiple databases.

iDiscover will run a metasearch across many databases, as well as looking for books and journals. You can elect for it to just search for peer-reviewed papers through the filters in the right-hand column.

Please do ask library staff at any time for one-to-one help. See also the links to help documentation below.

Getting organised

It is advisable to organise the information you find, right from the beginning of any research undertaken. There are a number of resources to help you do that, and the one chosen may well depend on the database you most use to find references, as some link well together, and others don't.

  • EndNote and EndNoteWeb work seamlessly with Web of Knowledge, and well with PubMed and Google Scholar [plus many others]
  • Zotero works easily with PubMed, Google Scholar and many other databases
  • Mendeley works easily with Google Scholar, PubMed and a number of other major databases
  • My handout from Oct 2015 expands on the possibilities of the three options above  - see below under 'Getting Organised'
  • Wikipedia has a page of information with very useful comparisons of reference management software [much of which is free] at

Help in printed form

Some of the handouts from sessions for new students in October 2014 are available as pdfs below :

Finding references

Accessing journals

Getting organised

Contact the Genetics Library

Please note the Genetics Library is CLOSED from April - October 2018

But you should still contact us by e-mail if you have a question or had planned a visit:

Phone: 01223 333973

Postal address:

Genetics Library
Department of Genetics
University of Cambridge
Downing Street
Cambridge CB2 3EH
United Kingdom

Librarian: Christine Alexander
Academic Librarian: Dr Cahir O'Kane


Search iDiscover for books, journals and research papers

E-journals listing

The A-Z e-journals listing in the E-resources LibGuide will explain exactly what we have access to