Resources for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences


Click through the tabs to explore the resources we have available:

Printed materials

Printed materials

The printed material e.g. books, journals, reference and quick reference for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences are found in a few locations.

Key areas are found on Levels E and F of the Hugh Owen Library

Level E
Q Science (general)
QC Climate
QD Chemistry
QH Natural history & biology
QK Botany
QL Zoology
QP Physiology (incl. biochemistry)
QR Microbiology
S, SB Soil science, agriculture, crops
S673-S675 Agricultural Engineering
S900-S972 Countryside management
SF Animal science
SF277-SF359 Equine

Level F
G155 Tourism
GB Physical Geography
HC / TD Environmental management
HD / HT Countryside management
HM Sociology and economics

Additional material can be found in the Stapledon Reading Room on the Gogerddan Campus.


Electronic Resources

Electronic Resources

All the electronic resources for Biological, Environmental and Rural Sciences can be found through Primo where you can discover individual resources such as citation databases, e-journals and e-books, selected websites, subject gateways, data and media resources, news, reference materials and library catalogues.

Visit and Sign In, then click on Resources A-Z to find important e-resources such as BIOSIS, CAB Direct, CAB E-Books, Web of Science and ScienceDirect. Information about each resource includes essential information regarding on- and off-campus access.

Find a summary of browsing and searching in Primo here:

There is also a short video describing Searching Primo Articles and More for Journal Articles at:


Note on Accessing AU E-Resources

Most AU e-resources and e-journals can be accessed on-campus, or off-campus using VPN, without the need for a password. Access requirements for each resource are given in our ElecInfo A-Z list, E-journals@Aber and in Primo.


Key Resources for IBERS

Core IBERS databases
AgCensus (Edina)



BIOBIB - database for biofuels

BIOSIS Citation Index (Web of Science)

CAB Direct (CABI) 

CAB eBooks Current File (CABI)

Digimap (EDINA)

Environment Digimap 

Green File (Ebscohost)

MEDLINE (Web of Science) 

National Non-Food Crops Centre (NNFCC)  Click on Search icon

Organic Eprints (orgprints) 

Google Scholar

ScienceDirect - Journals (Elsevier)

STFC/NERC Centre for Environmental Data – Archival (CEDAR)

Tropical Forest Conservation & Development 

Web of Science Core Collection
Web of Science - All Databases Cross Search


Bioinformatics Resources

Ensembl Genome Browser

Entrez - The Life Sciences Search Engine (NCBI)

European Bioinformatics Institute

NCBI Databases

Phytopathogenic Fungi and Oomycete EST Database (Cogeme, Exeter)

UCSC Genome Browser


Mapping resources

AgCensus (Edina)


Environment Digimap

Geology Digimap

Global Change Master Directory

UK Census Geography

UK National Air Quality Archive


CAB eBooks Current File (CABI)
eScholarship Editions (University of California)

Internet Text Archive

M Books (Univ Michigan)

National Academies Press

Pennsylvania Online Books (all topics)

Project Gutenberg

ProQuest Ebook Central

Wiley Online Library



Information Training Resources

Google Guide (Nancy Blachman)

Internet for Agriculture

Internet for Biodiversity
Internet for Veterinary Medicine


News resources

Center for Research Libraries 

Online Newspapers 



UK National News (ZEN Website)


Emplyability resourcesDescription
Nexis UK

- for finding the latest news about the company I am applying for/attending interview.
A full-text database which searches regional, national and global newspapers from over 100 countries, business and industry trade magazines, business news and company information.

Companies House - trial beta service

- to access data for a UK company pre-interview/job application.
Public digital data held on the UK register of companies is now accessible free of charge on the Companies House new public beta search service. This provides access to over 170 million digital records on companies and directors including financial accounts, company filings and details on directors and secretaries throughout the life of the company.

Charity Commission

- to access data for a UK charity for pre-interview/job application.
Provides financial data and key information for registered charities in England and Wales.

Business Source Complete

 - for finding out more about the industry/sector I am applying for.  
Can search for industry profiles, company profiles, market research reports, articles and relevant news articles.


- Annual Reports from over 5000 companies worldwide


Patent databases

Espacenet – European Patent Office

EPO Full-Text Patent Search
European Patent Bulletin
Free Patents Online
Google Patent Search
IP Newsflash - free patent family search
IP Score - Patent Portfolio Evaluation Score
Ipsum - Online Patent Information and Document Inspection Service

Patent Lens

UK Patents Endorsed License of Right (Intellectual Property Office)

USPTO Patent Database: Issued Patents


E-Journal Collections

American Chemical Society (ACS) Journals Search

American Society for Microbiology (ASM) Journals

Annual Reviews Journals

BioMed Central Journals

Cambridge Core (Journals and Books)

Canadian Science Publishing (NRC Research Press) Journals
CSIRO Journals

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

E-Journals Directory - Botany
E-Journals Directory - Microbiology
Highwire Press (free papers)
Highwire Press (all titles browse) (Ingenta)

Oxford Journals (Oxford University Press)

PLoS Journals

PLoS One
Royal Society of Chemistry

ScienceDirect - Journals (Elsevier)

SPIE Digital Library - All SPIE Content 

Springer Journals

Wiley Online Journals


External Library Catalogues

Harper Adams University College Online Catalogue

Images Online (British Library)

Kew Library catalogue

Met Office Library catalogue

National Library of Wales

Royal Agricultural University Catalogue

SUNCAT (UK-Wide Journals Catalogue)


Subject Portals

AgNIC (Agriculture Network Information Center)

All the Virology on the WWW

Bioethics research website

Biology Online


Chemistry - Best of the Web

EC Research Publications Gateway

Eldis – Development Studies Portal

ePIC - Kew Plant Information Centre
Genesys - Crop Genetic Resources portal
Internet Directory for Botany
JSTOR Plant Science
Librarians' Index Internet

National Biodiversity Network

NERC Open Data Archive (NORA)

OFFSTATS – Official Statistics on the Web

Open Directory Project - DMOZ

PhilSci Archive (Philosophy of Science)

PINAKES Subject Gateways


The European Information System on Agricultural Research for Development

 UK Data Archive 

UK Data.Gov Data Archive

USDA Food and Nutrition Information Center




General Databases and Resources


Archival Sound Recordings (British Library)

Agriculture in the UK e-Print archive

Bielefeld Academic Search Engine (academic sources from across Europe)

BioRXiv (Biology Preprints Server)

British National Formulary (NICE website)

Aberystwyth Research Portal

CERA GM Crops Bibliography 

Centre for Research Libraries


CiteSeerX – Computing and Information Science Repository (free registration required)

Cochrane Library (Wiley) 

CORE – COnnecting REpositories Search Service

DEFRA Project Reports Database 

Digimap ShareGeo

Digital Library of the Commons (Common Property)

DiVA - Academic Archive Online (Scandinavian Universities & Research Repository)
DOE Information Bridge 

Espacenet Patent Search

EU Farm Accountancy Data Network (via MTT) 

Europe PubMed Central

European Commission – DG Research & Innovation

European Integration Archive

European Sources Online

Foodbase (Food Standards Agency Research Reports database)

Genesys Crop Biodiversity Database

Global Rangelands Database

Google Image Search

Google Maps

House of Commons Parliamentary Papers

Journals & Highly Cited Database (Journal Citation Reports – Impact Factors)

Kew Bibliographic Databases

Labhoo – Life Sciences Companies and Organisations Directory

Lexis®Library (law database)

Max Planck Gesellschaft E-Doc Server (sciences)

Michigan University - "Deep Blue" Archive

Narcis – Dutch Scholarly Information System

NASA Marshall Technical Reports (Meteorology/Astronomy/Geosciences)

NEPIS - US National Service Center for Environmental Publications

Nexis News Database

Northern Ireland Tourist Board

OAIster Repository 

OECD iLibrary

OECD iLibrary – Science and Technology Statistics

PubChem (NCBI Entrez)

PubMed - database

PubMed Central  

Science Advances Magazine

Semantic Scholar (Neuroscience/Computer Science)

Swingle Plant Anatomy - Reference Collection

TOXNET Toxicology Data Network (NLM)

U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)

USDA National Agricultural Library Digital Repository

USPTO Electronic Official Gazette for Patents 

USPTO Patent Database

Visit Britain : Insights and Statistics

Visit Scotland : Research and Statistics

Visit Wales Tourism Statistics

Wageningen University and Research Centre Repository (WaY)






























Information Skills

Information Skills

See our Information Skills pages for information on:

  • finding printed materials in the library
  • finding and evaluating electronic information
  • keeping up to date in your subject of study
  • effective study and bibliographic referencing
  • library induction and skills training

There are also useful online tutorials for your subject covering key online information skills - try the tutorials for Agriculture and Biodiversity.


Open Access

For information about publishing your papers using either Gold Open Access pre-payment route or the Green Open Access repository route at AU, please see our Research Good Practice website at:



The University's collections contain a wide range of materials, including theses and past papers. You can find details of all our collections here.

Subject Librarian

Subject Librarian

Your Subject Librarian is Steve Smith (01970 823051)