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This page provides information on some useful electronic resources other than ejournals and ebooks, such as citation databases, scientific search engines and other databases.

Cambridge University Library's eresources@cambridge page is the best place to go to access web-based electronic resources, including citation and many other databases, ejournals and ebooks.

If you cannot find what you want, you can recommend an electronic resource for purchase.


Citation databases and search engines


Scopus is a navigation tool covering the world's largest collection of abstracts, references and indexes of scientific, technical and medical (STM) literature. Seamless links to full-text articles and other library resources make Scopus quick, easy and comprehensive. Compatible with IE8 or higher, Google Chrome and Firefox browsers

  • Links to full-text articles if the University has an online subscription to the journal content
  • Innovative tools that give an at-a-glance overview of search results and refine them to the most relevant hits
  • Cited by and Related documents links to broaden your search
  • Ability to analyse search results in different ways
  • Alerts and RSS feeds to keep you up-to-date on new articles matching your search query, or by favourite author

On-campus access does not require a password. Off-campus access is via Raven password.

Web of Science (Wos) 

The Web of Science (citation indexes), published by the Institute for Scientific Information (ISI), is a multidisciplinary database, with searchable author abstracts, covering the journal literature of the sciences, social sciences and arts. It indexes major journals in these disciplines. Because the information stored about each article includes the article's cited reference list (often called its bibliography), you can also search the databases for articles that cite a known author or work. The search interface at this web site provides access to Science Citation Index, Social Sciences Citation Index and Arts & Humanities Citation Index.

  • Links to full-text articles if the University has an online subscription to the journal content
  • Results can be printed, emailed to yourself or saved to reference management software
  • General and cited reference searches can be saved and set up as alerts or RSS feeds
  • Journal Citation Reports for current impact factors, subject rankings etc.

There are guides on how to search the WoS throughout the Zoology Library, and the Senior Library Assistant will be happy to show you how to use it.

On-campus and off-campus access is via Raven password. For 'Institutional Sign In', select 'UK Federation' from the drop-down menu and type 'University of Cambridge' in the search box for Raven authentication.


PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that comprises over 30 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. It does not include full text journal articles; however, links to the full text are often present when available from other sources, such as the publisher websites or PubMed Central.

Citations in PubMed primarily stem from the biomedicine and health fields, and related disciplines such as life sciences, behavioural sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, and abstracts, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other websites. Google Scholar helps you identify the most relevant research across the world of scholarly research. You can find papers, abstracts and citations, and locate the complete paper through your library or on the web.


bioRxiv is a free online archive for unpublished preprints in the life sciences. By posting prepriints here, authors can make their findings immediately available to the scientific community.


Scientific and other resources

Many databases are subscribed to by Cambridge University Library which can be accessed via eresources@cambridge. Detailed here is a selection of the most useful ones but please browse the list on the eresources@cambridge page to find many more.

Birds of the World

Birds of the World is a powerful new resource that brings together scholarly content from four celebrated works of ornithology—Birds of North America and Neotropical Birds (originally published by the Cornell Lab) with Handbook of the Birds of the World Alive and Bird Families of the World (originally published by Lynx Edicions)—into one rich and colorful hub where you can find comprehensive, authoritative information on birds. With the integration of millions of bird observations from eBird and images from the Macaulay Library, Birds of the World is the most powerful ornithological resource ever created.

  • Over 10,700 species accounts
  • Over 500 million eBird observations
  • Over 100,000 research citations
  • 21,000 colour illustrations of every species, and many subspecies
  • Tens of thousands of media assets (photos, videos, and sound recordings)
  • Range maps, eBird abundance maps, and animated migration maps

On-campus access does not require a password. Off-campus access is via Raven password.

Essential for Life Science (ELS) (previously Encyclopedia of Life Sciences)

ELS features more than 5,000 specially commissioned and peer-reviewed articles. The articles within ELS are written by leaders in the field to provide comprehensive and authoritative coverage of each subject area and are aimed at researchers, students and teachers alike.

All articles are accompanied by colour illustrations and tables. Appendix and glossary material provide essential information for the non-specialist, including biochemical and taxonomic information, acronyms, synonyms, units and other technical data. Importantly, since all articles have been peer-reviewed a balanced representation of the literature is ensured.

On-campus access does not require a password. Off-campus access is via Raven password.

JoVE Unlimited: Journal of Visualized Experiments

JoVE is the world-leading producer and provider of science videos with the mission to improve scientific research and education. JoVE videos bring to life the intricate details of cutting-edge experiments enabling efficient learning and replication of new research methods an technologies. Subjects include behaviour, developmental biology, environment, genetics, and neuroscience. 

The initial subscription is for one year on a trial basis.

SAGE Research Methods

A research methods tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. Links over 175,000 pages of SAGE's renowned book, journal and reference content with search and discovery tools. Researchers can explore methods concepts to help them design research projects, understand particular methods or identify a new method, conduct their research, and write up their findings. A "methods map" facilitates finding content on methods.

Oxford Reference Online

Oxford Reference Online brings together language and subject reference works from one of the world's biggest reference publishers into a single cross-searchable resource. There are several Biological Sciences dictionaries available, as well as the Oxford English Dictionary.

On-campus access does not require a password. Off-campus access is via Raven password.


Reference management software

Many software tools are available to help students and researchers collate and manage citations and references.

Please see the Reference Management libguide for referencing advice.


Mendeley is a free reference manager and an academic social network. It can help you to manage your research, showcase your work, connect and collaborate with over five million researchers worldwide. Please see the Mendeley libguide for further information.


Zotero is the only research tool that automatically senses content in your web browser, allowing you to add it to your personal library with a single click. Zotero collects all your research in a single, searchable interface. You can add PDFs, images, audio and video files, snapshots of web pages and almost anything else. Zotero automatically indexes the full-text content of your library, enabling you to find what you are looking for in a few keystrokes. Please see the Zotero libguide for more information.


EndNote is reference management software that enables you to store and manage your references. It will then create bibliographies from these references automatically. The full version of EndNote must be purchased but there is a limited online version called EndNote basic which is free.


How to get a Raven password

See the University Information Services 'Raven FAQs' web page.