Have a look at our How To... page for our three part tutorial on getting started with your research. The Starting Your Research tutorial is tailored to your School/Department.
You will also find guidance on searching Library databases, provided by some of our database providers.
Roehampton University subscribes to a wide range of specialist research databases, free to access with your Roehampton login; those most relevant to Biological and Biomedical Sciences are listed below. Most of these provide the full text, but sometimes just brief details (citation and abstract) of the articles. Click the Search4FullText button to see if you can access the article via our eJournals; if not, you can order it free via Interlibrary Loan.
It is important to ensure that you are using authoritative, evidence-based, scientific sources of information, as opposed to non-academic sources such as newspapers, magazines, random web pages, social media posts, etc., which may present biased opinion rather than objective facts. The sources listed below adhere to rigorous academic standards, so you can trust the information you find there.
Top databases recommended for Biological and Biomedical Sciences:
To find out more about how to evaluate and use different sources of information, see the following:
The Inter Library Loan (ILL) service gives students and staff the option of requesting books, book chapters and journals articles when we do not have them in the Library collection. The items are borrowed from the British Library and U.K. and Ireland institutions and are supplied for free.
Inter Library Loans are not available for Alumni or our partner institutions.
SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to borrow or use books and journals at other UK academic libraries which belong to the scheme, or just the convenience of studying in a library closer to your home. It's completely free to join, find how more information here:
The British Library at St Pancras, London is a national research library. It does not lend books nor does it aim to stock multiple copies of basic text books. If your research needs are not fulfilled by other libraries, see the British Library catalogue and Reader Registration. For more information about getting a Reader Pass, please see the British Library website.
There are many specialist libraries in London that may be of use to your studies. General advice for access:
Jisc Library Hub Discover is a national Library catalogue that accesses the catalogues of many of the largest UK and Ireland university libraries.
London Libraries allows searches and provides information on special collections.
ULRLS is the catalogue of the University of London Research Library Services.
eduroam is a free WiFi network that allows students, researchers and staff to securely access the internet when visiting other participating institutions. See here for further details on setting up eduroam access for your visits to other institutions.