This guide identifies the most useful resources for Bioscience and keeps you up to date with library skills and news for your subject area.

The best place to start searching for resources for your course is your reading list and LibrarySearch.

Your online reading list can be found via your course moodle. Here is a short video with instructions on how to access and use your reading list.

Links to digital resources are available from here so may require your Kent Login to access them.

For more information on library services including how to borrow, make reservations, checking your library account etc, please see our full list of library guides

Books and Ebooks

We have a large collection of engineering and digital design books in the library as well as in related topics in arts, computing, mathematics, physics and bioengineering.

As well as using LibrarySearch to find specific titles you may want to browse topics areas on the library shelves. These will generally be found on Floor 1  Block B.

The first two letters of a classmark identify the topic within your discipline. You can look for these on the end of our shelving.

QH – Biology                                 QL – Zoology

QP – Biochemistry                      QR – Microbiology

You might also want to browse the following ebook collections for a specific topic:

  • SpringerLink– good range of research and reference books in Biosciences. Filter by discipline and browse subtopics.
  • Science Direct – covering a range of life science topics. Filter by domain life science and narrow to the topics you require.


Reference works

We also provide access to a range of online reference works that can be a good place to start on a topic:

  • Oxford Reference Online: a large collection of online reference works includes dictionaries for the life sciences
  • Very Short Introductions – provide concise and up-to-date introductions on specific topics within a discipline including bioinformatics, genetics and biochemistry

More advice on how to find and use e-books