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

Getting Started using the Library

The best place to start searching for resources for your course is your online reading list and LibrarySearch. You’ll be able to discover key books and journal articles from both of these.

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

Books and Ebooks

We have a large collection of books in the library for biosciences as well as in related topics in physical and social sciences.

As well as using LibrarySearch to find specific titles you may want to browse topics areas in the library shelves on Floor 1  Block B:


QH -Biology
QK -Botany
QL -Zoology
QM -Human anatomy
QP -Physiology & 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 bioscience. Filter by discipline.
  • Science Direct – covering a range of life science topics. Filter by domain.

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

More advice on how to find and use e-books

Journal articles

The easiest way to find journal articles is to type a few keywords for your topic in LibrarySearch. If we subscribe to it in print or digital a link will be provided to help you find it.

If you have a specific journal article you are looking for you can use Google Scholar.  This will show you if it is freely available elsewhere and you can also set your browser to link to any content we subscribe to.

To check if the Library has access to a particular e-journal title, or to browse journals, use the journal title search.