These are the key databases we recommend that you use, a more complete list is available from our Databases page. All electronic resources can be accessed off-campus through the Southampton Virtual Environment (SVE).
The world's leading database for the life sciences, covering subjects such as botany, zoology, microbiology, as well as agriculture, pharmacology, bio-physics, ecology, bio-engineering and experimental clinical medicine. Dates back to 1956 and covers not just journal articles, but also proceedings of meetings, conferences, reports, chapters in textbooks and other related resources. Further information
EMBASE is a leading clinical medicine and biomedical database - similar in coverage to MEDLINE but with particular strengths in drugs, toxicology, biotechnology, health affairs and forensic medicine.
EMBASE covers human medicine and related biomedical research including: drugs, toxicology, clinical medicine, biotechnology, health affairs, psychiatry and forensic medicine. EMBASE includes all MEDLINE records, plus several million of its own - giving it rather better coverage of the literature in topics such as pharmaceuticals and of the European literature in general.
MEDLINE is the world's best-known medicine and clinical science database, covering literature from around the world since 1946. It has a comprehensive set of controlled vocabulary called Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms). MEDLINE is also available free on the web as PubMed.
The database contains more than 21.6 million records from 5,582 selected publications covering biomedicine and health from 1950 to the present. Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature. MEDLINE provides information from the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, as well as coverage in the areas of allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science as they relate to medicine and health care, communication disorders, population biology, and reproductive biology.