Searching for books
There are two key library catalogues you may use when studying at Cambridge:
- Girton Library catalogue (Heritage) – search Girton Library’s collection and see if items are available or already on loan. See our eGuide for further information.
- iDiscover – search across the University’s print and electronic collections (including books, eBooks, journals, newspapers, articles and much more). Most, but not all, of Girton’s library collection can be found here. See our iDiscover: eGuide for further information.
You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Main Library and the University Library. You may also wish to use the Veterinary School Library. However, there may be other libraries within Cambridge which stock useful resources. For a full list of the Cambridge libraries see the directory and check each library for access guidelines.
Search Spacefinder to find places of study outside of College.
Searching medical databases
For information on searching general databases and journals see our eGuide: Beyond books: finding articles and journals. To find links to specific databases and journals see the eresources and ejournals LibGuide. Relevant resources can also be found within subject LibGuides. Some key resources include:
MEDLINE Contains over 24 million references to journal articles in life sciences, with a concentration in biomedicine. It covers research, administration, policy issues and clinical practice. Search by index terms, synonyms and subject headings found in the online MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) thesaurus.
PubMed Biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Includes citations and links to full text, where available. Also, see PubMed books shelf.
Scopus Describes itself as the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. It includes 50 million records from over 21,000 journals (including all the journals covered by Medline). 70% of records include an abstract, and there are links to full-text where available.
EMBASE Provides access to the Exerpta Medica database. This covers drug-related research literature.
You can find most of the university’s ebooks via iDiscover. To understand what an ebook is, and what ebooks are available – read Introduction to ebooks. For help with searching for ebooks read Finding and using ebooks.
For information on searching for websites, see eGuide: Effective internet searching
An introduction to using the web, aimed specifically at vet students, is available from the Virtual Training Suite. It includes useful links (on subjects ranging from antimicrobial resistance to zoonoses) plus strategies for successful searching on the web.
One of the easiest ways to discover information of academic value on the internet is to use one of the many subject-related gateways or hubs, for example: