eGuide: Veterinary science information sources

Last updated: December 2018

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 eGuide for further information.

You will be able to borrow from Girton’s Main Library, the University Library. You may also wish to use the Veterinary School Library.

Search Spacefinder to find other places of study within Cambridge.


Searching medical databases

Find links to databases and journals in LibGuides. Alternatively, use the Veterinary Medicine libguide. 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.

Teach yourself guide – Supporting Literature Searching (Searching the Evidence in PubMed)

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.

Teach yourself – Supporting Literature Searching (Searching the Evidence in Scopus)

EMBASE – provides access to the Exerpta Medica database. This covers drug-related research literature.

Teach yourself – Supporting Literature Searching (Searching the Evidence using OvidSP)


Electronic books

Find eBooks on iDiscover. For further information read an introduction to eBooks or guidance on finding and using eBooks.



For information on searching for websites, see eGuides: Effective internet searching. Printed copies are also available in the Library.

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.

Cambridge University Library – search & find (Search and find resources using the online search tools, catalogues and archival finding aids listed on the website).

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, e.g.:

  • Consultant – from Cornell University, this database can be searched by diagnosis or clinical signs
  • Scicentral


Help within College

Library staff can provide support and assistance. You can book an appointment with library staff or ask a question via The Colleges’ Fellow for Study Skills will also be able to help.


Help within Cambridge

University of Cambridge training programmes


Eresources and Ejournals

Help With Electronic Resources

Jenny Blackhurst
t: +44 (0) 1223 338970