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What are databases?

A database is any organized searchable collection of information that is made up of related records. In libraries, this usually means a searchable index of citations to articles, books, conference proceedings, and other types of published material.

Freely available databases

  • Ensembl Genome Browser
    The Ensembl project produces genome databases for vertebrates and other eukaryotic species, and makes this information freely available online
  • HGMD - Human Gene Mutation Database
    Attempts to collate known (published) gene lesions responsible for human inherited disease. The public version of this database is freely available only to registered users from academic institutions/non-profit organisations.
  • NCBI - National Center for Biotechnology Information
    A collection of public databases for research in computational biology, genome data, and biomedical information.
  • NCBI Genomic Biology
    NCBI provides several genomic biology tools and resources, including organism-specific pages that include links to many web sites and databases relevant to that species.
  • OBRC: Online Bioinformatics Resources Collection
    A list of tools from the University of Pittsburgh Health Sciences Library.

Bioinformatics Databases

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Finding a specific article

If you have a citation for a particular article that you'd like to read, check the catalog to see if we have a subscription to the journal where it was published.

Go to the advanced catalog search page and select "Journal Title" from the drop-down menu, or choose the Journals tab on the search box on the library home page. You will need to use the full journal title, not an abbreviation. Check the item record for a date range to see if we have online access or a print copy for the date your article was published.

If we do not own the issue you need, you can request a copy of the article through Interlibrary Loan. You will receive a copy of the article electronically; this may take a week or so. 

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