Library resources & services for Biochemistry & Molecular Biology

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
Biochemistry and Molecular Biology
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.

 You may also wish to visit Pathology, laboratory medicine & medical sciences page

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New ebook content added 13/07/21
Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- nursing and care
international nursing & allied health
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most biomedical topics including biochemistry & molecular biology
useful for health psychology/recovery

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See our main library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey  – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and multimedia resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • NICE Evidence access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence/best practice and guidance
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate  ‘evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. Note you will need a University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Biochemistry and Molecular Biology journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

Algorithms for Molecular Biology2006- 
American Journal of Biochemistry and Biotechnology 2005- 
Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine1999- 
Biochemistry and Biophysics2015- 
Biochemistry and molecular biology education200- 
Biological Procedures Online2009- 
Biochemistry Research International2010- 
Biological Research2014- 
Biology of the cell1997- 
Biotechnology and applied biochemistry1997- 
BMC Biochemistry2000- 
BMC Molecular Biology2000- 
BMC Structural Biology2001- 
BMC Systems Biology2007- 
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
Cell biochemistry and function1996- 
Cell biology international1997- 
Clinics in Laboratory Medicine2007- 
Current Opinion in Cell Biology 2007-
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine2000- 
Journal of Medical Biochemistry2007- 
Journal of Microbiology and Biology Education2000- 
Journal of Molecular Diagnostics2007- 
Journal of Molecular Signaling2006- 
Molecular Medicine1994- 
Molecular Metabolism2012- 
Molecular Systems Biology2005- 
Nanomedicine: Nanotechnology, Biology and Medicine2007- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Reports of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology2012- 
Trends in Cell Biology2007- 
Trends in Molecular Medicine2007- 

Books (guide)

Search our print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request. (Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).


Selected specialty content from 2008 onwards – click title & login with NHS Athens

Clinical biochemistry: an illustrated colour text20196thMurphy
Clinical biochemistry and metabolic medicine.20138thCrook
Clinical Chemistry20219thMarshall
Ferri’s best test: a practical guide to clinical laboratory medicine and diagnostic imaging.20153rdFerri
Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods 202224thMcPherson
Human biochemistry2018 Litwack
Laboratory diagnostic pathways: clinical manual of screening methods and stepwise diagnosis20162ndHofmann
Laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures20136thChernecky
Medical biochemistry20195thBaynes
Molecular and cell biology for dummies20202ndKratz
Molecular biology20193rdClark
Molecular medicine: genomics to personalized healthcare.20124thTrent
Principles of medical biochemistry20174thMeisenberg
Tietz textbook of clinical chemistry and molecular diagnostics20186thRifai