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Biosciences and Chemistry

COVID-19 advice

COVID-19 update

Please check the latest Sheffield Hallam University Coronavirus (COVID-19) advice for staff and students. 

The health and safety of students and staff is our top priority. In line with national public health guidance regarding COVID-19, and to protect you and help stop the spread of coronavirus, Adsetts and Collegiate libraries closed on 5pm Monday 23rd March until further notice.

Please check our dedicated online guide for more information and to find out how to make the most of your library off-campus.

If you cannot get online from home, access specialist software, or the other learning resources you need to complete assessments or prepare for examinations, please contact Hallam Help.

How the subject guide can help you with your studies!

Welcome to the subject guide for Biosciences and Chemistry. This guide will help you find the books, journals and other information you need when researching for your assignments.

There is lots of useful information in the Home section to get you started with research and specialised information in the guides other sections e.g. Books, Journals and databases, Research and Study Skills which contains the Ten top tips for scientific writing guide.
















Macrophage engulfing Tuberculosis bacteria.

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Resources on request (RoR)

Your Library, your resources on request (RoR)

If you cannot find and access the item you need using Library Search or your subject guide, please make a request using this form and we will do our best to provide you with electronic access or suggest alternative resources within one working day.

RoR request form:

We can provide access to electronic books, book chapters, journal articles or media such as film and TV recordings.

Please note you will need to complete this form for each item you require.

Your Library is working closely with publishers to extend access to online resources and an up to date list is available on our guide: you can now access more eBooks section. 

Resources On Request (ROR) is an emergency service that we have developed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Thank you for your patience and understanding as we adapt our services to support your learning, teaching and research off-campus.

If you would like something added to the library collection for September 2020 please Suggest a Purchase.


New 2019 / 2020 Library resources

New for this academic year. The Library is pleased to announce that we now have access to the following new resources to support Biosciences and Chemistry.

Even more eBooks! We now have the 2018 SpringerNature e-book collections in Medicine and Biomedical & life science. The books are available in Library Search!

Big Read Survey

We would love to get your feedback on your experiences of the Big Read and of reading My Name is Leon. Please complete this short survey to give us your thoughts - it should only take about five minutes. If you would like to be entered into a prize draw with the chance to win £50 on your SHU card please leave your email address at the end.

On behalf of the Big Read Team in Library Services, many thanks

Big Read Survey

Recommend something for the Library

We are always looking for new publications to support your learning and teaching, and to keep the library collections up to date with high-quality materials.  If you think we're missing something crucial though, we'd like to hear about it.  

You can suggest a purchase to the Library using the Suggest a Purchase link below.

Read the latest: New Scientist on Level 4 of the Adsetts Library Journal display.

This is an image of the journal display on level 4 of the Adsetts Library.

Take time out of your day to browse a selection of the Adsetts Library latest journals and magazines. The display includes the incredibly visual and lovely to read: New Scientist! Why not stop and take a look!

This is a pilot project and we are keen to hear what you think! Tell us what you think.

Try an academic comics related to the Sciences.

The Library has a broad range of resources to support your learning and teaching needs. In 2017-2018 the Library held a year long exhibition called ‘Meanwhile, Back in the Library…’ which explored how comics, graphic novels, cartoons, newspaper strips, caricatures and picture books could be used within academia and how they connect with subject areas such as science, game design, film, journalism, autobiography and art.

So, why not use a comic and academic text together to help get into a subject! Here are a selection of science related comics to get you started.

Unsure about this approach...take a look at these at these supporting articles!