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Overview

The biology, sciences and medicine collection at the Unithèque site mainly comprises essential documents for teaching and research at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at the University of Lausanne.

The Riponne site houses a biology, sciences and medicine collection aimed at the general public.

Areas covered

The collection mainly focuses on the topics covered in teaching in the School of Biology and research subjects in the Departments of Fundamental Sciences in the Faculty of Biology and Medicine at UNIL. It covers the main fields of general and contemporary biology, while offering access to basic scientific knowledge.

The collection is not intended to cover topics other than those taught to first-year medical students. For a more specialist medical collection, refer to the University Medical Library.

Books

Located in the open shelves of the Unithèque site, the printed books portion of the collection consists of over 5,000 works. Less recent books can also be found in the stacks.

An increasing proportion of books in the collection can now be found in digital form. Access to these publications is limited to members of the university community or the public computers connected to the UNIL network (including workstations in the library).

The books in the collection also include the numerous titles recommended by teaching staff in the School of Biology at the Faculty of Biology and Medicine as course materials. Readers who are interested in these can easily identify and locate them using the themed collections created for this purpose.

All books at the Unithèque site are listed in the Renouvaud catalogue.

Journals

Located in the open shelves of the Unithèque site, the academic journals still received in printed form now consist of just a few titles. This is where you will find important titles for research purposes, such as Nature or Science, and a number of general-public titles, such as Sciences & Vie or La Recherche.

Almost all academic journals in the collection can now be found in digital form. Access to these journals is limited to members of the university community or the public computers connected to the UNIL network (including workstations in the library).

All journals at the Unithèque site are listed in the Renouvaud catalogue. However, their contents are not systematically referenced.

Search tools

Some specialist tools:

  • PubMed (open access): A specialist bibliographical database, covering peer-reviewed biomedical scientific literature. The benefits of this tool are the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing of references and universal access.
  • Web of Science (paid access): A multidisciplinary bibliographical databases platform covering peer-reviewed scientific literature. The advantages of this tool are its citation indexes (Science Citation Index Expanded, Conference Proceedings Citation Index, Book Citation Index, etc.).
  • InCites – JCRESI (paid access): Analytical and benchmarking tools for scientific research, based on performance indicators (articles published in academic journals by institution and domain, with article citations). You will need to create a user account to access these tools.
  • BioOne Complete (paid access): Specialist bibliographical database covering peer-reviewed scientific literature in the areas of biology, ecology and the environment. The advantage of this tool is that it references and provides access to articles in academic journals that are less well represented in other bibliographical databases.

Other useful information research tools can be found on our databases page.