Life Sciences

The University Library offers a small selection of printed books and a bigger collection of electronic material like e-books and e-journals in life sciences. All printed material as well as electronic resources can be found via the catalogue

Subject-related questions on catalog and database research can be addressed to

A selection of new acquisitions

La Photosynthèse: Processus Physiques, Moléculaires et Physiologiques [e-book]
Farineau, J. & Morot-Gaudry, J.-F.

Depression [e-book]
Lam, Raymond W.
Oxford University Press

Sleep and Neurologic Disease [e-book]
Mitchell G. Miglis
Academic Press

Metabolomics: From Fundamentals to Clinical Applications [e-book]
Sussulini, Alessandra

Consult all the new print books acquisitions of the BUL. New e-books to be searched via directly.

If you have an acquisition suggestion, send the bibliographic data to
If you are a member of staff, please use the form that is provided on the library pages of the UL-Intranet (ULI).
You need to log in first, then select “The University” -> “Library” -> “Procedures and Policies” (if you are already logged in, click here).




The life sciences book collection is housed at Luxembourg Learning Centre in the second floor. Fragile, old or valuable material is in storage and needs to be ordered via the “Request” button above the location details of an entry.


Classification, Signage

The books are sorted on the shelves according to the subject related Dewey Decimal Classification (DDC), so that life sciences material would mainly be found within the classification numbers between 570 and 579 (life sciences) and between 610 and 619 (medicine).

Example for DDC: the call number field in the "Get this at a library"-tab might show something like "573.2 Dud". This is the code printed on the book spine to find it on the shelf. The figures represent the main content of the book – in this case:

          500 =         Natural Sciences
          570 =         Life sciences
          573 =         Physical anthropology
          573.2 =      Evolution and genetics of humankind

The three characters behind the figures are the first letters of the author's name or the book title – this helps to further separate the material shelved under the same call number.


Reference Works

You will find below a selection of reference works on life sciences which are available in the university libraries:

Bourgeault, Ivy

The SAGE handbook of qualitative methods in health research

Los Angeles : SAGE, 2011

Ayers, Susan

Cambridge handbook of psychology, health, and medicine

Cambridge : Cambridge University Press, 2007

Overton, Willis F.

The handbook of life-span development

Hoboken, N.J. : Wiley, 2010


Lexique pratique de la santé : français-anglais-allemand-espagnol

Paris : La maison du dictionnaire, 2010

Klein, Alexandre

Les sensations de santé : pour une épistémologie des pratiques corporelles du sujet de santé

Nancy : Presses universitaires de Nancy, 2011


Printed Journal Collection (and other periodical works)

For life sciences most of the relevant journals are not offered in print but as e-journals that are discoverable via The print-only versions of journals need to be ordered from storage – for more information on how to do this, see Journals.


There is a lot of information online that is not freely accessible. The University of Luxembourg Library has subscribed to many databases, e-journals and e-books which are accessible by entering your login credentials in, which are provided after becoming a member of the library.



E-books are available via – if you want to search only e-book titles, choose "Digital library" in the top row of the search box and set the filter “Type of publication” on “Books” (in the menu on the right).

Further directory on international e-books:

Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB)

The Directory of Open Access Books (DOAB) is an online directory to increase discoverability of Open Access books. The database is included in the search.

E-journals and full text articles

E-journals are available via – if you want to search only e-journal titles, choose "Digital library" in the top row of the search box and set the filter “type of publication” on “Journals” (in the menu on the right). Be aware that you only search the titles of the e-journals and not the articles within them. For searching articles in journals, proceedings etc. set the filter on "Articles".

Further directories on international e-journals:


Ulrichsweb is a serials directory on more than 300,000 periodicals of all types: academic and scholarly journals, e-journals, peer-reviewed titles, popular magazines, newspapers, newsletters, and more. Access only within the IP-range of the campus or at the National Library (BNL).

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)

The Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) is an online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals. The database is included in the search.

Electronic Journals Library

The Electronic Journals Library is a service of the University Library of Regensburg to facilitate the use of scholarly journals on the internet and offers a unified interface to access full-text articles online from all areas of research. Besides the more than 50,000 journals which are accessible free of charge to anyone, participating libraries provide their users access to the journals they subscribe to.


Catalogues and Other Databases

For searching online databases only, choose "Digital library" in the top row of the search box and set the filter “Type of publication” on “Databases” (in the menu on the right).

Here is a selection of further life sciences databases:


(including PubMed & PMC)

The US-American National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information via several databases, NCBI including PubMed - with more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books -, and PubMed Central (PMC) - a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC)

Europe PMC is a free information resource for biomedical and health researchers based on PubMed Central (PMC).


LIVIVO, the search portal for life sciences offered by the German Central Library of Medicine, includes the services and databases of MEDPILOT (medical information) and GREENPILOT (information on nutrition, environment, and agricultural sciences).


PUBLISSO is an open access publishing platform for life sciences that is aimed at all researchers working in the field of life sciences who wish to make their work and research data freely accessible through open access publishing.


Embase is a biomedical literature database provided by Elsevier.

Agroforestree Database

World Agroforestry Centre (ICRAF) staff and partners produce research-based evidence on the subject of agroforestry. This knowledge is captured in electronic and printed formats and distributed via a range of interactive online portals, toolkits, and Open Source computer-modelling software for use in agroforestry research and development.

GetInfo – Fachinformationen für Technik und Naturwissenschaften

GetInfo is a service offered by the Technische Informationsbibliothek (TIB), the largest specialised library for science and technology worldwide. With GetInfo you can search free-of-charge in over 160 million data sets of the TIB's collection, leading specialised databases, publishers' offers, as well as in the collection of the German national libraries for medicine and economics.

DBIS – Biology

Overview of databases on biology in DBIS.

DBIS – Medicine

Overview of databases on medicine in DBIS.

ViFa pharm

Virtual library of pharmacy of the university library of Braunschweig (D).

ViFa vet

Virtual library of Veterinary Medicine and General Parasitology of the library of the TiHo Hannover (D).


The International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP) offers information about ongoing and completed clinical trials. The database contains the trial registration data sets made available by data providers around the world.


Online Reference Books, Dictionaries and Encyclopaedias

The following works on life sciences are available online:

Encyclopedia of Life (eol)

The Encyclopedia of Life gathers, generates, and shares knowledge on living nature in an open, freely accessible digital resource.

FAO Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture

The "Glossary of Biotechnology for Food and Agriculture" is a revised, augmented version of the "Glossary of Biotechnology and Genetic Engineering" published by the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations in 1999.

Harrison's Internal Medicine

Online version of the 19th edition of the medical handbook “Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine”.

Medical Abbreviations Dictionary

The database contains more than 200.000 abbreviations and acronyms from the areas of medicine, biotechnology, pharmacy, and healthcare.  

MedTerms medical dictionary


Roche-Lexikon Medizin  

This is the online version of the 5th edition of the German Roche medical dictionary. 

Lexikon der Arzneipflanzen und Drogen

German dictionary on medicinal plant and drugs. 

The Global Library of Women's Medicine (GLOWM)

Encyclopedia on women’s medicine. 





Statista is one of the world’s largest statistics and market data platforms with access to more than 1 million statistics, forecasts, dossiers, reports and infographics on 80.000 topics from more than 22.500 sources.


Thesauri and classifications

The following thesauri and classifications in life sciences are available online:

Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus. For an official German translation click here.

Classification of the National Library of Medicine (NLM)

A classification of the US National Library of Medicine for the arrangement of library materials in the field of medicine and related sciences used internationally.

UMLS Metathesaurus

The Unified Medical Language System (UMLS) Metathesaurus is a large, multi-purpose, and multi-lingual thesaurus that contains millions of biomedical and health related concepts, their synonymous names, and their relationships. It is updated by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) twice a year.

International Classification of Diseases for Oncology, 3rd Edition (ICD-O-3)

The ICD-O-3 is a WHO supported classification principally used in tumour or cancer registries for coding the site (topography) and the histology (morphology) of neoplasms, usually obtained from a pathology report.

Anatomisch-Therapeutisch-Chemische (ATC) Klassifikation

Official classification of pharmaceutical products published by the German institute for medical documentation and information.


AGROVOC is a controlled vocabulary of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations, including food, nutrition, agriculture, fisheries, forestry, environment.



Research projects databases

The following research projects databases on life sciences are available online:


CORDIS is the European Commission's primary public repository and portal to disseminate information on all EU-funded research projects and their results in the broadest sense.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library contains reviews, meta-analysis and references of clinical studies since 1948.

Research programmes of the US National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute supports projects in oncology and collects information on them.  

Clinical studies of the US National Cancer Institute

The National Cancer Institute offers a portal for studies in oncology. 

Clinical studies of CenterWatch

CenterWatch provides clinical trials information for both clinical research professionals and patients.

Clinical studies of the US National Institutes of Health is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

International Clinical Trials Registry Platform

This search portal of the WHO provides access to a central database containing the trial registration data sets collected from international registries.



Factual databases

The following factual databases on life sciences are available online:


Contains the data of the Statistics Division of the Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) of the United Nations.

WHO Statistical Information System (WHOSIS)

Statistics on health provided by the World Health Organization.

Health Nutrition and Population Statistics

HealthStats provides key health, nutrition and population statistics gathered from a variety of international sources.

European Health for All Database HFA-DB  

HFA-DB provides a selection of core health statistics covering basic demographics, health status, health determinants and risk factors, and health-care resources, utilization and expenditure in the 53 countries in the WHO European Region.

OECD.Stat Extracts

OECD.Stat includes data and metadata for OECD countries and selected non-member economies.

Who Named It?

A dictionary of medical eponyms.




Abbreviations may differ between or even within a branch of sciences. Journals often define the standard of the publication style within their author guidelines.

PubMed Journal Browser

Abkürzungsverzeichnis für die in PubMed/MEDLINE indexierten Zeitschriften  

Medical Abbreviations Dictionary

Die Datenbank enthält über 200.000 Abkürzungen und Akronyme mit kurzen Erklärungen aus den Bereichen Medizin, Biotechnologie, Pharmazie und Gesundheitspflege.  

France Terme

France Term is a set of terms of different scientific and technical fields in French.

Web of Science: Journal Title Abbreviations

List of journals and their abbreviations.

University Course Pages:


Interesting Sites

The following sites may be of interest if you are studying life sciences (free access):


World Directory of Medical Schools 

Medinfo - Informationen aus Medizin, Bibliothek und Fachpresse

European Medicines Agency

European Centre for Disease Prevention and Control (ECDC)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

WolframAlpha - make knowledge computable


Websites of Associations and Societies in Life Sciences:

International Union of Biological Sciences

Federation of European Biochemical Societies (FEBS)

European Molecular Biology Organization

International Society for Analytical Cytology

International Federation for Cell Biology

Histochemical Society

International Union of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology

International Council for Science (ICSU)


International Life Sciences Museums:

Musée d'Histoire de la Médecine, Paris (F)

The Health Museum, Houston, TX (USA)

Agroneum - Alt-Schwerin (D)

Canada Agriculture and Food Museum, Ottawa (CA)


To stay informed about worldwide conferences, you can check the following websites:

idw - Wissenschaftskalender

Congress calendar of the German central library of medicine (ZB MED)

Conference Alerts



To learn more about evaluating the quality of websites and the information in them, check the following links:

How to Evaluate Web Resources

How To Evaluate Information – Checklist

Evaluating Web Pages


For more information about training courses at the library, please click here.