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Biomedical sciences: Books

A guide to finding information in biomedical sciences. Includes links to key resources and sources of help.

To find out if a specific book is in the Library you just need to check the Enterprise catalogue (search box below). Enter the author's surname and one or two words from the title:

For example: Horton principles biochemistry

You can also search Enterprise for a topic, to find related books.

Finding books

Finding printed books and e-books

Search the Enterprise catalogue to find specific books or books on a topic.


Finding online book chapters

To find online book chapters on a topic search the Summon discovery service:

Videos: finding and borrowing a book

Key locations

3rd Floor

540 Chemistry
543 Analytical chemistry
547 Organic chemistry


570 Biological sciences
571 Physiology
572 Biochemistry
575 Evolution and genetics
579 Microbiology


590 Zoological sciences
591 Zoology
591.1 Animal physiology


610 Medical sciences
611 Human anatomy
612 Human physiology
612.4 Endocrinology
615 Therapeutics and pharmacology
615.1 Drugs
615.19 Pharmaceutical chemistry
615.5 Therapeutics
615.9 Toxicology and poisons
616 Diseases


660 Chemical technology
660.6 Biotechnology

Call Numbers for selected topics

Anatomy 611
Antibiotics 615.329

Bacteriology 579.3
Biochemistry 572
Biochemistry of humans 612.015
Bioinformatics 572.80285
Biomaterials 610.284
Biomedical engineering 610.28
Biophysics 571.4

Cancer 616.994
Cell biology & physiology 571.6
Chemotherapy 615.58
Clinical biochemistry (human) 612.015
Clinical trials 615.50724
Clinical drug trials 615.580724

Diagnostics 616.075
Diseases 616
Disease control 614.4
DNA 572.86
Drugs 615.1

Enzymes, Chemistry 547.758
Enzymes, Biology 572.7
Epidemiology (Disease control) 614.4

Genes 572.86
Genetic diseases 616.042
Genetic engineering 660.65
Genetics 576.5
Genetics (Human) 599.935

Histology 611.018
Human diseases 616
Human genetics 599.935
Human immunology 612.1182

Law, Medical 347.1195

Medical microbiology 616.01
Medical physics 616.0757
Metabolism 572.4
Metabolism (Human) 612.39
Microbiology 579
Microbiology, Medicinal 616.01

Nervous system 591.48
Nutrition 612.3

Pathology 616.07
Pharmacology 615.1
Physiology (Human) 612
Plants, Drugs from 615.321
Plants, Medicinal 581.634
Proteins, Biology 572.6
Proteins, Chemistry 547.75

Reproduction 591.16

Statistics in biology 570.15195

Therapeutics 615.5
Toxicology 615.9

Vaccines 615.327
Virology 579.2

Getting books not held at Reading

Our Inter-Library Loans service can get books not held at Reading from other libraries (usually from the British Library).

For more information see our webpages:

New books

Citation example in the Harvard style

Biological Sciences recommend using the Harvard style for citations and referencing. See the Citing References tab in this guide for more help and information. 

Citing a whole book example

Pocock, G., Richards, C.D. & Richards, D.A. (2018). Human physiology. 5th ed. Oxford: Oxford University Press. 

Citing a book chapter example

Singh, H., Khurana, L.K. and Singh, R. (2018). Pharmaceutical development. In: Vohora, D. & Singh, G. (eds.) Pharmaceutical medicine and translational clinical research. London: Academic Press.