Molecular and Cell Biology

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About this Guide

How to find articles, books, conference proceedings, dissertations, protocols, data and citation management tools, and other resources in Molecular and Cell Biology.

Find Articles

Electronic Journals
Search or browse for specific e-journal titles

Citation Linker
Look for a specific citation, even with only partial information

Keeping Current
Set up e-mail alerts or RSS feeds from journals, databases, and other sources.

Article Databases
Search the following article databases to find journal articles, book chapters, and conference proceedings.

To access full text: UC-eLinks

For materials not owned by UC Berkeley: Borrowing from Other Libraries.

Find books and e-books

Numerous books are available electronically for use at UCB. Some are included in publisher packages or as special subject collections. See the Bioscience Library's Electronic Books page for full-text collections such as ENVIRONnetBASE, Springer E-books, ebrary, and Knovel Library.

Use OskiCat (UCB) to find books, ebooks, journals, conference proceedings, videos and more.

In OskiCat you can:
items checked out by another patron or held in storage
your checked-out items online.|
Limit your search to "Available Online" for ebooks only.

Journals: When searching on exact journal titles, change the search field to Title and limit the search to Journals/Magazines/Newspapers.

For materials not owned by UC Berkeley: Borrowing from Other Libraries.

Use Melvyl (UC) catalog to search the libraries of all UC campuses.

OskiCat Advanced Search
Melvyl Advanced Search

Dissertations & Theses

Dissertations and Theses (Dissertation Abstracts)
Dates: 1861 - present
Coverage: Indexes graduate dissertations from over 1,000 North American, and selected European, graduate schools and universities. Dissertations published since 1980, and master's theses since 1988, include brief abstracts written by the authors. Offers full text of most of the dissertations added since 1997.
Search by: thesis advisor, topic or title term, author, and other fields.

UC Berkeley Dissertations
To search for UC dissertations, go to Dissertations and Theses @ University of California (available in full text).

To locate dissertations from a specific UC Berkeley department, search OskiCat for the keywords berkeley dissertations <department name>.

Example: berkeley dissertations molecular and cell biology

MCB Protocols

Finding Protocols
PubMed is an excellent resource for finding recent protocols. In addition, the following protocol databases contain the full text of current protocols in a variety of disciplines:

Resources in Molecular & Cell Biology

Bioscience Library website

Molecular and Cell Biology Resources: A selection of books, databases, websites and tutorials for biochemistry, bioinformatics, cell & developmental biology, molecular biology, microbiology, the neurosciences, and more.

Molecular Biology Web Resources: Informational and analytical tools and resources on gene and protein sequences and structures.

Proteome: A database of information on the structure and function of proteins expressed in mammalian species, model organisms, and human fungal pathogens. Content covers diseases, drugs, gene regulation, pathways, and fully annotated genomes.

Online Encyclopedias in Life Sciences (most restricted to UCB users)

Digital Images in MCB, Microbiology, Medicine

Biological Animations and Video Lectures

Biodiversity and Taxonomic Databases (most freely available on the web)

Connecting from off campus

To access electronic journals, books, and other subscription resources from off-campus, please use one of the following:

Proxy Server
The proxy server is a computer on campus that will re-route your requests for licensed resources after authenticating you as a Berkeley student, faculty or staff member. You must configure your web browser in order to use it.
Virtual Private Network (VPN)
The VPN is a software program that will establish a "tunnel" to our campus network, allowing you to access a broader variety of licensed resources.


AirBears2 is the UCB wireless network available in almost every building on campus; click on the link for more information about configuring the AirBears network on your device.

Data Management

UCB Content Management Services

Tools for collaboration, file sharing and storage.

Data Management Tools & Services

DMPTool: Step-by-step instructions for creating a ready-to-use data management plan (DMP) that meets the requirements of specific funding agencies [CDL]
DataUp: An open-source tool for managing, describing, and archiving tabular data in Microsoft® Excel [CDL]
EZID: Create persistent identifiers (DOIs and ARKs) for digital content. Berkeley researchers can contact for a free account.

Data Management Guidelines

Data management and sharing: A portal for information on data requirements, management and sharing [Science Libraries @ UC Berkeley]
NSF data management plan requirements: An outline from the NSF Directorate for Biological Sciences
Preparing data management plans for NSF grant applications: UC Berkeley-specific tutorials and guidelines for NSF data management plans [Science Libraries @ UC Berkeley]
UC3 Data Management Guidelines: A checklist for creating, organizing, managing, and sharing your data [CDL]

Data Repositories in Microbiology & Medicine

To find additional data repositories, see:
Open Access Directory of Data Repositories [Simmons University]
DataBib [Institute of Museum and Library Services]
Repositories [DataCite]

Citation Management Tools

Reference managers help you manage your research, collect and cite sources, & create bibliographies in a variety of citation styles.  Compare.

Widely used citation managers include:

: Free for UC Berkeley users. Web-based manager with direct export integrated into many databases. Organize and share references, and format citations and bibliographies.
Sign up for a RefWorks account.
Getting Started with RefWorks

: may be purchased from UC Berkeley's Software Central. Good PDF management and annotation tools. Automatically searches for full-text PDFs (if available) for citations. Formats citations and bibliographies. Requires purchase of annual or semi-annual upgrades to remain current.

: Free plug-in for Firefox and standalone versions for Chrome and Internet Explorer. Automatically extracts metadata from many PDFs and web pages. Permits tagging, notation, and full text searching of your library of resources. Integrates with Word for citation and bibliography formatting, and has a free (but limited) web backup service.Getting Started with Zotero Note: When using software to automatically format your citations, double-check the formatting for correctness.

: Free (up to 2GB). Web-based component that syncs with a desktop client. Integrates with Word for citation and bibliography formatting. Includes some social elements that allows for sharing and recommendations.

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