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Basic Science Resources: helpful tools

Information on staying current w/ scientific literature, HSLS MolBio resources, & ERNs


PubMed is a free resource for finding biomedical literature, developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) at the National Library of Medicine (NLM).


Preprints accelerate the progress of science by enabling researchers to disseminate their results to one another months or years ahead of final journal publication.

Europe PMC

Europe PubMed Central (Europe PMC) is a repository that provides access to worldwide life sciences articles (including preprints), books, patents, and clinical guidelines. It also provides links to relevant data records in UniProt and many European Bioinformatics Institute (EMBL-EBI) tools.


InfoBoosters are easy-to-install Web browser widgets that connect digital text to databases, to retrieve relevant information on demand.

Example: highlight a protein name in an online article and click the "GenomeInfo" InfoBooster (which users drag-&-drop to their browser toolbar)--a pop-up window will display relevant information fetched from the UCSC Genome Browser.

InfoBoosters assist readers by revealing information not directly described in the text and potentially fostering the creation of new hypotheses.


F1000Workspace is a platform to help biology and medical researchers discover and collect literature, manage references, and prepare manuscripts, grant applications, posters, talks, etc. for submission.

HSLS Molecular Biology Information Service

Electronic Research Notebooks

Using Library Resources Off-Campus

  1. From the HSLS home page navigate to the e-resource (database, journal, ebook) you want to access.
  2. Click on the link to the e-resource.
  3. The Pitt Passport pop up box will appear when needed.
  4. Enter you Pitt Computer Account username and password.
  5. The e-resource is now ready to be used.

For remote access to work correctly, your Web browser must be set to accept cookies. You must also have a current Pitt computer account. For help with your computer account, call 412-624-4357 (available 24/7) or e-mail the CSSD Help Desk.

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Carrie L. Iwema, PhD, MLS, AHIP

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