University of Bergen Library

Subject resources



Please find our electronic and printed books by searching the blue search box above.

After searching, check left margin for further options. Print-books physically available in the Science Library are marked UBBRB

For books on loan, choose 'reserve', or browse for alternatives using the Virtual Shelf-tab over your chosen book. For browsing our physical shelves, aks staff to help you find the shelves most relevant. 

Check here how to access and use e-books, or ask at our desk.

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A selection of the most recent titles at the library:

Did you know that the collected works of Charles Darwin are openly accessible?

Electronic curriculum

For some of the courses in biological science, the required and recommended literature is available electronically via the University Library. The links below lead to the library's search engine Oria. You can access the text by clicking on the "View It" tab.

BIO 207 Seafood Microbiology

BIO 208 Environmental Impact of Aquaculture

BIO 216 Toxicology

BIO 241 General Behavioural Ecology

BIO 272 Fish Diseases - Bacteria, Fungi and Non-Infectious Diseases

BIO 336 Fish Capture and Capture-Based Stock Monitoring

Dictionaries and subject specific encyclopedias

There are several good, subject specific reference works within biology. Find definitions, explore new topics or get an easy overview in short articles, written by experts in the field. Many contain suggestions for further reading, and are generally a good starting point for assignments/term papers.

You will find printed reference works in our reference collection and Oria. Listed below  are recommended electronic reference works. Some are openly accessible, others have the subscription paid by the university library.

Biological reference works from Springer (app 100 titles)

Den virtuella floran

Encyclopedia of life

Encyclopedia of life siences

Encyclopedia of modern coral reefs


Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (Amphibians)

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (Birds)

Grzimek's Animal Life Encyclopedia (Fishes)

Oxford References Online



Other relevant reference works


Encyclopedia of statistical science


Scientific publications

Scientific papers appear alongside books, reports etc. in Oria. By default, Oria lists only documents you have online or physical access to. Tick off the box 'Expand my results' (to the left of results) to include even references outside of our immediate access.

The subject specific reference databases listed below offer advanced search functionality lacking from Oria and Google Scholar.

While some are free of charge, the links below ensures offline access and 'bonus services' offered exclusively to UiB users. 

Abstract databases (search across publishers)

ASFA - Aquatic Sciences and Fisheries Abstracts
JSTOR-Biological Sciences
Biosis Previews
Helminthological abstracts and Review of Plant Pathology
PubMed (Medline)
Web of Science
Zoological Record

Publisher databases - (Searches within one or a few publishers)

ASM Journals - American Society for Microbiology
Cell Press