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Bioinformatics: Literature

Current and relevant information resources on Bioinformatics.

Document Delivery

If there is book or journal article that is not owned in our collection, we can borrow it from another library and deliver it to you, usually free of charge. Articles are scanned and made available online within a few days. Books loans can take a while longer and are delivered using campus mail.

Visit the Access Services web page to make an ILL or document delivery request!

Bibliographic Databases


PubMed, developed by the National Library of Medicine, provides access to bibliographic citations to biomedical journal articles, including MEDLINE , and to additional life sciences journals. MEDLINE is NLM's database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, the health care system, and the preclinical sciences.  MEDLINE contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from over 5400 biomedical journals published in the United States and 70 other countries and dating back to the 1940's. Updated 5 times/week.

Links from the article citation to relevant NCBI resources and databases appear under "Related information" on the right sidebar.

Web of Knowledge


The Web of Knowledge database (Purdue's license includes: Web of Science, BIOSIS, Food Science & Technology Abstracts (FSTA), MEDLINE, and Journal Citation Reports) is THE original citation research source and, along with Scopus, is the most interdisciplinary and most comprehensive citation resource available.  Web of Science extracts the citation information from the articles in over 10,000 journals (aka the "source journals") from almost every discipline.  


But ...


A citation search in the Web of Science is not a complete citation search:

  • Only citations from their 10,000 source journals are counted.
  • Citations from books, dissertation & theses, patents and technical reports are not included in the database; therefore disciplines that publish heavily in the journal literature (such as the Sciences) are better covered than those that don't (such as History). 
  • Subjects are not covered evenly by date; the science journals used for the source of citation data go much farther back in time than the source journals in the arts, engineering, humanities, and social sciences.
  • Some subject areas are poorly covered including business and education.


 SciVerse Scopus (Elsevier) is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature and quality web sources.

  • Contains 45.5 million records, 70% with abstracts
  • Nearly 19,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide
  • 70% of content is pulled from international sources
  • Includes over 4.6 million conference papers
  • Provides 100% Medline coverage
  • Offers sophisticated tools to track, analyze and visualize research

Bioinformatics Core

The Bioinformatics Core at Discovery Park supports research and learning in bioinformatics at Purdue through expert consultation, analysis, computational resources, classes and seminars, and grant support. Visit the BI Core website or contact director, Dr. Jyothi Thimmapuram, for more information!