Scientific subject links – M-P

 Marine biology

  • SeaWeb
    Project designed to raise awareness of the world ocean and the life within it.


ASM International

Society for materials engineers and scientists, a network dedicated to advancing industry, technology and applications of metals and materials.

Institute of Materials, Minerals and Mining

Developed to provide information about the Institute's services to members and to the broader materials, minerals and mining community.


 Medicine and health

  • Access Excellence
    Critical sources of new scientific information.

  • COEH
    The Centre for Occupational and Environmental Health of the University of Manchester.

  • Cochrane Library
    The Abstracts of Cochrane Reviews are available without charge, and can be browsed or searched.

  • Department of Health
    Government website for the Department of Health in England.

  • General Medical Council
    A charity whose purpose is the protection, promotion and maintenance of the health and safety of the community.

  • HighWire
    Full-text scientific and medical journal articles from Stanford University Libraries.   * E journals site

  • Medi Lexicon
    Online database of over 70,000 pharmaceutical and medical abbreviations.

    Merck discovers, develops, manufactures and markets a broad range of innovative products to improve human and animal health, directly and through joint ventures.

  • NHS Direct
    Find out more about a condition or illness.

  • National Library of Medicine
    PubMed, a service of the National Library of Medicine.

  • NetDoctor
    Free access to databases.

  • OMNI
    Offers free access to a searchable catalogue of internet sites covering health and medicine.

  • Public Health Genetics
    Provides news and information about advances in genetics and their impact on public health and the prevention of disease.

  • Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh

  • Scotland's health on the Web (SHOW)
    SHOW is provided by a team of people based within the Information and Statistics Division of NHS Scotland.

  • Scottish Government Health Department
    Scottish government site for health.

  • UN Population Information
    A guide to population information on UN system websites.

  • WHO
    World Health Organisation, the United Nations' specialised agency for health.

 Natural history and wildlife

  • British trees
    Lots of information on native British trees, and links to relevant and international organisations.

  • Friends of the Earth
    Information on campaigns.

  • Naturenet
    UK-based site on all aspects of countryside management and nature conservation.

  • Postcode plants database
    Put your postcode in, and this website gives a list of local plants in the area. Also includes a checklist of native Scottish plant species.

  • Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB)
    Information about events, news stories, reserves information, local groups, RSPB vacancies and many other interesting topics.

  • Wild flower page
    UK-wide coverage. Gives useful information on looking for wild flowers and their statutory protection and conservation.

 Patents and Inventions - information sites

  • IFIA
    International Federation of Inventors' Associations.

  • Institute of Patentees and Inventors
    Offers its members advice and guidance on all aspects of inventing from idea conception to innovation and development.

  • Intellectual Property
    Answers to your questions and all the resources you need to find your way through the IP jungle of copyright, designs, patents and trade marks.

  • 'PatentCafé'
    Online intellectual property magazine.

  • Yet2
    Offers scientists and researchers the opportunity to unearth critical technologies.

 Patents - offices

  • British Library Business and Intellectual Property Centre information

  • Canada
    A leading intellectual property office.

  • Derwent Information
    Part of the Thomson Corporation, supplier of value-added patent and scientific information.

  • EPO
    European Patent Office.

  • France
    French Patent Office.

  • Germany
    German Patent Office.

  • Intellectual Property Office
    Responsible for Intellectual Property (copyright, designs, patents and trade marks) in the

  • US Patent and Trademark Office
    Use their Online Business systems to search existing patents and trademarks, order copies, apply for patents, register trademarks, pay fees and monitor progress.

  • WIPO
    World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) is an international organisation dedicated to promoting the use and protection of works.


  • American Institute of Physics
    With the purpose of promoting the advancement and diffusion of the knowledge of physics and its application to human welfare.

  • APS
    American Physical Society.

    E-print service in the fields of physics, mathematics, non-linear science, computer science, and quantitative biology. arXiv is owned, operated and funded by Cornell University, a private not-for-profit educational institution. Also partially funded by the National Science Foundation.   * E journals site

  • Institute of Physics
    Leading international professional body and learned society, established to promote the advancement and dissemination of physics. The Institute has a worldwide membership.

  • PhysicsWeb
    Physics news, jobs and resources.

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