Biomedical Science

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students



Here are five tips to help you use library resources most efficiently:

  1. Get PDFs in one click via LibKey Nomad browser plug-in
  2. Bookmark the library's PubMed link to get the "Find@UVA" link to articles
  3. Install UVA Anywhere (VPN) to Connect from Off-Grounds to more library resources
  4. Install PaperCut on your devices to print in the library
  5. Ask Us! We are here to help you!

Key Resources and Tools

Selected Resources to Find Books, Articles, and Protocols

Find Print and Online Books

Find Article Citations and Preprints

Search full-text articles by collection

  • PubMed Central (PMC) (collection of publications resulting from NIH funding)
  • Europe PMC (worldwide collection of life science publications and preprints and repository for many international funders)

Search full-text articles by publisher

Find Protocols and Other Resources

Connect to Library Resources Off-Grounds

There are several ways to connect to the libraries' online books, journals, and databases from off-Grounds:

Library Website UVA Anywhere VPN LibKey Nomad Plugin

Starting on the library's website invokes the "proxy server" which will allow you to login with your UVA credentials to get to our resources.

  1. Access the ebook, journal, or database from links on any library webpage, including the Health Sciences Library or UVA Library.
  2. When prompted for Netbadge, log in with your UVA computing ID and your Netbadge password
Pro Tip: when searching PubMed, be sure to use the library's PubMed link - this will provide "Find@UVA" links on your results to connect you to UVA journal subscriptions.

UVA Information Technology Services provides VPN technology to give authorized UVA users (including students) secure, authenticated access to restricted resources, some of which are limited to on-Grounds use.

  1. Follow instructions on how to download the UVA ANywhere VPN
  2. Launch the VPN before accessing library resources. Click on ebook, journal, or database content and you should have seamless access as if you were on Grounds.
  3. For help with installation or use, please contact the ITS Help Desk at 434-924-4357.
Note: if you have Health System VPN access (e.g. for Epic), please note that this is not the same as the UVA VPN, and may not provide access to all library resources.

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that offers links to PDFs while browsing certain pages such as PubMed, WOS, publisher websites, and Wikipedia.

Install LibKey Nomad and you'll get a "Provided by University of Virginia" button on articles. Click to get to the full PDF.

If LibKey Nomad can not find the article, you will be brought to a page where you can select to submit the citation to our Interlibrary Loan Service (ILL). All the information will automatically populate in the ILL form.

Citation Management

See our Citation Management Guide for information on popular citation managers. We have guides on the following tools, including links to instructions on installing and configuring for use at UVA:

  • Zotero
  • Sciwheel
  • EndNote (fee-based desktop software but also a free web-based "lighter" version through our Web of Science subscription)

Research Data and Computing

Free Expert Consultations

  • Ask Us - Expert assistance with biomedical literature search and data discovery, organizing and managing your research project and bibliography, creating presentations and posters, and disseminating and sharing your research.
  • Ask Us - Data consultation services and biomedical data and statistics training opportunities. Get expert consultations by appointment on statistical software such as R, python, Stata, SAS, and SPSS
  • PHS @ the Library - Free consultation service to address introductory statistics and research methods questions.
  • UVA Research Computing - help with cutting-edge computational resources and issues around optimization, parallelization, workflow, etc.

Software at UVA

Online Learning

  • Online courses through UVA's subscription to LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • E-books through O'Reilly
  • Take an online course through Sage Campus on topics like basic research approaches, navigating information, data literacy, and data science skills 

Presenting and Publishing

Writing and Teaching Resources

Theses & Dissertations

 Posters and Presentations

  •   Our guide to creating a poster in PowerPoint, including links to UVa logos

Types of Literature

How can you distinguish Primary, Secondary and Tertiary information?

Primary Scientific Literature

Original information/materials on which research is based on and it is usually published in a peer-review journal.  It includes original research, dissertations, technical reports, conference papers, and patents. It may also include data sets, pre-prints or preliminary reports. 


How to locate primary literature?

  1. Begin your search in a subject-specific database such as PubMed, or choose one from the A-Z Databases.
  2. Perform your search on a topic.
  3. Once you have a set of search results, look for articles where the author has conducted original research. A primary research article will include:  a ) an introduction with a statement of the research objective, b) a methods section that details exactly how the research was performed, with enough information that another researcher could replicate it, a c) results section that describes the data collected, including charts or graphs and statistical analysis, and a d) discussion section that interprets the results within the context of the research objective

Secondary Literature

Secondary sources of information are based on primary sources. They describe, interpret, analyze and evaluate primary sources of information.

Examples of secondary sources include: 

  • review articles or analysis of research studies about the same topic (also often in peer-reviewed publications), systematic reviews.
  • biographies, reviews, or critiques of an author

How to locate Secondary Literature?

  1. From the Library's homepage, begin your search in Virgo or select a subject-specific database from the A-Z Databases. Example databases could be PubMed, Web of Science, etc. 
  2. Use the filters (PubMed) or Refine (Web of Science) to publication types such as Reviews, or Systematic reviews or Meta-analysis. 

Tertiary Literature

Tertiary literature synthesizes information from primary and secondary literature. Tertiary literature can include books, textbooks, encyclopedias, and dictionaries.

How to locate Tertiary Literature?

  1. From the Library's homepage, begin your search in Virgo
  2. Limit by Resource Type Books. 
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