Biomedical Science

Biomedical Sciences Graduate Students: Welcome Page


Welcome BIMS Graduate Students!

Welcome to the University of Virginia! This guide provides an awareness of key resources and services available to help you accomplish all you need effectively and efficiently.


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.


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, virtual service to address introductory statistics and research methods questions.

UVa Bioinformatics Core

Provides expert bioinformatics consulting and data analysis solution for both grant-funded and chargeback-based projects on management and analysis of large-scale biological datasets produced by high-throughput genomics experiments.

 Computing and Spaces

Use our academic or Health System network computers. Reserve group study rooms, collaborate in our multipurpose area, or find a quiet study in our ID-access 24-7 area.


Key Resources and Tools

Selected Resources to Find Books, Articles, and Protocols

Off-Grounds Access

Citation Management

Software at UVa

Writing and Teaching Resources

Theses & Dissertations

 Posters and Presentations

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

Sources of Information

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. From the Library's homepage, begin your search in Virgo or select a subject-specific database from the A-Z Databases.
  2. Narrow your search to journal articles.
  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 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. For example Narrow your search to 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 Source Types select  Books. 
  3. You can also search e-books here:  Click Ebrary and search for books. 

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