Translational biology, medicine and health (TBMH): Recommended Databases

For the Translational Biology Medicine and Health program

Virginia Tech's University Libraries gives you access to nearly 1,000 databases.  How do you know where to start?  

 For introductory research, I recommend VT's Discovery Search and a few disciplinary databases:  PubMed, CINAHL, or Web of Science. If your question is agriculture-related, I would also suggest CAB Direct. Still not sure about which database(s) are best for your research? Try browsing a few subject guides, or look through the full research database list

Need help searching any of these databases?  Click here for Discovery Search Help | PubMed Help | Web of Science Help 

Looking for full text?

Remember to look for the Get VText icon:

If that doesn't work, don't hesitate to contact your librarian for help accessing the full text of an article.

Interlibrary Loan Services

All current Virginia Tech students, faculty, and staff, regardless of your location, may request through ILLiad for materials:

  • not owned by Virginia Tech (books, articles from journals and conference proceedings, book chapters, standards, and technical papers)
  • owned by Virginia Tech but are unavailable for use (print books)
  • owned by Virginia Tech and available in print (scans of articles from journals and conference proceedings, book chapters, standards, and technical papers)

We ship requests via UPS to users outside the immediate Blacksburg area (Montgomery, Giles and Pulaski counties).

Articles, book chapters, and many technical papers are delivered in PDF format to your ILLiad account. Occasionally, due to copyright restrictions, a paper copy of an article or standard is held for your at the Newman User Services Desk or sent o the mailing address listed on your account.

Peer review

Looking for sources where submissions were peer reviewed before publication?

Check a journal title in Ulrichs Web to see if its 'referred' (peer-reviewed).

Check on a journal website to find out about publication and editorial practices such as whether or not they include peer-review in the process.

Investigating a Research Database - Questions to Ask

Recommended Databases

Your Librarians

Erin M. Smith, Health Sciences Research Librarian at VT University Libraries | 


Rita McCandless, Head Librarian, VTCSOM Library 


Dataset Sources

Dataset Sources