Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences

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One of the most important parts of the research process is separating trustworthy, current information from everything else efficiently. This has been too difficult for far too long. Until now.

Hosted on ScienceDirect - Elsevier’s Reference Modules include thousands of cross-references and links to the related book chapters and journal articles available to you on ScienceDirect, providing the full spectrum of the subject on one easy platform.

Trustworthy-Elsevier Reference Modules provide you with access to thousands of peer-reviewed articles from Elsevier's Major Reference Works, along with articles exclusive to the Reference Module, selected and organized by an expert external Editorial Board for each subject.

Discoverable- Selected articles are organized into an intuitive subject hierarchy designed by  the Editorial Board for each Module. They are easy to navigate and search within, helping you to quickly find essential information and to understand the interdisciplinary links between topics.

Current-The Editorial Board continuously reviews the module, ensuring it covers the most significant recent developments in the field. Time stamps mark the date of the most recent review or update. New content is commissioned for the Reference Module as necessary to ensure it is up to date and covers the latest research. As relevant Reference Works are published, selected articles are added at no additional cost.

Numbers at glance:

  • 5247 articles from 15 Elsevier Major Reference Works
  • 7,000+ contributors
  • 19 editorial board members
Michael_Caplan_142x150"Biomedical science is an interwoven web of different disciplinary threads that connect different fields and require that we have access to information in disciplines that are far outside our area of expertise." Michael Caplan - Editor-in-Chief for Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences - Yale University School of Medicine, USA
Ralph Bradshaw"The module covers the complete spectrum of biology and biomedical aspects integrated in a very well organized fashion. As scientists we rely on correctness and something being up-to-date and so the module is important because it provides this level of knowledge" Ralph Bradshaw - Subject Editor for Reference Module in Biomedical Sciences - University of California, San Francisco, USA

With continuously updated articles from the following Elsevier Major Reference Works:

  • Brenner's Encyclopedia of Genetics 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Biomedical Physics
  • Comprehensive Biotechnology 2nd Edition
  • Comprehensive Toxicology 2nd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Biological Chemistry 2nd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Human Nutrition 3rd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Microbiology 3rd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Neuroscience
  • Encyclopedia of Toxicology 3rd Edition
  • Encyclopedia of Virology 3rd Edition
  • International Encyclopedia of Public Health
  • Pathobiology of Human Disease
  • xPharm: The Comprehensive Pharmacology Reference
  • Encyclopedia of Endocrine Diseases

Plus new articles exclusively commissioned for the Reference Module!

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Listen to editorial board members, Dr. Richard (Rick) Mitchell, Dr. Ralph Bradshaw and Dr. Linda McManus discussing the benefits of the Reference Module


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