Portal Natural Sciences

Our "Portal Natural Sciences" offers support for your studies, research, and teaching. Here, you will find news from the sciences, information about subject-specific events and courses offered by the university library, useful tools for scientific work, and much more.

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Exhibition Antarctica | January - August 2024

Exhibition "Antarctica" in the Library of Exact Sciences

In our new showcase exhibition in the Library of Exact Sciences you can learn more about life and research in Antarctica, the current ice core drilling project of the University of Bern, and the historical development of climate and ice research at the university and its pioneer, Hans Oeschger.

Coffee Lectures Science & Medicine

Useful information perfect for a coffee break – join our Coffee Lectures

We offer news and valuable information for your scientific work, covering topics from searching to writing. Short and to the point, in English and without registration. When? We offer two Coffee Lecture sessions per year, one in spring and one in fall. Time? From 1 to 1:15 pm. Where? Online on ZOOM (details below) and also "on demand" at your institute.

Coffee Lecture Series Spring 2024

All lectures start at 1 pm online on Zoom. No registration needed.

Login here: http://bib.unibe.ch/scimedCL

Program, Slides and Videos

  • Red flags and tips and tricks for international collaborations: Export controls at the University of Bern, Thursday, 02.05.2024, 13:00, Dr. Hannah Brodersen, Export Control Contact Point, University of Bern. See: Slides / Screencast
  • CANCELLED: Publishing in a Special Issue: New SNSF policies, Tuesday, 07.05.2024, 13:00, Manuela Bamert, Open Science Team, UB Bern
  • Research data management guideline – what’s up? Thursday, 16.05.2024, 13:00, Dr. habil. Olga Churakova & Dr.-Ing. Federico Grasso Toro, Open Science Team, UB Bern. See: Slides / Screencast
  • Virtual laboratory Labster for teaching at University of Bern, Thursday, 23.05.2024, 13:00, Malte Stäps, Labster.com. See: Screencast
  • Questionable publishing practices, Wednesday, 29.05.2024, 13:00, Dr. Andrea Hacker, Open Science Team, UB Bern. See: Slides / Screencast
  • Review Commons, Thursday, 06.06.2024, 13:00, Dr. Elio Pellin, Open Science Team, UB Bern Slides / Screencast
  • Reboot your Google Scholar searching: Quick tips, Wednesday, 12.06.2024, 13:00, Tania Rivero, Research Support Services, Medical Library, UB Bern See: Slides / Screencast
  • RefHunter: Database of databases, Wednesday, 19.06.2024, 13:00, Dr. Marc von Gernler, Research Support Services, Medical Library, UB Bern See: Slides / Screencast

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Previous Lectures

Have you missed one of our lectures?

You can get slides and screencasts of previous Coffee & Bit(e)s lectures here:

2023 fall series

  • Data Stewards: domain-specific research data management support at UniBE; Dr. Olga Churakova and Dr. Martin Wegmann, Open Science Team, University Library Bern: Slides (PDF) | Screencast
  • Financing Open Access Gold in STEM at UniBE; Nives Korrodi and Dr. Andrea Hacker, Open Science Team, University Library Bern: Slides (PDF) | Screencast
  • Unveiling bias: going beyond study types; Dr. Zayne Roa Díaz, Research Support Service Team Medicine & Pharmacy, University Library Bern: Slides (PDF) | Screencast
  • 12 steps to a successful systematic review: from research question to evidence; Tanya Karrer, Research Support Service Team Medicine & Pharmacy, University Library Bern: Slides (PDF) | Screencast
  • Open Access tools; Julia Wermelinger and Dr. Andrea Hacker, Open Science Team, University Library Bern: Slides (PDF) | Screencast
  • AI tools to start your literature research; Tania Rivero, Research Support Service Team Medicine & Pharmacy, University Library Bern: Slides (PDF) | Screencast
  • BORIS Portal – Research Information at UniBE; Julia Wermelinger and Sumanghalyah Suntharam, Open Science Team, University Library Bern: Slides (PDF) | Screencast
  • Make it your own! Personalize your LaTeX thesis with style and class; Dr. Lisa Kattner, Research Support Team Science Library, University Library Bern: Slides (PDF) | Screencast
  • Chat GPT and literature research: what we have learned so far; Tania Rivero, Research Support Service Team Medicine & Pharmacy, University Library Bern: Slides PDF) | Screencast

2023 spring series

  • SciFlow: A Useful Tool for Scientific Writing and Formatting; Dr. Aline Frank, Science Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
  • PRISMA for Systematic Reveiw Projects: Tips for Researchers; Tania Rivero, Medical Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
  • Open Access Update: New Rules, New Possibilities; Dr. Andrea Hacker, Open Science Team, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
  • Tips for Successfully Leading Your Team in a Systemic Review; Dr. Zayne Roa Díaz, Medical Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
  • The Risks of Using ChatGPT to Co-Write Your Scientific Paper; Dr. Sampoorna Rappaz, Medical Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
  • Introduction to BioRender – Not Only for Biologists; Dr. Aline Frank, Science Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
  • Irreproducible Results in Scientific Articles – Rare Incident or Prevalent Problem? Dr. Nuria Plattner, Science Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
  • ELN vs. LIMS: How to Make a Choice? Dr. Olga Churakova, Open Science Team, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
  • SciFinder – Useful for Every Scientist; Dr. Eri Amsler, Science Library, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) and video (screencast)
  • Citing While Writing: Tips to Help You Choose and Use References in Your Scientific Articles; Dr. Kali Tal, Medical Library, University Library Bern: video (screencast)

2021

  • Archives of the World Wide Web: How to access the internet of the past; Dr. Nuria Plattner, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
  • Reference management with EndNote 20: What's old, what's new?; Dr. Marc von Gernler, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
  • Adobe Stock for Bern University: Make your presentations and communications visually appealing with stock images: Stefan Grosjean, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
  • Altmetrics: Follow your research output in social media and news; Dr. Michelle Schaffer and Dr. Aline Frank, University Library Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
  • How to promote your research on Instagram? Dos and don’ts of individual science communication; Dr. Gino Caspari, Institute of Archaeological Sciences, University Bern: slides (PDF) or video (screencast)
  • Predatory Publishing: Shedding light on the deceptive publishing industry; Anna Severin, PhD candidate at GHS, University of Bern and SNSF; watch the video (slidecast); get the slides slides.
  • Journal of visualized experiments (JoVE): How to use it for your research and teaching in the life sciences; Aline Frank, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.
  • Open Knowledge Maps: A free and open search engine to create visual overviews of research topics; Silvan Christen, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.
  • Post publication peer review: A chance to improve the publication process and scientific literature quality? Nuria Plattner, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.
  • The SNSF’s ChronosHub pilot project: A new way to manage your publications from submission to open access and reporting; Andrea Hacker, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.
  • Data Visualization: Excel versus Python. When to use which approach? Michael Horn, University Library Bern; video (slidecast); slides.

General Literature search

Are you starting a basic literature search for your studies or research?

Get an overview of relevant tools, i.e., literature search websites, for finding scientific literature at the University of Bern.

Tools for scientific literature search

For further information, one-to-one teaching or group courses and literature searching for the sciences, please contact us.

Systematic literature search

Are you starting a systematic search for writing a review paper?

We provide information on the main steps for conducting a systematic literature search.

How to conduct a systematic literature search

For further information and one-to-one coaching, please contact us.

Reference management

Reference management software and courses

Manage your papers and citations professionally. Courses in reference management offered by the University Library can be found here:

Geodata

Spatial information for research and studies

We provide a variety of Swiss geographic data for members of University Bern. Get access here:

Open Science

Online publication of scientific articles and research data

Do you have questions about Open Science standards and Open Access publishing? Do you need guidance on how to fulfill the Open Science and Open Research Data requirements of the Swiss National Science Foundation or other funding agencies? The University Library provides information, consulting and courses on online publication, open access, research data management and more:

Consultations

Subject-specific and personal support

Our team of subject librarians for the sciences supports you in getting the information you need for your studies and research. We offer consultations and courses upon request.

Feel free to contact us.

Tools und software for your studies and research

The tools and software presented here are free of charge, at least in their basic version. 

Are you missing a specific tool for your studies or research? Do you have questions regarding the tools presented below? Just let us know: tools.ub@unibe.ch.

Analysis, statistics, graphics and data management

The R Project for Statistical Computing

R is a powerful and free software environment and programming language for statistical computing and graphics.

Computer program: Download R
Useful graphical interface for R: Download R Studio
Information for beginners: Getting started with R
E-book (in German): Angewandte Statistik, Methodensammlung mit R, J. Hedderich & L. Sachs, Springer Spektrum 2016 (full text within Uni Bern network)

ANACONDA data science platform

Anaconda package manager and environment manager for Python and R: Anaconda is a free, multi-functional toolset for data science applications. It facilitates package management of Python and R libraries and enables the effective use of programming environments and software packages.

Documentation and installation: Anaconda Individual Edition

 

Scientific writing

SciFlow

SciFlow makes it easy to write and format scientific texts - whether for a specific journal or as a student paper. The University Library of Bern has licensed SciFlow for the entire UniBE campus.

LaTeX

LaTeX is a text processing software which allows for clean formatting and embedding formula in your text. Especially useful for writing research articles in the exact sciences.

Computer program: Download LaTeX
Introduction and documentation: see The LaTeX Project documentation website

E-Book: LaTeX Beginner's Guide, S. Kottwitz,  2011 (full text available for users within the university network)

 

PlagScan

Plagscan is a plagiarism checker tool, which can be accessed via Campus account. It is able to scan all common file formats for potential plagiarisms.

BioRender

BioRender offers thousands of icons and many templates for creating scientific figures in minutes. Ideal to illustrate, e.g., cellular processes, lab techniques and experimental settings.

Literature search

Literature search tools for the sciences

Here, we provide an overview of relevant tools, i.e., literature search websites, for finding literature in the sciences.

Tools for Scientific Literature Search

For group courses and one-to-one teaching in literature search in the sciences, please contact frnat@ub.unibe.ch.

Reference management

Reference management software

These computer programs assist you in literature reference management and citation:

*Full version: members of University of Bern use their Campus-Licence (Citavi) or get discout for licences in the softwareshop.

Courses in reference management offered by the University Library can be found here.

Publication

Open Access

Useful links for Open Science and open access journals

ORCID

Distinguish yourself in research! ORCID (Open Researcher and Contributor ID) is a unique identifier for academic authors.

Altmetric

The Altmetric-Plugin allows you to easily display altmetric data for electronic articles that have a DOI. Using the Altmetric Explorer you can get detailed information about the online dissemination of research at article, author, group and institutional level.

  • The different tools of Altmetric are shown here.
  • Use the Altmetric Explorer here.
  • A recent screencast about Altmetric is avalable here (Coffee Lecture from November 2021).

Contact

Our subject librarians for the sciences

If you need further information regarding library services for the sciences, please do not hesitate to contact us:

Consultation

We provide personal consultations upon request

Our consultation hours provide individual and subject-specific support, on site, by phone, email or videoconference.

Team subject librarians for the sciences