Learning Resources

Below is a list of useful resources available to students of the UNSW School of Medical Science (SoMS).
When referencing information sources, both print and electronic, you will find the APA Reference Style Guide to be quite useful.
Student Central's eLearning portal directs you to a number of places where you can learn about the common software systems and applications you may encounter through your program.

Online Tutorials 

The ELISE beginners tutorial gives you the basic knowledge for dealing with information appropriately.

Videos on making the most of UNSW Library.

Library Subject Guides are designed to be your starting place for research, or for when you have a topic and not much else. These bring together the core web resources in one place and provide a one-click portal into the online resources e.g. Anatomy & Physiology, Pharmacology and Pharmaceutical Medicine

NEW Virtual software applications such as Matlab and SPSS are available through myAccess Applications Anywhere Anytime



Library / Reference


SoMS Anatomy Museum 
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is located in G09 on the ground floor of the Wallace Wurth Building (C27).

This museum contains a large number of dry and dissected specimens for you to review between 8am-7pm Monday to Friday. Access is via swipe card and is restricted to students currently enrolled in SOMS courses at UNSW.

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UNSW Library (link)
Recommended text books as well as numerous other resources are available here.
image - Learning ResourcesBrowZine delivers thousands of academic journals to your iPad or Android tablet. 
jove logoJoVE: Medicine the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is the world's first peer reviewed scientific video journal. 
image - Learning ResourcesBEST Network (link)

provides UNSW academics with access to a bank of biomedical images, tutorials and tools.

The Slice image repository hosts the UNSW virtual slide collection as well as hosting over 18,000 biomedical images sourced from institutional collections around the world.

Images can be annotated by staff and students so that knowledge can be recorded and saved. Tutorials contributed to BEST are ready for use or can adapted for new audiences and purposes using the Smart Sparrow platform.

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Museum of Human Disease (link)
is located on the ground floor of the Samuels Building (F25). Here you can view a collection of 3,000 human specimens of both infectious and non infectious diseases.
The museum is open from 9am-5pm Monday to Friday and can also be accessed via swipe card if you are currently enrolled in a Pathology course at UNSW.

See also: Interactive Images of Disease

M.A. Arnold Glossary of Anatomical Terms (pdf)

This document contains a comprehensive list of the terms used in the study of human anatomy, including the meaning and derivation of each term.

Image of Disease (IOD) Database (link)
contains over 3000 images relevant to your study as an undergraduate.
Many of these images represent specimens from the Museum of Human Disease, histopathological images from the student histopathological slide set as well as some diagnostic images such as X-rays.

image - Learning ResourcesUNSW Embryology (link)

Embryology education and research website with more than 2,000 content pages and over 11,000 images.

The website can be easily searched for content and there is no restriction on access. Providing online undergraduate course content and support for:

  • Medicine BGDA, BGDB, BGD2, HMA, AEB, Pre-Medicine Program (link)
  • Science ANAT2341, ANAT2241, ANAT2511 (link)
Histology Resources
particularly relevant to students enrolled ANAT2241 Histology: Basic and Systematic, or ANAT2511 Fundamentals of Anatomy.

Virtual Slides (Moodle link)

scans of glass slides used in UNSW teaching for Anatomy, Histology, Histopathology and Phase 1+2 programs