Knowledge Resources - online

The Library and Knowledge Service has subscriptions to a variety of online resources to help staff find high-quality research evidence to support their work in patient care, service improvement, clinical audit, clinical research and decision making, as well as continued professional development and course assignments. Staff and students on placement will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access most of the resources below:

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub:

  • A user-friendly platform for healthcare databases, ejournals, NICE guidance and other support tools all in one place!
  • Go to
  • Select ‘Start your search’ then ‘Sign in to your institution for full access to your library’s resources’ – log in using your OpenAthens login

Clinical decision making and best practice:

  • NICE Guidelines – includes national guidance, advice, standards and indicators for health, public health and social care. Also links to BNF/BNFC
  • BMJ Best Practice – point of care tool that covers symptom evaluation, differential diagnosis, tests and treatments
  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries – summary of current evidence base and practical guidance on best practice 
  • Medicines Complete – for the BNF and the BNF for Children
  • Select Login then Login via Shibboleth/Open Athens. Enter NHS in England as your organisation. The BNF and the BNF-C are also available as an app for smartphones


  • MEDLINE - contains journal citations and abstracts for biomedical literature from around the world
  • PubMed - provides free access to MEDLINE and links to full text articles when possible
  • EMBASE  - contains journal citations and abstracts for biomedical and pharmacological literature
  • CINAHL - include literature on nursing, allied health, biomedicine and healthcare
  • EMCARE - contains nursing and allied health literature 
  • PsycINFO -  a database of abstracts of literature in the field of psychology 
  • Cochrane Databases – resources for systematic reviews in health care, including Cochrane Reviews, Trials and Cochrane Clinical Answers
  • Health Business Elite - covers health care management and other, non-clinical topics
  • Proquest Health Research Premium Collection – search fulltext health care journals, evidence-based resources and dissertations
  • TRIP Pro – research evidence covering clinical area, type and level of evidence for best practice


  • BrowZine Library – browse, read and monitor your favourite journal contents either on a desktop or your mobile device
  • MAG Online Library – contains Mark Allen Health Complete, Internurse (nursing journals), Health Professionals and Midwifery journals 


  • eBook Nursing Collection - over 700 ebooks, covering a range of nursing topics
  • Kortext – contains 220 titles e.g. ABC, At a Glance, Essentials, Fundamentals, Lecture Notes, Made Incredibly Easy, Ten Teachers. Also contains anatomy and some exam books
  • OverDrive – leisure, equality and diversity, self-help and self-development audiobooks *Log in using library membership card details*
  • Oxford Medicine Online (OUP): 136 titles – including Oxford Medical Handbooks, a variety of Oxford Textbooks and titles from the Emergencies In series
  • ProQuest eBooks Central – 430 subscribed titles. 5 minute preview and chapter downloads for unsubscribed titles – extended access can be requested for unsubscribed titles.

Training and support tools:

Publishing opportunities: