Library resources & services for Otolaryngology, ENT Surgery, Head & Neck and Audiology services

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic (Evidence Summaries)


How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
Otolaryngology, ENT Surgery, Head & Neck and Audiology services
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community

+ Primary Care and ICB staff in Devon

Click here to visit our main library website.

You may also wish to visit our
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dentistry and Orthodontics
Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neurosciences
and Plastic Surgery

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources
please email


New ebook content added 17/05/2023
Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 09/05/2023
Hearing Science Fundamentals
you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

How to literature search for ARTICLES ON A SUBJECT (Databases)

If you need an search assistance or training on the use of resources please 
contact Discovery Library.

You can also undertake How to Search the Literature Effectively elearning modules – you will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access.

AMED (via Ovid)– allied and complementary medicine including palliative care
BNI (via Proquest)– nursing, midwifery and community healthcare
CINAHL (via Ebsco)– nursing and allied health
Embase (via Ovid) – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature
Emcare (via Ovid) – nursing and allied health
HMIC (via Ovid) – healthcare management
Medline (via Ovid or via EBSCO)- biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature
PsycINFO (via Proquest) – psychological, social, behavioral sciences.
Social Policy and Practice (via Ovid)- health and social care

To access the NHS subscribed databases you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search Cochrane Library
    Collection of databases incl:

    -Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    -Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

    Cochrane Clinical Answers

    that can be searched simultaneously and contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making

  • Search PubMed
    Free resource which contains more than 33 million citations and abstracts of biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

    To identify locally held content when searching use the following organisation specific links
  • University Hospitals Plymouth
  • Livewell SW and Plymouth General Practice staff
    (please note the logo currently only mentions Livewell and plymouth general practice but ALL Devon general practice and ICB staff can also use)
  • South Western Ambulance SWAST
  • South Central Ambulance

    These links include an local organisation logo on the right-hand side of each record. Clicking the logo will check article availability or offer a request form.
    To access the content linked you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

  • Search NHS Library and Knowledge Hub (Guide)
    Whilst it is advisable to search the databases above for more detailed and systematic searches, the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub can be used for more simple searches to find a couple of papers on a simple topic.

    To access content on the Library and Knowledge Hub you will need an
    NHS OpenAthens account.

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How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic

A range of evidence-based and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study including:

BMJ Best Practice- (Help and training resources)

Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.

On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App**
***Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here).

Clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and other fulltext resources
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

Clinical Knowledge Summaries (provided by NICE)-
Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations and regular updates to all topics

DynaMed (Help pages and tutorial)
clinical decision support tool with quality evidence-based information, expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care. 

Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account (register here)

Trip Pro Database
clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.


‘an evidence-based clinical decision support resource authored by physicians to help healthcare practitioners make the best decisions at the point of care’. 

Note you will need a UHP OpenAthens account (UHP staff/students register here). 
(available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust only).

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To access articles you will need a NHS OpenAthens account.


For each option you should either be able to

  • Access the fulltext of the article where we have a subscription to journal or
  • Complete a form to request a copy of an article not held
  • The ARTICLE TITLE via the Knowledge and Library Hub (Guide)

    If you have the article title please copy and paste into the main search box of the hub.
    If the title is a short title using common healthcare terms, then you might want to add the Author name and/or Journal title to the search to specify your chosen article.


    A Digital Object Identifier (DOI)  is a string of numbers, letters and symbols used to permanently identify an article or document and link to it on the web.
    It is usually in the format:
    The bit in italics which starts all DOIs can be ignored- please copy and paste the rest of your specific into the search box.

    A PubMed identifier (PMID) is a unique value assigned to each PubMed record usually 8 digits long

The search only includes journals for which organisation has a subscription.
If a journal is embargoed the embargoed article will still be listed but when you click to access content you will receive a article request form rather than the fulltext.

  • BROWSER EXTENSION to check all scholarly pages for local access via Nomad

Please note: On University Hospitals Plymouth and Livewell SW networked machines IT have already made Nomad automatically available via Microsoft Edge.
You will need to manually download to any other browsers you use on NHS Personal Device

Selected Otolaryngology, ENT Surgery, Head & Neck and Audiology journals below

If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

American Annals of the Deaf1996- 
American Journal of Audiology2000- 
American Journal of Otolaryngology–Head and Neck Medicine and Surgery2007- 
Audiology Research2011- 
Auris Nasus Larynx2008- 
BMC Ear, Nose, and Throat Disorders2001- 
BMJ Case Reports2008-You can also submit cases for consideration for publication in BMJ Case Reports, without having to individually pay the fellowship fee (Please email to obtain our fellowship number)
Please see the guidelines for writing & publishing an interesting case report , instructions for authors and instructions as to how to submit a BMJ Case Report
Cancers of the Head and Neck2016- 
Case Reports in Otolaryngology2011- 
Clinical and Experimental Otorhinolaryngology2008- 
Clinical otolaryngology2005- 
Ear and Hearing1980- 
Ear, Nose and Throat Journal1998- 
European Annals of Otorhinolaryngology, Head and Neck Diseases2010- 
Head and Face Medicine2005- 
Head and neck: journal for the sciences & specialties of the head and neck1996- 
Head and Neck Pathology2007- 
International Archives of Otorhinolaryngology2012- 
International forum of allergy & rhinology2011-  
International Journal of Otolaryngology2009- 
International Journal of Pediatric Otorhinolaryngology2007- 
JARO: Journal of the Association for Research in Otolaryngology2000- 
Journal of Laryngology and Otology2013-24/05/23 Problems with accessing content from 2021-23 are being raised with supplier
Apologies for inconvenience-click here to request articles from 2021-2023
Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research2011- 
Journal of Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery2013- 
Journal of Otology2006- 
Journal of Speech, Language & Hearing Research1997- 
Journal of Voice2007- 
The Laryngoscope1997- 
Laryngoscope Investigative Otolaryngology2016- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Operative Techniques in Otolaryngology – Head and Neck Surgery2007- 
Oral Oncology2007- 
Otolaryngologic Clinics of North America2007- 
Patient Management Perspectives in Otolaryngology2011- 
Trends in Hearing1996- 

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SWIMS Library Catalogue

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select
‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’
to limit your search to print books held at Discovery Library, Derriford.
The shelfmark will correspond with shelf in library collection.

If you are unable to visit the library in person please email to request postal delivery of required book(s)

Ebooks select your location based on your organisation :

Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and Devon GP and ICB staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS OpenAthens login to to access ebooks.

You can also log in and renew your books here (if you have not already made a pin number for your library account follow the instructions on screen).

If we don’t have the book you require you can consider making a book request
(Service for registered borrowers, undertaking NHS work. Registration forms are available here).

Selected specialty ebooks below click title & login with NHS Athens

Airway management2014 Khan
Atlas of endoscopic sinus and skull base surgery20192ndChiu
Atlas of head and neck pathology20163rdWenig
Bronchoscopy and central airway disorders: a patient-centered approach2012 Colt
Cerebrospinal Fluid Rhinorrhea2024Sindwani
Chordomas and chondrosarcomas of the skull base and spine20182ndHarsh
Craniofacial, head and neck surgery, pediatric plastic surgery : volume 3 of Plastic surgery20133rdNeligan
Cummings Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery20217thFlint
Cummings pediatric otolaryngology2022 2ndLesperance
The difficult airway: a practical guide2013 Hagberg
Dizziness and vertigo across the lifespan2018 Gleason
Ear, nose and throat and head and neck surgery: an illustrated colour text.20134thDhillon
Ear, nose and throat at a glance2013 Munir
Endoscopic Surgery of the Orbit2021 Sindwani
ENT secrets20225thScholes
Exoscope-Assisted Surgery in Otorhinolaryngology 2022De Virgilio
Facial Trauma Surgery2020 Dorafshar
Gnepp’s Diagnostic Surgical Pathology of the Head and Neck20213rdGnepp
Hagberg and Benumof’s airway management20235thHagberg
Head and neck imaging2011  
Head and neck imaging: case review20154thYousem
Head and neck pathology20193rdThompson
Hearing Loss2017 Eggermont
Hearing Science Fundamentals 20212ndLass
Imaging in Otolaryngology 2018 Gurgel
Jatin Shah’s head and neck surgery and oncology20205thShah
Lecture Notes: diseases of the ear, nose and throat201411thClarke
Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction20224thBaker
Master techniques in rhinoplasty2011 Azizzadeh
McMinn’s color atlas of head and neck anatomy20175thLogan
Neurologic and Neurodegenerative Diseases of the Larynx2020 Weissbrod
Operative Otolaryngology: Head and Neck Surgery20183rdMyers
Opioid Use, Overuse, and Abuse in Otolaryngology2022Li
Otologic surgery20235thBrackmann
Oxford Handbook of ENT and Head and Neck Surgery
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Handbook of Head and Neck Anatomy2022van Gijn
Plastic Surgery:

 Volume 3: Craniofacial, Head and Neck Surgery and Pediatric Plastic Surgery

2018 4thNeligan
Pocket Tutor: Otolaryngology 20192ndBhattacharyya
Robotics and Digital Guidance in ENT–H&N Surgery2017 Lombard
Skull base imaging2018 Chong
Sobotta atlas of human anatomy : head, neck and neuroanatomy201816thPaulsen
Surgery of the salivary glands2021 Witt
Surgery of the Thyroid and Parathyroid Glands20203rdRandolph
Viva Training in ENT2013Costello

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