Library services and resources for Allergy and Immunology

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
Allergy and Immunology
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 Haematology library page

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


New ebook content added 17/05/23
Basic Immunology
Plotkin’s Vaccines
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 02/05/23
Clinical immunology : principles and practice
 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 Allergy and Immunology journals below

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

AIDS Vaccine Week2003-  
Allergy, Asthma & Clinical Immunology2005-  
Allergy, Asthma and Immunology Research2009-  
American Journal of Immunology 2005-  
American journal of reproductive immunology1997-  
Annals of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology2007-  
APMIS: journal of pathology, microbiology and immunology1997- 
Autoimmunity Reviews2007-  
BMC Immunology2004-  
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
Brain Behavior, and Immunity2007-  
Brain, Behavior and Immunity – Health
Cancer Vaccine Week2003-  
Case Reports in Immunology2011-  
Central European Journal of Immunology2002-  
Clinical & experimental allergy1997-  
Clinical and experimental neuroimmunology
Clinical and Experimental Vaccine Research2012-  
Clinical and Molecular Allergy : CMA2003-  
Clinical and Translational Allergy2011-  
Clinical and Vaccine Immunology2006-Previously entitled Clinical and Diagnostic laboratory Immunology 
Clinical Immunology2007-  
Current Opinion in Immunology 2007-
Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 2007-  
Frontiers in Immunology2010-  
Human Immunology2007-  
HIV and AIDS Review2007-  
Journal of the International AIDS Society2004 –  
Immune Network2009-  
(2 month embargo)
Immunity and Ageing2004-  
Immunological reviews1997-  
Immunology 1996-  
Immunology and Allergy Clinics of North America2007-  
Immunology and cell biology1997-  
Immunology Letters2007-  
International forum of allergy & rhinology2011-  
International journal of immunogenetics2005-  
Journal of Allergy2009-  
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology2007-  
Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology : In Practice2013-  
Journal of Asthma and Allergy2008-  
Journal of Autoimmunity2007-  
Journal of Clinical Pathology1947- 
Journal of Immunology Research2014-Previously entitled Clinical and Developmental Immunology 
Journal of Immunotherapy2000-  
Journal of Investigational Allergology and Clinical Immunology2004-  
Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection2010-  
Journal of Neuroimmunology2007-  
Journal of Reproductive Immunology   
Neuroimmunology and Neuroinflammation2014-  
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Parasite immunology1997-  
Pediatric allergy and immunology1997-  
Photodermatology, photoimmunology and photomedicine1998- 
Scandinavian journal of immunology1997-  
Seminars in Immunology2007-  
Transplant Immunology2007-  
Trends in Immunology2007-  
Vaccine Weekly1995-  
World Allergy Organization Journal2013-  

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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

Allergy essentials20222ndO’Hehir
Allergy and Asthma Made Easy 2020 Sami
The Autoimmune Diseases20206thRose
Basic Immunology20247thAbbas
Cellular and Molecular Immunology 202210thAbbas
Chimeric antigen receptor t-cell therapies for cancer: a practical guide2020 Lee
Clinical Immunology and Serology 20215thMiller
Clinical immunology : principles and practice20236thRich
Crash Course : Haematology and immunology2012 4thGargani
Curbside consultation in pediatric asthma : 49 clinical questions.2012 Chidekel
Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry 20226thDabbs
Fast facts: car t-cell therapy in diffuse large b-cell lymphoma2021Buka
Fast facts: car t-cell therapy : insight into current and future applications2021Buka
Fast facts: immuno-oncology 2021 2ndClarke
Fast facts: respiratory allergies 2022Rimmer
Food allergy2012 James
Genomic and Precision Medicine: Infectious and Inflammatory Disease20193rdGinsburg
Hematology, immunology and genetics : neonatology questions and controversies20193rdOhls
Immunology : An Illustrated Outline 20216thMale
Immunology for medical students.20173rdHelbert
Immunotherapies for allergic disease2020 Cox
Infection and Autoimmunity20152ndShoenfeld
Lecture notes: Immunology20157thTodd
Mastocytosis : A Comprehensive Guide.2019Akin
Medical sciences at a glance2014 Randall
Middleton’s allergy: principles and practice20209thBurks
Mims’ Medical Microbiology and Immunology20196thGoering
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Immunology and Allergy
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford Textbook of Vasculitis20143rdBall
Pediatric Allergy: Principles and Practice20214thLeung
Plotkin’s Vaccines20238thOrenstein
Primer to the immune response20142ndMak

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