Library resources & services for Cellular & Anatomical Pathology incl Histopathology and Cytopathology

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books     

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
Cellular & Anatomical Pathology incl Histopathology and Cytopathology
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.

See also our Pathology, laboratory medicine & medical sciences page
Please note that resources on pathology of specific systems/disorders can be found on the relevant specialty page found at:
e.g. visit Neurology page for Neuropathology

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email

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New ebook content added 13/07/21
Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- nursing and care
international nursing & allied health
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most biomedical topics including cytology & histopathology
useful for health psychology/recovery

Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Databases contain bibliographic records i.e. references. Whilst you won’t have fulltext access to all the articles, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See our main library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • ClinicalKey  – clinical insight search tool which also gives access to over 1100 electronic books and 500 journals and multimedia resources
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • NICE Evidence access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence/best practice and guidance
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate  ‘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 University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Cellular & Anatomical Pathology  journals below

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

Analytical Cellular Pathology1994- 
Anatomy and Cell Biology2010- 
BMC Cell Biology2000- 
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
Cell and Bioscience2011- 
Cell Calcium2007- 
Cell Communication and Signaling2003- 
Cell Death and Disease2010- 
Cell Discovery2015- 
Cell Medicine2010- 
Cell Reports2012- 
Current Opinion in Cell Biology 2007-
Diagnostic cytopathology1996- 
Diagnostic Histopathology2008- 
International Journal of Cell Biology2009- 
International Journal of Molecular and Cellular Medicine2012- 
Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling2007- 
Journal of Cell Science1853- 
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine2000- 
Journal of Cytology2009- 
Journal of Histology and Histopathology2014- 
Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology2007- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Tissue and Cell2007- 
Trends in Cell Biology2007- 

Books (guide)

Search our  print and electronic book holdings.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login to to access ebooks.

This is a regional NHS catalogue, so in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

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 content from 2008 onwards – click title & login with NHS Athens

Bancroft’s theory and practice of histological techniques.20198th Suvarna
Cell biology20173rdPollard
Cellular physiology and neurophysiology20203rdBlaustein
Comprehensive cytopathology20154thBibbo
Concise histology2011 Gartner
Cytology : diagnostic principles and clinical correlates20215thCibas
Diagnostic cytopathology essentials2013 Kocjan
Diagnostic histopathology of tumors20215thFletcher
Ferri’s best test: a practical guide to clinical laboratory medicine and diagnostic imaging.20153rdFerri
Henry’s Clinical Diagnosis and Management by Laboratory Methods202224th McPherson
Histology and cell biology: an introduction to pathology20164thKierszenbaum
Intercellular Signaling in Development and Disease2011 Dennis
Laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures20136thChernecky
Molecular and cell biology for dummies20202ndKratz
Netter’s Essential Histology20213rdOvalle
Orell and Sterrett’s fine needle aspiration cytology20125thOrell
Practical cytopathology: a diagnostic approach to fine needle aspiration biopsy2017 Field
Robbins and Cotran Atlas of Pathology20214thKlatt
Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease202110thKumar
Robbins basic pathology201810thKumar
Rosai and Ackerman’s surgical pathology201811thGoldblum
Signal transduction20163rdKramer
Stevens & Lowe’s human histology20144thLowe
Textbook of histology20215thGartner
Transduction mechanisms in cellular signaling2011 Dennis
Underwood’s pathology: a clinical approach20197thCross
Wheater’s pathology: a text, atlas and review of histopathology20206thO’Dowd
Wheater’s functional histology: a text and colour atlas20136th Young