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 10/12/20
Robbins & Cotran Atlas of Pathology
Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease
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.

Journal Coverage Notes
Analytical Cellular Pathology 1994-
Anatomy and Cell Biology 2010-
BMC Cell Biology 2000-
BMJ 1840-
BMJ Case Reports 2008- 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 Bioscience 2011-
Cell Calcium 2007-
Cell Communication and Signaling 2003-
Cell Death and Disease 2010-
Cell Discovery 2015-
Cell Medicine 2010-
Cell Reports 2012-
Current Opinion in Cell Biology 2007-
Cytopathology 1997-
Cytotherapy 2007-
Diagnostic cytopathology 1996-
Diagnostic Histopathology 2008-
Histopathology 1997-
International Journal of Cell Biology 2009-
International Journal of Molecular and Cellular Medicine 2012-
Journal of Cell Communication and Signaling 2007-
Journal of Cell Science 1853-
Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine 2000-
Journal of Cytology 2009-
Journal of Histology and Histopathology 2014-
Journal of the American Society of Cytopathology 2007-
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) 1990-
Tissue and Cell 2007-
Trends in Cell Biology 2007-



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

Title Year Edition Author
Bancroft’s theory and practice of histological techniques. 2019 8th  Suvarna
Cell biology 2017 3rd Pollard
Cellular physiology and neurophysiology 2020 3rd Blaustein
Comprehensive cytopathology 2015 4th Bibbo
Concise histology 2011 Gartner
Cytology : diagnostic principles and clinical correlates 2021 5th Cibas
Diagnostic cytopathology essentials 2013 Kocjan
Diagnostic histopathology of tumors 2021 5th Fletcher
Ferri’s best test: a practical guide to clinical laboratory medicine and diagnostic imaging. 2015 3rd Ferri
Henry’s clinical diagnosis and management by laboratory methods. 2017 23rd McPherson
Histology and cell biology: an introduction to pathology 2016 4th Kierszenbaum
Intercellular Signaling in Development and Disease 2011 Dennis
Laboratory tests and diagnostic procedures 2013 6th Chernecky
Molecular and cell biology for dummies 2020 2nd Kratz
Netter’s Essential Histology 2021 3rd Ovalle
Orell and Sterrett’s fine needle aspiration cytology 2012 5th Orell
Practical cytopathology: a diagnostic approach to fine needle aspiration biopsy 2017 Field
Robbins and Cotran Atlas of Pathology 2021 4th Klatt
Robbins & Cotran Pathologic Basis of Disease 2021 10th Kumar
Robbins basic pathology 2018 10th Kumar
Rosai and Ackerman’s surgical pathology 2018 11th Goldblum
Signal transduction 2016 3rd Kramer
Stevens & Lowe’s human histology 2014 4th Lowe
Textbook of histology 2021 5th Gartner
Transduction mechanisms in cellular signaling 2011 Dennis
Underwood’s pathology: a clinical approach 2019 7th Cross
Wheater’s pathology: a text, atlas and review of histopathology 2020 6th O’Dowd
Wheater’s functional histology: a text and colour atlas 2013 6th  Young