Library resources & services for Gastroenterology, Hepatology + Colorectal, OG + HPB Surgery

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
Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Colorectal, Gastric & HPB Surgery
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.

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


New ebook content added 09/05/23
Liver Disease in Clinical Practice
Stoma Care Specialist Nursing: a Guide for Clinical Practice
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 03/04/23
MacSween’s Pathology of the Liver
Note you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 31/01/23
Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology
Multiparametric Ultrasound for the Assessment of Diffuse Liver Disease 
Note 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 Gastroenterology, Hepatology, Colorectal, Gastric & HPB Surgery journals below

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

Alimentary pharmacology and therapeutics1997- 
American Journal of Gastroenterology 2015- 
Annals of Gastroenterology2000- 
Annals of Hepatology2002- 
Best Practice & Research: Clinical Gastroenterology2003-2014
BMC Gastroenterology2001- 
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
BMJ Open Gastroenterology2014- 
Canadian Journal of Gastroenterology & Hepatology2013- 
Case Reports in Gastroenterology2007- 
Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine2011- 
Case Reports in Hepatology2012- 
Clinical and Experimental Gastroenterology2008- 
Clinical Colorectal Cancer2007- 
Clinical Gastroenterology and Hepatology2007- 
Clinical Nutrition2007- 
Clinics and Research in Hepatology & Gastroenterology2007- 
Clinics in Liver Disease2007- 
Colorectal disease1999- 
Current Opinion in Lipidology1998- 
Diagnostic and Therapeutic Endoscopy1995 
Digestive and Liver Disease2007- 
Digestive endoscopy1997- 
Diseases of the Colon & Rectum2004- 
Frontline Gastroenterology2010 
Gastroenterology Clinics of North America2007- 
Gastroenterology Report2013- 
Gastroenterology Research2008- 
Gastroenterology Research and Practice2008- 
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy2007- 
Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America2007- 
Gastrointestinal Intervention2012- 
Gastrointestinal Nursing2006- 
Gut and Liver2007- 
Gut Pathogens2009- 
Hepatic Medicine: Evidence and Research2009- 
Hepatitis Monthly2010- 
Hepatitis Research and Treatment2010- 
Hepatitis Weekly1995- 
Hepatobiliary and Pancreatic Diseases International2011- 
Hepatology research2007- 
Human Nutrition & Metabolism2020- 
International Journal of Hepatology2011- 
Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hepatology2011- 
Journal of digestive diseases2007- 
Journal of Gastric Cancer2010- 
Journal of gastroenterology and hepatology1997- 
Journal of Gastroenterology and Hepatology Research2012- 
Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology2010- 
Journal of hepato-biliary-pancreatic sciences2010- 
Journal of Hepatology2007-Print available from 2000- on shelf 169 Discovery Library
Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition1996- 
Journal of The Pancreas2000- 
Journal of viral hepatitis1997- 
Liver international2003- 
Liver transplantation2000- 
Neurogastroenterology and motility
Nutrition Research2007- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Seminars in Colon and Rectal Surgery2007- 
Techniques in Gastrointestinal Endoscopy2007- 
Therapeutic Advances in Gastroenterology2008- 
United European Gastroenterology Journal2013- 
World Journal of Gastroenterology2005- 
World Journal of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy2009- 
World Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology2009- 
World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pathophysiology2010- 
World Journal of Gastrointestinal Pharmacology & Therapeutics2010- 
World Journal of Gastrointestinal Surgery2009- 
World Journal of Hepatology2009- 

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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 belowclick title & login with NHS Athens

ABC of Alcohol20155thMcCune
ABC of Colorectal Cancer20112ndYoung
Abdominal Imaging20172ndSahani
  • Abdominal Imaging: The Core Requisites
  • 2022Grajo
    Abdominal X-Rays for Medical Students2015 Clarke
    Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction2012 Rosen
    Atlas of Endoscopy Imaging in Inflammatory Bowel Disease2020 Shen
    Atlas of Pediatric Laparoscopy and Thoracoscopy  20222ndHolcomb
    Bariatric Surgery in Clinical Practice2022Haslam
    Barrett’s esophagus2016 Pleskow
    Best of Five MCQS for the European Specialty Examination in Gastroenterology and Hepatology 20212ndMarjot
    Blumgart’s surgery of the liver, biliary tract, and pancreas.20176thJarnagin
    Blumgart’s video atlas : liver, biliary & pancreatic surgery20212ndCorvera
    Clinical Gastrointestinal Endoscopy20193rdChandrasekhara
    Clinical guide to gastroenterology2020 Chen
    Colorectal Cancer (Fast Facts)20103rdTaylor
    Colorectal surgery: Companion to specialist surgical practice20196thClark
    Crash Course Gastrointestinal System20124thGriffiths
    Crash Course Metabolism and Nutrition20134thAppleton
    Curbside Consultation in GI Cancer for the Gastroenterologist2011 Adler
    Curbside Consultation in IBS2011  Lacy
    Curbside Consultation of the Pancreas2010 Tenner
    Curbside Consultation of the Pancreas20173rdFazio
    Fast facts: complex perianal fistulas in crohn’s disease2021Warusavitarne
    Fast facts: inflammatory bowel disease20216thRampton
    Fast facts: Pancreas and biliary tract diseases20172ndBhutani
    Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology20243rdSrivastava
    Gastrointestinal Imaging: The Requisites20144thBoland
    Gastrointestinal physiology20199thJohnson
    Gastrointestinal System at a Glance20132ndKeshav
    Gastroparesis 2021 McCallum
    GI/Liver Secrets Plus20155thMcNally
    Handbook of cystic fibrosis2016 Filbrun
    Handbook of Liver Disease20184thFriedman
    Hepatobiliary and pancreatic surgery: Companion to specialist surgical practice20196thParks
    Hepatology at a Glance2015 Joshi
    Inflammatory Bowel Disease : an Atlas of Investigation and Management2011 Orchard
    Imaging in Abdominal Surgery2018 Federle
    Imaging in Gastroenterology2018 Federle
    Interventional Inflammatory Bowel Diseases2018 Shen
    Lecture Notes : Gastroenterology and Hepatology.20162ndInns
    Liver Disease in Clinical Practice 20222ndCross
    MacSween’s Pathology of the Liver20248thBurt
    Multiparametric Ultrasound for the Assessment of Diffuse Liver Disease 2024Barr
    Netter Collection of Medical Illustrations: Digestive System
    Part I – Upper Digestive Tract
    Part II – Lower Digestive Tract
    Part III – Liver, Biliary Tract & Pancreas 
    Netter’s Correlative Imaging : Abdominal and Pelvic Anatomy2013 Torigian
    Netter’s gastroenterology20203rdFloch
    Odze and Goldblum Surgical Pathology of the GI Tract, Liver, Biliary Tract and Pancreas20234thOdze
    Oesophagogastric surgery: Companion to specialist surgical practice 20196thGriffin
    Oxford Handbook of Gastroenterology and Hepatology20223rdBloom
    Oxford Handbook of Gastrointestinal Nursing 20212ndBurch
    Physiology of the gastrointestinal tract20186thSaid
    Practical Hepatic Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach20172ndSaxena
    Scheuer’s Liver Biopsy Interpretation202110thLefkowitch
    Shackelford’s Surgery of the Alimentary Tract20198thYeo
    Sleisenger and Fordtran’s Gastrointestinal and Liver Disease202111thFeldman
    Stoma Care Specialist Nursing: a Guide for Clinical Practice 2023White
    Textbook of Gastrointestinal Radiology20215thGore
    Transplantation of the Liver20153rdBusuttil
    Zakim & Boyer’s Hepatology: A Textbook of Liver Disease20187thSanyal

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