Library resources & services for Microbiology, Virology, Communicable/Infectious Diseases & Infection Control

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books      Apps

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital
and gives details of selected content available in
Microbiology, Virology, Communicable/Infectious Diseases and Infection Control
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
Click here to visit our main library website.

If you have problems or comments/suggestions about resources please
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura. COVID-19: safe handling and processing for samples in laboratories

Public Health England COVID-19 Secondary Care Guides
Infection control: Personal Protective Equipment (PPE), Environmental decontamination, clinical waste and aerosol generating procedures.

NICE COVID-19 Rapid guidelines

Managing COVID-19

British Infection Association
COVID-19 Updates

Royal College of Pathologists

COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
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They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.


New ebook content added 13/07/2021
Netter’s Infectious 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)- incl topics for IPC nurses and care staff
international nursing & allied health incl IPC nurses and care staff
EMBASE- European biomedicine– good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE-international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most medical/surgical topics incl microbiology
health psychology/psychiatry/counselling

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 to help inform patient care including:

  • 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.
  • 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 Microbiology, Virology, Communicable/Infectious Diseases journals below

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

AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control2007- 
American Journal of Infectious Diseases2005- 
American Journal of Microbiology2010- 
Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials2002- 
Annals of Tropical Medicine and
Public Health
Antimicrobial Resistance and
Infection Control
Antiviral Research2010- 
APMIS: journal of pathology, microbiology and immunology1997- 
BMC Infectious Diseases2001- 
BMC Microbiology2001- 
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
Cellular microbiology1999- 
Clinical Microbiology Newsletter2007- 
Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases2007- 
Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease2007- 
Drug Resistance Updates2007- 
Emerging Infectious Diseases1995- 
Epidemiology & Infection2001- 
Food Microbiology2010- 
Frontiers in Microbiology2010- 
HIV & AIDS Review2007- 
Infection and Drug Resistance2008- 
Infection, Disease and Health2016- 
Infection, Genetics and Evolution2010- 
Infectious Disease Clinics of North America2007- 
Infectious Diseases in Children2008- 
Infectious Diseases: Research & Treatment2008- 
International Journal for Parasitology2010- 
International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents2007- 
International Journal of Infectious Diseases2007- 
International Journal of Medical Microbiology2007- 
Journal of Clinical Microbiology1975-6 months ago 
Journal of Clinical Virology2007- 
Journal of Global Infectious Diseases2009- 
Journal of Hospital Infection2007- 
Journal of Infection2007- 
Journal of Infection & Chemotherapy2007- 
Journal of Infection and Public Health2008- 
Journal of medical virology1996- 
Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection2010- 
Lancet Infectious Diseases, The2007- 
Lancet (1)1992- 2 months ago 
Lancet (2)2007- 
Microbes and Infection2010- 
Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology2010- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Parasites and Vectors2008- 
Parasitology International2007- 
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal1996- 
Research in Microbiology2010- 
Research Journal of Microbiology2011- 
Reviews in medical virology1996- 
Sexually Transmitted Infections1925- 
Transplant infectious disease1999- 
Travel Medicine & Infectious Disease2007- 
Trends in Microbiology2007- 
Trends in Parasitology2007- 
Virus Research2010- 
Virus Weekly1996- 
World Journal of Vaccines2011- 

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 2010 onwards – click title & login with NHS Athens

Antibiotic and Chemotherapy20109thFinch
Antibiotic resistance.2016 Kon
Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Practice2020 Courtenay
Ayliffe’s Control of Healthcare-Associated Infection : A Practical Handbook2012 5thFraise
Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine20212ndRothe
Diagnostic Pathology of Infectious Disease2018 2ndKradin
Feigin and Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases 20198thCherry
Fundamentals of Infection Prevention & Control : Theory and Practice20132ndWeston
Genomic and Precision Medicine: Infectious and Inflammatory Disease20193rdGinsburg
Harriet Lane Handbook of Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy20142ndMcMillan
Hunter’s tropical medicine and emerging infectious diseases202010thRyan
Infection and Autoimmunity20152ndShoenfeld
Infection prevention and control at a glance.2017 Weston
Infectious Diseases20174thCohen
Lecture Notes: Tropical Medicine20147thBeeching
Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s principles and practice of infectious diseases20209thBennett
Manson’s Tropical Diseases201423rdFarrar
Medical microbiology: a guide to microbial infections: pathogenesis, immunity, laboratory diagnosis and control201919thBarer
Medical microbiology20219thMurray
Meyler’s Side Effects of Antimicrobial Drugs2010 Aronson
Mims’ Medical Microbiology and Immunology20196thGoering
  • Netter’s Infectious Disease
  • 20222ndJong
    Oxford handbook of infectious diseases and microbiology20172ndTorok
    Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine20144thBrent
    Oxford Textbook of Infectious Disease Control2013Cliff
    Pathology of infectious diseases : a volume in the series foundations in diagnostic pathology2015 Procop
    Peters’ atlas of tropical medicine and parasitology20197thNabarro
    Plotkin’s vaccines.20187thPlotkin
    Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases20185thLong
    Public health and epidemiology at a glance20162ndSomerville
    Rapid Infection Control Nursing2013 Ross
    A Rational Approach to Clinical Infectious Diseases 2022Temesgen
    Remington and Klein’s infectious diseases of the fetus and newborn infant.20168thWilson
    Sande’s HIV/AIDS Medicine20122ndVolberding
    Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual20175thSanford
    Travel medicine20194thKeystone
    Tropical Dermatology20172ndTyring
    Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens and Practice20113rdGuerrant
    The Vaccine Book20162ndBloom
    Zika and Other Neglected and Emerging Flaviviruses 2021Beltz