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
Antibiotics for pneumonia in adults in hospital
Managing suspected or confirmed pneumonia in adults in the community


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.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

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 ejournal content added 15/02/2021
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 1996-
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


New ebook content added 10/12/2020
Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine
Note you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


New ebook content added 21/10/2020
Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Practice
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.
    • NICE Evidence access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence/best practice incl. Infections topics.
    • 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.


Journal Coverage Notes
AJIC: American Journal of Infection Control 2007-
American Journal of Infectious Diseases 2005-
American Journal of Microbiology 2010-
Annals of Clinical Microbiology and Antimicrobials 2002-
Annals of Tropical Medicine and
Public Health
Antimicrobial Resistance and
Infection Control
Antiviral Research 2010-
APMIS: journal of pathology, microbiology and immunology 1997-
BMC Infectious Diseases 2001-
BMC Microbiology 2001-
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
Cellular microbiology 1999-
Clinical Microbiology Newsletter 2007-
Comparative Immunology, Microbiology and Infectious Diseases 2007-
Current Opinion in Infectious Diseases 1998-
Current Opinion in Microbiology 2007-
Diagnostic Microbiology & Infectious Disease 2007-
Drug Resistance Updates 2007-
Emerging Infectious Diseases 1995-
Epidemics 2009-
Epidemiology & Infection 2001-
Eurosurveillance 1995-
Food Microbiology 2010-
Frontiers in Microbiology 2010-
Helicobacter 1997-
HIV & AIDS Review 2007-
Infection and Drug Resistance 2008-
Infection, Disease and Health 2016-
Infection, Genetics and Evolution 2010-
Infectious Disease Clinics of North America 2007-
Infectious Diseases in Children 2008-
Infectious Diseases: Research & Treatment 2008-
International Journal for Parasitology 2010-
International Journal of Antimicrobial Agents 2007-
International Journal of Food Microbiology 2010-
International Journal of Infectious Diseases 2007-
International Journal of Medical Microbiology 2007-
Journal of Clinical Microbiology 1975-6 months ago
Journal of Clinical Virology 2007-
Journal of Global Infectious Diseases 2009-
Journal of Hospital Infection 2007-
Journal of Infection 2007-
Journal of Infection & Chemotherapy 2007-
Journal of Infection and Public Health 2008-
Journal of medical virology 1996-
Journal of Microbiology, Immunology and Infection 2010-
Lancet Infectious Diseases, The 2007-
Lancet (1) 1992- 2 months ago
Lancet (2) 2007-
Microbes and Infection 2010-
Molecular and Biochemical Parasitology 2010-
Mycoses 1995-
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM) 1990-
Parasites and Vectors 2008-
Parasitology 2001-
Parasitology International 2007-
Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal 1996-
Research in Microbiology 2010-
Research Journal of Microbiology 2011-
Reviews in medical virology 1996-
Sexually Transmitted Infections 1925-
Transplant infectious disease 1999-
Travel Medicine & Infectious Disease 2007-
Trends in Microbiology 2007-
Trends in Parasitology 2007-
Tuberculosis 2007-
Vaccine 2007-
Virology 2007-
Virus Research 2010-
Virus Weekly 1996-
World Journal of Vaccines 2011-


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

Title Year Edition Author
Antibiotic and Chemotherapy 2010 9th Finch
Antibiotic resistance. 2016 Kon
Antimicrobial Stewardship for Nursing Practice 2020 Courtenay
Ayliffe’s Control of Healthcare-Associated Infection : A Practical Handbook 2012  5th Fraise
Clinical Cases in Tropical Medicine 2021 2nd Rothe
Diagnostic Pathology of Infectious Disease 2018  2nd Kradin
Feigin and Cherry’s Textbook of Pediatric Infectious Diseases  2019 8th Cherry
Fundamentals of Infection Prevention & Control : Theory and Practice 2013 2nd Weston
Genomic and Precision Medicine: Infectious and Inflammatory Disease 2019 3rd Ginsburg
Harriet Lane Handbook of Pediatric Antimicrobial Therapy 2014 2nd McMillan
Hunter’s tropical medicine and emerging infectious diseases 2020 10th Ryan
Infection and Autoimmunity 2015 2nd Shoenfeld
Infection prevention and control at a glance. 2017 Weston
Infectious Diseases 2017 4th Cohen
Lecture Notes: Tropical Medicine 2014 7th Beeching
Mandell, Douglas, and Bennett’s principles and practice of infectious diseases 2020 9th Bennett
Manson’s Tropical Diseases 2014 23rd Farrar
Medical microbiology: a guide to microbial infections: pathogenesis, immunity, laboratory diagnosis and control 2019 19th Barer
Medical microbiology 2021 9th Murray
Meyler’s Side Effects of Antimicrobial Drugs 2010 Aronson
Mims’ Medical Microbiology and Immunology 2019 6th Goering
Netter’s Infectious Diseases 2012 Jong
Oxford handbook of infectious diseases and microbiology 2017 2nd Torok
Pathology of infectious diseases : a volume in the series foundations in diagnostic pathology 2015 Procop
Peters’ atlas of tropical medicine and parasitology 2019 7th Nabarro
Plotkin’s vaccines. 2018 7th Plotkin
Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases 2018 5th Long
Public health and epidemiology at a glance 2016 2nd Somerville
Rapid Infection Control Nursing 2013 Ross
Remington and Klein’s infectious diseases of the fetus and newborn infant. 2016 8th Wilson
Sande’s HIV/AIDS Medicine 2012 2nd Volberding
Travel and Tropical Medicine Manual 2017 5th Sanford
Travel medicine 2019 4th Keystone
Tropical Dermatology 2017 2nd Tyring
Tropical Infectious Diseases: Principles, Pathogens and Practice 2011 3rd Guerrant
The Vaccine Book 2016 2nd Bloom