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

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
Microbiology, Virology, Communicable/Infectious Diseases and Infection Control
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 17/05/2023
Plotkin’s Vaccines
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 10/05/2023
Microbiology : an introduction
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 03/04/2023
Textbook of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 
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 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
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- 
Indian Journal of Medical Microbiology2010-
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 (1)1992- 2 months ago 
Lancet (2)2007- 
Lancet Infectious Diseases, The2007-
Lancet Microbe2020-
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- 

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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 below 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
Coronavirus Disease: From Origin to Outbreak2022Qureshi
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
Hugo and Russell’s Pharmaceutical Microbiology20239thGilmore
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
Microbiology : an introduction202013thTortora
Mims’ Medical Microbiology and Immunology20196thGoering
  • Netter’s Infectious Disease
  • 20222ndJong
    Oxford handbook of infectious diseases and microbiology20172ndTorok
    Oxford Handbook of Tropical Medicine20225thDavidson
    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 Vaccines20238thOrenstein
    Principles and Practice of Pediatric Infectious Diseases20236thLong
    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
    Textbook of SARS-CoV-2 and COVID-19 2024Mani
    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

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