Library resources & services for Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dentistry & Orthodontics.

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
Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dentistry & Orthodontics
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.

You may also wish to visit our
ENT, Head & Neck and Audiology
Neurology, Neurosurgery and Neurosciences
and Plastic Surgery

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


New ebook content added 17/05/2023
Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry
Little and Falace’s Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient
you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 09/05/2023
Clinical Guide to Oral Diseases
Removable Prosthodontics at a Glance
Temporomandibular Disorders
you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

New ebook content added 18/04/2023
SBAs for the oral and maxillofacial surgery FRCS 
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 Oral & Maxillofacial Surgery, Dentistry & Orthodontics journals below

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

American Journal of Orthodontics and Dentofacial Orthopedics2007- 
Archives of Oral Biology2007- 
Atlas of the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics of North America2007- 
BDJ Open2015- 
BMC Oral Health2001- 
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
British Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery2007- 
Case Reports in Dentistry2011- 
Clinical advances in periodontics2011- 
Clinical and Experimental Dental Research2015- 
Clinical implant dentistry and related research1999- 
Clinical oral implants research1999- 
Community dentistry and oral epidemiology1997- 
Dental Abstracts2007- 
Dental Clinics of North America2007- 
Dental Hypotheses2010- 
Dental Materials2007- 
Dental Nursing2006- 
Dental Products Report2000- 
Dental Research Journal2009- 
Dental Traumatology1997- 
Dental Update1999- 
European Journal of Dentistry2007- 
European Journal of General Dentistry2012- 
European journal of oral sciences1997- 
Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America2007- 
Imaging Science in Dentistry2011- 
International dental journal1997 
International endodontic journal1997- 
International Journal of Clinical Pediatric Dentistry2008- 
International journal of dental hygiene2003- 
International Journal of Dentistry2009- 
International Journal of Implant Dentistry2015- 
International Journal of Medical Dentistry2005- 
International Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery2007- 
International Journal of Oral Science2009- 
International journal of paediatric dentistry1997- 
Journal of Advanced Prosthodontics2009- 
The Journal of the American Dental Association (JADA)2007- 
Journal of clinical periodontology1997- 
Journal of Contemporary Dental Practice1999- 
Journal of Cranio-Maxillo-Facial Surgery2007- 
Journal of Dental Biomaterials2014- 
Journal of Dental Hygiene2001- 
Journal of Dental Materials and Techniques2012- 
Journal of Dental Sciences2009- 
Journal of Dentistry2007- 
Journal of Endodontics2007- 
Journal of esthetic and restorative dentistry1997- 
Journal of Evidence-Based Dental Practice2007- 
Journal of International Oral Health2011- 
Journal of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery2007- 
Journal of Oral Biology and Craniofacial Research2011- 
Journal of Oral Microbiology2009- 
Journal of oral pathology and medicine1997- 
Journal of oral rehabilitation1997- 
Journal of Oral Research and Review2014- 
Journal of Periodontal and Implant Science2010- 
Journal of periodontal research1997- 
Journal of periodontology1997- 
Journal of Prosthetic Dentistry2007- 
Journal of prosthodontics1997- 
Journal of public health dentistry1997- 
Journal of the World Federation of Orthodontists2012- 
Maxillofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery2015- 
Molecular oral microbiology2010- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Open Dentistry Journal 2007- 
Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery Clinics2007- 
Oral diseases1997- 
Oral Oncology2007- 
Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology2012- 
Oral surgery2008- 
Orthodontic update2009- 
Pediatric Dental Journal2014- 
Progress in Orthodontics2013- 
Seminars in Orthodontics2007- 
Special care in dentistry1997- 

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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

Atlas of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery (2 volume)2023 2ndTiwana
Clinical Guide to Oral Diseases 2021Malamos
Clinical review of oral and maxillofacial surgery20142ndBagheri
Color atlas of dental implant surgery20154thBlock
Contemporary oral and maxillofacial surgery20197thHupp
The dental foundation interview guide : with situational judgement tests2017 Siddique
Diagnosis and Treatment Planning in Dentistry 20244thStefanac
Endodontics: Principles and Practice20216thTorabinejad
Endodontology at a glance2019 Davies
Ergonomics in the Dental Office2022Parker
Esthetic dentistry : a clinical approach to techniques and materials20153rdAschheim
Facial Trauma Surgery2020 Dorafshar
General medicine and surgery for dental practitioners20193rdGreenwood
Implant dentistry : a practical approach20102ndGarg
Implant dentistry at a glance20182ndMalet
Little and Falace’s Dental Management of the Medically Compromised Patient202410thKerr
McCracken’s removable partial prosthodontics201613thCarr
McDonald and Avery’s Dentistry for the Child and Adolescent 202211thDean
Medical Emergencies in the Dental Office20238thMalamed
MFDS PART 2: 60 OSCE Stations 2021Breeze
Mosby’s Dental Drug Reference 202213thJeske
Netter’s head and neck anatomy for dentistry20173rdNorton
Newman and Carranza’s Clinical Periodontology201913thNewman
Oral and maxillofacial pathology20164thNeville
Oral and maxillofacial surgery20183rdFonseca
Oral and maxillofacial surgery : an illustrated guide for 
medical students and allied health care professionals
(Open access ebook on British Association of Oral and Maxillofacial Surgeons website)
Oral and maxillofacial trauma20134thFonseca
Oral medicine and pathology at a glance20162ndDios
Oral pathology : clinical pathologic correlations20177thRegezi
Oral pathology: a comprehensive atlas and text20172ndWoo
Oxford Handbook of Clinical Dentistry20207thRushworth
Oxford Handbook of Dental Nursing2012 Boon
Oxford Handbook of Integrated Dental Biosciences20182ndDevlin
Oxford handbook of oral and maxillofacial surgery20182ndCascarini
  • Phillips’ Science of Dental Materials
  • 202213thShen
    Pocket Guide to Mouth and Dental Hygiene in Dementia Care : Guidance for Maintaining Good Oral Health2020 Nightingale
    Principles and practice of laser dentistry20162ndConvissar
    Problem solving in endodontics : prevention, identification and management.20115thGutmann
    Removable Prosthodontics at a Glance 2020Field
    Review questions for dentistry2017 Devlin
    SBAs and EMQs for Human Disease (Medicine) in Dentistry2021 Adegun
    SBAs for the oral and maxillofacial surgery FRCS 2022Breeze
    Sedation : a guide to patient management20186thMalamed
    Temporomandibular Disorders20212ndGray
    Vivas for the Oral and Maxillofacial Surgery FRCS 2019Breeze

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