Library services & resources for Orthopaedics & Trauma

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
Orthopaedics & Trauma
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


17/05/2023 New ebook content added
Clinical Applications of 3D Printing in Foot and Ankle Surgery
Coughlin and Mann’s Surgery of the Foot and Ankle
Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine
Treatment of Acetabular Bone Loss and Chronic Pelvic Discontinuity 
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

10/05/2023 New ebook content added
Clinical Orthopedic Examination of a Child
 you will need a local NHS OpenAthens account to access (register here)

20/02/2023 New ebook content added
Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing : An Evidence-Based Approach to Musculoskeletal Care
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 Orthopaedics and Trauma journals below

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

Arthroplasty Today2015- 
Arthroscopy: The Journal of Arthroscopic and Related Surgery2007- 
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
Bone and Joint Journal (formerly JBJS British)2013- 
Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research2013- 
Foot and Ankle Clinics2007- 
Foot and Ankle Surgery2007- 
Foot, The2007- 
Hand Clinics2007- 
JAAOS: Global Research and Reviews2017- 
JBJS- See Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery  
JBJS Case Connector2011- 
JBJS Essential Surgical Techniques2011- 
JBJS Open Access2016- 
JBJS Reviews2013- 
Journal of Arthroplasty, The2007- 
Journal of Arthroscopy and Joint Surgery2014- 
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery – American Volume1993- 
Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery – British Volume  (continues as Bone & Joint Journal)1995-2012 
Journal of Children’s Orthopaedics2007-  
Journal of Clinical Orthopaedics and Trauma2011- 
Journal of Foot and Ankle Surgery, The2007- 
Journal of Hand Surgery (American)2007- 
Journal of orthopaedic research2001- 
Journal of Orthopaedics2013



 2004-12 is on free website, 2013 onwards requires Athens account.
Journal of Orthopaedic Science1996- 
Journal of Orthopaedic Surgery and Research2006- 
Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma1996- 
Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics2012- 2014 not available
Journal of Shoulder and Elbow Surgery2007- 
Journal of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons1993- 
Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery2012- 
Knee, The2007- 
Musculoskeletal Care2003- 
Musculoskeletal Science and Practice2017-Previously Manual Therapy
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Operative Techniques in Orthopaedics2007- 
Orthopaedics & Traumatology: Surgery & Research2010- 
Orthopaedics and Trauma2009- 
Orthopaedic surgery2009- 
Orthopedic Clinics of North America2007- 
Seminars in Arthroplasty2007- 
Seminars in Spine Surgery2007- 
Spine Journal, The2007- 
Trauma1999-If asked for organisation select NHS England

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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 orthopaedics ebooks from 2010 onwards –click title to login with NHS Athens account

ABC of common soft tissue disorders2016 Morris
ABC of Orthopaedics and Trauma2018 Sugand
The Anterior Cruciate Ligament: Reconstruction and Basic Science20182ndProdromos
Atlas of Image-Guided Spinal Procedures20182ndFurman
Atlas of Orthoses and Assistive Devices20195thWebster
Atlas of Spinal Imaging2022 Louie
Baxter’s The Foot and Ankle in Sport20213rdPorter
Benzel’s Spine Surgery20225thSteinmetz
Biologics in orthopedic surgery2019 Mazzocca
Calipered Kinematically aligned Total Knee Arthroplasty 2022Bini
Campbell’s Core Orthopaedic Procedures2016 Canale
Campbell’s Operative Orthopaedics202114thAzar
Cartilage Repair and Joint Preservation of the Knee20222ndMinas
Clinical Applications of 3D Printing in Foot and Ankle Surgery2024Highlander
Clinical care of the runner: assessment, biomechanical principles, and injury management2020 Harrast
Clinical Orthopaedic Rehabilitation: An Evidence-Based Approach20184thGiangarra
Clinical Orthopedic Examination of a Child2021Gopinathan
Comparative Management of Spine Pathology 2022Chaichana
Complications in Orthopaedics: Adult Reconstruction 2023Courtney
Complications in Orthopaedics: Sports Medicine2021 Thompson
Coughlin and Mann’s Surgery of the Foot and Ankle (2 volumes)202410thHaskell
Crash Course: Rheumatology and orthopaedics (up to 3 simultaneous users)20133rdElias-Jones
DeLee, Drez, and Miller’s orthopaedic sports medicine: principles and practice20205thMiller
Disorders of the rotator cuff and biceps tendon2020 Provencher
Distal Radius Fractures  2021Jupiter
Emergency Surgery of the Hand20171st English (trans from 4th French)Merle
Essential Orthopaedics20202ndMiller
Eureka: Rheumatology and Orthopaedics 2021Brown
Evidence-Based Management of Complex Knee Injuries2021 LaPrade
Fam’s musculoskeletal examination and joint injection techniques20102ndLawry
  • The Female Athlete 
    Foot and ankle: core knowledge in orthopaedics20202ndGreisberg
    Fracture management for primary care and emergency medicine20204thEiff
    Fractures of the Proximal Femur: Improving Outcomes2011 Waddell
    FRCS Trauma and Orthopaedics Viva20212ndDavies
    Fundamentals of skeletal radiology20205thHelms
    Gartsman’s shoulder arthroscopy20193rdElkousy
    Green’s Operative Hand Surgery20228thWolfe
    Green’s skeletal trauma in children20206thMencio
    The Hip and Pelvis: Pain Medicine 2022Waldman
    Imaging in Spine Surgery2018 Ross
    Injection techniques in musculoskeletal medicine: a practical manual for clinicians in primary and secondary care.20195thSaunders
    Insall & Scott Surgery of the Knee20186thScott
    The IOC manual of emergency sports medicine2016 McDonagh
    The Knee: Pain Medicine2022Waldman
    Lumbar interbody fusions2019 Manjila
    Managing Minor Musculoskeletal Injuries and Conditions2014 Bradley
    Manual of Orthopaedic Terminology20229thNelson
    Medicolegal Reporting in Orthopaedic Trauma20104thFoy
    Morrey’s the elbow and its disorders.20185thMorrey
    Muscle Biopsy20215thDubowitz
    Musculoskeletal Imaging20152ndPope
    Musculoskeletal MRI20203rdMajor
    Musculoskeletal Physical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach20172ndMalanga
    Netter’s Orthopaedic Clinical Examination20224thCleland
    Netter’s Sports Medicine20233rdMadden
    Neuromuscular Disorders: Treatment and Management20222ndBertorini
    Noyes’ Knee Disorders: Surgery, Rehabilitation, Clinical Outcomes20172ndNoyes
    Operative Techniques: foot and ankle surgery2018 2ndPfeffer
    Operative Techniques: Hand and Wrist Surgery.20224thChung
    Operative Techniques: Knee Surgery20182ndMiller
    Operative techniques: orthopaedic trauma surgery20202ndSchemitsch
    Operative techniques: shoulder and elbow surgery.20192ndLee
    Operative Techniques: Spine Surgery.20183rdBaron
    Orthopaedic and Trauma Nursing : An Evidence-Based Approach to Musculoskeletal Care20232ndClarke
    Orthopaedic Pathology20105thBullough
    Orthopaedic Surgical Approaches20152ndMiller
    Orthopaedics for Physician Assistants2022 2ndRynders
    Orthopedic Physical Assessment20217thMagee
    Orthopedic secrets20154thNamdari
    Orthotics and prosthetics in rehabilitation20204thChui
    Oxford Handbook of Musculoskeletal Nursing
    (Download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford Handbook of Orthopaedics and Trauma2010Bowden
    Oxford Handbook of Trauma and Orthopaedic Nursing
    (Download for up to 3 months at a time)
    Oxford Textbook of Trauma and Orthopaedics20112ndBulstrode
    Paediatric orthopaedic trauma in clinical practice2015 Aresti
    Pain medicine a case-based learning series : Ankle and Foot2023Waldman
    Pain medicine a case-based learning series : wrist and hand2023Waldman
    Pediatric hand therapy2020 Abzug
    Postgraduate Orthopaedics : MCQs and EMQs for the FRCS (Tr & Orth)20122ndSri-Ram
    Postgraduate Orthopaedics : The Candidate’s Guide to the FRCS (Tr & Orth) Examination
    Please note we have 3rd ed in print
    Postgraduate Orthopaedics : Viva Guide for the FRCS (Tr & Orth) Examination20122ndBanaszkiewicz
    Practical Musculoskeletal Ultrasound20142ndMcNally
    Practical Orthopaedic Pathology: A Diagnostic Approach2016 Deyrup
    Principles of hand surgery and therapy20173rdTrumble
    Reconstructive Foot and Ankle Surgery: Management of Complications20193rdMyerson
    Rehabilitation of the hand and upper extremity20217thSkirven
    Rheumatology, orthopaedics and trauma at a glance 20122ndSwales
    Rockwood and Matsen’s The Shoulder 20226thMatsen
    Rothman-Simeone and Herkowitz’s The Spine20187thGarfin
    Shoulder and Elbow Injuries in Athletes2018 Arciero
    The Shoulder and Elbow: Pain Medicine 2022Waldman
    Shoulder arthroplasty.20193rdEdwards
    Skeletal trauma: basic science, management, and reconstruction20206thBrowner
    The Spine: Pain Medicine 2022Waldman
    Spine Secrets 20213rdDevlin
    Surgery of the hip20202ndBerry
    Surgical Techniques of the Shoulder, Elbow, and Knee in Sports Medicine20223rdCole
    Tachdjian’s Pediatric Orthopaedics20226thHerring
    Tachdjian’s Procedures in Pediatric Orthopaedics2017 Herring
    The Technique of Total Knee Arthroplasty 2023Mihalko
    Techniques in Hip Arthroscopy and Joint Preservation Surgery2011 Sekiya
    Techniques in Revision Hip and Knee Arthroplasty2015 Scuderi
    Techniques in Wrist and Hand Arthroscopy20172ndSlutsky
    Textbook of the Cervical Spine2015 Shen
    Tibial Plateau Fractures 2023Riehl
    Total knee arthroplasty20203rdScott
    Trauma and orthopaedics at a glance 2016Willmott
    Trauma Care Manual20223rdGreaves
    Treatment of Acetabular Bone Loss and Chronic Pelvic Discontinuity 2024Sheth
    Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Injections2018 Allen
    Ultrasound Guided Musculoskeletal Procedures in Sports Medicine2021Sirisena
    Unicompartmental Knee Arthroplasty 2023Scott

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