Library resources & services for Plastic Surgery

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
Plastic Surgery
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 email


02/05/2023 New ebook content added
Atlas of Reconstructive Surgery: A Case-Based Approach
 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 Plastic Surgery journals below

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

Annals of Plastic Surgery2001- 
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
The Breast2007- 
Clinics in Plastic Surgery2007- 
ePlasty: Open Access Journal of Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery2004- 
Facial Plastic Surgery Clinics of North America2007- 
Hand Clinics2007- 
International Journal of Head and Neck Surgery2013- 
ISRN Plastic Surgery2013- 
Journal of Aesthetic Nursing2012- 
Journal of Hand Surgery (American)2007- 
Journal of Hand Therapy 2007- 


2001-Mar 14

Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery 2007-



JPRAS Open2014- 
Lancet 2007-


1992- 2 months ago

New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery1996- 
Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery- Global Open2013- 
Plastic Surgery International2010- 

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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).

 plastic surgery  ebooks below. Click title & login with NHS Athens account

Aesthetic Plastic Surgery2009 Aston
Atlas of Abdominal Wall Reconstruction20172ndRosen
Atlas of Abdominoplasty2009 Hunstad
Atlas of facial implants20202ndYaremchuk
Atlas of Peripheral Nerve Surgery2013 Kim
Atlas of reconstructive breast surgery2020 Pu
Atlas of Reconstructive Surgery: A Case-Based Approach2024Pu
Breast Surgery: A Companion to Specialist Surgical Practice 20196thDixon
Burns (Oxford Specialist Handbook)2019Whitaker
Colour Atlas of Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery20184thTyers
Core Procedures in Plastic Surgery20202ndNeligan
Facial Trauma Surgery2020 Dorafshar
Flaps and Grafts in Dermatologic Surgery20182ndRohrer
Flaps and Reconstructive Surgery20172ndWei
Global reconstructive surgery2019 Chang
Green’s Operative Hand Surgery20177thWolfe
Hand & Upper Extremity Reconstruction2009 Evans
Jatin Shah’s head and neck surgery and oncology20205thShah
Key notes on plastic surgery20142ndRichards
  • Local Flaps in Facial Reconstruction
  • 20224thBaker
    Master Techniques in Rhinoplasty2011 Azizzadeh
    Master Techniques in Facial Rejuvenation20182ndAzizzadeh
    Oncoplastic Surgery of the Breast20202ndNahabedian
    Operative Techniques: Hand and Wrist Surgery20122ndChung
    Oral and Maxillofacial Trauma20134thFonseca
    Plastic Surgery (6 volume edition)


    1: Principles
    2: Aesthetic Surgery
    3: Craniofacial, Head & Neck Surgery & Pediatric Plastic Surgery
    4: Lower Extremity, Trunk, & Burns
    5: Breast
    6: Hand & Upper Extremity

    Plastic Surgery: Principles and Practice2022Farhadieh
    Plastic Surgery Secrets Plus20102ndWeinzweig
    Principles of hand surgery and therapy20173rdTrumble
    Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Botulinum Toxin20133rdCarruthers
    Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Chemical Peels20213rdObagi
    Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Cosmeceuticals20163rdDraelos
    Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Lasers and Lights20184thHruza
    Procedures in Cosmetic Dermatology Series: Liposuction2005 Dover
    Techniques in Ophthalmic Plastic Surgery
    Textbook of plastic and reconstructive surgery.2016 Kalaskar
    Total Burn Care 20185thHerndon
    Trends and Techniques in Aesthetic Plastic Surgery 2022Triana
    Video Atlas of Oculofacial Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery20162ndKorn

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