Databases        Journals        Books        Evidence Based Practice     Apps

We provide training on how to effectively search our resources- click here for details.

We also have specific specialty, profession & topic resource pages




Databases (Guide)

Search the NHS healthcare databases :

AMED                                                 BNI
CINAHL                                              EMBASE
Health Business Elite                       HMIC
MEDLINE                                           PsycINFO

Subjects covered include medicine, nursing, pharmacology, health management and allied health information. 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 referenced, where we do have a subscription we link through to the electronic journal or list the library shelf number for print journals.

If we don’t have a subscription to your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.




Search the A-Z list of print and electronic journals (ejournals) available to you.
Note- you will need an NHS Athens login.

Print journals will tell you the Discovery Library shelf or departmental location, ejournals will give a link to the journal site (access to individual ejournals is generally via Athens login but some will list a separate username and password).

If your required journal is not available consider making an article request via the library.




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 select ‘just in these libraries’ or click here to limit your search to books held in Plymouth.
You can also renew your books here.

Staff in the South West have electronic access to the latest editions of a number of
Oxford Handbooks.




Evidence Based Practice and other resources

A range of evidence-based and other resources available to help inform patient care or support your study including:

  • ClinicalKey– 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 Athens account (register here)
  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries (CKS) provided by NICE. Summaries of the current evidence base & practical guidance on best practice for >300 primary care presentations, regular updates to all topics and up to 10 new topics each year
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments. Drop-in or book on a Searching Surgery for Cochrane Library help.
  • Elearning for Health (ELfH) -Health Education England’s suite of high quality content free of charge training (topics) in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here)
  • NICE Evidence access to authoritative clinical & non-clinical evidence and best practice through a web-based portal. provided by NICE. Drop-in or book on a Searching Surgery for help with searching NICE Evidence.
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Drop-in or book on a Searching Surgery for help with searching the TRIP database.
  • UpToDate– (Guide) ‘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 local NHS Athens account (register here). (Plymouth Hospitals NHS Trust only).