Library services & resources for Rheumatology

Databases    Evidence-based Practice/CPD

Journals    Books    

This site is maintained and hosted by Discovery Library, Derriford Hospital and gives details of selected content available in
Rheumatology staff & students on placement
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
phone 39111 or email marking FAO Laura.


NICE COVID-19 Rapid guidelines
Rheumatological autoimmune, inflammatory and metabolic bone disorders

British Society for Rheumatology
COVID-19 update
Management of patients with musculoskeletal and rheumatic conditions on corticosteroids

COVID-19 daily alert research bulletin
Public Health England Knowledge and Library Services produce a daily alert containing links to research and news on the latest coronavirus outbreak.
If you would like to receive this email alert, which contains latest research articles and news from government departments, please contact

They also have created the Finding the evidence: Coronavirus page.

Elearning for Health (ELfH) COVID-19 programme 
part of Health Education England’s elearning suite in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.


New ebook content added 19/08/21
Eureka: Rheumatology and Orthopaedics
 you will need a local NHS Athens account to access (register here)


Search the NHS healthcare databases:

AMED- topics for allied health professionals
British Nursing Index (BNI)- incl topics for nurses and care staff
international nursing & allied health incl nurses and care staff
EMBASE- European biomedicine- good for pharmacology & drug therapy
EMCARE international nursing & allied health
HMIC- health service management & organisation incl grey literature
MEDLINE- most medical/surgical topics including Rheumatology
useful for health psychology/recovery

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, for some journals there will be a link to online access or details of library print holding. If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.

See the library website for details of our information skills training programme and literature searching support services.

Evidence Based Practice and CPD

A range of evidence-based resources are available to help inform patient care including:

  • BMJ Best Practice (don’t use Internet Explorer, choose alternative browser)
    Evidence-based research, guidelines and expert opinion offering step-by-step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention.
    Note you will need a local NHS Athens account (register here).
    When prompted, set up a personal account to download free App
  • 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)
  • Cochrane Library collection of databases (details here) containing different types of high-quality, independent evidence such as Systematic Reviews, RCTs and Health Technology Assessments.
  • TRIP Database clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • UpToDate ‘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 University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust Athens account (register here).


Full A-Z list of all journals– you will need an NHS Athens account- click here to register.

Selected Rheumatology journals below

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

Annals of the Rheumatic Diseases1939- 
Arthritis and rheumatology2014- 
Arthritis care and research1999- 
Arthritis Research and Therapy1999- 
Autoimmunity Reviews2007-  
Best Practice & Research: Clinical Rheumatology2007- 
BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders2000- 
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 Reports2015- 
Bone Research2013- 
Case Reports in Rheumatology2011- 
Clinical Cases in Mineral and Bone Metabolism2004- 
Clinical Rheumatology 2011- 
Current Opinion in Rheumatology1999- 
Current Reviews in Musculoskeletal Medicine 2008- 
Foot (The)2007- 
Foot and Ankle Clinics2007- 
Hand Clinics2007- 
International Journal of Rheumatology2009- 
International journal of rheumatic diseases2008- 
Joint Bone Spine2007- 
Journal of Autoimmunity2007-  
Journal of Cachexia, Sarcopenia and Muscle2010- 
Journal of Rheumatology2001-Institutional username & Password required- contact or ring
01752 439111 to request details
Note: We also have 1983- in print @ shelf 178 Discovery Library
Knee (The)2007- 
Lupus Science and Medicine2014- 
New England Journal of Medicine (NEJM)1990- 
Open Rheumatology Journal2007- 
Osteoarthritis and Cartilage2007- 
Pediatric Rheumatology2007- 
Rheumatic Disease Clinics of North America2007- 
Rheumatology and Therapy2014- 
Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism2007- 
Therapeutic Advances in Musculoskeletal Disease 2009- 

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 in location select ‘Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY’ to limit your search to books held here.

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 2009 onwards –click title to login with NHS Athens account

TitleYearEditionFirst Author
ABC of common soft tissue disorders.2016 Morris
ABC of rheumatology20185thAdebajo
Acute Rheumatic Fever and Rheumatic Heart Disease2021 Dougherty
Arthritis and arthroplasty: the spine.2010 Shen
Arthritis in black and white20123rdBrower
The autoimmune diseases20145thRose
Bone and soft tissue pathology2012 Horvai
Crash Course: Rheumatology and orthopaedics (up to 3 simultaneous users)20133rdElias-Jones
Dubois’ lupus erythematosus and related syndromes20199thWallace
Essentials of physical medicine and rehabilitation: musculoskeletal disorders, pain, and rehabilitation.20153rdFrontera
Eureka: Rheumatology and Orthopaedics 2021Brown
Fam’s musculoskeletal examination and joint injection techniques20102ndLawry
Firestein & Kelly’s Textbook of Rheumatology202111thFirestein
Genomic and Precision Medicine: Infectious and Inflammatory Disease20193rdGinsburg
Infection and autoimmunity20152ndShoenfeld
Injection techniques in musculoskeletal medicine: a practical manual for clinicians in primary and secondary care.20195thSaunders
Marcus and Feldman’s Osteoporosis20215thDempster
Morrey’s the elbow and its disorders.20185thMorrey
Musculoskeletal Imaging20152ndPope
Musculoskeletal Physical Examination: An Evidence-Based Approach20172ndMalanga
Netter collection of medical illustrations: Musculoskeletal system, biology and systemic diseases20122ndIannotti
Netter collection of medical illustrations: Musculoskeletal system, spine and lower limb20132nd Iannotti
Netter collection of medical illustrations: Musculoskeletal system, upper limb20132nd Iannotti
Nursing older people with arthritis and other rheumatological conditions2020 Ryan
Oxford Handbook of Musculoskeletal Nursing
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Oxford handbook of rheumatology
(Download for up to 3 months at a time)
Pediatric Bone: Biology & Diseases20122ndGlorieux
Presentation, Imaging and Treatment of Common Musculoskeletal Conditions: MRI-Arthroscopy Correlation2012 Miller
Rheumatoid arthritis (Fast facts)20112ndIsaacs
Rheumatology: a clinical handbook2014 Al-Sukaini
Rheumatology, orthopaedics and trauma at a glance 20122ndSwales
Rheumatology secrets20204thWest
Sjogren’s Syndrome2016 Gerli
Systemic Lupus Erythematosus20212ndTsokos
Targeted treatment of the rheumatic diseases.2010 Weisman
Textbook of Pediatric Rheumatology20218thPetty
Ultrasound-Guided Musculoskeletal Injections2018 Allen