Library services & resources for Rheumatology

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
Rheumatology staff & students on placement
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 email



New ebook content added 02/05/2023
Rheumatology by Hochberg (2 volumes)
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 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 at 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- 

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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 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
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
Fast facts: postmenopausal osteoporosis 2021Dennison
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)
Rheumatoid arthritis (Fast facts)20112ndIsaacs
Rheumatology : a case-based approach to management 2021Sofat
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

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