How to search for EVIDENCE and BEST PRACTICE on a topic (Evidence Summaries)
How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS (SWIMS Catalogue)
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and gives details of selected content available in
General Surgical & Theatres
for staff/students on placement
across the Plymouth, SWASFT & SCAS health community.
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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.
- Search the NHS England subscribed healthcare databases :
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 Athens 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
- 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 Athens 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 Athens account.
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:
On 1st access you’ll be asked to create personal account to download free App**
***Note you will need a local NHS Athens 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 Athens 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 University Hospitals Plymouth or Plymouth Community Health Athens account (UHP, Livewell Plymouth GP staff/students register here).
Available to University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, Plymouth Community Health (Livewell SW + Plymouth General Practice) only.
Trip Pro Database
clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
How to find FULLTEXT OF A SPECIFIC ARTICLE
To access articles you will need a NHS Athens account.
TO SEARCH FOR AVAILABILITY OF ARTICLES USE THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS:
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.
- The DIGITAL OBJECT IDENTIFIER (DOI) or PUBMED ID (PMID) via LibKey
– 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 JOURNAL TITLE using Browzine
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
Enter Plymouth (includes UHP, Livewell and GP options), South Western Ambulance or South Central Ambulance as organisation when asked.
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 Surgery and Theatres journals below
If we don’t hold your required article you can consider making an article request via the library.
How to find PRINT + ELECTRONIC BOOKS
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 email@example.com to request postal delivery of required book(s)
Ebooks– select your location based on your organisation :
–Plymouth, Derriford Hospital, PLY (for UHP, Livewell and GP staff)
-South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust SWASFT
–South Central Ambulance Service SCAS
You will need an NHS Athens 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).
Selected General Surgery ebooks from 2010 onwards.
Click title to login with Athens account. If asked you should always select to login with OpenAthens