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Getting Started

Getting Started

To access many of our e-resources you will need an OpenAthens username and password. Sign-up to OpenAthens here or click the circle below.

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Click on the circle to go to the OpenAthens sign up page. If you already have an account, click "Login" in the top right corner.

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The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub searches high quality knowledge and evidence resources all in one place.


Open access to our library catalogue Koha, where you can view our collections and login to your account to reserve and renew books and order inter-library loan articles. For help using Koha, click here.


Click the circle to go to the help pages for our e-resources.

Summarised Evidence

These clinical evidence tools are useful in finding up to date, evidence-based information on specific topics or specialties. Apps are also available for these resources, and you can find out more about our mobile apps here.


Clinical Key is an online resource for finding clinical overviews and evidence based information which also searches through our own subscriptions. You can access e-books, journals as well as multimedia and videos. Also includes drug monographs, calculators and patient information.

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BMJ Best Practice is also a clinical support tool with evidence based information for over 30 specialties. Best Practice also has a co-morbitities manager as well as multimedia, calculators and CPD credits.

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Dynamed is a clinical decision support tool which provides evidence based information at the point of care. There are also topic alerts for the latest information and CPD credit available.

Summarised Evidence


The library has access to e-books on various subjects that can be downloaded to read on a device or PC. Click on one of the circles below to access these collections.


Our library catalogue - Koha, also has links to our e-books, you can filter to search for e-books using the advanced search function.

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Kortext is another e-book provider that we have access to. You will need an OpenAthens account. Login through your institution and select University Hospitals of Derby and Burton.

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Online access to medical and healthcare books from Oxford University Press. You will need an OpenAthens account to access and instructions are on their homepage.


E-books by Proquest gives you online access to e-books we subscribe to. You will need an OpenAthens account to access the books. For help with E-books, click here.


The Royal Marsden Hospital Manual of Clinical Nursing Procedures is a tool to enable nurses to access the latest research relevant to practice quickly and easily.



We have access to thousands of e-journal articles through national collections and our own subscriptions. Use Browzine to look through our journal titles, or use the search bar below the circles (not available on mobile site). LibKey is used to look up a specific article using the DOI or PubMed ID.


Use Browzine to view our online journal collection. These are listed by title, with links through to article where available. OpenAthens required. For more help with Browzine, click here.


Libkey can give you access to journal articles if you have the DOI or PMID of your article. Full text links are then provided where we have access. OpenAthens required to access full text. For more help and for information on the Libkey Nomad browser extension, click here.

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You can also download the Libkey Nomad extension in your browser Download Nomad - New 2021 - Third Iron (Available to all NHS staff). This will give you more instant access to articles we subscribe to.






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a place where things are stored and can be found

Access our repositories to find information such as reports, articles and guidance.

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The East Midlands Reseach Repository (EMER) is the official institutional research repository for various NHS Trusts in the East Midlands. For information on EMER including how to submit a paper, click here.


Online access to the Trust Guidelines, Policies and Strategies. To contact the Policies/ Guidelines team, email

Healthcare Databases

Healthcare Databases

Make use of these databases to find information and literature specific to a subject or condition. For assistance in searching databases and effective literature searching, visit our help pages here, or contact the library for a training session.


Use Ovid to access MEDLINE, Embase, Emcare, HMIC, and Social Policy & Practice. See below for more details on these individual databases. (descriptions only on Desktop site)


Proquest for MEDLINE, BNI and PsycINFO. For more information on these individual databases, see text below.


PubMed® comprises more than 34 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. For help using PubMed, click here.


PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care, welfare, public health, education, crime, justice, and international development, where there is a health related outcome.



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Cochrane Library contains different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. For more information on Cochrane, click here.

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GIDEON (Global Infectious Disease and Epidemiology Network) is a one-stop resource for anyone with a professional interest in Infectious Diseases and Microbiology. 


ProQuest Dialog for AMED. For more information on this individual database, see text below.

Individual Databases: Information and Links


Produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library, AMED is a specialised bibliographic database designed for physicians, therapists, medical researchers, historians, and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative and allied therapies and related subjects.



BNI is a UK nursing, midwifery and community healthcare database covering UK journals and other English language titles including international nursing and midwifery journals as well as selective content from medical, allied health, and management titles.



Cochrane Library contains different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.


Quick start guide for Cochrane



CINAHL indexes nursing and allied health literature available including nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses Association. The database is particularly useful for nurses, allied health professionals, researchers, nurse educators and students.



Embase is a current and comprehensive pharmacological and biomedical database containing around 10 million documents from 1974 to date. Embase covers the whole world’s biomedical literature whilst concentrating in particular on European sources. The emphasis of the database is on the pharmacological effects of drugs and chemicals.



Emcare is a nursing and allied health database designed for practice, research, or education. It includes access to nearly 5 million records dating back to 1995.


HMIC brings together the bibliographic database of two UK health and social care management organizations: the Department of Health's Library and Information Services (DH-Data) and King’s Fund Information and Library Service. HMIC is an invaluable source of information for health care administrators and managers.



Medline is a bibliographic database of over 25 million records from over 5,000 journals, dating back to 1946. There is an emphasis on clinical medicine, dentistry, and biomedical research, but there is also coverage of nursing, chemistry and pharmacology, biological and physical sciences, microbiology, nutrition, health care delivery and social sciences.



PubMed comprises over 26 million citations for biomedical literature from Medline, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of biomedicine and health, covering portions of the life sciences, behavioral sciences, chemical sciences, and bioengineering.


Quick start guide for PubMed 


With over 3.5 million records dating back to 1887, PsycINFO covers the behavioural sciences and mental health, with references to papers, chapters, and dissertations, relevant to psychiatry, medicine, management, social science, neuroscience, law and social work.


SPP is a bibliographic database for those working or studying in the health and social care sectors, bringing together information from AgeInfo (Centre for Policy on Ageing), National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Planex (IDOX Information Service), Social Care Online (Social Care Institute for Excellence) and ChildData (National Children’s Bureau). SPP contains over 400,000 bibliographic records and abstracts dating from 1981.



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KnowledgeShare is the system used to sign-up to training delivered by the Clinical Librarians in the Trust. You can also set up e-mail alerts for current awareness.   For more information on Knowledgeshare click here, and to view the training calendar, click here.

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e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies.

Modules include: Literature Searching, Health Literacy, Critical Appraisal and Reflective Practice. You can download a PDF Quick Start Guide here.

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CASP provide high quality critical appraisal training and checklists for evaluating evidence. For help and information on CASP, click here.

Useful links and tools to help you with keeping up to date with current information, for booking onto training sessions and viewing training modules.

Reference Management

Handy links to reference management software, for help with referencing and bibliographies.


EndNote reference management software. Our librarians only offer training in Endnote and not other reference management systems. For help with this software including links to user guides and videos, click here.

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Mendeley is a free online reference management system, which can be downloaded onto Windows/Mac/Linux systems. There is also Mendeley Cite which is available as as App. More info can be found on the Mendeley website


Zotero is a free, easy-to-use tool to help you collect, organize, annotate, cite, and share research. You can download from their website onto Windows/Mac/Linux and iOS. More information on Zotero can be found here. 

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Other e-resources

Other e-resources

Useful health resources and information sources.


The King's Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England.


The NIHR funds, enables and delivers world-leading health and social care research that improves people's health and wellbeing and promotes economic growth.

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Enhancing the QUAlity and Transparency Of health Research). Your one-stop-shop for writing and publishing high-impact health research

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