Health, Nursing, Midwifery, ODP and Paramedic

Journals & Databases

These collections provide instant access to scholarly research, journal articles and book reviews. They may be accessed 24/7 and each collection has its own help and guidance on the home page.

Journal & Database Collections

  • Childlink is unique in providing European, British and Irish information. Childlink has been designed to give the most up to the minute, easily accessible, cost effective service that includes information on Welfare, Education, Health, Lifestyle, Justice, Youth Affairs, Employment, and Benefit Issues.
  • Cinahl Complete Access to top nursing and allied health journals, evidence-based care sheets and quick lessons providing overviews of disease and conditions.
  • Cochrane Library contains 6 databases all of which are searched simultaneously: Includes research on the clinical effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of healthcare interventions. Systematic reviews, meta-analysis, cost-effectiveness and randomised controlled trial research studies are included within the Cochrane Library. Guide to searching.
  • Emerald Health & Social Care eJournals Collection of 30 journals for professionals and practitioners in the areas of health and social care, learning disabilites, childrens services, mental health and community.
  • InterMid A specialised collection of journal articles from British Journal of Midwifery and African Journal of Midwifery and Women’s Health. This collection is full text.
  • Internurse A collection of 18 full text journals covering nursing, nurse prescribing, childrens, mental health, community and palliative care nursing.
  • Maternity and Infant Care (MWIC) Search journals, books and grey literature for midwifery from the 1980’s onwards. Searches across key midwifery journals and including British Journal of Midwifery and Practising Midwife.
  • PsycARTICLES Full-text articles from 63 journals published by the American Psychological Association.
  • PsycINFO Psychology database from the American Psychological Association (APA), containing citations and summaries of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations.
  • PubMed comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
  • ScienceDirect is home to almost one-quarter of the world’s peer-reviewed full-text scientific, technical, social and medical content.
  • Web of Science Series of databases covering a wide range of topics including psychology.
  • Wiley Online Library A large multi-disciplinary database covering medicine and health, nursing, psychology, social work and policy, family and children and education.

Evidence Based Research

Medical professionals rely on information that is evidence-based in order to make the right decisions for patient care. What does that mean, really?

Evidence-based means that the information you as a professional use, is based on sound research, not someone’s opinion. Typically, that means you must locate the best, published research studies on the topic under enquiry. The published article (sometimes in paper, but most often in electronic form) presents the actual research results, so that you can see how the conclusions were reached. In addition, the researcher provides data to support those conclusions.

Finding the Evidence

  • BASE is one of the world’s most voluminous search engines especially for academic open access web resources.
  • CINAHL Complete Useful for postgraduates/researchers and more intermediate/advanced searchers.
  • CORE gives you access to millions of scholarly articles aggregated from many Open Access repositories.
  • NICE Evidence Search provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health.
  • PubMed comprises more than 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.

Appraising the Evidence

Assessing the strengths and weaknesses of research articles is required to determine the validity, reliability and applicability of the research to clinical practice.

Checklists

Recommended Resources

  • Analyse This free online tutorial to help students learn how to analyse research data.
  • Bandolier an independent journal about evidence-based healthcare, written by Oxford scientists.
  • BestBets Best Evidence topic reviews (BETs) provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature.
  • How to Read Health News – an article from Alicia White via the ‘Behind the Headlines’ website to help you make sense of news stories about health-related issues.
  • TRIP: Turning Research into Practice a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

Newspapers

Newspapers can be a useful way of keeping up to date with current affairs or recent events. Daily newspapers can be found in Catalyst, in the area underneath the main staircase. The last 30 days’ worth are kept on the second floor in the Journals collection.  Newspaper archives usually contain issues which are less recent and which are useful for finding articles of a more historical interest.

  • Daily Mail Historical Archive Full text of the Daily Mail from 1896-2004. It contains news stories and images that capture 20th century culture and society. Offers full page and article images with searchable full text back to the first issue.
  • Guardian and Observer Digital Archive contains every issue of The Guardian from 1821 to 2003 and of The Observer between 1791 and 2003. You can search by keyword or by keyword and date; each story is an exact reproduction of the original.
  • Infotrac Newsstand contains articles from over 2300 newspapers from around the world. These include major British newspapers, as well as US and Australian titles. It also has thousands of images, radio and TV broadcasts and transcripts.
  • LexisNexis contains over 650 regional and national UK newspapers from 1982 to the present. It is possible to limit your search to either national or regional titles, or you can search the whole of the newspaper database.
  • Times Digital Archive contains every issue of The Times from 1785 to 1985. You can search by keyword or for a particular issue and each story appears as it looks in the original copy of the newspaper.

Useful Websites

  • Ambulance Quality Indicators This publication covers the Ambulance Systems Indicators (AmbSYS) and Ambulance Clinical Outcomes (AmbCO) which measure ambulance service quality in England.
  • AVERT is an international HIV and AIDS charity, based in the UK, working to avert and AIDS worldwide, through education, treatment and care.
  • Bandolier an independent journal about evidence-based healthcare, written by Oxford scientists.
  • BestBets (Emergency Medicine) Best Evidence topic reviews (BETs) provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature.
  • Box of Broadcasts is an on demand TV and radio service for education. The academically-focused system enables you to record programmes from over 65 free-to-air channels, and search an extensive archive. Box of Broadcasts is intuitive and easy to use, so you may find you can start straight away. However, if you need a bit of help, take a look at the video tutorials.
  • Foundation of Nursing Studies (FoNS) A registered charity working with nurses and healthcare teams to develop and share innovative ways of improving practice; thereby enabling them to provide care that is high quality; evidence based and meets the needs of patients.
  • King’s Fund helps to shape policy and practice through research and analysis; develop individuals, teams and organisations and promote understanding of the health and social care system.
  • Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) The Royal Society of Medicine is an independent, apolitical organisation, that provides a neutral platform for debate about health care topics. It was founded over 200 years ago and is one of the largest providers of continuing medical education in the UK.

Professional Bodies

Professional bodies are the societies and associations that promote and regulate a profession and the people working within them.

  • College of Paramedics formerly the British Paramedic Association, is the UK professional representative body for paramedics. Provides guidance, support and professional standard.
  • Department of Health and Social Care The official UK Website of the Department of Health which is the government department responsible for public health issues, social care and the NHS. There are lots decision-making and research both within government and by the wider community.
  • The Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC) A regulatory body set up by Parliament to protect the public by ensuring that nurses and midwives provide high standards of care to their patients and clients. Includes the register of Nurses and Midwives, and online access to the standards, guidance documents and circulars.

UK National Statistics

  • NHS Digital An Executive Non Departmental Public Body. The Health and Social Care Act 2012 sets out their responsibilities, including: collecting, analysing, managing and presenting national health and social care data.
  • Official Statistics This site covers statistics relating to information gathered on public health, health services provided by the National Health Service (NHS), social care, and health and safety at work.
  • Social Care Online is the UK’s largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work. Resources include legislation, government documents, practice and guidance, systematic reviews, research briefings, reports, journal articles and websites.
  • Trauma Audit and Research Network important information about the rates of survival for patients who have been injured and treated at different hospitals across England and Wales and the benefits of certain kinds of treatment.
  • TRIP: Turning Research into Practice The TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.
  • Wellcome Trust Independent research-funding charity that aims to improve human health through funding which focuses on supporting outstanding researchers, accelerating the application of research and exploring medicine in historical and cultural contexts.
  • World Health Organization The World Health Organization (WHO) is a directing authority for health for UN countries responsible for providing leadership on global health matters.