We’ve got a whole range of information resources that you can use – from books to online databases – find out more about them below…

The NHS Knowledge & Library Hub

A fast, simple way to help NHS staff and learners get to high quality knowledge and evidence resources in one place.

To take a look, click the logo, go to Knowledge & Library Hub or use the search box below.   Look for the yellow bar, sign in with your OpenAthens login to see the full range of resources available.  For more information go to Knowledge & Library Hub

OpenAthens is a gateway to a huge array of digital resources provided nationally and locally.  All NHS staff and learners.  To set up a free, OpenAthens account go to

If you need a password reset go to

Watch this video to find out how to register

Having problems?  Please contact us.

Print & e-Books

The online library catalogue is available to:

Browse and search for books, eBooks and local journal holdings
Search the Trust Publications Register
Access and view your borrowing record, renew books online and request to reserve items.
More information on how to borrow, renew and reserve items

For information on Oxford Handbooks, Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines, Royal Marsden Manual and more please go to our eBooks page.

Full text journal articles

Free easy access to 1000s of full text journal articles.

If we haven’t got it you can request it.

Clinical Decision Support Tools

BMJ Best Practice takes you quickly and accurately to the latest evidence-based information on over 30 specialties, whenever and wherever you need it.

Find out more watch the video Introduction to BMJ Best Practice for junior doctor and healthcare professionals , take a look at the NHSE Postgraduate Doctor Toolkit 2023 or go to the BMJ Best Practice website for help logging in and downloading the app

BNF and BNF for Children are freely available for all NHS

staff and learners.  Hardcopies are available in the libraries.

Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines is an essential evidence-based e-handbook on the safe and effective prescribing of psychotropic agents.

The Royal Marsden Manual includes over 350 evidence-based clinical procedures related to every aspect of care.  Hard copies are available from the libraries.

We’ve created a Bite Sized guide to help you use the features of this great resource.

Advanced evidence searching

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making:
Cochrane Databases of Systematic Reviews
Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials

Bibliographic databases for advanced searching

If you need to complex, robust and reproduceable search for evidence advanced searches should be carried out in bibliographic databases such as CINAHL, Medline and Embase rather than using the NHS Knowledge & Library Hub.

There are 3 different interfaces or providers.  The databases are grouped below by provider.

OVID provides access to the following databases:

HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium)
Social Policy & Practice

More information and searching guides can be found on OVID – getting started page

Ebsco provides access to the following database:


More information and searching guide can be found on EBSCO – getting started page

Proquest provides access to the following databases:

BNI (British Nursing Index)
AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)

More information and searching guide can be found on Proquest – getting started page.


If you access PubMed using this link it connects you to national and local full text holdings.

Helpful Tip:  Tools like PICO (clinical questions), ECLIPS (service design) or SPICE (qualitative questions) can help you organise your search.

Other resources

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.

Oxford Medicine Online provides access to the Oxford Handbooks.

We’ve created a Bite Sized guide to help you use the features of this great resource.  Hard copies of most of the books are available in the libraries.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar can be used to search for scholarly information online, including articles, books, conference papers, theses, grey literature and official reports.  You can add RDASH to Google Scholar to get access to any full text available to you.

Go to google scholar and sign in on the right hand side of the page.  Then if you go to the Google Scholar settings & select ‘Rotherham, Doncaster & South Humber NHS Foundation Trust’. This will give you direct access to our electronic resources.

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