Library Resources

Books Staff may borrow up to 8 books at a time and students up to four books. The loan period is 3 weeks and you…


Staff may borrow up to 8 books at a time and students up to four books. The loan period is 3 weeks and you may renew the items (up to 3 times) by phone, e-mail, in person or via the library catalogue online as long as they are not required by anyone else.

Library Catalogue
The online library catalogue is available here.
Use it to:

  • Browse and search for books/ e-books, journals / e-journals and other materials we hold.
  • Search the Trust Publications Register
  • Access and view your borrowing record, renew books online and request to reserve items

Book Recommendations
If you would like to recommend a book for us to consider purchasing please use the Book Recommendation Request Form

e-Journals and e-Books

We provide access to e-journals and e-books that have been purchased at national, regional or local level.

An NHS Athens account is needed to access them (set one up here).

Access over a thousand e-journal titles here (remember to log into Athens using the link on the top right of the page)

If full text of the journal is available, it will provide you with details of the years covered, any embargo periods and a link through to the provider of that journal. “My Journals” will also indicate if printed journals are held at the DRI or Bassetlaw libraries at DBHFT.

We provide access to hundreds of e-books, including Oxford Handbooks, ABC and At a Glance series, as well as general textbooks. Browse or search for titles via our library catalogue at

BrowZine – Browse journals on your PC / Tablet / Phone

This is a new online tool which enables you to browse, read and monitor all journals available through NHS Athens in one place. As well as making it easy to see what journals you can access, BrowZine provides a link through to the full text of articles.

Save articles to smartphone or tablet and read them offline. Create a personal bookshelf of favourite journals and be notified when the latest issues become available. Access is given through your OpenAthens login. If you don’t yet have an account, sign up today.

BrowZine can be used on your PC or laptop or you can download the app to your smartphone or tablet.

If you would like more information contact the library staff.

Book and Document Supply/Request Service

If you are unable to find the book or journal article you need, we will do our best to obtain it for you. Submit a request for each book or article required – download an Article/Book Request form from our Forms and guides page here.

BMJ Best Practice

BMJ Best Practice is ranked one of the best clinical decision support tools for health professionals worldwide.

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

Step by step guidance on diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention is updated daily using robust evidence based methodology and expert opinion.

Click on the logo above to open BMJ Best Practice or click here for more information.

NHS Athens – You may find that you need to log into NHS Athens to get access – register for an account in about a minute here.

DynaMed Plus

Although many information resources are available via NHS Athens, some are accessible to anyone using a DBTH trust PC.

Try out the DynaMed Plus Clinical Information database for evidence based articles about hundreds of medical conditions – quickly look up information on diagnosis, differentials, treatment guidelines, prognosis, medicines and patient information.

More information about DynaMed Plus here

Click the icon on your desktop that looks like the image below:

NICE Evidence

The NICE Evidence website provides access to high quality, evidence based sites for health and social care information. The selection includes systematic reviews, guidelines, statistics, drug information, clinical pathways and selected primary care research.

To open it, click the picture or here

For a Quick Reference Guide to NICE Evidence, click here

Cochrane Library

 This is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making:
– Cochrane Databases of Systematic Reviews: the leading resources for systematic reviews in health care
– Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
– Cochrane Methodology Register
– Database of Abstracts and Reviews of Effects
– Health Technology Assessment Database
– NHS Economic Evaluation Database

Access to the databases within the Cochrane library does not require the use of your NHS Athens account. Links to some full text articles are provided in some of the databases.

To open the library, click the logo or here.

Healthcare Databases – HDAS

NHS Athens gives you access to the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search interface (HDAS). This allows you to search the millions of articles held on any/all of these health databases at once:

If you know how to use the HDAS interface, to open it click the picture or here

For information about opening and using the interface, click here.

Ignaz handbook App

The Ignaz Handbook is a smartphone app which was developed by doctors for healthcare professionals. It allows local NHS Trusts to populate information with local procedures, making them easily accessible on the go.

Once downloaded and you have selected Doncaster and Bassetlaw Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust as your home site, navigate to the Knowledge and Library Services pages by using the ‘Education’ link on the home page.

For more information, click here

Need a refresher?

If you’d like to arrange a training session on any of these resources please contact or

For further assistance, library staff will also be happy to assist. Please direct your enquiry to staff as follows:

Tel: 01909 572917 or internal ext. 572917

Tel: 01302 642894 or internal ext. 642894

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