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


Staff may borrow up to 8 books at a time and students up to four books. The loan period is three weeks and you may renew the items (no more than 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 library catalogue is available at
    The catalogue lists the books, journals and other materials held. It also serves as a searchable database for the Trust Publications Register. It also has links to our locally available e-books and e-journals. By using the catalogue you can access and view your borrowing record, renew books online and request to reserve items by using the e-mail facility on the catalogue.
  • Book Recommendations
    If you would like to recommend a book for us to consider purchasing for stock 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. You do require a Trust NHS Athens account to be able to access these resources.

  • E-journals
    Access available e-journals at and select the Journals and Databases link at the top-right of the page. Select the “access journals” link from underneath the “Journals” heading. (You can also access the journals database through the My Resources page if you login at – select the NICE Journals link).You can now search over 1000+ journals through the A-Z listing on the My Journals page – if full text of the journal is available it will provide you with details of the coverage, any embargo periods and a link through to the provider site of that particular e-journal. In addition to listing all available e-journals, My Journals will also indicate if printed journals are held at the DRI or Bassetlaw libraries at DBHFT. Journal links can also be found in the HDAS databases when you are searching using the HDAS Advanced Search.
  • E-books
    We provide access to a growing range of e-books including Oxford Medicine Online for the Oxford Textbooks, Oxford Handbooks and Emergencies in series, ABC and At a Glance series as well as a cross section of general textbooks. The books are indexed in our library catalogue at – search by author, title or keyword or use the term OUP (for Oxford Medicine Online), EBL or Ebsco to see what is available from the different providers.All entries have a link to enable you to access them – you will need an Athens account to be able to access them. If you do not yet have an Athens account for DBHFT, go to to register or ask library staff for help. They can also be accessed from the  provider headings in the My Resources section if you log in with your NHS Athens account at

Document Supply/Request Service
If you are unable to find the book or journal article you need, either in the library or online, we will do our best to obtain it from another library or provider for you. You need to submit a request form for each book/article required – download a copy of the form here.

BrowZine – Browse journals on your PC / Tablet / Phone

BrowZine is an online tool which enables you to browse, read and monitor all the journals available through the library in one place. As well as making it easy to see what journals you can access, BrowZine provides a seamless link through to the full text article.

With the mobile version you can save articles to your smartphone or tablet and read them offline later. You can also use it to create a personal bookshelf of favourite journal, 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.

Healthcare Databases

Access to some of the databases detailed below is via an NHS Athens account. If you do not already have an NHS Athens account please register for your username and password at

Selecting a database
Access databases at and select the Journals and Databases link at the top right of the page. You may now select a database from either the Health Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) or the Cochrane Library.

  • Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) includes:
    MEDLINE: the largest general medical database
    EMBASE: covers general medicine with a particular focus on drugs
    CINAHL: covers nursing and allied health professions
    AMED: covers allied health and complementary healthcare
    BNI: covers nursing
    PsycINFO: covers psychology and allied fields
    HMIC: – covers records from the Department of Health and Kings Fund
    Health Business Elite: covers healthcare administrationAccess to these databases requires you to login with your NHS Athens username and password

You may find these guides useful:

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS): a quick guide

A guide to using Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS): full user guide

Or if you prefer to watch someone using the database & describing what they’re doing: HDAS demo videos

  • Cochrane Library:
    The Cochrane Library 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.

  • NICE Evidence:
    The NICE Evidence website at provides access to a number of quality evidence based sites for health and social care information. This selection includes systematic reviews, guidelines, statistics, drug information, clinical pathways and selected primary care research.
    Quick Reference Guide to NICE Evidence 

Need a refresher?

If you would like to arrange an e-resource training session on any of these resources please contact or

If you require any further assistance, library staff will 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

Ignaz handbook App

You can also find all the information you need to discover the full range of services and resources we offer on the go, 24/7, using the Ignaz Handbook App

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.

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