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

DynaMed combines the highest quality evidence-based information, expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care.  You can quickly look up information on diagnosis, differentials, treatment guidelines, prognosis, medicines and patient information.

Find out more watch the video creating a personal account and using the app

For more information see the DynaMed – get started page

Using a trust computer? – In clinical systems – click on DynaMed Plus.  It will take you straight in without the need to login.

BNF and BNF for Children are freely available for all NHS staff and learners.  Hardcopies are available in the libraries.

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)
AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)
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)

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

If you want to brush up on your knowledge of anatomy and physiology, Anatomy TV provides a huge amount of information, including an atlas of 3D images, functional anatomy videos, quizzes and detailed written information.

To open Anatomy TV, you’ll need to sign in to OpenAthens, then look for the ‘Resources’ link and pick Anatomy TV from the list.

For more information see the Anatomy TV – get started

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, Oxford Specialist Handbooks, Oxford Textbooks and the Emergencies In series.

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 DBTH Knowledge & Library service 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 ‘Doncaster & Bassetlaw NHS Foundation Trust’. This will give you direct access to our electronic resources.

Drs Toolbox – An app for all healthcare professionals

The Trust have an App called ‘Drs Toolbox’ which has been developed to aid all healthcare professionals, including trainees and students on placement.

You can download the mobile app from the Apple App Store and Google Play store.  Please see the downloading and joining instructions

Alternatively you can access Drs Toolbox via the internet by following this link.

Do you need some help? Need a refresher?

1-2-1 or group training sessions are available on any of these resources and can be tailored to you.  You may need just like a bit of help to get you going or an in-depth session the Knowledge & Library team are here to help.

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