Resources & e-Resources

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 or here.
Look for the yellow bar and click it to see locally funded content as well as national resources.
You’ll also need your OpenAthens account to get full access to many resources.

More about the Knowledge Hub here.

In depth guide to searching the Hub for evidence here.

Remember, a tool like PICO (clinical questions), ECLIPS (service design) or SPICE (qualitative questions) might help you organise your search – download a copy here.

BUT – Want to do a ‘proper’ evidence search? Have more control over what you search for and where you’re looking – Scroll down to Advanced Evidence Searching.

Gateway to clinical tools, evidence databases and much more

You might see “Athens” mentioned a lot on our pages.  That’s because OpenAthens is a gateway to a huge array of information resources – some provided by the NHS nationally and some locally by the trust or region.

It takes a couple of minutes to set up an account and then you’ll have full access to resources like Anatomy TV, BMJ Best Practice, Dynamed, HDAS, Medline, CINAHL and Royal Marsden Online – just click here.

When your account is setup, look for your Resources page and explore! And if you want any help, contact the Library.

Books & e-Books

Staff can borrow up to 8 books at a time and students up to 4. The loan period is 3 weeks and you can renew items (up to 3 times) by phone, e-mail, in person or via the library catalogue online as long as they aren’t 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.

More e-books:

 Kortext e-Books
Another 135 titles, covering nursing, investigations, palliative care, surgery, diabetes & more.
Click here & pick Doncaster & Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals from list (Athens account also needed, set one up here) and browse the collection to add books to your personal library.

ProQuest e-books
Over 200 books covering many different health topics – click here. (Athens account also needed)  Be aware that in the Advanced Search you can limit the results to titles “Owned and subscribed to by my library” to avoid seeing books we don’t have access to.

Book requests

If you’re unable to find the book or full text of a journal article you need, we’ll do our best to obtain it for you. Submit a request for each book or article required – download an Article/Book Request from our Forms and guides page here (the electronic forms may not work on some IOS devices).

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

Getting the full text of journal articles

If you’ve found the abstract of an article and want to see the full text, look for the article’s DOI (Digital Object Identifier – effectively it’s address on the internet) (or PMID) and pop it into the search box below. Libkey will check to see if the entire article’s available.

If it is, you’ll see links to the full text. If not, you’ll see a link titled “Library Access Options”, and then “Submit an ILL (Inter Library Loan) for this item” – click it to send a request to our library team.

Lookup a journal article by DOI or PMID

Alternatively – open the Libkey site here and save it as a favourite to use any time you like.

More information here.


Browse  hundreds of journals on your PC, Tablet or Phone

• Browse, read and monitor all journals available through OpenAthens in one place.

• Browse journals by topic, such as nursing, neurology, public health, emergency medicine.

• Direct links to full text of articles where available.

• Save articles to smartphone or tablet and read offline.

• Create a personal bookshelf of favourite journals and be notified when new issues are available.

• BrowZine can be used on your PC, and there’s a smartphone/tablet app – details here.

Click the picture or this link to open Browzine, and remember that access to full text of articles is via OpenAthens.

For more information – click here.

If you want to brush up on your knowledge of anatomy and physiology, this online resource 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 about Anatomy TV – click here.

Best Practice has been 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.

To open BMJ Best Practice, click the logo above, or this link.

For a short video introduction – click the picture or here.

Remember, you’ll need your OpenAthens account.

For more information, instructions to get in and how to download the app – click here.

The DynaMed Clinical Information tool gives you evidence based articles on hundreds of medical conditions – quickly look up information on diagnosis, differentials, treatment guidelines, prognosis, medicines and patient information.

To open DynaMed, click the logo or this link.

For more information about this resource and information about the app, click here.

For a short video about Dynamed – click the picture or here.

For a longer video showing more detail about Dynamed – click the picture or here.

For a short video about using Dynamed to check drug interactions – click the picture or here.

Remember, you’ll need your OpenAthens account.

Using a trust computer? – You can just click the icon on your desktop that looks like the image below (if you have a Windows 10 PC, search for Dynamed to find the PC app).

Includes over 350 evidence-based clinical procedures related to every aspect of care, from hand-washing to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Click the picture or this link to open the online manual. (you may need to click on the OpenAthens logo to confirm access).

We’ve created a Bite Sized guide to get you used to the features of this great resource – open it by clicking here.

Oxford University Press’ prestigious medical titles. Over 200 titles available, some including exclusive digital tools such as videos to further enrich your learning and practice.

Click the picture or here to enter the site.

You’ll need to enter your OpenAthens log in, then you should be taken straight in.

We’ve created a Bite Sized guide to get you used to the features of this great resource – open it by clicking here.

 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
– Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
– Cochrane Methodology Register
– Database of Abstracts and Reviews of Effects
– Health Technology Assessment Database
– NHS Economic Evaluation Database

To open the library, click the logo or here.

Advanced evidence searching

If you really want to do a proper search for evidence, rather than use the Hub, you’ll need to use medical databases like CINAHL, Medline and Embase.  Although the Hub searches these databases, using a specialist interface gives you much more control over the results you see.

Your OpenAthens account gives you access to 3 different interfaces – EBSCO, OVID and Proquest.

They all allow you to search Medline – one of the biggest and best general medical databases, but they each cover some specialist databases too:

EBSCO also gets you into CINAHL which holds journals related to nursing and AHPs.

OVID includes Embase, which contains more journals related to medications, and HMIC, which holds evidence on health management, and AMED, which covers complementary medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine

Proquest has Psychinfo and Psycharticles, which is good for mental health related searches, and The British Nursing Index – evidence relating to nursing and associated professions in the UK.


Remember, a tool like PICO (clinical questions), ECLIPS (service design) or SPICE (qualitative questions) might help you organise your search – download a copy here.

You can explore them yourself – you’ll find them on your OpenAthens resources page, and if you get stuck, we can help you get the best out of them. To find out about arranging a training session with Dave or Sarah, click here.

Drs Toolbox – An app for all healthcare professionals

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

The app allows trusts to add local procedures and hospital information, e.g. Wow do you organise urgent investigations or treatment?, What are the canteen opening hours?, etc.

You can download the mobile app from the Apple App Store and Google Play.

Downloading and joining instructions can be found by clicking the picture or here.

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

More information and contact details for editing content, click here.

Want some help? Need a refresher?

If you’d like to arrange a training session on any of these resources, or just like a bit of help to get you going, link to our Training Page here.

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