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…

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.

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

Book & article 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).

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.


OpenAthens gives you access to over a thousand different e-journals that have been purchased at national, regional or local level.

Browse them here, but remember you’ll need to log into OpenAthens, set an account up here.

If full text of a journal is available, you’ll see 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.

Not sure what journals are available on a topic you’re interested in, such as cardiology, public health, or nursing?  Browzine can help, as it has all of the available journals arranged into categories – see below.


Browse journals on your PC / Tablet / 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 – set an account up here.

For more information about BrowZine – 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 first – click the picture or this link. (No account? You can register in a couple of minutes on that page too).

In OpenAthens, 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 an OpenAthens account – Set one up here.

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 an OpenAthens account – Set one up here.

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’ll need your OpenAthens log in – set up an account in a couple of minutes here.  Also, once you’re in, 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 (Register for an NHS OpenAthens account in a couple of minutes here), then you should be taken straight in.

You’ll also find Oxford Medicine Online in Your OpenAthens Resources page.

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

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

 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.

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search interface – HDAS

HDAS allows you to search millions of articles held on any/all of 9 top quality health databases at once such as the ones on the left:

If you know how to use the HDAS interface, open it by clicking the picture or this link (remember to sign into OpenAthens in order to search all 9 available databases).

For a quick guide to using HDAS – click here

For more information about these databases, the HDAS interface, e-learning modules to help you use it and who to contact for a training session with a real, live person – 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.

For more information and contact details for eiting 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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