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NHS Library Essentials

A guide to library services and key resources for NHS staff

Help and support with literature searching

Come along to one of our training sessions, or book a 1:1 session with your NHS librarian, to brush up on your literature searching skills.  

But if you don't have time to run a search for yourself, or if you would like a second opinion on your search strategy, allow us to conduct the literature search for you using our CARES service.

For more tips on literature searching, see our guide to Literature Searching or access HEE's e-learning literature searching module.


Clinical and Research Enquiry Service (CARES)

The library provides a free literature searching service to support patient care, service evaluation and research.  Additionally we can set up an alert so that you receive emails about the newest publications in your area of interest.  Both clinical and non-clinical queries are accepted; simply complete the online form.

Online resources

Your OpenAthens account gives you access to a mountain of good quality online resources  such as literature search databases and there is a wide range of open websites to help you find the evidence for clinical practice, health care management, medicines information, research and more.  See our Finding the evidence webpage for a comprehensive list of resources available to NHS members of staff.

You also have access to many of the university's online resources available from within the library computer rooms only - please ask at the library helpdesk for a university network login once you have joined the library. Search Hunter to see what additional resources you could access.

Use our NHS Article Request service to receive copies of articles held in the university collection

Interlibrary loans

If we don't hold a particular article or book that you require, we can try to obtain it for you from another library. NHS members of staff are entitled to 10 free interlibrary loans a year. 

Make a request.