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Midwifery Subject Guide

A guide to library and information resources for midwifery students

Information for Midwifery

Most of the books and journals for your midwifery course can now be found at Kingston.  St. George's still has some ebooks and online journals that will be relevant,, and also other online resources and databases.   This page explores key resources and search tools that you can use to discover different types of information. It also provides guidance on how to access full-text e-books and online journals at St. George's.

Useful books to get you started

Finding information

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Use Hunter, the library's discovery tool,  to find books by title or author, journal articles or journal titles. This page gives you an overview to searching Hunter. There's more information in the subsequent tabs.

1. Find books

To find books in Hunter, enter your search terms, select Books and more. Sign in to find the book location and availability.

Some books are available as e-books, select View Online to view electronic versions. You will need to login with your St. George's university login to access these. 

2. Find journal articles

In Hunter, enter an article title or a few words from the title and select Articles and more. Select view online and follow the link to the full text. You will need to login with your SGUL login to access these off-site.  

3. Find journals

To find a specific journal in Hunter, type in the name of the journal and select Journal Titles results will include journal titles from the Library’s electronic and print journal collections. You will need to login with your university login to access electronic journals off-site.  

Databases and e-resources

Healthcare databases allow you to track-down journal articles by topic and where possible link you to the whole article if the library owns it in its collection. They offer a more comprehensive search than Hunter. Key databases for midwifery include

This video shows you how to access resources when you are off campus. You need your SGUL username and password.

To find these and more and to see the offsite access links, visit our Databases page.  If you know which resource you are looking for, use the A-Z list to navigate to it. You can also browse databases by speciality or resource type. When you have selected a resource, choose the appropriate on-site (no login required) or off-site (university login required) link to access it.

The library has a wide range of books relating to the field of midwifery. If the book record has a Full text available link this means that you can access an e-book version. Login with your SGUL username and password to view books online. The following video guides you through accessing e-books.

General midwifery books can also be located on the shelves starting at call number WQ 160 although there will be many relevant books that are found at different places in the library.

The call number is the series of letters and numbers on the spine of the book that helps you to find it in the library:

To comprehensively search for a book in the library use Hunter to search the library catalogue at Books and More. Click on Check availability of print copies to see where the book is located in the Library. The video below shows you how to find a book using Hunter and how to locate it on the shelf.

Read our guide to searching Hunter to discover how to find and view full-text articles using the Hunter search tool. This video shows you how to find and access journal articles using Hunter.

Sometimes there are different pathways to login to view full-text articles that the library subscribes to when you are at home. Always double check the guidance given by the library when you select an article to 'view online' to see if we recommend any extra steps to access the article that you want to view.

Some journals do not allow you to login with your SGUL username and password for full text. Sign in to the SGUL portal to view log in details for the following journals:

  • Evidence Based Midwifery
  • Midwives
  • Practising Midwife
  • International Journal of Childbirth
  • Journal of Perioperative Practice
  • Pediatrics
  • Reproduction

There may be other journals which also require you to sign in to the portal for log in details.

The following video walks you through accessing SGUL resources when you are off campus. You need your SGUL username and password.

This section offers a list of other libraries and professional organisations that provide access to information and study spaces.