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Paramedic science and practice subject guide

A guide to library and information resources for paramedic students and students who need information on emergency medicine and healthcare

Selecting and accessing the databases

These research databases are recommended for paramedic science and practice:

Cinahl - Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. Primarily concerned with nursing, but approximately 35% of articles are related to allied health disciplines.  The Journal of paramedic practice is indexed on this database

Medline - From US National Library of Medicine. Covers clinical medicine, including the allied health fields. Includes biological and physical sciences and humanities where they relate to health care.

Amed - Allied and Complementary Medicine Database. Bibliographic database produced by British Library. Covers a selection of journals in complementary medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine.

MAH collection - The MAH Complete collection is a searchable collection of full text journals covering nursing, midwifery, and allied health including paramedic practice - with access to over 65,000 articles across over 30 peer-reviewed titles. The collection is made up of several sub-collections: Internurse, Intermid, and Health Professionals, which contains the Journal of Paramedic Practice.

PsycInfo - Compiled by the American Psychological Association. Contains relevant material from medicine, psychiatry, social work, law, criminology, social science and organisational behaviour.

Embase - covers biomedicine and pharmacology; particularly strong in the areas of drugs, toxicology and psychiatry. Includes US and European journals.

BNI - Nursing and midwifery database mainly indexing journals published in the UK, plus other English-language journals including international nursing and midwifery journals. Also indexes selective content from medical, allied health and management journals.

Assia - This database is designed to meet the information needs of the caring professions, and spans the literature of health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. The database abstracts and indexes over 500 journals, from more than 16 countries.

Systematic reviews/evidence based medicine:

Cochrane Library - Consists of several databases supporting evidence-based medicine, including: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, NHS EED (NHS Economic Evaluation Database) and HTA (Health Technology Assessments). The Library has developed a Cochrane Library search guide.

Guidelines in practice, drug prescribing and other resources:

BMJ Best Practice - SGUL students and staff 

From the BMJ, a single source combining the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Integrated Drug formulary enables you to quickly access detailed information on dosing, availability, formulations, side effects and contraindications in the BNF (via MedicinesComplete).
BMJ Best Practice Mobile App helpsheet PDF - available to SGUL staff and students only

NICE (Nice Institute for Health and Care Excellence) - Search the NICE website for access to NICE Guidelines, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, and NICE provided resources such as the BNF (British National Formulary) and BNFC.

King's Fund Library Database - Covers the policy and management of health and social care services - 1979 to present, and King's Fund publications from 1906 onwards.

There are three main companies that provide most of the Library's databases, which means that certain databases have the same look and feel

Databases provided by Ebsco include Cinahl, Medline and Amed - see our Ebsco Search Guide for more information

Databases provided by Ovid include PsycInfo and Embase - see our Ovid Search Guide for more information

Databases provided by Proquest include Assia and BNI (British Nursing Index)

Click here for a wider list of recommended databases for paramedic science and practice, and other allied health professions in our Allied Health list

We have lists for a range of other areas that may be relevant such as mental health, evidence based healthcare, grey literature and health management/policy.  All of these lists, including Allied Health, can be selected from the drop down menu on the Library's Databases A-Z page. You can also access a range of anatomy and multimedia resources and recommended websites from this page.

Accessing resources offsite

This video demonstrates how to access SGUL resources when you are offsite.  You need your SGUL username and password. Your SGUL username begins with the letter 'm' followed by a number.

Guides and videos for database searching

You can find advice and demonstrations on searching a range of databases in the Library Canvas module here