Databases, e-journals and e-books
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Library resources for NHS staff and students
Listed here are resources for NHS staff and students as well as brief overviews of their scope and how to access them. If you have any queries, please contact your NHS Support Librarian or email email@example.com.
Databases and e-journals
NHS Knowledge and Library Hub
- journals and databases, e.g. Medline, CINAHL and Trip Pro
- e-books, e.g. Kortext, Oxford Medicine Online and Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines
- clinical decision support resources, e.g. NICE Guidelines, BMJ Best Practice and Royal Marsden Manual
- policy and management information and research
When onsite in our libraries you can search for journals via Library Search. These listings include full text online access via Imperial College London networked PCs or our Wi-Fi network, plus open access listings and information about physical holdings. You can also access a wide range of bibliographic databases such as Medline, Embase and CINAHL, as well as Scopus and the Web of Science.
For any journal articles where access is not provided, please use the Document Delivery Service.
In our libraries
E-books subscribed to by the Library are accessible on Imperial College London networked PCs or via the Wi-Fi network in the Library, and can be found via Library Search.
Outside of our libraries
Your OpenAthens account gives you access to a number of e-book collections that you can access anywhere:
We are continually adding to the Kortext collection. If there is an e-book you would like but it is not currently available via Kortext, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and we will try to get it for you.
Oxford Medicine Online
Access to over 900 e-books covering a wide range of medical specialities, over 700 videos and 10,000 images, diagrams and charts. E-books include the Oxford Textbooks, Handbooks, Nursing Handbooks and Specialist Handbooks collections.
We also offer a service where we can send you e-book chapters that are usually only available onsite in our libraries. Please contact your NHS Support Librarian to make a request.
Point of care / clinical decision support tools
BMJ Best Practice (OpenAthens)
BMJ Best Practice is an online point-of-care decision support tool. It provides access to the most recent evidence-based information to help inform and guide clinicians and practitioners in their clinical decision making and is available to NHS staff through their OpenAthens accounts.
- Access BMJ Best Practice with your OpenAthens account.
- Once logged in, you will be able to set up a personal account to log your activity and earn CME/CPD credits.
- You can also use your personal account to download the app onto your device.
VisualDx is clinical decision support system software, searchable by symptoms, signs, and patient factors. It includes tens of thousands of images and graphics to speed comparison, recognition, and diagnosis. VisualDx is used to validate a diagnosis, access next steps for management and care, and for patient education.
- To access VisualDx, log in to your OpenAthens account, go to the My Resources page then choose VisualDx.
- Once logged in you will be able to create a personal account and download the VisualDx app.
UpToDate (ICHT intranet)
UpToDate is an evidence-based medicine resource providing point-of-care clinical information. Information provided is aimed primarily at clinicians, though patient and plain language information is also provided. UpToDate is written and regularly reviewed by physician authors, editors and peer reviewers.
- Access UpToDate from Imperial College London networked PCs or via Imperial College's Wi-Fi network in the libraries.
- Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust staff can use it off-site. To do so access via a Trust networked PC through the Trust’s intranet and create a personal account. This account will then be eligible for off-site access and enable you to download the app. You will need to periodically sign in from a Trust networked PC to maintain eligibility.
DynaMed (Chelsea and Westminster intranet)
DynaMed is a clinical decision support tool available to Chelsea and Westminster staff. DynaMed presents the most current evidence, with summaries and recommendations included as part of each topic.