During the disruption to our on-site services caused by the COVID-19 situation, we are also offering a special service to send NHS staff articles and e-book chapters that would normally only be available by using an Imperial College London PC in one of our libraries.

Use the form below to request up to ten journal articles and / or five e-book chapters. Enter a web link for the items you require and, if you wish, any additional information. We will email the items to you as quickly as possible.

Request articles or e-book chapters

Online resources available using an NHS OpenAthens account

With an NHS OpenAthens account you have access to a large number of online resources from anywhere with an internet connection.

To register for an account complete the online registration form. To get your username within an hour, complete the form from an NHS computer or provide an NHS email address. You will receive a confirmation email. Click on the link in the email to set up your password and activate your account.

For queries regarding NHS OpenAthens please email

Databases and NICE Evidence Search

NICE Evidence search offers access to guidelines, care pathways, clinical knowledge summaries and policy. It includes the British National Formulary and British National Formulary for Children as well as the following databases: MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, PsycINFO, AMED, British Nursing Index, HMIC and Health Business Elite. A number of full-text journals and the NHS e-books collection are also included. Database searching is via the Healthcare Databases Advances Search (HDAS).

E-journals and e-books provided by Imperial College London

The following e-journals and e-books are provided by Imperial College London. Use Library Search to search the complete Imperial College London collections.


Oxford University Press Journals
Around 90 medicine and healthcare peer-reviewed journals, published in partnership with some of the world’s pre-eminent medical researchers and societies.

Springer Journals
Includes over 600 journals covering a wide variety of medical and healthcare subjects.

Wiley Journals
Includes over 470 medicine, nursing and healthcare journals.

YourJournals@Ovid, including Total Access Collection.
Nearly 300 titles from essential core journals to specialised resources in such areas as nursing and bioscience. 

New England Journal of Medicine
The weekly peer-reviewed journal, including research and review articles, clinical cases, medical cases, videos, images and audio summaries.


Oxford Medicine Online
Oxford Medicine Online gives 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.

BMJ Publishing resources

Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin (DTB)
Drug and Therapeutics Bulletin is a monthly bulletin offering practical and impartial advice on treatment. DTB online has 14 years of online archives, full-text links, RSS feeds and online search features.

BMJ Case Reports
A growing repository for all healthcare professionals and researchers to submit, search & view case reports in all disciplines.  Contact the library for details on how to submit a case report.

BMJ Clinical Evidence
A  decision-support resource for evidence-based medicine.

Imperial College London resources available in the Library only

NHS library members can access a range of databases, e-journals, e-books and resources from PCs located in each of our libraries. To access these you will need a network login that can be set up when you join the library. These resources are not available outside the library.  Resources include:

  • Imperial College London e-journals 
    Imperial College London provides access to more than 58,000 e-journals from the PCs located in each of our libraries. To access these you will need a network login that can be set up when you join the library.
  • BMJ Best Practice
  • Web of Science
  • Scopus
  • UpToDate.  Some NHS Trust arrangements allow for off-site use - please ask your librarian for advice.

Useful free websites

Useful free websites

Evidence based medicine

The Cochrane Library
A group of databases providing a collection of regularly updated systematic reviews on clinical treatments and interventions, to aid health care decision making.

Netting the Evidence
A Google based search system related to the methodology of evidence-based medicine and evidence based practice. Currently it assesses 100 evaluated sites.

TRIP Database (Turning Research into Practice)
Designed to answer clinical queries using the principles of evidence-based medicine, the TRIP Database includes Cochrane reviews, Clinical Evidence, Bandolier and over 100 generalist and specialist peer reviewed journals as well as guidance, electronic books, patient information leaflets and images.

A database of Best Evidence Topics (BETs). BETs are designed to provide rapid evidence-based answers to clinical questions. These are peer reviewed in the same way as other literature, but can be accessed quickly without the need for a literature review where time is of the essence and the patient is waiting. Developed at Manchester Royal Infirmary, the BestBETs database covers several areas of medicine, including Psychiatry, Surgery, Emergency Medicine and Paediatrics.

Statistics and guidelines

National Statistics Online
Provided by the National Statistics office of the UK, includes statistics such as cancer survival and GP consultations as well as data on dental health.

Health and Safety Executive Statistics
Provides access to statistics on work-related ill-health, injuries, dangerous occurrences, enforcement and gas safety.

Hospital Episode Statistics (HES)
The national statistical data provider for England of the care provided by NHS hospitals and for NHS hospital patients treated elsewhere. HES is the data source for a wide range of healthcare analysis for the NHS, Government and many other organisations and individuals.

Reference tools

NHS Acronym buster
Contains 600 commonly used abbreviations and acronyms  in the NHS.

Critical appraisal resources

Critical appraisal resources are listed on our Medicine subject support web page.

Critical appraisal resources