Nursing and Midwifery resources

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Primary resources

The authors of the articles are reporting on a piece of research that they have conducted.

AMED (Allied & Complementary Medicine Database) - EBSCO
Database of references to journal articles in alternative/complementary medicine and therapies.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text - EBSCO
Database of references to journal articles in nursing and allied healthcare professions.

Maternity & Infant Care Database (MIDIRS) - Ovid
MIDIRS assists the maternity health care professional through articles and updates on current midwifery, medical and social research.

Contains millions of references for articles in many current biomedical journals.

Find references for journal articles, book chapters and dissertations in the field of psychology, psychiatry, behavioural science & mental health.

Web of Science - Clarivate
Includes the Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Conference Proceedings, access to Journal Citation Reports and Book Citation Index.

Secondary resources

The authors of the articles have gathered and analysed the reports of several pieces of research to produce a summary of the evidence on a topic.

Cochrane Library
Database of systematic reviews, clinical trials and other evidence-based material.

Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database
Database of evidence-based nursing literature.

Social Sciences Databases

ASSIA (Applied Social Science Index & Abstracts) - Proquest
General health information; particularly suitable for health psychology / health sociology topics.

Social Services Abstracts - ProQuest
Focuses on social work, human services and related areas including social welfare, social policy and community development.

Sociological Abstracts - ProQuest
Covers international literature of sociology, social work and related disciplines.

Education Databases

Best Evidence Medical and Health Professional Education
Reviews and supporting information from BEME.

British Education Index (BEI) - EBSCO
References relating to research, policy and practice in education and training in the UK

ERIC (Educational Resources Information Centre) - ProQuest
This database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to education-related literature.

Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy
Features nearly 330 videos of real human anatomic specimens in their natural colour. 

Childbirth Connection
Evidence-based Healthcare resources for Health Professionals.

Contains comprehensive information to help people manage their health and care online.

Sports Medicine & Education Index - Proquest
References for all aspects of health, fitness and physical education.

Spotting the Sick Child
Interactive tool commissioned by the Department of Health and Health Education England to support health professionals in the assessment of the acutely sick child.

Clinical Search Tool providing access to high quality clinical evidence.

Virginia Henderson Global Nursing e-Repository
A global digital service that collects, preserves and shares nursing research and evidence-based practice materials.

NHS online resources
If your course features clinical work in the NHS, you are also eligible to access the NHS core national content collection. This includes a range of healthcare databases such as EMBASE, electronic journals and BMJ Best Practice and the discovery service Knowledge and Library Hub (which replaces Healthcare Databases Advance Search- HDAS). (N.B. you will need to access these resources using an incognito window)

You will need an HEI NHS OpenAthens account to access these resources. Request this from:

Log in to the platform you need using your HEI NHS OpenAthens account (e.g. OVID for EMBASE), then select the database to start searching. When prompted for an Institution, select NHS in England

eLearning for Healthcare
For access to eLearning for Healthcare, please register for an account with your Keele email address.

Use Library Search to search for both print and ebooks for your studies.

Medicines Complete - Royal Pharmaceutical Press
Includes current editions of: BNF; BNF for Children; Clarke's Analysis of Drugs & Poisons; Drug Administration via Enteral Feeding Tubes; Handbook on Injectable Drugs; Herbal Medicines; Injectable Drugs Guide; Martindale’s; Palliative Care Formulary; Pharmaceutical Expedients & Stockley’s Drug Interactions.

All available journals both print and electronic, and including those at the Health Library, are listed on Library Search.
Use Library Search to find print or ejournals by title (e.g. The Lancet) or to find a particular article from a journal.
To find relevant articles on a topic, search the appropriate databases. See sections below for information on databases.

Training and tools

Training at the Health Library
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Information Skills eTutorials
Further develop your information skills to support evidence-based practice, CPD, revalidation and patient care

A list of mobile-friendly resources that you might find useful is available - Mobile Essentials for Keele

Information Literacy Support
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  • succeed on your course
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