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Key Resources for Health Sciences and Wellbeing

There are many different resources available to help you with your wider reading and research. You’ll find some essential resources to explore for Health Sciences and Wellbeing in the sections below.

If you want to find the best academic resources for research and to inspire your practice, this page is a great place to start. Use these resources alongside your recommended reading from your tutors to extend your research into new areas.

Books & eBooks

Books and eBooks in the collection reflect titles on your My Module Resources lists but also offer titles for wider reading. For wider reading you can use the Library Catalogue to search for specific titles, author names or keywords. The majority of the books you’ll need for Health Sciences and Wellbeing subjects can be found at Murray Library. If you want to keep up to date with new stock arriving in the library then check out our new books list. It is updated monthly with details of new books that have been purchased for all subjects within the Faculty of Health Sciences and Wellbeing.

All books and eBooks available at Sunderland are listed on the Library Catalogue. You can search by title, author or keyword.

Search for books on the Library Catalogue (via the library web page)

Video: Searching for eBooks

Academic Journals

The Library subscribes to journals chosen by the Faculty that you can access in print and online.

The most effective way of searching is to use Discover so that you can search across all available sources.

Start your search at the library web page. Enter your title or keywords into the library search box and choose the ‘Journal Articles’ button. You will be taken to Discover where you can review and filter your results.

Video: Searching for journal articles

Some quality academic research is published in free to access journals, known as Open Access journals. You can find many of these in your subject area from the Directory of Open Access Journals and MDPI Open Access.

Resources for your subject

Although we recommend you begin your search on Discover via the library home page, you may wish to continue your search using some other resources. The Library subscribes to many databases containing information relevant to specific subject areas.

To access a specific database use the Databases A-Z link on the library homepage. The core resources for your subjects are listed here.

Environmental Science

British Standards Online

The University of Sunderland subscribes to British Standards Online where you can download standards such as:

BS 7982:2001 Guidance on the environmental impact of large-scale fires involving plastics materials
PD 6900:2015 Environmental impact assessment for offshore renewable energy projects. Guide
BS EN ISO 14040:2006 Environmental management. Life cycle assessment. Principles and framework

How to access British Standards

On the Library web page, click on ‘Databases A-Z’ and find British Standards in the alphabetical list. When you click on it, you will be asked to login if you’re off campus. Once you’re logged in you can search by number (e.g. BS 7982:2001), browse standards by subject, or you could try searching for a keyword such as ‘life cycle assessment’.

GreenFILE
This database focuses on all aspects of human impact to the environment. Its collection of scholarly, government and general-interest titles includes content on global warming, green building, pollution, sustainable agriculture, renewable energy, recycling, and more. The database provides indexing and abstracts for more than 384,000 records, as well as Open Access full text for more than 4,700 records.

Science Direct
Full text access to journals across a number of disciplines including Environmental Science. Topics include waste management, pollution, management, monitoring, policy and law.

Biomedical Science

MEDLINE

MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains more than 25 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine

PubMed Central

Includes citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles.

PubMed Online training (interactive tutorial)

Reaxys

Use Reaxys to search the world’s most extensive collection of organic and inorganic chemistry data. Designed to support the full range of chemistry research, including pharmaceutical development, the chemicals industry and academic research.

View a video tutorial to get started with using Reaxys

ScienceDirect

A full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters covering physical sciences, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

Sport & Exercise Science

SPORTDiscus

This database is the premier source of literature for sports and sports medicine journals, providing full-text content from many well-known and respected sources. SPORTDiscus with Full Text provides extensive coverage in the areas of fitness, health and sport studies.

Nursing & Allied Health

CINAHL

A comprehensive source of full text for nursing & allied health journals.

Cochrane Library

Contains independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making including systematic reviews abstracts and individual clinical trials.

ScienceDirect

A full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters covering physical sciences, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.

Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

British National Formulary (BNF)

Up-to-date guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines.

British Pharmacopoeia

Updated annually, the British Pharmacopoeia (BP) is the only comprehensive collection of authoritative official standards for UK pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products. All monographs and requirements of the European Pharmacopoeia (Ph. Eur.) are reproduced in the BP, making the BP a convenient and fully comprehensive set of standards that can be used across Europe and beyond. Access British Pharmacopoeia via the Library Catalogue.

Embase

Contains bibliographic records from biomedical articles in peer reviewed journals covering drug and pharmaceutical research. If you are off campus simply click the link for Institutional Login then select University of Sunderland from the drop down list. You will be prompted to enter your University ID and password.

Medicines Complete

Provides information on drugs and medicines used globally. Also provides access to Martindales Complete Drug Reference

MEDLINE

MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine® (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains more than 25 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine

Pubmed Central

Includes citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles.

PubMed Online training (interactive tutorial)

Reaxys

Use Reaxys to search the world’s most extensive collection of organic and inorganic chemistry data. Designed to support the full range of chemistry research, including pharmaceutical development, the chemicals industry and academic research.

View a video tutorial to get started with using Reaxys

Useful Websites

A lot of information is freely available online from the websites of professional associations, government departments, and research bodies. This includes research reports, professional practice, and current news. Some of the authoritative sources of online information for your subject are listed below.

Environmental Science

Climate Science

Peer reviewed and regularly updated, Oxford Research Encyclopedia of Climate Science is a free resource which provides articles written by experts.

Gov.uk (Environment and Countryside)

Official government web site. Topics covered include recycling and waste management where you will find information on all elements of environment including preventing air pollution, hazardous waste etc.

FAOLEX Database

Maintained by the UNs Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO), FAOLEX is a comprehensive and up-to-date legislative and policy database, one of the world’s largest electronic collection of national laws, regulations and policies on food, agriculture and natural resources management. Users of FAOLEX have direct access to the abstracts and indexing information about each text, as well as to the full text of the legislation and policies contained in the database.

Biomedical Science

Health and Care Professions Council

Regulate biomedical scientists, clinical scientists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, paramedics, radiographers and social workers in England.

Royal Society of Chemistry

The UK’s professional body for chemical scientists.

Sport & Exercise Science

UK Sport

UK Sport (UKSP) supports Britain’s best Olympic and Paralympic sports and athletes, co-ordinating the bids for and staging of major international sporting events in the UK. It invests around £100 million each year in high performance sport.

Sport England

Sport England (SE) helps people and communities across the country get a sporting habit for life. It also protects existing sports provision and must be consulted on any planning applications that affect playing fields in England.

UK Anti-Doping

UK Anti-Doping (UKAD) implements and manages anti-doping policy in the UK. It works with athletes and national sports bodies to ensure compliance with the World Anti-Doping (WADA) Code.

UKSP, SE and UKAD are executive non-departmental public bodies, sponsored by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport.

Nursing & Allied Health

Centre for Mental Health

The UK’s leading authority on mental health research.

Choices – Your health, your choices National health Services

NHS Choices is the UK’s biggest health website which gives users the opportunity to find what policies and processes govern NHS Choices.

Department of Health

Lead, shape and fund health and care in England, making sure people have the support, care and treatment they need, with the compassion, respect and dignity they deserve.

e-Learning for Healthcare

e-Learning for Healthcare (e-LfH) is a Health Education England (HEE) Programme working in partnership with the NHS and professional bodies to support patient care by providing e-learning to educate and train the health and social care workforce.

Health and Care Professions Council

Regulate biomedical scientists, clinical scientists, dietitians, occupational therapists, operating department practitioners, paramedics, radiographers and social workers in England.

Public Health England

Public Health England (PHE) exists to protect and improve the nation’s health and wellbeing, and reduce health inequalities.

PHE is an executive agency, sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care.

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

Aims to improve health and social care through evidence based practice with guidance, advice, quality standards and information services for health, public health and social care.

The UK’s Faculty of Public Health

The standard setting body for specialists in public health in the United Kingdom.

Pharmacy & Pharmaceutical Sciences

General Pharmaceutical Council

The regulator for pharmacists, pharmacy technicians and registered pharmacy premises in England, Scotland and Wales.

Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

Regulates medicines, medical devices and blood components for transfusion in the UK.

NHS Commissioning – Pharmacy

These webpages detail influence on the local government’s new public health role including information on health, adult social care and ageing.

Pharmaceutical Services Negotiating Committee

Framework to help support community pharmacies to meet local need, improving the health and wellbeing of the local population and helping to reduce health inequalities.

Royal Pharmaceutical Society

The professional membership body for pharmacists and pharmacy in Great Britain and an internationally renowned publisher of medicines information.

Royal Society of Chemistry

The UK’s professional body for chemical scientists.

TV & Radio – Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

Box of Broadcasts (BoB) is an on-demand TV & Radio streaming service for education and research. It contains over 2 million broadcasts from over 65 free-to-air channels including BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and more.  You can find a complete list of channels here.

As well as giving stable, legal access to broadcast content, BoB offers some exciting features for teaching and learning.

  • Links to broadcasts or clips can be embedded into presentations, or embedded into Canvas.
  • Advanced search: It’s possible to search BoB by subject or program as well as by date e.g. it’s possible to see everything broadcast from a date in time.
  • Clips and notes: You can use slider bars on a broadcast to create clips and write annotations on those clips. It’s possible to put these clips into a compilation. No extra software is needed.
  • Playlists: Tutors can create playlists, with annotations, and make these available publicly, to a cohort, or keep them private in a workspace. There are over 80,000 publicly available playlists, and it’s possible to search these by curator, keyword, or institution. Playlists can include programmes, individual broadcasts, clips or clip compilations
  • Transcripts: BoB also offers transcripts, which would be helpful for accessibility, language comprehension, and quoting for essays. Transcripts are fully searchable by keyword

You need to log in with your university ID and password, and then enter your email address and name (one time only) to create an account within BoB. It should work in all internet browsers, but Chrome seems to be working the best at the moment. Due to licensing restrictions, BoB can only be used in the United Kingdom.

Person wearing headphones watching video content on a laptop

Theses (PhDs, Professional Doctorates, etc.)

PhD theses can be useful sources of unpublished information. University of Sunderland theses are added to the Sunderland Repository. You may find theses from other universities via EThOS or PQDT Open.

SURE (Sunderland Repository)
Search research written by University of Sunderland staff.

EThOS (e-theses online service) –  from the British Library
EThOS is the UK’s national thesis service with approximately 400,000 records relating to theses awarded by over 120 institutions. Around 160,000 of these also provide access to the full text.

PQDT Open
PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses free of charge where the author has opted to publish as open access. This includes international Universities

Conferences and Conference Proceedings

Find conferences to attend

Conference Alerts indexes many academic conferences. Browse by topic or by country.

Find Conference Proceedings

Zetoc is a British Library service which indexes over 100,000 conference proceedings.

Some conference proceedings may be available on Google Scholar.

Newspapers

Newspapers can be useful as both primary and secondary sources of information. As well as providing commentary on events newspaper articles can provide insight on how the public viewed an event or incident

The LexisLibrary database contains full-text UK regional, national and broadsheet newspapers.  Coverage goes back as far as January 1982 to the present day for some titles, although this varies by publication.

Access LexisLibrary via Databases A-Z

Help using LexisLibrary

Legal Information

University of Sunderland subscribes to two key legal databases – Lexis Library and Westlaw – where you can find legislation, case law and journal articles related to your subject.

Find Lexis Library or Westlaw in the Database A-Z list

UK Legislation is also published on http://www.legislation.gov.uk

Need to know more about the Library’s key resources for Law? Take a look at our subject guide for Law.

EU Legal information for Environmental Science

European Court of Justice Rulings on Environment
Case law

EEL: European Environmental Law Network
Free resource maintained by the Asser Institute providing case law, dossiers, a news service and more.