Subject – Medicine key resources

Key Resources for Medicine

You’ll find some essential resources to explore for Medicine in the sections below. Use these resources alongside your recommended reading from your tutors to extend your research into new areas.

Books and eBooks are authoritative and reliable resources and are particularly good for background reading. They are good for well established facts and information. New editions of textbooks are produced on a regular basis with updated information, graphics and data. You can search for Books and eBooks using the search tool on the Library’s homepage.

How do I search for a book?

To find Books and eBooks in the library go to the Library home page. Make sure the “Books and eBooks” button is selected.

You can search by:

A specific book title eg: Gray’s Anatomy for students

An author name(s) eg: preston wilson

Subject keyword(s) eg: immunology infection

Or a combination of these eg: preston immunology

Refine your search by using the Refining tool on the left of the screen to refine by date, location, etc.

To find eBooks under the Collection heading on the left of the screen, click on eBooks

How do I search for an eBook?

To find just the eBooks in the library go to the Library home page. Make sure the “Books and eBooks” button is selected.

You will need to search first by author, title or keyword.

To find eBooks under the Collection heading on the left of the screen, click on eBooks

Where will I find books on the shelves?

The majority of your books will be found at Murray Library

Here are some general shelf numbers for finding medical and related books in the library:

  • Biochemistry: 572
  • Biology: 574
  • Genetics: 576
  • Medical Ethics: 174.2
  • Medical Law: 344.42041
  • Medicine: 610-619
    • 611 Anatomy
    • 612 Physiology
    • 614 Public Health
    • 615 Drugs, Pharmacy
    • 616 Pathology, diseases, treatment
    • 618 Gynecology and Paediatrics
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Journals and eJournals are authoritative resources and are particularly good for more specialised information. New editions of journals hold more up-to-date information than books. They can be published on a weekly, monthly or quarterly basis. You can search for Journal articles across many titles at the same time using a database such as the search tool on the Library’s homepage.

How do I search for a journal article?

To find a journal article go to the library home page. Select the Journal Articles button under the search box, and then enter your keywords or a title of a journal article.

How can I ensure the articles are find are good quality research?

Use the Refine Results tool on the left of the screen to filter your search results. Here are some useful filters to experiment with:

Peer Reviewed filter. Peer review is a quality check for a piece of research work. Two or more experts (or peers) in the same field as the research review the work it to ensure the method, results and conclusions meet certain standards. The aim is to ensure research published within these journals is of a high standard. On the left side of the screen find Limit To then click on Peer reviewed

Reviews filter. A review article is a summary of the current understanding on a topic; it brings together previously published studies and collates them to find patterns in the research, rather than reporting new facts or analysis. On the left side of the screen find Sources then click on Show more and then Reviews.

Publication Date filter. It is important that the research you use is up-to-date. On the left side of the screen find Publication Date – you can input a date or use the slide tool.



What are Open Access journals?

Open Access (OA) journals contain research published in free-to-access journals. This means everyone can access these resources free of charge. There are some high-quality OA journals and the library search tool seamlessly links to these as well as the payed-for subscription content the library buys-in.

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To access online journals you will need to log on with your University of Sunderland username and password, this ensures that you will be able to access the article if we subscribe to it.

Databases contain journal articles and often other types of information such as book chapters and conference papers. They have usually specialised search functions so you can search very specifically for your topic.

The key websites below hold clinical evidence-based resources such as guidelines, systematic reviews and clinical summaries.

Databases containing medical-related Journal Articles


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


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.


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


Full text peer-reviewed articles published by American Psychological Association and affiliated journals.


Includes citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles. PubMed Online training (interactive tutorial)


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


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.


Clinical Images

Detailed interactive 3D models of the human body, online.


Drugs/Medicines information

British National Formulary (BNF)

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

British Pharmacopoeia

Comprehensive collection of authoritative official standards for UK pharmaceutical substances and medicinal products, updated annually. Help using British Pharmacopoeia

Medicines Complete (Only available on-campus)

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


Other Evidence-Based Resources

CKS (Clinical Knowledge Summaries)

Summary of current evidence and practical guidance on best practice in respect of over 300 common and/or significant primary care presentations. Managed by NICE.

Cochrane Library

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

Evidence Search

A single search box which searches resources provided by the NHS and other reputable organisations.

Guidelines International

This collection of guidelines is based in the US but includes English-language guidelines from around the world


Trip is a clinical search engine to help you find high-quality research evidence to support practice and/or care. It also searches other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.


NHS Library resources (via Open Athens) – including BMJ Best Practice

Medical students have access to NHS library resources via an NHS Open Athens Username and Password. For information on how to register go to

The web is a good place to find reports, conference materials, fact sheets, newsletters and policy documents. These can often be found on websites of professional associations, government departments, and research bodies.

Make your web search more accurate by using an advanced search, like Google’s advanced search.
Some examples of how Google’s Advanced Search options can help you refine your search:
site or domain search box – you can search one site or limit your results to a domain, use: for UK universities, for UK charities, for NHS webpages, for UK government websites
file type drop-down box – finds documents in a particular format, such as PDF, Powerpoint, Excel or Word documents.

Google Scholar

You can choose to use Google Scholar to search for journal articles. We recommend using the Library search tool for searching journal articles as our refining tools are much more sophisticated than Google’s, but if you do want to use Google Scholar here’s a video on how to get the Library content linked into the site.


Wikipedia is useful for background reading and finding additional keywords that can help you find more reliable and cite-able resources in our library search tool. However, never cite information taken directly from a Wikipedia page in your work. 

Always find the original article/source and read the context before deciding to include the information in your assignment. Use the references section at the bottom of the Wikipedia page to help you find the original source.

Anatomy TV

Detailed interactive 3D models of the human body, online.

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

On-demand TV & Radio streaming service containing 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.

Log in with your university ID and password, and enter your email address and name (one time only) to create an account within BoB. Due to licensing restrictions, BoB can only be used in the United Kingdom.

PHIL (Public Health Image Library)

Free, copyright cleared, images.

Wellcome images

Contains thousands of freely licensed digital books, artworks, photos and images of historical library materials and museum objects. To limit to images select “Pictures” after searching.

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PhD theses can be useful sources of specialised information not published elsewhere. Most universities have a Repository, University of Sunderland’s repository is called SURE. Find theses from other universities via EThOS (UK) or PQDT Open (Worldwide).

SURE (Sunderland Repository)
Search research produced 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 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.

Conference papers are the text of a presentation from a conference or seminar. They are usually current or ongoing research and may include new and emerging topics in the subject. They are useful when you are doing a comprehensive search to review a subject. Conclusions in conference papers can sometimes be preliminary. Conference papers are sometimes compiled into conference proceedings from a particular conference.

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.


Find conferences to attend

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

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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 News 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.

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