Subject – Medicine

Key Resources for Medicine

Library Health Resources Blog

This page brings together hints and tips on using the library resources for your studies and research.

Each of the tabs above highlights a different set of key resources which you will find useful when searching for relevant literature and resources.

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.

eBooks for medicine 

ClinicalKey Student

An excellent resource of high-quality ebook textbooks and other titles – also includes images and videos. All the titles are medicine and health-related. You can search the full text of all the titles at once, add images to powerpoint slides, create flashcards and read the book in various fonts and colours once you Launch the Bookshelf. You can also have the book read to you using the audio button in Bookshelf function. Has a “Bookshelf” app where you can read offline on-the-go.

Fast Facts Series

A collection of more than 100 eBooks covering multiple topics across the field of medicine. Examples include: oncology, gynecology, endocrinology, chemotherapy and psychiatry.

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.

Health Research Premium Collection (HRPC)

Offers a broad collection of health care journals, books, evidence-based resources, videos and audio and full text dissertations.


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 a range of psychology-related 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.

Web of Science

Covers a broad range of sources and is particularly good for interdisciplinary searches. Offers citation searching.


Interactive Anatomical Images

Complete Anatomy

Detailed interactive 3D models of the human body (this link takes you to the download instructions for the app)


Drugs/Medicines information

British National Formulary (BNF)

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

British National Formulary for Children (BNFC)

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

DrugBank Online | Database for Drug and Drug Target Info

A free-to-access, online database. Combines drug (i.e. chemical, pharmacological and pharmaceutical) data with drug target (i.e. sequence, structure, and pathway) information.

Electronic Medicines Companion (EMC)

Information about medicines licensed for use in the UK

Medicines Complete 

Information on drugs and medicines used globally. Provides access to:

  • Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference
  • Stockley’s Drug Interactions
  • British National Formulary (BNF)
  • BNF for Children (BNFC)

To access: choose the Login via Shibboleth/ Open Athens option, search for University of Sunderland and then sign in with your University username and password.


Other Evidence-Based Resources (including summaries, reviews and guidelines)

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


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.

Books are authoritative, reliable resources and are very useful for background reading.

You can search for Books and eBooks using the Library Search tool on the Library’s homepage.

Using the Library Search tool to find books:

How do I search for a book in Library Search?

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

Books and eBooks Button Highlighted

You can search by:

A specific book title eg: Janeway’s immunobiology

An author name(s) eg: Murphy, K

Subject keyword(s) eg: immunology infection

Or a combination of these eg: Murphy immunology

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

How do I refine to eBooks only in Library Search?

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

You can search by author, title or subject (see examples in the “how do I find a book?” section above).

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

Filter to ebooks highlighted in library catalogue

eBook collections specifically for medicine:

ClinicalKey Student

An excellent resource of high-quality ebook textbooks and other titles – also includes images and videos.

Fast Facts Series

A collection of more than 100 eBooks covering multiple topics across the field of medicine. Examples include: oncology, gynecology, endocrinology, chemotherapy and psychiatry.

Finding eBooks in Library Search

Where books are located in Murray Library

Journal articles are authoritative resources and are particularly good for current and specialised research.

It is likely all the journal articles you will want will be available electronically. You can search for journal articles in thousands of journals at the same time using a database such as the Library Search 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?

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

  • Journal Article:  this filter will remove any books, newspaper or magazine articles and leave only Journal articles in the list.
  • Peer Reviewed: “peer review” is a quality-check undertaken by all reputable published before a piece of research is included in their journal. Two or more experts (or peers) in the same field as the research will review the research paper it to ensure the method, results and conclusions meet certain standards. The aim is to ensure the research published is of a high standard.
  • Publication Date: It is important that the research you use is up-to-date. You can input a date or use the slide tool.

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.

Have you found a reference for an article, but can’t locate the full text?

The video and quick-start guide below will show you the way to access the article if we have it in the library collection… if we don’t have it you can ask for an Inter-Library Loan and that information is also included.

For more details on Inter-Library Loans, or if you know want to request one now, go to the Library’s: Inter-Library Loans page

The web is a good place to find reports, conference materials, fact sheets, newsletters and policy documents.

Try websites of professional associations, government departments, and research bodies. Be vigilant when using the websites, think about it’s Content, Reliability, Accuracy, and Purpose.

Google Advanced Search

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

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 sync to the journal articles the University Libraries buys so the links show in your search results.


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.

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.

Watch to see how a Wikipedia prank ended up in a top peer-reviewed journal.

Referencing is a key skill in academia, citing ideas from authors you have read acknowledges their role in your understanding of the subject.

You’ll need to know which referencing style your School is using. You can usually find this in your course or module handbook. If you haven’t been given a specific reference style to use, the most important thing is to be consistent and not copy and paste from different sources directly into your final assignment, as they will likely be in different styles.

You can also use reference management software such as EndNote, Zotero or Mendeley. The University of Sunderland recommends Zotero.

Click on the + below for answers to the questions

Where can I get help referencing online?

The library subscribes to Cite Them Right which lists the main citing styles, such as Harvard, Vancouver and APA and gives you a step-by-step process showing how to cite. It also includes a ‘basics of referencing’ section.

cite them right homepage screenshot

Cite Them Right homepage screenshot

Where can I find books to help me with referencing?

The library has a range of books to help with referencing and avoiding plagiarism in both library buildings as well as eBooks for you to use online.  Search “referencing” in Library Search

four referencing book covers

How can I use database "cite" options to help me reference?

If you use a database such as Library Search, PubMed, MEDLINE or Google Scholar to find articles they will have an option to “cite” the article you’re looking at. Make sure you use the same tool and the same style each time to ensure your references are consistent.

How to use ClinicalKey to cite (1m 40 secs)

How to use Databases to cite (1m 41 secs) skip to:

PubMed 0:00 | Medline 0:25 secs | Library Search 0:50secs | Google Scholar 1m 18secs

How can I access 121 support for referencing and plagiarism?

You can book an appointment with a study skills advisor for advice on how to avoid plagiarism and how to reference. The appointment is for up to an hour.

We also offer daily Study Support drop-ins online via Library Talk live chat every week day:
Monday 11:30am – 1pm
Tuesday 3:30 – 4:30pm
Wednesday 3:30 – 4:30pm
Thursday 3:30 – 4:30pm
Friday 11:30am – 1pm
You can access up to 10 minutes of guidance at each online drop-in session. These are perfect for short Study Skills queries or referencing help.

Where can I found out more about Zotero referencing management software, and how to use it?

Visit this blog post to find out more. Medicine students can also access the quick-start guides and how-to video playlist in Canvas library pages in the “How to” section.

Zotero download homepage screenshot

If you decide to use a reference management software tool you still need to understand the mechanics of referencing to ensure you can spot any errors.

If you want to add images into PeerWise or other websites, please ensure you check copyright and Creative Commons information.

Medical-related images


Create professional-looking science figures using 1000s if pre-made icons and templates from more than 30 fields of life sciences. Sign up for free – no software to download. It is free for educational use with some caveats; check the website for details.

ClinicalKey Student

You can use images from all the books in ClinicalKey Student in your own presentations (not to be uploaded onto websites). You can also create PowerPoint slides in ClinicalKey Student this video shows how:

example of complete anatomy image

Complete Anatomy

Detailed interactive 3D models of the human body. Use for your own presentations only, not to be uploaded onto websites.

PHIL (Public Health Image Library)

Free, copyright cleared, images.

Servier Medical Art (SMart)

3000+ free medical images that you can use to illustrate your publications and Powerpoint presentations. All images are Creative Commons, but do check for details.

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 the “Images” radio button.

TV, Film and Video

Box of Broadcasts (BoB)

Person wearing headphones watching video content on a laptop

BoB homepage

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.


Complete Anatomy Icon
Person wearing headphones watching video content on a laptop

Additional resources that you may find helpful during your studies: newspapers, grey literature and PhD theses.

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 at the time.


Gives access to many contemporary news sources from around the world – find out more on this blog post.

Grey Literature

Grey literature is print and electronic documents produced by organisations such as governments, academics, business and industry. This blod points to come places to look for this type of material: Finding Grey Literature – University of Sunderland Library Blog

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)

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.