Subject – Medicine

Key Resources for Medicine

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

Browse through the tabs above, each one highlights a different set of key resources within medicine 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.

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

eBooks for medicine 


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


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.

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

Evidence Search

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


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 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.

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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.

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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 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

Filter to ebooks highlighted in library catalogue

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: 610-618
    • 610 Medical dictionaries, encyclopaedias, research and history
    • 611 Human Anatomy
    • 612 Physiology
    • 614 Public Health
    • 615 Drugs, Pharmacy
    • 616 Pathology, diseases, treatment
    • 617 Surgery
    • 618 Gynecology and Paediatrics

Finding and accessing eBooks

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 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:

Journal Article filter.  This filter will remove any books, newspaper or magazine articles and leave only Journal articles in the list. To filter by Journal Article go to the left side of the screen find Source types then click on Academic Journals

Peer Reviewed filter. Peer review is a quality check for a piece of research. 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. To filter by peer review go to the left side of the screen find Limit To then click on Peer reviewed

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.

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.

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. Be vigilant when using the web for researching for your assignments and think about it’s Content, Accuracy, Reliability 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.


If you want to add images on 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.

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)

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.

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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)

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 topic. 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


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