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: 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
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
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.
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.
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.
Covers a broad range of sources and is particularly good for interdisciplinary searches. Offers citation searching.
Interactive Anatomical Images
Detailed interactive 3D models of the human body (this link takes you to the download instructions for the app)
Up-to-date guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines.
Provides information on drugs and medicines used globally. Also provides access to Martindale’s Complete Drug Reference
Other Evidence-Based Resources (including summaries, reviews and guidelines)
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.
Contains independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making including systematic reviews abstracts and individual clinical trials. Help searching Cochrane library
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.
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.
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.
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.
Detailed interactive 3D models of the human body.
Free, copyright cleared, images.
3000+ free medical images that you can use to illustrate your publications and Powerpoint presentations. All images are Creative Commons.
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.
TV, Film and Video
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.
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).
Search research produced by University of Sunderland staff.
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.