Health Sciences

Your subject page provides links to key subject resources available in the library and online, accessible both on and off campus, guides about using information for your studies and links to additional resources. 

Subject Resources

Reading Lists

The simplest and quickest way to find good quality academic reading relevant to your lectures and assignments is to search for the online reading list. Lists link directly to ebooks and articles in ejournals.  


Subject databases are online searchable collections providing access to a range of information including journal articles, newspapers and trade papers. Some databases will link to the full text of articles, others will only provide the reference.  

Please see your Information Skills Librarian for advice about searching the databases.

Journals and eJournals (electronic journals)

Journals and eJournals are available in print or online and are published frequently, i.e. monthly, quarterly. Journals can be peer reviewed: read by other experts in the field prior to publication. Search the catalogue or eJournals to find journal titles or Summon and the databases to find articles. Print journals are available on Level 2.

eBooks (electronic books)

eBooks allow you to access textbooks online either in subject areas or larger collections.

For dictionaries try Credo Reference.


Useful web links

NHS Evidence A key web portal to search Health resources and specialist colllections. Students on placement and NHS staff can register for an NHS Athens account here

Department of Health News, information, some full text reports, statistics, annual reports

Health on the Net offers news, conference papers, links to other sites and Medline searching.

NHS Centre for Reviews & Dissemination

NMC The Nursing and Midwifery Council is an organisation set up by Parliament. The website delivers news, press statements, info on publications, free advice and more.

The Visible Human Anatomically detailed, 3-D representations of the normal male and female human bodies.

World health Organisation (WHO) Publications and links.

Opengrey 700,000 references of grey literature produced in Europe 

Cancer Nursing

British Association of Head and Neck Oncology Nurses

Cancer Research UK

Macmillan Cancer Relief Includes information and links to Macmillan Nurses

National Cancer Institutes Bibliographic Database

NHS Cancer screening programmes

UK Prostate Link Quality assessed information about prostate cancer

Evidence Based Practice

Bandolier A monthly journal produced in Oxford for the NHS R & D Directorate.

Centre for Evidence Based Medicine Contains the EBM Toolbox a collection of useful analytical tools for Evidence Based Medicine and teaching materials including scenarios, worksheets to support the teaching of evidence based medicine. Also includes the EBM Glossary.

Clinical Evidence From the BMJ Publishing Group, Clinical Evidence is the international source of the best available evidence for effective health care. It promotes informed decision making by summarising what's known -- and not known -- about the treatment and prevention of nearly 200 medical conditions.

NICE - National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence Best practice, audit and guidelines

TripDatabase From Centre for Research Support, University of Wales College of Medicine

Health Statistics

Department of Health Statistics  

National Centre for Social Research

Office for National Statistics The latest comprehensive range of official UK statistics and information about statistics. Free access to a selection of recently released publications.

The General Register Office for Scotland

World Health Organisation Regional Office for Europe - Information sources

Global Health Observatory Health and health-related statistical information. Includes AIDS/HIV, disease, immunisation, injury, life expectancy, mortality, population.

Mental Health

BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)

British Psychological Society

Depression Alliance "The leading UK charity for people affected by depression". Symptoms, treatments, getting help and survival guide

Mental Health Foundation For information, reports and publications

MIND The mental health charity - information and links

PsychNet-UK Mental health and psychology directory

Rethink For those with severe mental illness

Royal College of Psychiatrists A great deal of useful information including many online articles

Sainsbury Centre for Mental Health Information

Sane Campaigns for an end to stigma surrounding mental illness

Scottish Association of Mental Health Reports and Information

UKCP - UK Council for Psychotherapy


Association for Postnatal Illness Information and Newsletter

Family Planning Association For information on contraception and sexual health. Use 'I need help now'

FertilityUK National fertility awareness service for the UK. Provides comprehensive and objective information to the general public and health professionals on all aspects of fertility awareness.

International Planned Parenthood Federation The International Planned Parenthood Federation (IPPF) links national Family Planning Associations in over 150 countries . The site includes documents and access to e-journals

Midwifery Today Electronic journal and information

Royal College of Midwives Includes information about RCM, the RCM Library and other midwifery links

Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology For guideleines, good medical practice and clinical governance

Safe Motherhood UNICEF site to promote safe motherhood by helping build mother-friendly societies. tells you The UNICEF site has some good information on such topics as AIDS, education, facts and figures on the world's children and child labour. RCM's student midwife site

Operating Department Practitioners

Association for Perioperative Practice

Resuscitation Council For guidelines, information and documents

Palliative Care

Growth House Guide Death, dying, grief and bereavement gateway site

National Council for Palliative Care

Paramedic Practice

Association of Paediatric Emergency Medicine (APEM) Charitable organisation affiliated to the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health. Website provides information for health care professionals.

College of Paramedics

The Resuscitation Council (UK)

Primary Care

BMA British Medical Association

National Primary Care Research and Development Centre Resources and links for Primary Care

Faculty Library Support

Karen Gravett - Information Skills Librarian
Gill Downham - Information Skills Librarian
Ellie Roberts - Faculty Engagement Librarian
Contact Us - Students Contact Us - Academics

Guide to Shelfmarks

Nursing (general) 610.73
Anatomy and physiology 611 and 612
Children's nursing 610.7362 or 618.92
Clinical nursing 610.73 or 616.083
Community nursing 610.7343
Counselling and helping 361.06
Ethics 174.2
Health assessment 616.075
Health promotion 613.071
Mental health nursing 616.890231 or 610.7368
Midwifery 618
Operating Departmental Practice 617
Research 610.73072
Social care 362

Distance and Placement students

Additional help is available to assist students on placement with unexpected information needs. For example, where the NHS Libraries do not have sufficient journal access, requests can be submitted for articles available from the University Library. Please note this service is not available to students based at Royal Surrey County Hospital.

Remember, in cases of difficulty accessing resources while on placement do feel free to contact Ellie Roberts, Faculty Engagement Librarian who will be able to advise you on what help is available.

The University Library stocks books and journals to support of your course. Before you go on placement be sure you gather any printed books and articles you need for assessments and know how to renew your books:

1. By phone to the Support Hub 01483 689235
2. Via the online Library catalogue (university number and PIN required)

Book Loans from the University Library

The My Account option on the catalogue provides information about your own use of the library. You need to enter your university number and your PIN number. 

Ensure you collect your PIN number from the Support Hub, or by emailing: BEFORE you go on placement. 

You can renew your books this way but remember that fines are automatically charged on overdue loans.

Renewal Tips :

  • Set yourself a regular renewals day and use the My Account option to check and renew your books.
  • It is a good idea to renew your books 2-3 days before they are due to give yourself time to return any that cannot be renewed. Remember that reserved books cannot be renewed.
  • You can renew books before they are due back. The new date is counted from the day you renew. You can renew books with no limit on the number of renewals provided that the item is not reserved and your account is not blocked.
  • The fines on Short Loan books are large, so make sure that you will be able to return any Short Loan books within the loan period, should renewal not be possible.
  • When renewing a book, write the new due date on the date label at the front of the book. This will act as a reminder of when the book is now due.
  • Once your books are overdue, or if you have any fine outstanding, you will be unable to renew books yourself using the My Account. Contact the Support Hub.
  • Remember that you are responsible for any fines on your borrower record and for the return of all books issued to your card.
  • More advice about Avoiding Fines available here

Trust Libraries

Computers with Internet access are available in all the NHS Trust libraries.

There may be times during your course when you find it difficult to access the collections at the University Library. The University Library has negotiated Service Level Agreements with local Trust Libraries to allow you access to their collections. The following sets out the services you can expect:

Ashford and St Peter's Hospitals NHS Trust

Opening hours:

Ashford Hospital
Monday - Friday 0900 - 1700

St. Peter's Hospital
Monday - Friday 0900 - 1700

Services available:

Book and document loans
Reference access to journals
Study facilities
Photocopying facilities
Interlibrary loan service for items in the South Thames Region
Access to computers for literature searching and Microsoft Applications (Word, Excel, Access, Powerpoint)
Out of Hours Access

Frimley Park Hospital NHS Trust

Opening hours:

Health Sciences Library, Monday - Thursday 9am - 6pm, Friday 9am - 5pm

Services available:

Book loans
Study space
Reference access to journals
Photocopying facilities
Access to computers for literature searching


Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Trust

Opening hours:

Library, RSCH, Mon - Fri 9am - 5pm

Services available:

Book loans
Study space
Reference access to journals
Photocopying facilities
Access to computers for literature searching

Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

Opening hours :

East Surrey
Tues. & Wed. 9am - 7pm, Mon., Thurs., Fri. 9am - 5pm

Mon. - Fri. 9am - 5pm

Services available:

Book loans
Reference access to journals
Study space
Photocopying facilities
Interlibrary loan service for items in the South Thames Region
Access to computers for literature searching, word processing, Internet


Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust (Chichester)

Opening hours:

Dunhill Library, St Richard's Hospital

Monday to Friday - 9am to 6pm

Services available:

Book loans
Reference access to journals
Study space
Photocopying facilities
Interlibrary loans for items in the South Thames region
Access to computers for literature searching

Where we are

University Library, George Edwards Building,  University of Surrey,  Guildford,  Surrey GU2 7XH,  United Kingdom T: +44 (0)1483 689235 F: +44 (0)1483 689500

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