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.
Databases are online searchable collections providing access to a range of information including journal articles. Some databases will link to the full text of articles, others will only provide the reference.
Please see the Online Literature Searching page for advice about searching the databases.
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.
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.
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
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
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.
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.
BACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
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.
StudentMidwife.net RCM's student midwife site
Operating Department Practitioners
Resuscitation Council For guidelines, information and documents
Growth House Guide Death, dying, grief and bereavement gateway site
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.
BMA British Medical Association
National Primary Care Research and Development Centre Resources and links for Primary Care