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We can help you with general enquiries, information about library services and resources, finding books, journals, reports, guidelines and statistics.

We can also offer advice on searching for information including tips to improve your search strategies and the best resources for your enquiry.

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Access to most online journals requires an OpenAthens username and password. Register for OpenAthens (please use an NHS email address). All Trust staff are entitled to an OpenAthens account, as are students for the duration of their placement.

Knowledge & Library Hub

Begin your search on the Knowledge & Library Hub. If you know which article you want, you can search the whole title (use Title from the drop-down menu). If you are looking for various articles on a topic, you can do a keyword search.

The Hub is also a launchpad for many other resources. You will be able to access:

  • Medline
  • PsycINFO
  • ClinicalKey
  • NICE Guidelines
  • DynaMed
  • BMJ Best Practice
  • and more

LibKey Nomad

LibKey Nomad is a browser extension that gives you one-click access to content we subscribe to. It works on publisher pages, PubMed, Google Scholar and other sites. It also works with Open Access.  Select Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust as your subscribing institution. Click here to download LibKey Nomad, if it’s not already on your browser.

University of Sheffield online journals

Consultants and trainees in a ‘run through’ paediatric post working for Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust are eligible for an honorary contract with The University of Sheffield and can then access their electronic resources via MUSE. Complete a registration form to request honorary access. Visit StarPlus for details of the electronic resources available.

Find journals

Click to view all our journals. You will be able to see what we have full text access to, and to request articles that we don’t subscribe to. You can search by journal title or browse different collections.

We have subscriptions to the following journals, which can all be accessed through OpenAthens:

  • Acta Paediatrica
  • Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology
  • JAMA Pediatrics
  • Journal of Pediatric Gastroenterology & Nutrition
  • Journal of Pediatric Orthopaedics
  • Journal of Pediatric Surgery
  • Journal of Pediatrics
  • Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Lancet Child & Adolescent Health
  • New England Journal of Medicine
  • Pediatric Clinics of North America
  • Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
  • Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
  • Pediatrics

We also have full text access to thousands more journals through our subscriptions to ClinicalKey, Medline Complete and CINAHL Complete.

Evidence resources

Resources that require an NHS OpenAthens account are marked with an asterisk. The resources without an asterisk are freely available.

Healthcare databases

AMED (1985 to present)*
The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED) is a unique bibliographic database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library. It covers a selection of journals in complementary medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine.

BNI (1985 to present)*
The British Nursing Index (BNI) is a bibliographic database that indexes articles from the most popular English language nursing journals published primarily in the UK. BNI is a comprehensive index covering all aspects of nursing, midwifery and community healthcare and is updated monthly.

CINAHL (1981 to present)*
The CINAHL database is a comprehensive and authoritative source of information for nurses, allied health professionals, and others interested in health care.

EMBASE (1980 to present)*
EMBASE is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database indexing over 3,500 international journals in a variety of fields including drug research, pharmacology, toxicology, health policy and management, public health, occupational health and psychiatry.

EMCARE is a bibliographic database drawn from more than 2,700 international source titles and includes close to 2 million records from the nursing, allied health and biomedical literature.

The Health Management Information Consortium database is a compilation of data from two sources, the Department of Health’s Library and Information Services and King’s Fund Information and Library Service.

MEDLINE (1950 to present)*
MEDLINE is a vast source of medical information, covering the whole field of medicine including dentistry, veterinary medicine and medical psychology.

PsycINFO (1806 to present)*
This database provides extensive international coverage of the literature on psychology and allied fields. It covers psychological practice and research as well as the related clinical, social and biological disciplines.

Additional resources

A searchable database of evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, with details of courses and teaching material.

BMJ Best Practice*
A point of care tool from BMJ Evidence Centre designed to support clinicians in their decision making from diagnosis to treatment.

British National Formulary (BNF/BNFC)*
Enables users to browse and search full content from BNF, receive notifications when new editions and updates are available, bookmark content and even choose their preferred reading settings. Once downloaded, the app can be run without an internet connection meaning that professionals can access the BNF wherever they are.


ClinicalKey supports healthcare professionals with the latest evidence across specialties in a variety of formats, including full-text reference books and journals, point-of-care monographs, drug information, videos, practice guidelines, customized patient education handouts and more.

Cochrane Databases
Consists of several databases and a search includes all of them. Results are displayed for each database and the most appropriate ones for systematic reviews are: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, DARE (other reviews) and Health Technology Assessment Database.

Current Controlled Trials
A meta-register that contains records from more than 20 registers in the UK and US, including the NHS Trusts Clinical Trials Register and the UK Clinical Trials Gateway. There are also links to registers not included in the meta-register that need to be searched individually.


A clinical decision support tool which includes current and accurate, evidence-based content for practicing clinicians, as well as drug interaction information and calculators.

Maudsley Prescribing Guidelines*

An evidence-based handbook on the safe and effective prescribing of psychotropic agents. Covering both common and complex prescribing situations encountered in day-to-day clinical practice, this comprehensive resource provides expert guidance on drug choice, minimum and maximum doses, adverse effects, switching medications, prescribing for special patient groups, and more.

NICE Clinical Knowledge Summaries
Provides evidence based information combined with practical recommendations about commonly encountered conditions, aimed at professionals working in primary care.

NICE Guidance

NICE guidelines make evidence-based recommendations on a wide range of topics, from preventing and managing specific conditions, improving health and managing medicines in different settings, to providing social care to adults and children, and planning broader services and interventions to improve the health of communities.

NICE Pathways
NICE Pathways visually represent all of NICE’s recommendations on a topic, and give access to the products that NICE has produced to support implementation of its guidance.

Contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy. Trials have been critically appraised and rated to assist evaluation of their validity and interpretability. These ratings help you judge the quality and usefulness of trials for informing clinical interventions.

Provides details of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. Most trials have been rated for quality to aid identification of meaningful evidence.

Royal Marsden Manual of Clinical and Cancer Nursing Procedures*

Clinical nurse experts from one of the UK’s leading centres of expertise have brought together all the latest clinical evidence nurses need. Includes over 350 evidence-based clinical procedures related to every aspect of care, from handwashing to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

Social Care Online
Provides UK information on government and social policy, mental health care, families, children and young people and social work. No password is required to access Social Care Online.

Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET) is a cluster of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas. No password is required to access TOXNET.

Trip database
Medical search engine with emphasis on evidence based medicine (EBM) and clinical guidelines and queries, including content from Cochrane and Bandolier.

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