When writing your coursework you should use a range of academic sources, including national guidelines, books and journal articles. These can be supplemented by materials found on websites.
You can find books and e-books held by the University Library using the Enterprise search box below.
You can find the journals, and articles, held by the University Library use the Summon search box also below. Use these in combination with the journals you may be able to access through your employer using an NHS Athens logon.
You also have access to a range of databases that will support you in your studies, including literature searching and meta-analyses. You can access the key databases using the links below.
It is important that you use reputable and reliable websites. The information at the bottom of this page on the left and the right provides guidance on how to identify reliable sources of information on the internet.
To find books on a topic search the Library catalogue Enterprise using the search box below, or via the Library homepage. The catalogue will show you both printed and e-books materials.
When searching for books you will need to keep your search quite general, as you will usually just be searching book titles and not the contents eg if you were searching for cheese manufacture you could also try searching for "dairy processing", as books with that title will often have a chapter on cheese.
For information on borrowing books see the section on Library resources.
There are a number of sources you can use to find journal articles.
Summon (use the search box below) - is an excellent starting point as this searches across all our online sources, so you should be able to access everything you find there.
There are a number of other sources you can use to find journal articles and other types of publication - see the Key databases box for links to these.
This series of three videos (available via the tabs in this box) cover:
You will need to login using your University email address and password to view the videos.
We also have the following generic guides to literature searching and searching databases:
Literature search plan template and example
Use the following documents to help you plan your literature search to make it as comprehensive as possible.
This video covers using Summon and Web of Science to find journal articles and the search techniques to use to create a comprehensive search
This video covers searching PubMed - basic, advanced and MeSH searching tips.
Got a question about the Library, finding information, referencing, literature searching or using EndNote/Mendeley?
Then come along to the Library drop-in.
When? Tuesdays 13:00-14:00 in term-time
Where? Harry Nursten Building Room 2-64 (the PC Lab at the back of the 2nd Floor)
If you would like to meet online please make an appointment at another time using the button in my contact box.
These are the major resources for finding literature and information.
NHS Athens resource
If you have an NHS Athens login you can make full use their Knowledge and Library Hub for literature searching and accessing resources. Even without the login you can search, but you won't be able to access the full resources via the Hub.
Most of these resources are freely available. Those only available to University members have red icons next to the name.
Diseases and conditions
Before believing the information given on a web site, or quoting it in your essay or project, think about the following:
Accuracy and reliability
Audience / relevance