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Welcome to the subject page for Community Health.

This page has been compiled by your subject librarian and will help you to find information for your studies and research. It is not an exhaustive list of everything available, but will point you in the right direction. 

Take a look at the Using the library pages for more general information about using our services. The Distance Learners page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus.

Use OneSearch to find everything that the library has to offer including print books, electronic books, journals and more…

  • Books & Ebooks

    You will find a specific reading lists for you modules in your Blackboard sites or you can search OneList, our online reading list system.   Remember that Reading lists are only the starting point, use OneSearch to find additional resources.

    Many of your books are available as ebooks.  These provide online access from any location 24/7. Click on the following link to download our EbooksGuide and check out the Ebook page for more Accessibility information.

    If you find a book through the library catalogue that is only available in print in another University of Cumbria library you can reserve the book online. See our Requesting books page for more information.

    A postal loans service is also available for the following students for a small registration fee of £10 per year.

    • part-time students
    • students on a distance learning course
    • students at a partner institution

    To find out how to use the service, see our Postal Loans page.

  • Journals & Eresources

    Key eresources

    These are some suggestions for the most useful ones for you but there are many more on the Eresources page if you want to check them out.  If you have any problems accessing any of these resources refer to the Troubleshooting section on the Accessing Eresources off campus page.Screenshot of Eresources for health tutorial

    For help with searching for relevant articles take a look at the online tutorial Eresources for health tutorial.



    An index of nursing and allied health articles.  Access to over 300 full text journals. Bibliographic records for over 1000 journals.

    One of the largest bibliographic indexes for health.  Full text for more than 1,450 journals indexed, covering medicine, nursing, the health care system and pre-clinical sciences.

    Proquest databases

    Cochrane Library 
    Provides systematic reviews of clinical based evidence on the effectiveness of specific interventionsYour results will be a mixture of reviews and clinical trials. It will depend on your topic as to whether there will be a relevant review.

    Academic Search Complete 
    A multi-disciplinary full text database of over 5,500 journals. In addition to full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 9,500 journals.

    SciVerse (ScienceDirect) Science database covering physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, social sciences and humanities.

    NHS Evidence 
    A search engine from the NHS for health and social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information, NICE guidelines and much more. Download the Quick guide to NHS Evidence.


    Key journals

    Nursing Standard - good professional level journal keeping you up to date with the issues, good practice and research in nursing.  Older issues available in print but current issues only available online.

    Journal of Advanced Nursing - Academic journal focusing on current research.  Older issues available in print but current issues only available online.

    British Journal of Community Nursing

    Health and Social Care in the Community

    Journal of Community Health

    Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health

    Perspectives on Sexual & Reproductive Health

    Practice Nursing 

    For a full list of journal titles subscribed to by the University of Cumbria check the Journals A to Z subject list.


    Horizon Scanning Bulletins

    The NHS NW create a series of Horizon Scanning Bulletins across a number of topics including:Type 2 diabetes, Dementia, End of life, Falls prevention.

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  • Websites

    A selection of useful and reputable websites have been collected together for you here.  Obviously many more are available on the web but do make sure you evaluate all websites and any information you find in them before using them in your studies.

    NHS Evidence
    A search engine from the NHS for health & social care professionals, providing access to evidence-based health information. 

    NICE is an independent organisation responsible for providing national guidance on promoting good health and preventing and treating ill health.  Access national clinical guidelines here.

    Evidence Informed Public health.  A nice resource from McMaster University that takes you through the steps in Evidence based public health.

    All Our Health
    A suite of free e-learning sessions from Public Health England - for trusted information and advice on how all health and care professionals can prevent illness, protect health and promote wellbeing.  Free registration.

    UK National Statistics: Health & Social Care
    UK governement statistics website.

    Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine
    Provides resources and background information for healthcare professionals, with research tools and educational material to download.

    A database contained details 3D images of human anatomy.  Log on with your University username & password to access this resource.