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

Check out the Library Services page for opening hours and information about all our services and resources. The Distance Learners page provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus and below you will find pointers on the most useful information sources for your studies.

  • Getting the best from your searching

    OneSearch is a good place to start your research. However as you progress through your course you will need to develop your searching skills to incorporate other sources.

    Watch the tutorial below for an introduction to searching or access our Finding Information page for more advice.

    How to search

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    Click on the image above or use this link to view the tutorial: How to search tutorial

    You can also sign up to our webinar for guidance on how you can develop your search skills.

  • Eresources and Journals

    We have selected some key eresources and individual journal titles to help you locate relevant material for your subject.


    Use our eresources to search for relevant journal articles or other resources such as anatomy images.  Although OneSearch does search many of these, using the subject specific collections will produce more tailored results and provide more relevant filters. Eresources for health is an online tutorial to help you use these resources.

    In addition to these key full-text eresources you can also explore our full A-Z of eresources to see the whole list and see the Research pages for additional research specific resources.

    Proquest Nursing and Allied health 

    anatomyTV, anatomy TV logo - orange background with a white double P Anatomy TV An Interactive 3D anatomy resource.  Rotate the body, navigate through the layers and click on the image to bring up the relevant text.
    instant_anatomy, instant anatomy logo Instant Anatomy Diagrams, videos, podcasts and revision questions to help you get to grips with anatomy.
        Midwifery and health specific
    cinahl, cinahl logo Cinahl  

    The key collection for Nursing and Allied health. It indexes (citations only) over 4000 journals and holds the full-text of 760 journals, plus linking to our other subscribed content. You will get fewer results than OneSearch but they should be more relevant.

    science_direct, science direct logo ScienceDirect More medical/science based but does include several Midwifery journals so this is a key collection for you to use.
    medline, medline logo  MEDLINE  MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine journal citation database covering medicine, nursing, the health care system and much more.  This version includes citations from 5,200 scholarly journals and full-text from more than 1,450. It forms part of PubMed which searches wider but doesn't provide full-text.
    pubmed, pubmed logo  PubMed Free search engine from the US National Library of Medicine.  Searches MedLine plus additional content.  This is now more usable because you can Download LibKey Nomad, which will link you to the University of Cumbria's full-text content.
    proquest, proquest logo Proquest nursing and Allied health  One of several collections from Proquest, all of which together form Proquest Central. This particular collection indexes 850 journals and holds the full-text of 715 Nursing and Allied health titles. More information in Getting started with Proquest databases.
    cochrane_library, cochrane library logo Cochrane Library Provides systematic reviews of clinical based research on the effectiveness of specific interventions. It will depend on your topic as to whether there will be a relevant review but if there is, it will be a key resource. Cochrane also runs a blog Evidence for everyday midwifery, which pulls together reviews into a more digestible format.
    MATFLIX,   Matflix

    Video collection from the Maternity and Midwifery Forum, covering the key issues facing midwifery and maternity professionals.   The videos are curated into box sets around a particular theme by Jenny Hall.  Each box set includes additional resources and reflective prompts, in addition to the videos.
    Alternatively you can search the collection for relevant videos.

        Wider and multi-disciplinary 
      PsycARTICLES Full-text articles from 59 Psychology journals.
    academic_search_complete, academic search complete logo  Academic Search Complete A huge multi-disciplinary database which indexes (citations only) over 9,500 journals and provides full-text to over 6,500.  Good for a search on more general topics.
    proquest, proquest logo  Proquest Central  Pulls together many of the Proquest collections, searching thousands of journals across many subjects.  More information in .
    sage, sage logo  Sage Journals Whereas the collections above hold content from a number of publishers this collection holds 900 full-text peer reviewed journals published by Sage.  Other publisher collections are available but this one has the most relevant full-text journals.
    community_care_inform, community care inform logo  Community Care Inform Dsigned for Social workers there is an Adult and child section.  Useful for helping to understand the legal aspects
      Dissertation collection  Global collection with some full-text from 1997 onwards.  It is possible to limit by level e.g. MSc.  To access UoC undergrad dissertations go to Collections in OneSearch
    refworks, refworks logo Refworks Refworks is used to collect and manage your sources. It will also create your Reference list (Bibliography) in the Referencing style of your choice. Download the guide to using Proquest Refworks


    Individual Journal Titles

    Browse or search inside key journal titles for Midwifery below. There are many others but most of these are and a good starting point.  For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.


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    BJOG (British Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology) Journal from the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology
    British Journal of Midwifery Written by midwives for midwives this journal keeps you up to date with latest developments in clinical practice.
    Midwifery  International, peer reviewed journal publishing the latest  research to inform the safety, quality, outcomes and experiences of pregnancy, birth and maternity care.
    Evidence Based Midwifery Academic journal from the RCM.  Examining the evidence for practice.  Only published twice a year.
    International Journal of Childbirth Education Quarterly journal focusing on research, practice and policy in family-centered maternity and newborn care.
    MIDIRS Midwifery Digest Brings together news, reviews, original articles and reprints of the best midwifery information from selected journals, books and conference papers.
    Midwifery Matters Journal from the Association of Radical Midwives committed to improving maternity services.
    Midwives of the Royal College of Midwives.  Keeping you up to date with current issues in midwifery.
    The Practicing Midwife Print until January 2021, now online.  Read the log on instructions on the OneSearch screen.  You will need to follow the link from the University to get access, going directly to the A4maternity site and trying to log in there, won't work.



  • NHS resources

    Most hospitals will have a Library or Education centre.  You are entitled to join as either a student on placement there or as a member of staff (includes bank staff).  This will give you access to their print books and you can also request an Open Athens account.  If you are on placement at the hospital you may be offered an introductory session by the library (Education centre).  We recommend that you attend so that you can take full benefit of the additional resources that the NHS provides.  If this doesn't happen, visit the library and ask to be signed up. You can find a list of NHS libraries here.

    NHS Knowledge and library hub.

    NHS knowledge and library hub, NHS library search box

    Similar to OneSearch this hub searches the NHS core collection of library resources and also gives quick access to NICE guidelines and BMJ best practice. It provides access to some collections that the University does not subscribe to, such as the British Nursing Index and Embase, as well as some we do, such as CINAHL. These are the resources that you will have access to in your professional career so it is a good idea to get familiar with them now.

    You will need an OpenAthens account to view the full-text, search individual collections or access full-text. This is different to the University which uses something called Shibboleth or Institutional access. 

    Full details on the NHS Library hub and how to get an OpenAthens password.

    elearning for healthcare (e-LfH)

    A suite of online tutorials provided by Health Education England, supporting every aspect of healthcare. You can access some modules with a free registration but for them to count towards your CPD you need to log in with Open Athens.

    See the guide on how to set up a free account e-LfH account creation.

    Two new courses from the e-LfH - Literature searching and Critical Appraisal


  • Web links for your subject

    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  Department of Health and Social Care The Government Department website. Access Guidance, Policy papers and statistics
    Royal College of Midwives (RCM) Support and information for all midwives.

    Nursing and Midwifery Council (NMC)

    The regulatory body for Midwifery.  Find  Standards and guidance.

    National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

    NICE provides guidance and advice on health and social care.  Use the site to access Clinical Knowledge Summaries, guidance, standards and the BNF

    Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

    Information for Obstetricians including Guidelines
    Supporting Organisations
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    MIDIRS MIDIRS supplies vital education and practice development resources to assist midwives and student midwives in their practice and studies
    AIMS Association for Improvements in the Maternity Services. Information on pregnancy and childbirth care - campaigning for parents and professionals in the UK and Ireland

    Multiple Birth Foundation

    Multiple birth Foundation supports parents and professionals caring for multiple birth families

    National Childbirth Trust (NCT)

    The UK's largest charity for parents.  Provides support, information & training to parents, families & health professionals.

    Stillbirth and neonatal death (SANDS)

    UK charity providing support for bereaved parents and their families.


    Health data and statistics
    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  Office for National Statistics Government statistics and reports including Heath and Social Care the census

    Health and Care Statistics Landscape for England.

    With no centralised place for health statisics this site attemps to map to sources of statistics by theme.

    UK Data Service

    Centralised collection of social research data for the UK including Access to key surveys such as the Health Survey England and the Continuous Household survey

    Global Health Observatory

    WHO site pulling together global health data.
    Other useful sites
    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  NHS Acronym buster



    Maternity services: research can improve safety and quality of care

    Collection from the National Institute of Health and care research (NIHR)


    Health talk online

    People talk about their experiences of health and illness

    North Grey literature collection

    Grey Literature covers all types of government and organisational documents: conference papers, policy documents, patient leaflets, blogs and more.  The definition is that it isn't peer reviewed and is published by an organisation/body whose primary objective isn’t making money from publishing.  Now that much more is held digitally and archived it is getting easier to find but can still be tricky. This site collects useful sources of Grey literature for health.

    Covid resources

    RCM - Coronavirus advice page

    e-Learning for Healthcare have created an online training resources for NHS and social care staff 

  • Getting help

    Help and AdviceLink
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    If you are experiencing any problems accessing eresources, check our troubleshooting guide for advice.

    Accessing Online Resources
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    If you are experiencing problems logging into a resource, try resetting your university password using the MFA Password Reset Tool.

    If the problem persists, please contact the IT Service Desk (

    MFA Password Reset 
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