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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.

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

  • 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.

  • Books & Ebooks

    There are a wide range of books in the library for Non Medical Prescribing and basic pharmacology.  You will find a specific reading list for you module in your Blackboard site or you can search OneList, our online reading list system.   Some additional texts have been suggested in the Non-medical prescribing generic list.  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 all students for a small registration fee of £15 per year.
    To find out how to use the service, see our Postal Loans page.

  • British National Formulary (BNF)

    Versions of the BNF and BNF for children are both freely available online through the Evidence search website.

    The British National Formulary

    The British National Formulary for children

    A print copy is held in the library

  • 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.  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.

        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 but they should be more relevant.

    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.
    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.
    science_direct, science direct logo ScienceDirect. Covers physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences and social sciences.   As the name suggests this is a science based collection but does contains a number of pharmacology journals, so may bring back useful results.
    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 nursing, which pulls together reviews into a more digestible format.
        Wider and multi-disciplinary 
    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 Getting started with Proquest databases.
    proquest, proquest logo  Dissertations and theses 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


    Individual Journal Titles

    Browse or search inside  the key journal title for your subject below. For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.


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    Journal of Prescribing Practice

    Previously (pre 2019) known as Nurse prescribing.  Full-text up until 2015 is available through CINAHL.  Current access is now through MAG Online.

    Access Off-Campus

    1. Select the "Sign in via Shibboleth" option.

    2. Choose the "UK Higher Education" geographic location

    3. Select "University of Cumbria" from the list of institutions

    4. Log in with your university email address and password



  • Web links for your subject

    Useful websites
    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  Medicines and prescribing support from NICE Guidance and advice on medicines management, optimisation and use.
    Also specific medicines advice, for example on new, unlicensed and off-label medicines
    The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) Contains up to date, easily accessible information about medicines licensed for use in the UK.

    The MHRA’s (Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency)

    Regulatory body safeguarding the health of the public by ensuring that medicines and medical devices work and are acceptably safe.

    Royal Pharmaceutical Society

    The organisation supporting Pharmacists.  Provides a range of Pharmacy guides and The Prescribing Competency Framework.
    Evidence-based information
    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  Evidence Search The search engine from the NICE for health and social care professionals, providing evidence-based health information, Clinical Knowledge Summaries and much more.  If you have an Athens Password from the hospital library you will also be able to access the journals. Download the Quick guide to NHS Evidence Search

    Centre for Evidence-based Medicine.

    Provides resources and background information for healthcare professionals, with Critical Appraisal tools and educational material to download.


    Helps you to find and interpret the best available evidence from health research by providing some useful checklists.

    National Institute for Health Reseach

    Appraises research to identify the most reliable, relevant and significant findings to support the NHS. It disseminates these findings as Signals (The latest important research, summarised), Highlights (Conditions, treatments and issues explored using NIHR evidence) and Themed reviews.


    A search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. 


    Other useful sites
    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it  NHS Acronym buster  

    Behind the headlines

    NHS site that examines the real research behind health stories that appear in the media

    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.


  • Getting help / contact us

    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 Password Reset Service.

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

    Password Reset Service

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