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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 provides information on accessing resources whilst away from campus, including how to sign up for the Postal loans service.


Referencing for paramedics - New guide covers JRCALC and a few other key resources.

New online courses from e-LfH covering Literature searching and Critical appraisal.  

  • 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 Finding information.

    For advanced searching for the research methods module and your dissertation see the Literature review page from skills@cumbria. And check out the e-LfH tutorials on Literature review and Critical appraisal.


  • Books & Ebooks

    See OneList (online reading lists) for current lists of recommended reading for your course / modules.

    We buy a lot of your books as ebooks to provide online access from any location. Find out more on the ebook page and download our EbooksGuide

    For more information on using the library check out the library pages

    A postal loans service is currently available for all students for a small registration fee of £25 per calendar year.  To find out how to use the service, see our Postal Loans page. 
  • 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.

    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.
        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.  It indexes the Journal of Paramedic Practice.

    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.  It doesn't index the Journal of Paramedic Practice so it won't appear in your results.

    science_direct, science direct logo ScienceDirect. Covers physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences and social sciences.  Holds a couple of key Emergency medicine journals so worth a look.
    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. Also provides Clinical Answers which provide a more readable digest of the reviews and what that means for point of care decisions


    Ambulance Research Repository. 

    Contains records of published research authored by staff working in NHS ambulance services in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. amber is managed by the Library and Knowledge Services for NHS Ambulance Services in England [LKS ASE]. 

      FOAMed Free Open Access Meducation.  A movement based on sharing constantly evolving, collaborative and interactive open access medical education resources. Life in the fast lane provides a good starting point for accessing these resources.  As not all of these will be "academic" resources you will need to use your critical evaluation skills.
    community_care_inform, community care inform logo Community Care inform Aimed at professionals who work with children and with adults in health and social care. Community Care Inform pulls together policy, guides, research, case law and legislation on a wide range of topics, from adoption to mental health and welfare rights. You will need to use the Shibboleth login on and off campus to get access to the full-text.  Two collections are now available Adults and Children.
        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.
    socindex, socindex logo SocIndex Comprehensive high quality sociological journal collection, mostly full text.
    psycarticles, psyc articles logo PsycARTICLES Full-text articles from 59 Psychology journals.
    web_of_science, web of science logo Web of Science

    Huge research index covering Science, Social Sciences and the Art and Humanities.  Now linked to UoC content and direct export to RefWorks.  It is known for it's citation linking and is useful for accessing the citation trail and author impact.

    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
    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 your subject below. All of these journals are Peer reviewed and a good starting point but many more are available.  For a full range of titles check our A-Z of journals via Journals Search.


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    Journal of Paramedic Practice Published monthly this Academic journal keeps you up to date with the latest clinical and practical information for paramedics and pre-hospital care providers. Available from Vol. 1 issue 1. 2008.
    British paramedic Journal  Quarterly research journal from the College of Paramedics.  Available with membership to the College but the current year now also available through Ingenta.
    International Paramedic Practice Published three times a year, this journal aims to provide all those with an interest in prehospital emergency care with essential information to help them deliver the best possible care and support for their patients. Each issue contains a range of peer-reviewed clinical, professional and educational articles.
    Prehospital emergency care Bi-monthly journal from the USA professional body - National Association of EMS physicians
    Emergency Medicine Journal A monthly international peer reviewed journal covering pre-hospital and hospital emergency medicine, and critical care. The journal publishes original research, evidence-based reviews and commentaries on resuscitation, trauma, minor injuries, disaster preparedness and response, toxicology, acute medical and paediatric emergencies and more.
    International Emergency Nursing 2008 onwards available online.  Previously called 'Accident and emergency nursing' which is also available. It brings together research from practice, education, theory, and operational management, relevant to all staff working in emergency care settings worldwide.



  • 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. 

    As paramedics you can apply for an OpenAthens password through the Ambulance service library 

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

    elearning for healthcare

    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


  • NHS Library services for Ambulance Services in England

    Library and Knowledge Service for NHS Ambulance Services in England

    Online library service providing resources and skills support.  Provides access to additional resources such as:

    • Prehospital Emergency Care (Journal),
    • BMJ Best practice (Point of care summaries) 
    • Embase (database). 

    To access any of these you will need an OpenAthens username and Password.  You can apply for one through the site using your NHS email.

    You can also access Guides on searching and sign up for the Current awareness bulletin.  Any other queries contact Matt Holland the LKS librarian.

  • 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
    College of Paramedics The College of Paramedics, formerly the British Paramedic Association is the professional representative body for paramedics in the UK.


    The website of the JRCALC,  which provides  clinical speciality advice to ambulance services as well as regularly updated UK Ambulance Service Clinical Practice Guidelines. The guidelines are also available as an ebook in OneSearch

    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

    King's Fund

    Independent charity seeking to improve the health and system in England.

    Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE)

    Independent body that provides resources to develop and implement better care.  Covering Adults, Dementia, Child Services, Safeguarding and Integrated Health and social care. Also provided SCIEOnline - a huge database of resources for social care and social work
    World Health organisation (WHO) The coordinating authority on international health within the United Nations. Use for Global Data and factsheets
    Evidence-based information and critical appraisal
    dl_websites, orange cartoon of globe with computer mouse hovering over it    Provides resources and background information for healthcare professionals, with Critical Appraisal tools and educational material to download.

    Centre for Evidence-based Medicine.


    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. 

    Critically appraising the evidence base


    Online course from the NHS e-Library for Health.  Designed to enable the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) to build confidence in the critical appraisal process when applying and evaluating research.

    Critically appraising for Anti-racism

    Race, which is social construct is often confused with genetic ancestry in published literature about health.  Ramona challenges this and the fact that ethnic minorities are under represented in health research.  She has created a Tool to help you identify this bias.


    Health data and statistics
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    Covid 19

    Covid information from Public health England.


    Office for National Statistics Government statistics and reports including Heath and Social Care the census

    PHE data analysis and tools

    Data and analysis for many conditions/issues from Public Health England.

    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

    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.

    Cancer Stats

    Statistical information reports from Cancer Research

    Heart statistics

    Statistics on risk factors for heart disease, from the British heart Foundation.


    Contains Local Ward and Parish data.

    Cumbria Observatory

    Local data.  Brings together analysis and research about the people of cumbria.

    Global Health Observatory

    WHO site pulling together global health data.

    National Centre for Health Statistics

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


    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

    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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