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Subject Guide - help and guidance on finding resources in your subject area


Welcome to the Medicine Subject Guide

  This guide will help you make the most of the library and information resources and services.   


New to the University?  Explore the Library Induction to learn all about the Library basics. 

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Where to start your search

Library Search

Search for textbooks, ebooks, journals, articles + more.  Use Library Search LibGuide for guidance.

For a full selection of databases and archives, use the A-Z Databases List.

Key resources

A quick start guide to using PubMed can be found here. For tips and advice from the Library, see our guide to Medline (PubMed).

Use the Databases A-Z List to access all the resources available to you.

You can browse by subject Medicine or search to find your required resource.

To access this resource there are a couple of additional steps. Watch the video below for a demonstration of how to log in and register to access ebooks and assessment activities.

This video introduces a range of evidence-based resources from NICE including, NICE Evidence Search, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, the BNF and BNFC.

Watch this video for a demonstration of how to search for literature on Medline (Ovid) using multi-field search

Using subject headings when searching Medline can help you find more relevant results and make your search more comprehensive. To learn how to carry out a searching using MeSH (medical subject headings) watch the below video.

The Journal of Visualized Experiments provides access to videos demonstrating methods and experimental approaches for biomedical and clinical research.


Effective searching and referencing

Formulating an answerable search question is essential to finding the best evidence for your topic. You can use the PICO framework to help you structure your search question and enable you to find the information you need. PICO is a method of searching for evidence, commonly used within health and medicine. It helps to break down a clinical scenario and turn it into a clinical question.

Visit the 'Formulating a search question' guide for more information.

  • It is  easy to be overwhelmed by the sheer breadth of information available to you.  
  • Invest time in planning an effective online search strategy so that you can quickly and easily discover relevant and high quality information. 


As you search you need to keep track of all the material you will be using in your academic work so that you can cite and reference it appropriately.

Top Tip

Always check your module handbook for specific departmental guidance on the style required for your assessed works and dissertations.  Check with your personal tutor or dissertation supervisor if you need clarification.

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