Literature Searching

Literature searches for the Trust staff

Let US find the evidence you need...!     

Lit Search request form      

If you are pushed for time, or need the Library staff to help you find the evidence you need, please, complete the Literature search request form with as much detail as you can.  We will do the literature search for you & will come back to you if we need any clarifications. We aim to do the search within five working days.

              We regret we cannot do the search for you if it is needed for a course assignment...!  
However, we can give you some training to enable you to do it for yourself. 


Resources we can search for you:

Books, Journals and Healthcare Databases:

AMED, British Nursing Index, CINAHL, E-books, EMBASE, HMIC, MEDLINE, My Journals,
PsycINFO, PubMed, Bandolier, Cochrane Library, HTA Database.

Clinical Guidance

  • Clinical Knowledge Summaries
  • NICE Guidance 

See also our web page on the Training we offer. Click on the button below.

Info-Skills training 


For our Guides to Specialist Resources, click on the button below.

Guides to Specialist Resources  

Copyright / Intellectual Property Rights in the NHS

NHS has a special license with the Copyright Licensing Authority (CLA) which allows NHS staff to make copies from printed resources or to download electronic journal articles or reports, under specific conditions. Please note the conditions listed on the attached poster.

In addition to the national legislation, we are also subject to licensing agreements with the suppliers of our resources. These restrict what you can or cannot do with the electronic resources you access.  For example, here is our agreement with Wiley's for their Online Library.   Have a look at Section C on "Terms & Conditions of use". It tells you how much information you can access, download, send to someone else or print out.


Any infringement of the copyright legislation or our licenses will incur penalties,

  • for the individual(s) involved,
  • for the Knowledge & Library Services and
  • for the Trust as a whole.

Please stay within the law!