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 Bandolier “evidence based thinking about health care”:

An independent journal about health care which uses evidence-based medicine techniques to provide advice for healthcare professionals and consumers about particular treatments and diseases. The information comes from systematic reviews, meta-analyses, randomized trials, and from high quality observational studies.  (not very up to date at present).

BMJ Careers:

A gateway providing doctors & medical students with impartial career advice and support


A growing collection of searchable online biomedical textbooks. Titles are also linked to terms in PubMed abstracts. It also includes books and databases produced by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI)

British Medical Association:

Two levels of services are provided, one for BMA members (registration required) and one for non-members. There is general access to news items, details of forthcoming events, access to electronic journals, and ethics & health policy information.

Clinical Evidence (BMJ):

This gateway, from the BMJ Publishing Group, is the international source of best available evidence for effective health care.

Department of Health (DoH):

The DoH website provides access to press releases, green & white papers (some in full text), a range of surveys and statistics, and sections covering research and development, social care, health care, and public health

European Molecular Biology Laboratory (EMBL):

EMBL covers basic research in molecular biology and the development of new instrumentation and methods for biological research and technology transfer.

Over 600 medical books on a range of medical subjects are available via this site (in English and several languages). Titles can be browsed by speciality or alphabetically.


This is the National Institute of Health’s genetic sequence database. It is comprised of an annotated collection of all publicly available DNA sequences. It is also part of the International Nucleotide Sequence Database Collaboration.

General Lifestyle survey (formally the General Household Survey):

The General Household Survey (GHS) is a multi-purpose continuous survey carried out by the Social Survey Division of the Office for National Statistics (ONS) which collects information on a range of topics from people living in private households in Great Britain. The survey started in 1971 and has been carried out continuously since then, except for breaks in 1997/98 (when the survey was reviewed) and 1999/2000 when the survey was re-developed.


Health talk online:

Health Talk Online contains interviews of a wide variety of personal experiences of health & illness, and also reliable information on treatment choices and where to find support.

The site covers the subject areas of cancers, heart disease, mental health, neurological conditions, screening programmes, as well as plans for new areas on pregnancy, teenage health, chronic illnesses and many others.

National Child Development study:

The National Child Development Survey (NCDS) has followed a cohort of all people born in a single week in 1958. Data were collected around birth, and at ages 7, 11, 16, 23, 33, 41-42, 46 and most recently at age 50-51.

It provides specialist user support (linking with specialist support provided by the Centre for Longitudinal Studies [CLS]), and, along with the other British birth cohort studies, it has become a unique resource for investigating social mobility and the impact on later life of childhood conditions. Its coverage includes a wide range of social, economic, health, and psychological issues.

National electronic Library for Medicines:

The NeLM promotes safe, effective and efficient use of medicines within the NHS. The site has a wide range of information products, including news, current awareness, and drug reviews and it provides a facility for sharing practice.

The content is independent, unbiased, and evidence based. This free service has been in operation since 1998 and is updated daily. Formerly known as DrugInfoZone, eventually the NeLM will be developed as a central portal, storing and linking to a wide range of medicines information products procured or produced by the NHS

NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED):

A searchable database of structured abstracts of economic evaluations of health care interventions.

NICE: National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence:

NICE works with the NHS to systematically appraise health interventions and provide guidelines for clinicians and managers on which treatment works best. It incorporates public health national guidance.

NHS Evidence: Health Information Resources – formally NLH National Library for Health:

Provides information for NHS staff, patients and members of the public. Some of the resources on this site are free to use and the majority can be accessed by all users. Some of the content however is restricted to NHS staff only.

OMIM (Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man):

The OMIM database is a catalogue of human genes and genetic disorders that is maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information in the USA. The database provides access to textual information, images, and reference information.

As well as searching the OMIM database, it is possible to search the OMIM gene map and morbid map. There are also links to Pubmed.


PubMed, produced by the National Library of Medicine, includes over 15 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. It includes citations from MEDLINE and additional life science journals, and links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

RCN Historical nursing journals:

Historical Nursing Journals is an online database of journal page images (plus index) . This journal provides a primary source for the development of nursing as a profession.

You can access an online searchable database of pictures of the actual pages from the Nursing Record / British Journal of Nursing from 1888-1956


This website contains information relevant to health research. It is a friendly, professional service for all researchers working in health & social care settings and contains information relevant to all levels. A telephone/email helpline is also available.

Social Care Online:

This is an extensive database of social care information. It covers books, government reports, research papers and publications of voluntary organisations, and articles from a wide range of journal titles.

 UK National Statistics:

National Statistics is the website of official UK statistics produced by the Office for National Statistics. It publishes data on Britain’s economy, population and society. Summaries and many detailed data releases are published free of charge.


UK PubMedCentral is a UK based digital archive of permanent and free-to-view full-text peer-reviewed research publications. It is a mirror site of PubMed Central in the US.

Mainly biomedical and life sciences, over 620,000 full-text articles are available.


The University of Nottingham Library Online Catalogue provides online access to details of the holdings of most of the stock at UoN.  It does not contain details of journal articles or papers within conference proceedings. To identify these use other databases on the eLibrary Gateway.

Wellcome Library:

The Wellcome Library is part of the Wellcome Collection. It is one of the world’s largest collections of books, manuscripts, pictures, and films on the meaning and history of medicine, providing access to a growing collection of contemporary biomedical information resources relating to consumer health, popular science, biomedical ethics and the public understanding of science. It aims to provide insight and information to anyone seeking to understand medicine and its role in society, past and present.

World Health Organisation:

Established in 1948, the World Health Organization is the United Nations specialized agency for health. This is the website for the European regional office. It provides access to a wide range of information including: statistics and health indicators; public health reports; country profiles; evidence-based information and policy; WHO publications, some of which are available in electronic form; programmes and projects; and press materials.