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A general guide to Library Services for NHS staff via King's College London

Knowledge & Library Hub

Searching: Health and Care Evidence, from Health Education England

What is the Knowledge and Library Hub?

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The NHS Knowledge and Library Hub connects NHS staff and learners seamlessly to a range of high quality knowledge and evidence resources all in one place.

The Hub offers an intuitive search experience for quick searches and options for in-depth searches.

On it you can find:

  • over 7,000 journals
  • books and e-publications including OUP handbooks (see Oxfordmedicine.com for the full collection)
  • one-click access to full-text articles or request a copy 
  • clinical decision support tools such as BMJ Best Practice
  • NICE pathways and guidelines
  • databases like Medline, EMBASE and CINAHL

Find out more in our NHS001 Rapid access to evidence-based resources workshop.

Full access to the Hub is free to all NHS staff and learners through their NHS OpenAthens account.

If you haven’t already register for NHS OpenAthens 

Remember to log in using your NHS OpenAthens details to access the full text of journals and books.

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“Introduction to the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub” video

Advanced database searching

woman with laptopSome staff and learners need to carry out complex, robust and reproduceable searches including for systematic review and informing research. These advanced searches should be conducted directly in bibliographic databases such as Medline, Embase and CINAHL (rather than simply using the Hub main search).

Databases are collections of resources such as journal articles and conference papers, and also sometimes book chapters and reports.

Access the AMED, BNI, CINAHL, Embase, Emcare, HMIC, Medline and Social Policy and Practice databases via the links on the Hub.

Find out more at our NHS002: Healthcare databases for Advanced Searchers workshop

When searching using the databases the NHS provides access to you will find links to the full text of articles when you look at your search results.  If there is no link then you should see if it is available via the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub. 
Some full text databases available to NHS staff (Proquest and Ebsco) will not work when logged in to King's College London computers due to authentication issues.

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