With an NHS OpenAthens password you can get 24-hour access to a range of clinical and healthcare databases and  e-journals.  These can be accessed from any PC connected to the internet.

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To register for an OpenAthens password you can contact the library or you can self-register at:

Which databases can I search?

  • AMED – 1985 to present - Allied and complementary medicine
  • BNI – British Nursing Index – covers over 250 of the most popular sources in nursing and midwifery.
  • CINAHL – 1981 to present – covers nursing and allied health disciplines.
  • EMBASE – 1980 to present – major biomedical and pharmaceutical database
  • EMCARE - Covers Nursing and Allied health 
  • HMIC – The Health Management Information Consortium database compiled from the DH Library and Information Services and King’s Fund Information & Library Service.
  • PSYCINFO – 1806 to present – covers psychology, psychiatry and related fields
  • MEDLINE – 1950 to present – the US National Library of Medicine’s database that covers medicine, nursing and health care.

How to access the databases

To access all the resources available to you, you will need to log in to your OpenAthens account. To log in, click here.

Don't yet have an account? Click here to register. 


When searching on any of the databases if the full text is available electronically there will be a link to the full text from the reference in the database. 

To find out if a particular journal is available electronically you can search the A to Z journals list on the Knowledge and Library Hub.

(Please note that you will need to be logged in to your OpenAthens account before accessing the journals list.) 

Collections of full text journals available via OpenAthens

  • BMJ Journals Collection – 22 BMJ Publishing titles (including the BMJ)
  • JAMA & Archives Journals – Selected titles from the AMA Journal collection (backfiles not current)
  • Health Research Premium – an extensive range of health and social care publications and evidence-based resources.
  • MAH Complete (MAG online library)covers the whole health care spectrum including nursing, midwifery, medicine, allied health professions and health economics.
  • Proquest Hospital Collection - A collection of databases covering allied health, nursing, medicine, health management and psychology.
  • PsycARTICLES -  Full text articles from leading psychology journals.
  • Psychology & Behavioural Sciences Collection -  full text journals in psychology and counselling.

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