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This page has been developed in response to enquiries from final year students who are concerned they may not be able to have access to a wide range of resources when they leave University.

Remember that you can still have limited access to print resources through our alumni scheme, as well as being able to use public libraries. Indeed, students who go on to work for the NHS will be able to use NHS Library and Knowledge Services as well as being able to access a Trust or Hospital Library and get help and advice from a qualified health Librarian.

The resources on this page are a collection of (mostly) freely available resources such as open access journals, websites and professional organisations designed to help you in your professional practice.

Good luck in your future profession from Leeds Beckett Library!!!

Searchable databases and weblinks

Many of the resources listed below allow you to use the advanced search techniques you have acquired during your time at Leeds Beckett e.g. truncation, phrase and wildcard searching as well as using Boolean operators. You should plan your searches and incorporate these techniques wherever possible. If in doubt, check the help functions within the database.

NICE Evidence search: this is the NHS version of Discover and Google. Useful for evidence based information, Guidance and Nice pathways as well as good quality patient information and primary research. Some information is freely available whilst other information is subscription access only. Access to full text information depends upon individual Trusts' subscriptions.

Behind the headlines: as professionals in practice you will often be presented by patients with newspaper articles advocating the latest sensationalist treatment or stories e.g. do overweight diabetes patients really live longer than their leaner counterparts? Do probiotic yogurts really help with hay fever? Behind the headlines is a REALLY useful resource to help you read and critique the research behind the newspaper stories.

Social care institute for excellence: similar to NHS Evidence search but with a social care emphasis, contains lots of information around nutritional care in both an institutional and home environment.

Cochrane Library is a database of the gold standard in research, Systematic Reviews.

TRIP (Turning research into practice) is a database of high quality research evidence which allows you to refine your search by evidence type. An excellent resource for comparing guidelines with other countries. TRIP allows you to conduct either a simple keyword or a focused PICO search.

Pubmed is the U.S. equivalent of NHS Evidence. Access to full text information is sporadic.

Copac searches through approximately 90 UK and Irish academic, national & specialist library catalogues simultaneously for book and journal titles. Similarly the British Library Public Catalogue is a free service which allows you to find out what material is held in the major Reference and Document Supply collections as well as providing a Chat service.

Google Scholar provides access to some full text freely available journal articles and primary research. Remember to use your critical appraisal skills to ensure you are using the best quality evidence.

Zetoc is an excellent resource for keeping up to date with the latest articles or conference papers published in your area. The service is provided by the British Library and is largely a citation or abstracting service i.e. you may not have access to the full text of the article. However, many NHS organisations subscribe to the service including either the abstracting or full text service.

PLOS (Public Library of Science) is a nonprofit publisher and advocacy organization founded to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. The aim of PLOS is to provide easy access to good quality research.

Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)  providing access to high quality, open access, peer reviewed journals.

CORE - Connecting Repositories  Core provides access to research outputs from repositories and journals worldwide and makes them available to the public.

Leeds Beckett University Repository providing access to the research outputs of Leeds Beckett academic staff.

BioMed Central contains over 290 quality peer reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health.

Open Access

There is an increasing emphasis upon research which has been publicly funded to be made openly accessible to everybody. Research can be made available through good quality open access journal titles or through an open access subject or institutional repository. A good place to look for openly accessible journal titles and articles in your subject area is the Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ). Biomed Central is a similar resource containing over 280 peer reviewed open access articles.

Similarly OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories which allows you to search both repositories and their contents.

In addition, we all know how frustrating it can be when you can't access a crucial journal article, or you are asked for $20 to read it. The Open Access Button helps you get the research you want by searching elsewhere to find another version. If that doesn't work, the author of the research will be notified.

Evaluating webpages and research

Remember, a crucial stage of the evidence based process is evaluating the quality of research. You can still access the freely available CASP tools to help you appraise the literature. Or, if you are evaluating a website, you can use the CARP method:

  • Currency: how up to date is the information on the website
  • Accuracy: does the author detail how the research was conducted e.g. can you find information about the sample size, or whether a pilot study was conducted, are the findings of the research transferable?
  • Authority; is the author contactable? What are their qualifications?
  • Relevancy: does the research answer your question?
  • Purpose: what is the purpose of the site. Is it to sell you something or to educate?