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Guide that sets out all the libraries resources

Top Tip

Make sure you have an NHS OpenAthens Account to be able to access the items in the hub.

Register for an account here 

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If you need assistance at any point please email 

Healthcare Databases

The NKS Knowledge and Library Hub is a good starting point for many searches in healthcare.

However, if you need a more focused, in-depth search of the literature then a search of a specific healthcare database is recommended.

Click on the tabs to access the databases available in each subject area. 

Databases are provided by different hosts - mostly Ebsco, Ovid or Proquest. 

ESNEFT Librarians can also perform searches for you - see the Evidence searches page for more information. 

Help and Support


Training is available to help you plan and run your search.

Training can take place in person at either Colchester or Ipswich Hospital Library, or via Microsoft Teams.

See the Training page for more information.

How to search the literature effectively from E-Learning for Health

These modules are designed to help healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research. The modules are short (each taking no more than 20 minutes to complete) and may be ‘dipped into’ for reference, or completed to obtain a certificate. There are seven modules suitable for novice searchers and those wishing to refresh their knowledge:

Building the foundations

  • Module 1 Introduction to searching
  • Module 2 Where do I start searching?
  • Module 3 How do I start to develop a search strategy?

Developing the skills

  • Module 4 Too many results? How to narrow your search
  • Module 5 Too few results? How to broaden your search
  • Module 6 Searching with subject headings

Applying the skills

  • Module 7 Searching the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub and bibliographic databases


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