Support for the subject area of paediatrics, nursing and allied health is provided by the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library.
All books in the Paediatrics, Nursing and Allied Health Collection are listed on the UCL Explore online catalogue. Books from the print collection are for standard (8-week) loan. The catalogue can also be used to find and access e-books. A UCL computer account will be required to access e-books offsite. Our library guide provides instructions for using the catalogue to find books. Books in the Collection are arranged by subject using a modified version of the National Library of Medicine (NLM) classification.
Materials of relevance to paediatrics can also be found in UCL’s other Biomedicine and Health Libraries. There are eleven biomedical site libraries and there is also a Medical Sciences Collection in the Science Library (2nd floor).
Journals relevant to the area of Paediatrics, Nursing and Allied Health are available online. You can search for journal titles by using UCL Explore and selecting Journal titles from the drop-down menu to the right of the search box. There is also an alphabetical list of journals that are available to UCL members.
UCL Library Services provides access to a wide range of databases. A list of health-related databases is available on the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library’s website. Key databases for Paediatrics, Nursing and Allied Health include:
- PubMed (biomedical literature from 1950s to current)
- Embase (pharmacological and biomedical database of literature from 1980s to current)
- Cochrane Library (health interventions)
- CINAHL Plus (nursing and allied health)
Evidence-based resources to aid clinical decision making include:
- UpToDate (point of care tool)
- Dynamed Plus (point of care tool - for GOSH staff only)
- Best Practice - BMJ (evidence, guidelines and expert opinion on health care)
- BNF and BNF for Children (guidance on prescribing, dispensing, and administering medicines)
Multidisciplinary databases include:
- Web of Science (literature from 1900 onwards)
- Scopus (literature from 1823 onwards)
For a list of databases in all subjects, including social sciences and humanities, please see the UCL Library Services’ list of databases.
Other Internet Resources
Professional paediatric organisations include:
- American Academy of Pediatrics
- Australian Paediatric Society
- British Association of Paediatric Surgeons
- Canadian Paediatric Society
- European Society for Paediatric Urology (ESPU)
- International Society of Paediatric Oncology
- Irish Paediatric Association
- Paediatric Research Society
- Paediatric Society of New Zealand
- Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health (RCPCH)
- Scottish Paediatric Society
- Welsh Paediatric Society
Resources to support evidence-based practice can be found on our website:
An A-Z list of useful online resources for Paediatrics, Nursing and Allied Health can be found on the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health’s website.
Reference Management Software
EndNote is available on Desktop@UCL and is also available, on work computers, for UCL staff to download from the ISD software database and for GOSH staff to request from GOSH IT. EndNote can be used to manage your references and to create citations and bibliographies. The Library offers regular training on using EndNote.
SPSS, Stata and NVivo are all available on Desktop@UCL. The Centre for Applied Statistics, based at the Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health, runs courses on research methods and statistical analysis.
Library access policies vary between institutions, so it is always best to check the website of the relevant library before making a visit.
Medical libraries in London include:
- British Medical Association (BMA) Library – access is included as part of a BMA membership
- Wellcome Library – open to the public
- Kings Fund Information Centre – open to the public
- Royal College of Nurses (RCN) Library – access is included as part of RCN membership
- Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) Library – access is included as part of an RSM membership
British Library Reading Room, St. Pancras
Admissions passes are required in order to gain reference access to the two Science Reading Rooms. Details of admission policies are available online.
Further information is available on the British Library Website.
Senate House Library
UCL staff and students can also borrow books from Senate House Library, which is the central University of London library. The Library is multi-disciplinary, but there is little material on health or medicine. The entrance is on the fourth floor of Senate House, Malet Street. You will need your UCL ID card to join this library.
Other academic libraries
UCL staff and PhD students can also apply for a Sconul card, which gives access and borrowing rights at most academic libraries in the UK.
UCL students will be allowed reference access to many academic libraries in the UK, but individual admissions policies should be consulted before visiting.
Training & support
The Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library offers a wide range of training and support for staff and students of the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health and staff of Great Ormond Street Hospital.
Our training includes:
- timetabled group sessions for iBSc and MSc students
- sessions for PhD students as part of the UCL Doctoral Skills Development Programme
- regular scheduled sessions on literature searching for clinical practice, research and students
- regular scheduled sessions on using reference management software, such as EndNote
- individual support for systematic review searches and literature review searches
- individual support for UCL’s Research Publications Service (RPS)
- guides and leaflets
- online tutorials
Please contact the GOS-ICH Library for assistance or to make an appointment.
Please contact our library for assistance with:
- Scoping a research project
- Literature searching
- Systematic reviews or large project
- Keeping up-to-date with alerts about new research in your field
- Reference management
- Using the UCL Research Publications Service (RPS) to keep your publications data up-to-date and to ensure that you are complying with requirements for the next Research Excellence Framework (REF)
- Assessing the impact of research
- Obtaining material not held at UCL
UCL researchers can make their work open-access in UCL's institutional repository: UCL Discovery
Information is available on Open Access publishing and how to comply with requirement for the next REF
Please contact us for more information on Research Support provided by the Library.
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