Library Services



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Support for the subject area of paediatrics, nursing and allied health is provided by the UCL Great Ormond Street Institute of Child Health Library.

Book collections

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).

Journal collections

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.

NHS Athens

NHS staff may also register for an NHS OpenAthens account which gives access to NHS-purchased online resources.

Other Internet Resources

Professional paediatric organisations include:

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.


Statistical Software

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.

General Resources

Other libraries

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 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.

  • Search25 is a catalogue that searches across academic library holdings in the London area
  • COPAC is a catalogue that searches across academic library holdings across the UK

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:

Please contact the GOS-ICH Library for assistance or to make an appointment.

Research support

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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