Library Services for ELFT staff

The Newcomb Library provides Library and Knowledge Services for all ELFT staff.

Please note that the forms on this webpage work best with the Chrome browser.  Alternatively, please email the Newcomb Library with your request.

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub Search

Search a range of high quality knowledge and evidence resources in one place, including journals, databases and ebooks.

Please login into the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub for East London here, using your NHS OpenAthens username and password. 

NHS Knowledge and Library Hub user guide

Knowledge-Hub-basic-user-guide-for-Homerton.pdf [pdf] 337KB

Watch a short user video tutorial


How to access bibliographic databases

Searching bibliographic databases

If you would like to quickly find journal literature and other evidence, please use the new NHS Knowledge and Library Hub 

The following bibliographic databases are available:

AMED – allied and complementary medicine including palliative care

BNI – nursing, midwifery and community healthcare

CINAHL – nursing and allied health

Embase – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature

Emcare – nursing and allied health

HMIC – healthcare management

Medline – biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature

PsycInfo – psychology, behavioural sciences and related disciplines

Social Policy and Practice – health and social care

These databases can be found on the native interfaces as below

EBSCO  CINAHL and Medline

ProQuest  BNI, Medline and PsychInfo

Wolters Kluwer (Ovid) AMED, Embase, Emcare, HMIC, Medline and Social Policy and Practice

If you would like to search the healthcare databases systematically, please contact Newcomb Library and librarians can perform a search on your behalf or train you in how to find the evidence you need using the native interfaces.

You will need an NHS OpenAthens account to access the search interfaces.

Please also use these guides about each of the database search interfaces:

ProQuest Guide February 2022.pdf [pdf] 2MB

EBSCO Guide February 2022.pdf [pdf] 2MB

Ovid Guide February 2022.pdf [pdf] 1MB

or try the e-learning programme, How to Search the Literature Effectively

Healthcare Database Advanced Search (HDAS) and NICE Evidence Search

NICE closed their database-searching interface at the end of March. Find out more here

NICE Evidence Search has also closed,  If you are looking for an alternative, please try the Trip Database whch is a freely accessible portal

Need to find a journal? Want to read an article?

Need to find an article? Need to browse and read journals quickly and easily? 

Try BrowZine - a tool which enables you to browse, read and monitor current journal content on your mobile device, laptop or desktop PC.  View tables of contents, read articles as new issues are published, or read previous issues.

BrowZine logo
Search ejournals
Quick tip: Login to your OpenAthens account first when using BrowZine

Download the BrowZine app for mobile access.

You can find an article by DOI or by PMID here

You can also search for journals using EBSCO's publication finder Journals A-Z

Need to critically appraise an article?

Check out our overview  Critical Appraisal Toolkit.pdf [pdf] 575KB

Watch a series of training vidoes on Critical Appraisal of an RCT using CASP checklist on YouTube from Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services

NHS OpenAthens account

Your NHS OpenAthens account unlocks a wealth of resources including ejournals, ebooks, point of care tools, elearning and more!  

Register for NHS OpenAthens

Login into NHS OpenAthens

Forgotten your password?   Go to:

More about NHS OpenAthens

Anything else contact us at


Looking for a book?

Library catalogue

Search the Newcomb Library catalogue for books and ebooks

July book and ebook of the month

Book cover

How to Build a Healthy Brain: Reduce stress, anxiety and depression and future-proof your brain

by Kimberley Wilson

How to Build a Healthy Brain is here to help. Written by a passionate advocate for the importance of mental health, Chartered Psychologist Kimberley Wilson draws on the latest research to give practical, holistic advice on how you can protect your brain health by making simple lifestyle choices. With chapters on Sleep, Nutrition, Exercise and Meditation, Kimberley has written an empowering guide to help you look after both your physical and mental well-being.

Book cover

International handbook of health literacy research, practice and policy across the lifespan

by Orkan Okan (ed), Ullrich Bauer(ed), Diane Levin-Zamir (ed), Paulo Pinheiro (ed) and Kristine Sorenson (ed)

Available Open Access under CC-BY-NC licence. Health literacy addresses a range of social dimensions of health, including knowledge, navigation and communication, as well as individual and organizational skills for accessing, understanding, evaluating and using information. Particularly over the past decade, health literacy has globally become a major public health concern as an asset for promoting health, wellbeing and sustainable development.

Access ebook here

New books

Check out our new books

If you’d like to recommend a book, contact us at

Confused by ebooks?  Have a look at our guide

Quick guide to ebooks September20.pdf [pdf] 1MB

OUP collection - core textbooks and handbooks

NHS staff and students on placement now have online access to a national collection of over 130 medical titles from Oxford University Press including Handbooks,Textbooks and Emergencies In series. Funded by HEE the collection has access to Oxford Handbook of Psychiatry, New Oxford Textbook of Pyschiatry and Emergencies in Psychiatry.

Using your NHS OpenAthens username and password access to titles is available through

Newcomb Library catalogue 


OUP/HEE webpage

How to access to the OUP collection via Oxford Medicine Online

1) Go to Oxford Medicine Online

2) Select Sign in via your Institution

3) Choose "NHS in England" from the institution list

4) Enter your NHS OpenAthens username and password 

5) Click on "Browse all titles in your subscription"


Need to request an article?

Before you request an article, please make sure you check that it is not already available with your NHS OpenAthens username and password.

To check, please go to Journals A-Z and search for the journal your article is in.  Remember to  login to your OpenAthens account at the top right of the page.

Find an article by DOI by PMID   

Once you have checked, fill in this form to request an article:

Newcomb Library request an article form

Training courses offered by Newcomb Library

Contact to arrange training session. Or use the online booking form below.

Learn how to find the evidence you need

Do you want to do your own evidence or literature searching? In our “Finding the Evidence” training session, you will learn how to devise and execute a robust search strategy to find relevant research from healthcare databases and other sources. These 90 minute sessions can be arranged at a time of your convenience, in-person or via Teams, in groups or one-to-one, and if you come with a topic in mind you’ll come away with relevant papers on that topic as well as the skills to find more.

Reflective Reading Club        

This course is for all nurses and midwives, especially if you are approaching your revalidation date.  By reading a topical paper and participating in a discussion, you can gain 3 hours of CPD time.  The Reflective Reading Club is an interesting, easy and fun way of accruing CPD and you are allowed to attend two sessions in each revalidation period.

An Introduction to Twitter

Learn how to share your experiences and insights with peer-professionals and promote your ward/service, whether you are new to Twitter or an experienced tweeter.

Introduction to Critical Appraisal                                                                          

Aimed at staff who are new to appraising articles or staff needing, a refresher, this is a general introduction to critical appraisal and checklists.  As a group, we will appraise a paper towards the end of the session.

Course Details

Note: Questions marked by * are mandatory

Request a book

If you would like to request a inter-library loan for a book that is not available in the Newcomb Library catalogue, please complete the form below.  Please note that this service costs £2.00 per item.

Please make sure you have checked that your item is not in stock in the catalogue before submitting your request.

Newcomb Library request a book form




Literature Searches for East London staff

If you are searching the literature for a work-related project, this can be both challenging and time-consuming. Our Literature Search service uses the skills and expertise of qualified librarians who carry out searches on your behalf. 

To request a literature search, complete the form

Newcomb Library Literature Search Form


You can learn how to do a literature search online at:


How to join the library

Want to join the Library?

Please complete our membership form.  

Membership application form

Newcomb Library regulations

Newcomb Library Privacy Notice Sept 2018.docx [docx] 38KB


BMJ Best Practice App

Want to download the BMJ Best Practice App?                                                             

1. Go to the BMJ Best Practice website. Click on "Log-in",  Select 'Access through your institution' Type in search box 'NHS in England'.

2. Click "Create account" for a personal account or "Log in" if you already have an account.

3. Visit the Apple or Google Play store to search for and download the app.

4. Use your BMJ Best Practice "personal account" details to sign in and download the content.

Downloading the app at Homerton Hospital?  Connect to NHS wi-fi, download the BMJ Best Practice app and set up your personal acccount or log in through the app.

BMJ blogpost about BMJ Best Practice

Watch a quick video on how to download the BMJ Best Practice app via OpenAthens:

Learn more about BMJ Best Practice