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Through our subscriptions to individual e-Journals and collected databases you have immediate access to thousands of articles from reliable, peer reviewed publications and to thousands more through our Inter Library Loans service.


Books & e-Books

Databases & Specialist Resources




There are literally thousands of journal articles available to you from e-journals and e-resources when you use your NHS OpenAthens account. All of the articles are from respected and peer reviewed publications, so you can rely on the information they provide.

If you do not have an OpenAthens account, you can set one up very easily. Go to our OpenAthens section to find out more.   

Once you have your Athens log in details, the best place to see what's available is via Browse Journals - Browzine which enables you to search for a specific journal.

The NHS currently has in place an agreement with the Copyright Licensing Agency. The agreement sets out the extent and nature of copying that is permissible. Full information about the NHS agreement and links to guidance are available at the CLA website.


Additional e-journal collections

  • BMJ Journals Collection : access a wide range of journals full text from BMJ Publishing
  • Emerald : access to a wide range of management e-journals.
  • Nursing Times: log in with your NHS Athens password for online journal access


Articles: full-text version not available

Although our e-Resources provide a lot of full-text content, they are indexes too. This means that they provide information about published articles, without providing the article itself. This might seem strange, but it is informing you about resources that have been published, which you can then request using our  Inter Library Loans request form.

Important: Copyright law prevents us from supplying you with more than two articles from the same issue of any journal. Please consider this when you are requesting articles.


You can also request books that are not available in the CDDFT libraries. Please go to the Books & e-Books or the Forms page for more information.

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