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Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences

This is UCLan's Pharmacy & Biomedical Sciences library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Faculty Librarian: Francesca Robinson


Search for books and eBooks on Library Search.  It will tell you what we have in stock and where to find it.

If you go to the eBook Collections directly you can then search within the full-text of the eBooks.

Subject Specific eBook Collections

  • Access Medicine - A vast resource of textbooks, videos, case studies, quizzes and point of care materials for the medical student

  • Medicines Complete - contains some of the world's leading drug and healthcare reference sources, including British National Formulary, BNF for Children, Clarke's Analysis of Drugs and Poisons, Dietary Supplements, Herbal Medicines, Injectable Drugs Guide, Martindale:The Complete Drug Reference, Pharmaceutical Excipients, Stockley's Drug Interactions.

  • Oxford University Press Medical Handbooks - over 60 books covering medical specialities from paediatrics to geriatric medicine, and more. Titles fall into two broad categories; those for medical students and junior doctors, and those for specialist trainees. Only includes best quality, clinically relevant information with content checked by subject experts. The books are designed to help readers find the information they need quickly.

  • Clinical Key Medical and Dental Education - the next-generation medical learning platform. 200+ acclaimed textbooks covering 40 medical and dental specialties, including Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine and Cohen's Pathways of the Pulp. Video and Images are also included. Study tools allow you to personalise and annotate content.

Subject Specific E-Books

Multi-Subject eBook Collections

  • eBook Central –  is our largest collection of over 130,000 ebooks from a range of publishers and covering all subject areas. It is a dynamic collection with new titles added monthly.
  • Routledge Handbooks Online –Useful titles can be found in the Medicine, Dentistry, Nursing and Allied Health Collection, the Health and Social Care Collection and the Mental Health Collection.
  • More e-book collections

Journals and Articles

To see a list of all the journal titles UCLan subscribes to use: Journal Finder

If the Library does not hold a particular journal [in print or electronic format] you can request a copy from the Inter-library Loan Service.

eResources and Databases

Recommended Resources for Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences

Subject-specific journal databases

If you want to search for journal articles on a particular topic within the Pharmacy and Biomedical Sciences subject discipline, the main two electronic journals databases to search are:

  • Embase –  Embase is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database, indexing over 3,500 journals. Subjects covered include public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, and health policy. 
  • Medline - The United States National Library of Medicine's (NLM®) premier bibliographic database providing information from the fields of Medicine, Nursing, Dentistry, Veterinary medicine, Allied health and pre-clinical sciences
  • Alternatively you may prefer the freely available Pubmed interface – note that you may not always be given direct access to the full text of articles that the University has in its subscription databases using this interface so you may have to use the Journal Finder to see if we have access to the full text.
  • PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
  • A really useful website explaining the differences between MEDLINE and PUBMED can be found here:

Other useful subject specific databases are:

  • AMED - Using references from the Medline database, AMED covers a selection of journals in complementary medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine
  • Annual Reviews (Biomedical/life Sciences Collection) - provides review research literature, written by leading scholars who are dedicated to helping scientists and researchers navigate the vast amount of research and data that is available to them.
  • Biomed Collection - A collection of nursing and health related databases covering worldwide research in medical and nursing fields. Some are fulltext, others give bibliographical references
  • BMJ Best Practice - BMJ Best Practice is a decision support tool for use at the point of care. It contains thousands of diagnosis and diagnostic tests, diagnostic and treatment guidelines, over 200 patient information leaflets, and provides medical calculators covering equations, decision trees, converters and optimisers.
  • British Pharmacopoeia - is the official collection of standards for UK medicinal products and pharmaceutical substances.
  • CINAHL Complete - An authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers.
  • Cochrane Library - includes The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - evidence based systematic reviews providing high quality information to people providing and receiving care and those responsible for research, teaching, funding and administration at all levels.
  • HMIC Health Management Information Consortium – includes the database of the Department of Health's Library and Information Services and the King’s Fund Information and Library Service database.  Together they contain in excess of 240,000 records relating to health and social care management information mostly with a UK focus.
  • Proquest Health Research Premium Collection – comprised of five top health databases from ProQuest: Health & Medical Collection; Nursing & Allied Health Database; Health Management Database; Psychology Database; Family Health Database
  • PsycINFO - The PsycINFO , database, American Psychological Association’s (APA) resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioural science and mental health

Databases of Chemical Information

Multi-disciplinary databases

Abstracting and Indexing Databases

Anatomy and Physiology

  • Acland's Anatomy - Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy comprises of five volumes which are detailed below, there is also the opportunity to test yourself on each of the five volumes
  • Primal Pictures Anatomy TV - Anatomy TV features 3D computer graphic models of human anatomy, dissection and radiology slides, animations and movie clips of biomechanics and surgical procedures.

Additional Resources

  • SAGE Research Methods - is a tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. It contains content from more than 640 books, dictionaries, encyclopaedias, and handbooks, the entire 'Little Green Book', and 'Little Blue Book' series, two major works collating a selection of journal articles, and newly commissioned videos. 


Search  theses  to find out if other research has already been completed in your field.

  • EThOS - allows you to search over 250,000 theses records, freely download the full text of any UK thesis that has been digitised, and order for downloading any thesis from one of the participating institutions. It is managed by the British Library.


  • Nexis - a full-text database of news drawn from over 29,000 sources both UK and international.

Conference Proceedings

  • Zetoc - provides access to the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents of current journals and conference proceedings.

Francesca Robinson - Faculty Librarian for Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

Francesca Robinson

Faculty Librarian for Clinical and Biomedical Sciences
01772 895132