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Vision Sciences

This is UCLan's Vision Sciences library page.

For more help and guidance please contact your Subject Librarian: Louise Smith


You can search for eBooks by title using the Library Search. 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. The key text within this collection is Vaughan and Asbury’s General Opthalmology and there are useful chapters on ophthalmology in many of the texts, especially Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment. Low vision rehabilitation is discussed in Principles of Rehabilitation Medicine.

  • 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. The key title in this collection is the Oxford handbook of Ophthalmology but there are a number of other titles with chapters on ophthalmology.

  • 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. Key texts include Kanski’s Synopsis of Clinical Ophthalmology, Kanski’s Signs in Ophthalmology:Causes and Differential Diagnosis, and Clinical Procedures in Primary Eye Care by Elliott. Useful medical texts such as Kumar and Clark’s Clinical Medicine can be found here.

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. Key texts in this collection include: The Contact Lens Manual by Gasson and Morris, System for Ophthalmic Dispensing by Brooks and Borish and Eye Emergencies: a practitioner’s guide by Tillitson et al.
  • 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. Useful titles include Handbook of Visual Optics and Routledge Handbook of Global Public Health.
  • More e-book collections

Journals and Articles

Finding specific journals from a reference

Use Journal Finder to find the full text of a specific journal article from the article reference, or to see if the Library has access to a specific Journal Title.

Search for the title of the Journal in the Library Search to find print only Journals held in the Library

Searching for journal articles on a topic

Subject-specific databases

If you want to search for journal articles on a particular topic within medicine the main subscription electronic journals database to search is:

  • Medline (with Full Text) - 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:

Further Subject-specific databases

Other very useful databases of journal articles in the medicine subject area 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)
  • Biomed Central - A collection of 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.
  • BMJ Journals Online - A collection of full text journals published by BMJ
  • CINAHL Complete - CINAHL Complete is the 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.
  • Embase – Part of the Ovid collection, 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
  • 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 - ProQuest Hospital Collection is comprised of five top health databases which cover all major clinical and healthcare disciplines, including medical sciences, immunology, pharmacy and pharmacology, nursing, physical fitness and hygiene, surgery, and others
  • PsycARTICLES - A database of full-text articles from 56 journals published by the American Psychological Association, the APA Educational Publishing Foundation, the Canadian Psychological Association, and Hogrefe & Huber
  • PsycINFO - The 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.
  • SPORTDiscus - consists of more than 600,000 records of journal articles and books on sport, fitness, and related topics, published since 1800; new citations are being added all the time

Multi-disciplinary databases

We also have a number of multi-subject databases that contain a combination of full text and bibliographic journals

Abstracting and Indexing Databases

These databases provide abstracts and executive summaries of journal articles and conference papers

eResources and Databases

Useful Medical eResources

  • 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 - 3D computer graphic models of human anatomy, dissection and radiology slides, animations and movie clips of biomechanics and surgical procedures.

Prescribing Resources

  • Medicines Complete - Contains some of the world's leading drug and healthcare reference sources
  • British Pharmacopoeia - is the official collection of standards for UK medicinal products and pharmaceutical substances.


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

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.

Louise Smith - Principal Subject Librarian for Clinical and Biomedical Sciences

Louise Smith

Principal Subject Librarian for Clinical and Biomedical Sciences
01772 892302