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Evidence Searches

Our staff are skilled in carrying out literature searches in support of research and patient care. We can help to save you time and ensure you find the high quality information you need. Your searches can be saved and sent regularly to update you.

This is a free service provided by Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services to support clinical practice, service development and research. You can have your search set up as an alert so that you will be emailed details of new publications on a weekly or monthly basis.

To request a Literature search please contact us or fill in the online request form

Current Awareness

Our Evidence Updates provide a highly tailored, individual update of newly published health care information in your areas of interest. Tell Knowledge and Library Services about your areas of interest - you can be as broad or as detailed as you like - and how often you would like to be updated. Your evidence update will be personally configured by a professional librarian to ensure you only receive relevant, high quality information.

Request a personalised Evidence Update by completing our online request form or by emailing us your areas of interest

Training & Inductions

Evidence Searching

Do you want to do your own evidence searching? Or just overwhelmed by the resources we have available? If you need help with any of our resources we offer training to all Barts Health staff. The training sessions can be one to one - at your desk or ours, or in small groups, or virtually via Teams. Training sessions available include:

  • Evidence searching on NHS Healthcare Databases
  • Introduction to critical appraisal
  • Accessing e-journals and e-books
  • An in-depth look at any one of our digital resources

If you feel you need some training on anything related to library resources or services – or even just a quick walk through the features of a particular database – please don’t hesitate to contact us!

Request Training

Staff Inductions

Do you have a new cohort of staff who could benefit from an introduction to the services and resources offered by the library? If so, then our staff can provide induction support where we deliver a bespoke overview of our services and resources. We will tailor the content of the inductio session to your staffing cohorts specific needs, idenitfying and signposting them to the most relevant resources we have to offer. See our induction video for more information on our services.

For more information on how to book staff induction sessions from the library please contact us

Health Literacy Awareness

Do you want to help our patients to better understand, access and use health information so they can make informed decisions about their health? Health Literacy Awareness training offers healthcare professionals an opportunity to better understand what health literacy is. In this 1-hour session, participants will learn how health literacy affects health outcomes and primarily how limited health literacy can lead to poorer health outcomes. You will also discover tools, techniques and resources to use in practice to support those with limited health literacy. This course is aimed at anyone with a role in providing information to patients and carers, or who has a responsibility in planning and shaping services.

Qualifications supported

  • HCPC Standards of conduct, performance and ethics: Sections 1.2, 1.3, 2.3, 2.4 
  • GMC Good Medical Practice: Domain 3: 31, 32, 33, 34, 49, 51 
  • NMC the Code: 2.1- 2.4, 3.1, 3.3, 7.1-7.4

Sessions run from 1 - 2pm on the last Thursday of every month. Book onto a session by contacting the library team at

Document Supply & Inter Library Loans

Books, reports, journal articles, non-book media such as DVDs which are not held on local sites can be obtained from a network of health libraries and national collections. Before requesting a journal article please check whether it is available by searching on

Go from DOI or PMID to article in one-click with

Search for articles using DOI or PMID from the search box below. From the search to the article PDF in one click.

Lookup a journal article by DOI or PMID

Document Supply

If the journal article is not avilable via or the discovery platform you should contact us for assistance or complete an article request form

Interlibrary loans

For Books that are not available in our collection, please request via the online form

Please note you must be a member of Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services in order to access this service. If you are not currently a member you will be contacted and asked to join. Most items will be free, but if we have to go to British Library there may be a charge on collection. If you need to speak to someone about your request please contact us.

You will need to provide the following information where applicable:

  • Title
  • Author(s)
  • Edition
  • Year
  • Article Title
  • Volume Number
  • Part Number
  • Pages
  • ISBN

You will also need to provide your name, email address and contact phone number.

If you request a large number of books or articles which cannot be sourced for free from our NHS partners, a charge may need to be applied – you will be advised of this and asked if you wish to go ahead.

By using this service you agree to the following photocopy declaration:

I have not been previously supplied with a copy of this item by any librarian. I understand that the copy will not be used except for the purposes of research, private study or a non-commercial purpose. You are not allowed to use these publications for private practice or any form of commercial activity.

Evidence Updates & Factsheets

Evidence updates

Our Specialist Librarians also produce quarterly evidence updates against Trust priorities and other emerging areas of interest within the Trust.

We currently send out updates on the following topics: Use the sign-up form to be receive the next update

Click here for a list of archived evidence updates.

Resource Factsheets

Barts Health Knowledge and Library Services produce subject specific factsheets signposting to relevant resources. Please contact us if you have any ideas for new subjects.