This subject guide will help you locate key sources of information for your subject including databases for finding journal articles.

Looking for images or statistics or help with referencing?

You can contact your librarian for help searching databases and finding books and journal articles for your essay, coursework or dissertation.

Finding journal articles

To explore books, ebooks, ejournal content and more use Discover.

Use it

  • when you don’t know where to begin your search
  • to see the range of resources on a specific topic

Our Discover search guide will show you how to improve your searches and includes videos which demonstrate how to find books, ebooks and journal articles.

For more comprehensive searches you will need to search a database. A database enables you to search for journal articles and material that you may be unable to find on search engines such as Google. It will help you find information quickly and efficiently.

Difficulty accessing full text?

Use the Journal A-Z to check our journal holdings (search by journal title). Request material not available in our collections using the Inter-library loan service.


Key websites
Other useful websites
  • Knowledge Network is a national on-line knowledge and learning resource for health and social care. An NHS Athens login gives access to more than 9000 journal titles, ebooks and other services.
  • Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare is a collaborative research group involving historians and students from Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde.
  • Higher Education Academy champions excellent learning and teaching in higher education, breakdown by subject discipline.
  • Health & Care Professions Council is the regulating body for health, psychological and social work professionals.
  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland includes a range of publications relating to healthcare improvement including evidence based reports to best practice, improvement guides and inspection reports.
  • MEDNAR a specialist medical search engine which can be good for finding grey literature.
  • Mental Welfare Commission carries out a number of statutory duties within current mental health and incapacity law. Provides access to information on relevant legislation, good practice, publications and reports.
  • NHS Scotland is the official NHS Scotland website includes a list of NHS boards by region, a list of NHS and health related websites and publication search.
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde includes a wealth of publications including annual reviews, consultations and guidelines and manuals.
  • Audit Scotland aims to hold public bodies to account and help them improve. Access a range of annual audits and public reports such as Accident and Emergency performance and NHS waiting lists.
  • Scottish Government includes Scottish Government publications on the topics of health and social care.
  • Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) includes clinical guidelines.
  • Department of Health covers heath care in England and incudes publications including policy documents and reports.