Library e-resources

e-journalsThe RSM Library provides members access to 6 key online medical databases, over 5,000 peer-reviewed e-journals and more than 7,500 e-books. Access is without restriction and all e-resources are updated monthly to include the latest issues.

Members can access the RSM’s e-resources, e-books, e-journals and Library catalogue by logging into the website and visiting the e-resources page. 


Medical databases available to RSM members

Databases are available in the Library and remotely via the e-resources page.

For help getting the best out of the databases, the Library offers free personalised inductions and one-to-one database tutorials to members. Alternatively, book a place on one of our free information skills training workshops.


Medline - 1946 to date
Covers the world's leading journals on medical, healthcare, nursing, dental and veterinary topics. Updated daily.

Embase - 1947 to date
A comprehensive database of biomedical and pharmacological published literature worldwide. Includes most areas of medicine including psychiatry, but not psychology. Updated daily.

Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED) - 1985 to date
Covers complementary or alternative medicine, palliative care and several professions allied to medicine. It indexes over 500 English language and European journals, as well as some newspapers and books. Updated monthly.

DH-Data - 1983 to date
Reflects the business of the UK Department of Health (DH) and its Agencies. Core subjects include health services management and administration, with an emphasis on the British National Health Service. It provides details of all DH publications including circulars and press releases. Over 300 journals, books, reports and pamphlets are also covered. Updated monthly.

The Cochrane Library
A collection of databases providing the best available evidence about the effects of healthcare, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Updated monthly.

Please note: The Cochrane Library is only available to RSM members who are UK residents through national funded licences. Check here for access options outside of the UK.

ClinicalKey, Elsevier's dynamic clinical resource, is designed to give fast clinically relevant answers from Elsevier's vast medical and surgical collection of books, journals and videos.


External databases

The Library has a qualified team of literature searchers who can also carry out database searches for you on the following databases:


ToxFile - Pre-1900 to date
Covers toxicology including adverse drug reactions, carcinogenesis, mutagenesis, teratogenesis and food contamination. It primarily contains journals, some technical reports and US government documentation. Composed of the Toxicity Bibliography from Medline and some secondary source sub-files.

PsycINFO – 1806 to date
Covers psychological practice and research and the related clinical, social and biological disciplines. Includes journals, US dissertations, technical reports and book chapters.

BIOSIS Previews– 1926 to date
Focuses on the entire field of life sciences, covering research findings and experimental data on subjects such as cytology, zoology, genetics, botany, microbiology, biochemistry, bioengineering, agriculture and ecology. Includes journals, monographs, reports, meeting abstracts and proceedings.

Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances (RTECS)
Covers data on mutagenicity, carcinogenicity, skin and eye irritation, general toxicity, and multiple-dose toxicity. Exposure standards and regulations of over 100,000 man-made or naturally occurring chemicals are also included. Derived from published scientific literature, journal articles, monographs, and published or unpublished US government reports.


“As I travel overseas for teaching purposes and consultation, and to help with overseas universities, the availability of facilities with e-journals is immensely helpful.”

Dr Gunawardena

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