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Health and Social Care

Library subject guide for nursing, midwifery, AHPs, health and social care

Welcome - Library guide for the School of Health and Social Care (SHSC)

Photo of Maria King, Subject Librarian for the School of Health and Social Care

Welcome to this subject guide for students and staff from the School of Health and Social Care, my name is Maria King and I am the Subject Librarian for the school.

Your clinical skills as a health and social care practitioner are grounded in evidence based practice. The aim of evidence based practice (EBP) is for the clinical practices of health care professionals to be based on the best research evidence available, rather than on personal opinion or professional rituals. EBP should  lead to best practice being used in all clinical areas, improving quality of care & patient safety, and increasing patient satisfaction.

This LibGuide will direct you to the most useful search tools for finding research based literature/evidence, academic sources. grey literature, and reliable health statistics, and show you how to get the best out of these tools for your studies and professional practice.

If you would like to get in touch with me please click on the "Email Us" button below. Emails go to our general Library email address, so my colleagues can reply to you or pass your enquiry on to me as quickly as possible. If you would like to find out more about me and my teaching approach you can take a look at the Meet your Health and Social Care Librarian: Maria King Library blogpost.

"Email Us" button (will open in your email application)



As your Subject Librarian I can support you with:

  • Finding and accessing books, journal articles, and other sources 

  • Using online databases and search engines

  • Effective search strategies and techniques

  • Literature reviewing and systematic approaches

  • Evaluating information, include critical appraisal

  • Referencing

  • Reference management tools and software

Top 5 Databases

These are just a few of the databases and search locations you should be using to search for evidence. The Journals and Databases tab details a fuller list of relevant resources.

Library & Searching Skills Support Sessions

Come along to a Library event or workshop to help you improve your academic and study skills. Check the calendar to see what’s on and book your place by filtering down the category to undergraduates, postgraduates, or staff. Go to the Training and Events Calendar

Need help with academic writing skills and critiquing ?

Have a look at the Academic Skills page on MyNapier. There are online resources to help you develop your writing skills and they also offer bookable online Webex one to one sessions.