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Paramedic Science: Finding Information

Key databases and websites

Databases index the literature of a subject area and some will also contain either full-text or links to full-text content. No single database will index everything in a topic, so it will often be necessary to search across two or more to find all the information you need.

The tabs above provide links to the key databases and some useful websites for the different areas of Paramedic Science; databases which can be useful to extend a search; and finally those useful for extended research. Please note: CINAHL and Medline are best viewed using the web browsers Chrome, Safari or Mozilla Firefox. 

The Library website has a page dedicated to helping you search for information: click HERE

These are some webpages that will be useful in your studies. Links to professional bodies are shown in the Professional Development section of this guide

If you are on placement or working with an NHS Ambulance Service, you can get access to the Library and Knowledge Service for Ambulance Services in England (LKSASE). Anyone employed by or on placement with an ambulance service in England can self-register for NHS OpenAthens at [ ], giving access to their particular ambulance service’s available resources and library support throughout their employment.  Registration requires an NHS email address - BCU cannot arrange this for you. Individuals should take care to select the correct trust i.e. the ambulance service that employs them, when they register. 

Tips for researchers

Holland M., Dutton, M., & Glover S., (2021) Where to look: sources of research in paramedicine Journal of Paramedic Practice, 2021 13:8, 316-319.  Available from: 

Holland M., Dutton, M., & Glover S., (2021) How it's done: search tools and techniques for major bibliographic databases. Journal of Paramedic Practice, 2021 13:5, 210-213. Available from:

Holland M., Dutton, M., & Glover S., (2021) Where to now? Searching beyond Medline.  Journal of Paramedic Practice, 13:2, 81-83. Available from:

Books and ebooks

The Library has a huge range of print and e-Book titles to meet your needs.

Print books can be a great place to start your research, but remember that demand can be high, so you'll need to plan in advance.

e-Books are a quick and easy way to access material. They are available on or off-campus and can be used 24 hours a day. If you own a tablet device, these books can be viewed easily wherever you have a connection to the internet. These titles also allow limited printing.

You can access our print and e-Book collections through the Library Website search box.

e-books are accessible on or off campus and are easy to use.

Here's a video guide for Ebook Central

Here's an Accessibility Guide to Ebook Central e-books

Here's a Quick Start guide for Ebsco ebooks

Reading Lists Online  provides access to the reading lists for your modules, as provided by your lecturers. Find your lists by searching for module names, module codes or by your lecturer's name. You can also follow the Reading Lists Online link from your module's Moodle page. See the how-to video HERE.

Individual items on the lists will take you directly to the Library Catalogue to check availability (or place a reservation) or where possible link through to the full text for many e-books and e-journals.

If you can't find your reading list have a word with your Tutor(s) or if you have problems with the site contact us at

Using Other Libraries

It is impossible for one library to hold all the information you need, but there are a number of ways that you can access other resources:

  • The Inter-Library Loans service will get you books and articles we don't hold.
  • SCONUL Access allows you to visit other academic libraries and use their print resources;
  • ETHOS  provides access to Ph.D. theses for UK universities;
  • COPAC is a catalogue of the holdings of over 90 UK academic and specialist libraries


Journals cover a range of sources, including newspapers; magazines and scholarly journals.  News and research around your subject area are usually published first in journals. A journal can be useful:

  • to find up-to-date information; to find our what has been researched on your topic; to find information that points to other relevant research

You can search for journals using Library Search. Most of our journals are available online. Print-only journals are available in your campus library. If the article you need is not accessible directly from this university, you can request it via Inter-Library Loan.


You can also use the Advanced Search.

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