Research and Innovation


Literature Searching

Library staff can help you do a literature search or can do the search on your behalf:

  • You can request a search using the online literature search request form:

  • If you plan to use your search results for academic study, the library offers a guided literature search where you will be shown how to get quality search results which is tailored to your research question

  • The library can set up search alerts for you, which will run your search on the healthcare databases regularly and send you a list of results.

  • They also offer synthesised searches, which include a summary of results to inform literature searches for guidelines, policies or service design or management.

Accessing Articles

  • Access articles that the library subscribe to using your Open Athens account, or contact the library to sign-up for an account

  • For articles that you don’t have access to via Open Athens, you can request them using the online article request form:

  • The library is able to supply about 95% of items requested, usually within 5 working days. There is no charge for this service for SSSFT and SSOTP library members

Requesting Books

  • If there is a particular book that you are looking for that the library does not stock, then you can request it through our inter-library loan service. Even though they may not stock the book, they will do their utmost to get it for you

  • If there is a book that the library do not stock, but you feel that we should, you can suggest that they purchase it using their online book suggestion form:


  • The library offers literature search training individually or in groups at a time and place that suits you. They also offer virtual training via Skype or Lync

  • The library also offer critical appraisal training to evaluate clinical research, how to identify the most valuable points in research articles and learn new skills and tools to help you appraise evidence.

  • All of the library training dates are available on our website:

  • You can also keep up to date with the latest news and evidence in your field through the library's current awareness service, they offer over 60 alerts some from external sources and some compiled internally.

  • Find their complete list of updates, and subscribe to weekly updates here: