Resources for researchers

On this page you can find information on resources for researchers. The page is split up into the following sections:


Guidelines, policy and publications



Evidence alerts



Useful websites

Examples of impact

Staff publications



ABPI Clinical Trial Disclosure Toolkit: Good practice guidelines, disclosure checklists and a standard operating procedure for pharmaceutical companies


Australian New Zealand Clinical Trials Registry


Centre for Reviews and Dissemination databases (CRD) - enables searching of the Database of Health Technology Assessments (HTA), the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), and the NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED) (US) -  searchable database which provides information about current ongoing clinical research activities both within the US and internationally


Cochrane Library: Highest quality evidence including 'gold standard' systematic reviews (no login required) 


Current Controlled Trials: allows users to search, register and share information about clinical trials


European Clinical Trials Database (EudraCT)


Health Systems Evidence: respository of syntheses of research evidence about governance, financial and delivery arrangements within health systems


ISRCTN: A numeric system for the unique identification of trials


Nederlands Trial Register: The options in the menu are in English, but the pages are in Dutch


NHS Databases: British Nursing Index (BNI), Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL), MEDLINE, EMBASE, PsycInfo, Health Business Elite, Health Management Information Consortium - NHS ATHENS account required 


PubMed: for search engine style quick search of biomedical literature (Must be viewed through Google Chrome)


Mendeley: a free research reference and PDF management tool US government science information, including R&D results


TRIP: Turning Research Into Practice - clinical search engine. Sign up to the site and follow this guide to enable the discovery of full-text links to resources held by Francis Costello Library.  Click here for a list of short videos designed to help you get the most out of the TRIP database. (NB Video clips may not available on Trust networked devices). Please note that users gain enhanced accessed to Trip Pro  when on NHS Trust networked devices.


UK Clinical Trials Gateway: Search results are available in two formats, and if results have been published, details will be given


UMIN Clinical Trials Registry (Japan): English language page. Click here for the Japanese page


WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRP): Their mission is to provide an overview of health research, the site includes a facility to search for clinical trials. 

Guidelines, policy and publications

AllTrials campaign is working to have all trials registered, and all results reported Information about clinical studies (including but not limited to clinical trials)


CONSORT Statement: Recommendations for reporting RCTs


Department of Health , National Health Service polices, announcements and publications 

King's Fund: independent charitable organisation providing research and health policy analysis


Health and Social Care Information Centre (supercedes the NHS Information Centre)


Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Authority - Clinical Trials: Very comprehensive resource, aimed at healthcare professionals


NHS Improving Quality (previously NHS Improvement)


NICE guidance (general search) 


NICE Evidence search (then filter results by information type)


NIHR - Clinical Trials Toolkit: Gives advice to researchers on designing and running a trial. The site also discusses the need for registration, so that trials can be tracked from start to publication





Information about our current journal subscriptions, and the substantial journal archive we hold, can be found at Search for a journal.

Electronic journal titles of particular interest to research are:


  • Bone and Joint 360 (summarises the latest developments in each orthopaedic specialism)
  • Bulletin of the Hospital for Joint Diseases
  • Clinical Orthopaedics and Related Research
  • Journal of Orthopaedic Research

Most of our journals are purchased by the NHS; however any journals which are provided by our university partners are labelled as such to enable compliance with copyright legislation when photocopying or scanning. Further information can be found on posters above the photocopier/scanner device sited in the library I.T. room.

Take a look at this new journal which provides interesting free reading on being a researcher in the NHS:



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Evidence alerts

King's Fund alerts, including one on health and wellbeing and their weekly update

Department of Health and NHS email alerts via the website at

QIPP case studies - monthly alerts produced  by NICE Evidence email:

Francis Costello Library blog alerts - subscribe by email

Follow Francis Costello Library on Twitter: @CostelloLib

NHS Networks - to share ideas and improve the health service

WiredGov - the most popular UK government alerting service 

Further information about alerting and current awareness can be found on our Keeping up-to-date page.



 To support you in your work, the Francis Costello Library make the following information skills training e-learning modules available to you:

  • Basic and advanced database searching
  • Critical Appraisal
  • Publishing, Copyright and Citations

The modules are free to you and can be undertaken from any Internet connected PC. See Request information skills training page for details, where you can also find a link to the Trust training prospectus.


NICE online learning resources were developed to support the implementation of NICE guidance. They were designed to enable healthcare staff to keep up to date with recent evidence; to challenge misconceptions; to reflect and compare local practice with NICE recommendations. The tools are free to use and you will be required to register in order to start using them.

The following e-learning modules are included:  Grading of Recommendations, Assessment, Development and Evaluation (GRADE) methodology; NICE guidance: evidence into practice; Systematic review




Please find below links to further information about core library services.


Please also note that we have previously worked with individual researchers to give appropriate library support for a specific project. If you are planning a clinial audit, project or research activities for which you would like tailored library support, please contact the library so that we can discuss your individual needs and plan accordingly.

Request a literature search - an experienced, chartered library professional will undertake an exhaustive search of the relevant literature and provide you with the summarised results.

Request a journal article or book

Send us an enquiry [online form]

Speak to us about your current awareness needs

Arrange information skills training

Provide us with feedback [online form]

Find information about RJAH staff publications


Useful websites


Examples of impact

The library service has recently conducted literature searches on:

- Exercise and manual therapy for Plantar Fasciitis

- Hydrotheraphy for rheumatoid arthritis

- Osteoarthritis and cell senescence

- Dementia and Falls

- Use of computer simulation for laparoscopy


100% of our literature searches are supplied within 3 days, or to a timescale agreed with the user
100% of completed searches were rated as ‘completely or mostly relevant’ to the search request by survey respondents
When asked about the impact of a literature search one user responded that "it helped me go from an average level of knowledge in a specialist field to presenting on the topic as if I were an expert!" and another "picked up some papers I had missed of recent import".
General feedback:
"Please find a copy of one of the papers that you helped get papers for that was published last week.  I very much appreciate your help with getting the papers and there is an acknowledgement in the manuscript."



Staff publications

See the latest staff publications list

 We welcome your feedback. If you  have any suggestions for further useful resources or links you would like adding to this page, please contact us.