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Solent NHS Trust: Literature Searching

e-LfH - e-learning programmes

If you have an OpenAthens account and wish to access e-LfH. e-LfH is a Health Education England Programme in partnership with the NHS and Professional Bodies.

e-LfH is currently developing and delivering over 150 e-learning programmes in partnership with the professional bodies such as Royal Colleges and associations, Department of Health policy teams and other arm's length bodies.

1. ‘Building the Foundations’ includes three modules to enable users to assess their current level of skill in literature searching, find out more about the resources available to them and get started planning a search.

2. "Developing the Skills" includes three modules: 

3. "Applying the Skills"This final module brings your learning together, providing the opportunity to apply the techniques learnt in the previous modules to search the Healthcare Databases (HDAS).

The aim of this module is to help you:


Use the Healthcare Databases (HDAS) to find relevant articles

By the end of this session you will be able to:
• Login to HDAS with your NHS Athens
• Combine search terms using HDAS
• Search using subject headings (thesaurus terms)
• Refine your search strategy
• Save results and download full text articles

NICE OpenAthens - My Resources

Help with Referencing

The following links will help you to reference just about any source, and understand how to avoid plagiarism.


How to make article Request using Library Search

To request full texts articles that are not accessible via OpenAthens, log into  Library Search with your Library card number and PIN and Click on "Send a Request"

Library Search

Accessing fulltxt journal articles

There are two ways to access eJournal articles, that should allow you to get hold of nearly any journal article you need.  

  1. OpenAthens from anywhere.
  2. Free Inter-library loan for anything else.

An A-Z list of journals available from any computer. An NHS OpenAthens login is required and you must login to see all the titles available to you. Register with OpenAthens.

  • Inter-Library Loan

If an article is not available from the NHS it can be requested free using the online form linked in the Library Search. You need to be registered with Library Services to use this service.


Register to KnowledgeShare to receive regular, personalised updates about new high-level evidence and policy documents so as to remain informed about the latest developments in your field.

To register with the knowledgeShare, NHS users need to submit the following form:

Trip Pro access with OpenAthens

Access to the premium version of the Trip database (Trip Pro) is for everyone in the NHS in England until end of March 2019.

Access to Trip Pro is via IP address.  When logging into Trip Pro on an NHS computer, you should see the message “Your PRO account provided by Health Education England” Username and password access is also possible for off-site access but you need to be connected to an NHS computer to set up this form of access.

Learning Support Librarian

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Mina Shaibatzadeh
Health Services Library (MP883), Level A, South Academic Block, Southampton General Hospital SO16 6YD

023 8120 6548 (external)

71-6548 (University)

6548 (SGH)