Find Evidence

We enable easy online access to key information and evidence resources, give you the tools to search for and appraise the literature that you need, and maintain a book collection which supports professional and personal development needs.

When you need support to search more widely for the best evidence to answer your question, we also offer an evidence searching service to save you time. 

To find and access the full range of information and evidence that is available to you as NHS staff and learners (and find out how to avoid article paywalls!), start here:

Find an article

You will need an OpenAthens account to access most articles. 

  • If you know the details of the article that you want to access, you can search for it through the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub. Make sure you sign through OpenAthens before you search. When you find the article that you need, if your library service has access to the article then there will be a link to the full text.
  • If you know the DOI or PubMed ID of the article you want to access, use Simply search 'Leeds', select your organisation, and then enter the DOI or PMID of the article. If your library service has access to the article, there will be a link to the full text.
  • To check instantly whether your library has access to articles that you find outside of the library systems (through Google, Wikipedia, PubMed etc), install LibKeyNomad (available for Edge, Chrome and Firefox). LibKey Nomad is a free, safe browser extension that automatically provides links to full-text content of articles courtesy of your NHS library as you come across relevant literature when searching for information online. Read more about LibKey Nomad for the NHS.
  • If your library service does not have access to an article, accessing it through any of these tools will allow you to request a copy through an automatic form. Our library staff will then endeavour to obtain a pdf of the article and send to you within 5 working days.

If you need help with any of these tools, please contact us 

Find a journal

  • Browzine allows you to search, browse and access all of the online journals your library has access to, making it easy to find journals for your interests. Click 'Choose my library' and search 'Leeds' when you first access Browzine. To access full text of most journals, you will need to sign in with OpenAthens when prompted. 
  • To check whether your library service has access to a specific journal, you can use the Journals A-Z (Links for: LTHT, LCH, LYPFT). Sign in with OpenAthens and then search for the journal title you are looking for, then follow a link to access the range of issues available. 
  • A small number of older journals are only available in print. To search for print journals, use the library catalogue, and choose 'periodical title' as the search field. 
  • If you need to access articles in journals that your library does not have access to, see the information under 'Find an article' . Library staff may be able to obtain individual articles for you from other NHS library services. 

If you need help with any of these ways of accessing journals, please contact us.

Find a book

Search for information and evidence on a topic

Carry out an in-depth literature search

  • The NHS Library and Knowledge Hub can be used for basic and advanced searches of a very wide range of healthcare literature. For help with advanced searching through the Hub, book onto one of our training sessions.
  • To learn more about the principles of how to search for healthcare literature effectively, visit our Information Skills Guide or book onto a Searching Skills Course.
  • Some staff and learners need to carry out complex, robust and reproducible searches for literature reviews or research projects. These advanced searches should be conducted in bibliographic databases such as Medline, Embase and CINAHL. Find out how to access and use these Healthcare Databases.
  • To save you time and ensure that you find the best evidence for your needs, you can request an evidence search from one of our experienced healthcare librarians. 
  • If you have any queries around searching, please contact us

Request an evidence search by a librarian

If you want to save time and be sure that you've found the best evidence to answer your question, you can request an evidence search from your librarians.


Searching: Health and Care Evidence

Provided for all NHS staff by NHS England, this tool allows you to search thousands of journals, multiple databases, e-books and more, all in one place. 

After searching in the box above, if a yellow banner displays at the top of the page, make sure you log into your OpenAthens account to view and access the full range of results available to you.

Find out more about the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub.


An OpenAthens account gives all NHS staff and learners access to a wide range of online resources. 

Library Catalogue

Knowledge & Library Hub

Instant article access with DOI or PMID

Browse journals by subject

Browser extension for one-click access to articles