Medicine: Home


Books for medicine can be found in both the Main Library and the JF Allen Library. We've tried to split core reading texts between both sites but most other books will be at the Main Library.

If you find that we need more copies of books please email me or morebooks and I'll endeavour to get more copies as soon as possible.

Not in the Library?

Can't find what you are looking for in the Library? There are a number of options available:

JF Allen Library

The JF Allen Library is the University's main science library. Most textbooks for the sciences are held here although for research in some subjects or to consult older works you may have to use the Main Library.

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It is located on the first floor of the Physics building on North Haugh. During the day it is open to all students.

For more information please see the JF Allen page on the Library website.

Useful Search & Reference Resources

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Finding journals

There are three main ways of getting hold of a journal article.

  1. Search the NHS Knowledge network  - best for clinical journals. (NHS Athens authentication)

  2. Search the University of St Andrews (St Andrews authentication - your email login and password.)

  3. If those two steps fail, then you will have to apply for an interlibrary loan. 

Please note that there isn't usually any other way of getting hold of an article. You can try Googling it, but you will nearly always find that it will at some point ask for a password. Often you will see 'The University of St Andrews' at the top of a page or an ATHENS login link but this DOES NOT mean that you will have access, the only way to check is to consult the catalogues of the University or NHS as described in steps 1 or 2 above.

Key Databases for Medicine

NHS Knowledge Network Databases (requires an NHS Athens account.)

University Resources (use normal University login and password).

Other Resources

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Using NHS resources on Campus

If you are on campus (ie in University) and if you want to use any Ebsco resources, please login in here - select the ATHENS login and then login with your NHS Athens password BEFORE you start doing your search. IGNORE the resulting page that comes up and return to this page! This will help prevent a conflict between the University and Ebsco accounts. It is not necessary to do this if you accessing material from home.

About this guide

The information in this guide is aimed at undergraduate students in the Faculty of Medicine who should all be members of the NHS Knowledge Network. Students from other schools do not have access to this resource but will be able to access the University resources mentioned on this page.

Referencing styles

The School of Medicine uses Harvard or Vancouver referencing styles.  You can find information about both these styles using the links below:

Make sure you are using the right Style in Word Online to ensure your references are formatted correctly. For Vancouver, just chose Vancouver from the list. For Harvard, select Harvard St Andrews

If you want to use the  Harvard St Andrews on your own PC you can download it from the link below. Once you've downloaded it open the file up and it should open up in EndNote. If it doesn't automatically appear in Word, then open the downloaded file up again and choose File and then Save As and give it a slightly different name and it should appear in your list of styles in Word the next time you try.