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BMJ Best Practice

Make the most of your unlimited access to BMJ Best Practice.

The way you access BMJ Best Practice via OpenAthens has changed.

1. Visit and click 'Log in'.

2. You will be presented with an ‘Access through your institution’ button.
3. When selected, you will be asked to search for your institution. Please type and select ‘NHS in England’, and then log in using your OpenAthens username and password.

4. Click 'continue' to link your OpenAthens account with your BMJ Best Practice personal account. You can use these personal account details to log in and access BMJ Best Practice anywhere.

Available to all NHS healthcare professionals in your institution courtesy of Health Education England.


This site provides

* a complement to the onsite TEWV's inTouch (intranet) pages  

* current journal ToCs (tables of contents) with full text 

* tools, apps - for staff & for patients

* learning - MOOCS & more, news feeds and e-resources..


Please log into OpenAthens before clicking into journal links. 

If an article fails to open, search for the journal title on TEWV EBSCO full text finder.


Please contact your nearest library branch for help.

As this site is in continuous development, feedback and suggestions for additional links are most welcome -


Contact us 

Respect Copyright! Copyright links 

Information literacy training is available on request on a 1:1 basis, face to face or via a video call.  Please contact your home library or to discuss your requirements. 

Library book catalogue  

(login with card barcode and your surname in lowercase as your password)    E-book

Library registration form (on inTouch)

Openthens  - Registration/login ; alternative login

TEWV EBSCO Full text finder - full text journals

Library and Information Services - inTouch only 

Healthcare Databases - from NHS Evidence (NICE)

Current awareness bulletins &  Evidence summaries - inTouch

Clinical evidence summaries & mentored literature searches

NHS EvidenceNICE, BNF App information

Booklists on selected topics available to TEWV staff - inTouch

Other libraries including university library access

Open Access journals directory - DOAJ

Evidence Alerts -McMaster Plus - Free to register for emailed clinical evidence

MAG Online access

TEWV have trial access to MAH Complete and CPD Launchpad between 23rd September 2019  – 31st December 2019. You can access this here for free using an OpenAthens account: 

Emerald Journals

We currently subscribe to the following journals from Emerald:
  • Advances in Dual Diagnosis
  • Advances in Mental Health and Intellectual Disabilities
  • Tizard Learning Disability Review
  • Journal of Intellectual Disabilities and Offending Behaviour
  • The Journal of Mental Health Training, Education and Practice
  • The British Journal of Forensic Practice
  • International Journal of Culture, Tourism and Hospitality Research
  • International Journal of Health Governance
  • Development and Learning in Organizations: An International Journal
  • Leadership & Organization Development Journal
  • Journal of Management Development
  • Strategic HR Review
  • Online Information Review
  • International Journal of Health Care Quality Assurance
  • Leadership in Health Services
  • Mental Health Review Journal
  • Journal of Health Organization and Management
  • Journal of Criminological Research, Policy and Practice
  • Quality in Ageing and Older Adults
  • Advances in Autism
  • Emerald eJournal Premier Collection
Access them here: Emerald Journals


Log into Issues Online to see our collection! 


Library closures re Covid-19

Due to the evolving situation re Covid-19, Trust library sitesare closed till further notice.  Trust staff can continue to view libraryholdings and to renew books via the library online catalogue at: library staff are also contactable on

OPENING HOURS MAY VARY, please contact the branch or access intouch .
Trustwide library services 

Lanchester Road Hospital Library, Durham, DH1 5RD,
0191 4415893,  0191 4415910/12,
open Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm

York & Selby, via Lanchester Road Hospital Library, Durham, DH1 5RD, 
0191 4415910/12 

Harrogate, via Lanchester Road Hospital Library, Durham, DH1 5RD, 
0191 4415910/12

Roseberry Park Library, Middlesbrough, TS4 3AF,
01642 838380/112,
open Mon-Fri, please check our news section for opening times; please call 0191 441 5912 for queries.

Cross Lane Hospital Library, Scarborough, YO12 6DN, 
01723 384659,
always open, staffed Wed, 9am-3pm

West Park Hospital Library, Darlington, DL2 2TS,
0191 4415910 / 01325 552115, 
24/7, self-access service

Last updated October 21st 2019 || report broken links to


library application form.    

library induction pack  

British Library article form  

General enquiry.

If you do not have an emailer such as MS Outlook, just send your request to

York & Selby - York Teaching Hospital Library

TEWV Staff and students based in York and Selby have access to the York Teaching Hospital library services.  Please contact  Lanchester Road Hospital library for additional services. 

Information literacy training at your desk can be provided by staff over a video conference.


York Teaching Hospital Library

5th floor Admin Block

York Hospital

Wigginton Road


YO31 8HE

01904 726713

Library catalogue and web site

Harrogate District Hospital Area & Library

TEWV Staff and students based in the Harrogate District Hospital area have access to the HDH library services.  Please contact any of the other TEWV branch libraries for additional services.
Library & Information Service, Education Centre, Strayside Wing, 
Harrogate District Hospital, Lancaster Park Road, Harrogate HG2 7SX
Library tel: 01423 553104
Library catalogue at  


This site is for TEWV staff to access information for healthcare professionals, and is not designed to give healthcare advice.

To visit TEWV’s website please go to

If you are looking for medical advice, please speak to your doctor or visit the NHS website at

Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys Library and Information Service is not responsible for the contents or reliability of the linked web sites or RSS feeds on this portal and does not endorse the views expressed. We cannot guarantee that the links and feeds will work all of the time, and have no control over the availability of the linked pages, but please contact us to report broken links. 


This site is built and maintained on behalf of the Library and Information Service of Tees, Esk and Wear Valleys NHS Foundation Trust 


Warm Welcome


Cross Lane , Scarborough

A comfy chair and books beckon!

Lanchester Road, Durham

Journals, books and PCs await your use!

West Park, Darlington

Space to work and books to borrow!

Roseberry Park, Middlesbrough

The library offers space and resources for quiet working!



Behind the headlines - NHS Choices

The Mental Elf

The Learning Disabilities Elf

Health Service Journal - News



Health News Services

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Frequently Asked Questions

Please use the intranet LIS FAQ link to access any forms mentioned below at http://intouch/Services/Corporate/Library/Pages/Libraryfaq.aspx 

If you do not have access to intouch, please use the request email buttons at the bottom of the [home page] of this web site.




Can I locate a specific journal article online?

See  [Journals] button on the [^quicklinks^] bar above to search for available e-journals. This is a directory of journal titles and shows availability from different suppliers,including date ranges and embargos. You will need to log in to your NHS Athensaccount to view full text – look for the openathens user login link when you get to the supplier site.


I can’t find the journal article that I need online. Are youable to obtain it for me?

Please contact us or complete a request form [use FAQ link top of page] then send it to your nearest library. 


How do I access databases for literature searching?

See the [home page] on this site to register for an openathens account, then use  [HDAS] button on the [^quicklinks bar^] above to go to Health Databases Advanced Search and login with your OA account.  


Does the Library Service provide any training?

Contact your nearest trust librarian to discuss options.

I am a medic and need to access RCPSYCH rapid tranquilisation - what do I need to do?

1. Register for a TEWV openathens account.

2. Contact the library service to ask them to add the EXTRA resource to your account.  

3. Go to the RCPSYCH site and search for CPD and login with the very small openathens link. Fill in your personal details and take the CPD. 

4. Send your certificate to Medical Development at Roseberry Park. 

You should have been sent an email from the library service and they will send you another copy and give you guidance if you contact them.

How do I find out whether you hold a particular book?

You can search the library catalogue online via the [Bks] button on the [^quicklinks^] bar above.

What do I need to do to use trust library services?

What do I need to do to use trust library services?

You need to become a member. Fill in and sign a registration form [use FAQ link top of page] then send it to your nearest library.  We will send you a membership card and an information pack.

Can I access the library resources and catalogue from home?

Yes, from any web connected device ie smart, PC, Mac or Windows laptop via links on this Protopage.  Any wifi or data connection will work.

Do I have to come into the library to use the service?

No, you can access most of the resources remotely and you can search the library catalogue online via the [Bks] button on the [^quicklinks bar^] above.  Our contact details are on the [home page].

How do I request articles and books?

Complete a request for an article or loan giving full details [use FAQ link top of page] then send it to your nearest library

How long can I have books out on loan?

The loan period is usually four weeks. This can be extended by request  by contacting your branch or by logging in to <member services'via the  [Bks] button on the [^quicklinks^] bar above. The maximum number of renewals is three times for four week loan periods

Can I return books to the nearest acute hospital library?

No.  Currently you will need to return your book to a TEWV library unless you are based at Harrogate or York and Selby.  Please go to the home tab for our contact details.

Can I return books via the internal post?

We recommend that you return books in person if possible tothe nearest Trust library. At the trust library in Durham, please either handbooks in to a librarian or drop books into the wooden box for returnedbooks.  Out of hours drop boxes are at the main reception desks at Roseberry Park, Lanchester Road and can be handed in at reception at West Park.

What should I do if a library book has been damaged or lost?

Contact your nearest trust librarian. We will need to recover the cost of the book plus an administration fee of £5 or you may purchase a replacement copy.

What is an NHS openathens [OA] account and how do I get one?

An NHS openathens account gives you access to paid-for NHSInformation resources – journals, books and databases. See the [home page] on this site to register.

I have a university OA login. Do I need an NHS one as well?

Yes, you do. An openathens account allows you to access paid-for electronic resources, which are specific to each organisation, to access TEWV resources you will need a TEWV account as well.





A TEWV_openathens account is your  passport to electronic resources.


HDAS - Health Database Advanced Search  and Literature search guidance


Accessed via openathens.

Tutorials on database tab.


Literature Search guidance


Guidelines in pdf format to searching for literature


Research, impact and Critical Appraisal

On the research and critical appraisal tab


NICE Evidence

Quick search on resources validate by NICE. See quicklink bar


Book catalogue for TEWV - OLIB


See quicklink bar. [Bks]


Library Registration

See home tab and request forms to register.


The ICD-10 classification of mental and behavioural disorders: clinical descriptions and diagnostic guidelines

See quicklink bar for e-book


The Maudsley prescribing guidelines (11thEd)  

See quicklink bar for e-book


The Oxford Handbook of psychiatry (3rd Ed)

See quicklink bar for e-book


E-Journals (full text) – EBSCO fulltext finder


See quicklink bar to search for journal titles - EJournals


Royal Marsden Manual online

See quicklink bar to search for TEWV manual handling


BNF/c on a PC

See quicklink bar




See Apps_social_infotech tab for information. 


Outside Medical Library catalogues

See Researching and critical appraisal about borrowing from non Trust libraries.




Oxford Hand and Textbooks ebks


DawsonEra ebooks












EMERGIENCIES IN ... inc psychiatric






OTHER ....

Apps and Social Media


NHS Smart Device Links inc BNF/c

Evaluating & Creating Apps

More Links to medical apps and mobile-compatible web sites

Scanners +

Mind mapping & Organising digital tools

NHS Health and technology papers/articles

Specialist Communities on Social Media

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Consumer health information


Healthcare resources for staff, service users and those providing them with information


Mental Health - Patient experience videos

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ARCH Recovery College

A recovery college is a learning centre, where service users, carers and staff enrol as students to attend courses based on recovery principles.

Our recovery college, called ARCH Recovery College, opened in September 2014 in Durham. This exciting resource is available to TEWV service users, carers and staff in the Durham area.

Courses aim to equip students with the skills and knowledge they need to manage their recovery, have hope and gain more control over their lives. All courses are developed and delivered in co-production with people who have lived experience of mental health issues.

The recovery college also offers:

  • a resource base for service users, carers and staff
  • an opportunity for people with lived experience of mental health issues to develop skills and explore opportunities
  • an opportunity for Trust staff to become more recovery focused in their practice and to consider their own wellbeing
  • a place where service users, carers and staff learn together as students
  • courses delivered in co-production by experts by experience and experts by profession.
  • The college’s main hub building is in central Durham. This is where courses are provided and a resource library based for students with information about other services and opportunities in the area.

ARCH Recovery College is available to TEWV service users, carers and staff aged 18+ in Durham. There is also a limited number of spaces for people in receipt of primary care services and other mental health workers. Contact them on

Open Access resources for non-NHS staff, patients and the public

§    NHS Choices  - includes health, well-being and social care information and local services and support

§ - includes a professional section for guidelines

  § Medline Plus the United States National Health website for patients and their familiesand friends

§    Pubmed Health - includes A-Z of topics for patients plus a section for researcher

      Medscape - the latest medical news, expert perspectives,clinical trial coverage, drug updates, journal articles and more


Databases and Journals for Health Research

 NHS Evidence - Searches NICE guidelines and many other quality-checked sources of healthcare information

 Access to Research - gives free, walk-in access to over 15 million academic articles in participating public libraries across the UK.  Students and independent researchers can now access many of the world’s best academic papers from leading publishers who have made their journal content available for free. Start by viewing which articles and journals are available from home, then find a participating library where you can view the full text.

§ Researchgateshared research articles

§ Pubmed - Pubmed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions. PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine(NIH/NLM).There is also Europe PMC

§ Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - DOAJ is a community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access,peer-reviewed journals.

Other Sources

 Professional bodies’ own libraries – Eg:  - student or subscriber membership is usually available

  Public Libraries - Public libraries in general often hold books suitable for healthcare students and maybe able to request more specialist books and journal articles from other libraries.

Useful CHI Links

HI Newsletters archive -

PPI Workstream for Knowledge for Healthcare -

and PPI resources  

More general patient videos

Compiled by Keith Nockels, Learning and Teaching Services Librarian (College of Medicine, Biological Sciences and Psychology), University Library,  University of Leicester, February 2016

College of Occupational Therapists
The videos are at


HealthTalk / Youthhealthtalk
Information about health issues, through sharing of experiences.  A partnership between DipEx, an Oxford based charity, and the Health Experiences Research Group of the Nuffield Department of Primary Care at the University of Oxford.


Kings Fund
Blog posts.


NHS Choices
Use the search box, and look in the results for “NHS Videos”


NHS tools
Includes apps and online tools, but also videos of carers’ experiences ofdementia, and videos for young people about mental health. 


Pain Concern
Living with chronic musculoskeletal pain.  Also available on NIHR YouTubechannel.


Parkinsons Disease Society


Patient Stories
“to provoke debate about safety and patient experience in healthcare”. Videos include one about sepsis, and another about MRSA and C diff.  You would need a licence to use the videos in educational contexts.


Patient Voices
Digital stories about healthcare.  Use the search box to locate things of interest.


Patients Like Me,
Online patient community.   Has has work published in peer reviewed medical journals, and editorials in the BMJ.


Self Management UK
Long term conditions.


Society for Participatory Medicine
American based charity working to encourage active involvement of patients and carers in health care.   Society site is at

Current_Awareness and Evidence


Current Awareness Bulletins

KnowledgeShare - Current awareness and Evidence Summaries and Training

Health Networks

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Health Databases


Formulating Search questions - templates etc

HDAS guides

Databases including Cochrane

Proquest - psychinfo and medline searching from NICE

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Health Databases

Healthcare databases advance Search (HDAS) 

Log in to your
OpenAthens account to access a single platform carrying the databases below or else register for an OpenAthens account .

Access Health databases advanced search (HDAS) .

Logging in gives you access to
AMED, British Nursing Index, CINAHL, Embase, Health Business Elite, HMIC, Medline, and PsycINFO.

Please contact the Library Service for advice or training. User guides are available:
Healthcare databases advanced search quick guide. This guide is only available on the Trust network.

Pubmed "PubMed comprises more than 23 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites."

TRIP Database for evidence based medicine.  
How to use Trip - Youtube videos.

Lifelong Learning


NHS related online training

NHS e-learning platforms and programmes

TEWV_youtube training channel

CAMHS sites with learning modules

Life Skills & inspirational Ideas

MOOCs - Massive open online courses

Nursing - free courses

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Researching and Critical Appraisal



Listing of Table of Contents - ToCs - of journals & publisher sites

External Library Catalogues

Grey Literature

TEWV staff publications on our intranet

Research Social Networks & Dissertation Catalogue

Critical Appraisal templates

Systematic reviews

Reference Managers

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Clinical librarian evidence summaries

·       The Trust’s Library Service can help staff by undertaking evidence summaries on topics related to the care of individual patients, generic issues of concern to clinical services and to inform corporate/management workstreams.  To request an evidence summary, please contact

Evidence Based Psychiatry Links

Research Links

 CONSORT (Consolidated Standards of Reporting Trials)
The CONSORT initiatives aim to alleviate the problems of inadequate reporting of RCTs
SHERPA is investigating issues in the future of scholarly communication. It is developing open-access institutional repositories in universities to enable the rapid and efficient global dissemination of research.
Uniform requirements for manuscripts submitted to biomedical journals.
The EQUATOR website is a resource centre for good practice in the reporting of health research studies.
Vitae: realising the potential of researchers
Health Ethics – Centre of Research Ethical Campaign

UK Clinical Trials Gateway

Grey Literature Index - Public Health England




"Grey literature stands for manifold document types produced on all levels of government, academics,business and industry in print and electronic formats that are protected by intellectual property rights, of sufficient quality to be collected and preserved by libraries and institutional repositories, but not controlled by commercial publishers; i.e. where publishing is not the primary activity of the producing body."

The Twelfth International Conference on Grey Literature: Prague 2010


This list has been compiled to help librarians and researchers, particularly in Public Health, to find resources that fall into this category and flag up alternative sources for queries not easily resolved by the clinical / medical database model.








(Bielefeld Academy Search Engine) Bielefeld University Library tool.100 million documents – open access repository.



British Library



Copyright Library. Main catalogue for millions of records for books, journals, newspapers, printed maps, scores, electronic resources, sound archive items etc. in the Library's collections.






CADTH is an independent, not-for-profit organization responsible for providing health care decision-makers with objective evidence to help make informed decisions about the optimal use of health technologies, including:

  • drugs
  • diagnostic tests
  • medical, dental, and surgical devices and procedures.

In addition to evidence, they also provide advice, recommendations, and tools.





Current Awareness Service for Health






Union catalogue of the major research libraries in the UK (including British Library and other copyright libraries.




Seamless access to millions of open access research papers






British Library - 400,000 doctoral theses.


King’s Fund



Independent views on health and social care. 

Reports, blogs and more






Mednar is a free, medically-focused deep web search engine that uses Explorit Everywhere, an advanced search technology by Deep Web Technologies. As an alternative to Google, Mednar accelerates your research with a search of authoritative public and deep web resources, returning the most relevant results to one easily navigable page





Theses and Dissertations

4,558,431 electronic theses and dissertations contained in the NDLTD archive.



Nuffield Trust



The Nuffield Trust is an independent health charity. Their aim is to improve the quality of health care in the UK by providing evidence-based research and policy analysis, and informing/generating debate.





OAIster is a union catalogue of millions of records that represent open access resources, built through harvesting from collections worldwide. Includes more than 50 million records that represent digital resources from more than 2,000 contributors.





Open Access Theses and Dissertations.

Advanced research and scholarship. Theses and dissertations, free to find, free to use.




OpenDOAR is an authoritative directory of academic open access repositories.





OpenGrey covers Science, Technology, Biomedical Science, Economics, Social Science and Humanities.


Open access to 700.000 bibliographical references of grey literature (paper) produced in Europe, with the facility to export records and locate the documents.

Examples of grey (gray) literature including technical or research reports, doctoral dissertations, some conference papers, some official publications, and other types of grey literature.

The site includes preprints from the GL conferences (GreyNet International) in full text.





Public Library of Science (PLOS)

A non-profit Open Access publisher, innovator and advocacy organization with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication. 



SCIE Online


Social Care Institute for Excellence

A leading improvement support agency and independent charity working with adult, family and children's care and support services across the UK. We also work closely with related services such as health care and housing.





Trip is a clinical search engine, but as well as research evidence, it also provides a gateway to other content types, including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.

(It is thought that access to the Pro version is being investigated for national funding)






UK Health Forum - Prevention Information & Evidence eLibrary











Public Health England

Health and wellbeing resources / Health protection A to Z / PHE data and analysis tools /

Population screening programmes





The Office for National Statistics

The UK's largest independent producer of official statistics and statistical bulletins, and the recognised national statistical institute of the UK.




The University of Auckland Library

This is a great starting point for locating official statistical sources by country, region or subject. All of the content in the database is assessed by humans for quality and authority, and is freely available.



Health statistics

This includes both empirical data and estimates related to health, such as mortality, morbidity, risk factors, health service coverage, and health systems.




25 – Ministerial Departments





Official archive and publisher for the UK government and guardians of over 1,000 years of iconic national documents. This is a non-ministerial government department which is a cultural, academic and heritage institution with expert advisers in information and records management.




The National Institute for Clinical Excellence

Pathways, guidance, standards and indicators, evidence and more.








Top Tip

Use the site: command to focus your search on particular types of site, for example include in your search for UK academic websites. Or use it to search inside large rambling sites with useless navigation, for example You can also use the –site: command to exclude individual sites or a type of site from your search. All of the major web search engines support the command.

This also works with filetype:pdf or xls or ppt etc. to pull up document type of choice.




Although more ‘shopping’ than research, Bing is developing and is reputedly better than Google for Maps* (ordnance survey section); corporate sites, for social science, sexual health, anthropology, psychology searches, and for going deeper into a site. The best way to test for your subject is to use BINGITON and compare results. Advanced search is the best option.


*For detailed directions try Open Street Map




The search engine that doesn't track you. Allegedly a superior search experience with smarter answers, less clutter and real privacy.




metasearch engine for information on the World Wide Web that fetches results from Google, Yahoo! and Yandex, and includes results from several other popular search engines, including those from audio and video content providers.




Recommended for its clustering of results and also the visualisations of terms and concepts via the circles and “foam tree”. The Web Search uses for the general searches and there is also a PubMed option. (Possibly a subscription service for the most benefit, though there is some open source access).





MillionShort enables you to remove the most popular web sites from results. The page that best answers your question might not be well optimised for search engines or might cover a topic that is so specialised that it never makes it into the top results in Google or Bing.

Originally, as its name suggests, it removed the top 1 million but you can change the number that you want omitted. There are filters to the left of the results enabling you to remove or restrict your results to ecommerce sites, sites with or without advertising, live chat sites and location. The sites that have been excluded are listed to the right of the results.



Wolfram Alpha


This is very different from the typical search engine in that it uses its own curated data. Whether or not you get an answer from it depends on the type of question and how you ask the question. The information is pulled from its own databases and for many results it is almost impossible to identify the original source, although it does provide a possible list of resources. If you want to see what WolframAlpha can do, try out the examples and categories that are listed on the home page.








Behind the Headlines NHS Choices  


Behind the headlines provides an unbiased and evidence-based analysis of health stories that make the news. It is a good source of information for confirming or debunking the health/medical claims made by general news reporting services, including the BBC. For each “headline” it summarises in plain English the story, where it came from and who did the research, what kind of research it was, results, researcher’s interpretation, conclusions and whether the headline’s claims are justified.




On LinkedIn SlideShare you can view and upload:

  • Presentations
  • Infographics
  • Documents
  • Videos



BBC Archive News

Information for external enquirers who want to use content in the BBC archives for research, educational or other commercial or non-commercial purposes.



Search is Back

Search within Face Book (people, groups etc.)




Internet Archive is a non-profit library of millions of free books, movies, software, music, websites, and more (US)



Advanced Twitter Search  

The best way to search Twitter - use the Advanced Search or click “More Options” on the results page. There is a detailed description of the commands and how they can be used here



Online photo management and sharing application / creative commons images




Reverse image search. Allows you to search the web, using an image - find matches of that image elsewhere online and trace copyright owner. Also includes MulticolorEngine to extract colour palettes from an image or a set of images.



Copyright basics

22/05/2014   last updated ;  links last checked 16/03/2018

Please note that this guide is designed to be informative, not advisory. It represents our understanding of copyright law and practice and provides references to further resources. We would always recommend that you should seek specific guidance on any particular legal issue from the trust's solicitors via Chris Davey, Associate Director of Legal Services. 

Copyright is a highly complex subject. The main piece of legislatins governing copyright in the UK is the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 as amended.

Copying of printed material in general is governed by the principles of "fair dealing", that is, a right granted within copyright legislation to reproduce limited portions of copyrighted works without infringing the legitimate interests of the authors or copyright owners. The limits are not specified within the Act itself, but are governed by commonly accepted guidelines and case law. The principle of "library privilege" allows libraries to make single copies on behalf of library users or for other libraries, so long as it is for research or private study purposes.

Photocopying and scanning within the NHS in England is governed by a copyright licence, which provides for more extensive rights than are available under fair dealing. The licence covers books and journals; details are available via the Copyright Licensing Agency web page NHS England Licence. There are some excluded categories and excluded works. Similar copyright licences also exist for the NHS in Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. Please note that the CLA is a rights owners' organisation, not an official body, and on its web site is offering its own interpretations of copyright law. 

Official documents: UK government documents are often subject to Crown copyright conditions, in which case fewer restrictions apply. Many are available full text on the World Wide Web in PDF or HTML format and may be freely downloaded, provided that they are reproduced accurately and not used in a misleading context. Where Crown copyright items are being republished or copied to others, the source of the material must be identified and the copyright status acknowledged. The full texts of Acts of Parliament and Statutory Instruments, and the legislative output of regional bodies, may be downloaded from the web site.

Newspapers: legislation relating to copying of newspaper articles is more restrictive. For more details, visit the Newspaper Licensing Agency (NLA) site.

TV and radio recordings: NHS and special libraries and training departments are not entitled, as are university libraries, to hold licences from the Educational Recording Agency permitting the off-air recording of radio and television programmes for education and training purposes. Please note, however, that broadcasts subsequently made available via sites such as BBC iPlayer and YouTube are no longer deemed to constitute 'broadcasts' within the meaning of the Act. Use of copyright material for teaching purposes is permitted within the terms of the CDPA if an acknowledgement of ownership is made and the terms and conditions of each site adhered to.

Databases: these are now subject to a separate database right as well as to copyright. If a database is a work of personal intellectual activity, it is subject to copyright. A database qualifies for database right if it has been "assembled as the result of substantial investment in obtaining, verifying or presenting the contents" (Cornish 2009). The legal definition of a database is contained in section 3A (1) of the CDPA 1988 as:  

“...a collection of independent works, data or other materials which

(a) are arranged in a systematic or methodical way, and

(b) are individually accessible by electronic or other means. The owner of the database right has the right to prevent the extraction or re-use of all or a substantial part of the contents of the database. The main relevance of this for health professionals relates to the use of personal bibliographic software; some database vendors prohibit the downloading and incorporation of records into PBS systems. You should check the conditions of use of commercial bibliographic databases before downloading records from them. 

Copying from the Internet: case law relating to this is also evolving. You can normally assume that the same "fair use" principles apply as with printed material; however you should carefully check the terms of copyright statements on web sites where they are provided. In general, putting anything on a web site without the copyright owner's permission is an infringement. You should note that the texts of emails are copyright; for a clear statement on this, see the JISCmail web site. If you are using copyright images within an academic assignment, dissertation or thesis there is no need to obtain permission for their use, since within the Act an exception is made for 'examinations'. A sufficient acknowledgment of the copyright owner is, however, required. 

Works created as part of one's job: if authors create a work as part of their job, then the copyright in the work is usually owned by the employer. However, a contract of employment can specifically state the opposite, i.e. that copyright remains with the employee. Where a work is commissioned, copyright is owned by the author. A draft intellectual property policy for the trust is in preparation.

Creative Commons: individuals and organisations wishing to share information and resources via the web may wish to make use of a Creative Commons licence.  Creative Commons licences provide a simple, standardised means of licensing copyright work, and may be generated online. The use of this regime does, however, result in some loss of control over the copyright work and its use. 

Moral rights: moral rights include the right to be identified as the author (except in the case of employee-created material, see above) and the right to object to one's name being associated with someone else's work. The right to be identified cannot be exercised unless it has been asserted, i.e. the author or has indicated their wish to exercise the right by giving (written and signed) notice to this effect to those seeking to use or exploit the work. Moreover, both the right to be identified and the right to object to derogatory treatment can be waived by the author. The most important moral right is the one whereby authors have the right to object to, and sue for damages, if someone subjects their copyright work to derogatory treatment, i.e. distortion through additions, deletions or changes to its meaning.

Self-archiving: authors are often encouraged to self-archive their work via institutional repositories or personal websites. Copyright transfer agreements with publishers, which authors enter into when their work is published in scholarly or professional journals, often place restrictions on self-archiving. See the Sherpa Romeo website for detailed information about individual publishers' policies on self-archiving. 

More resources on copyright

A general overview of copyright principles is available at the Intellectual Property Office web site. Some of the information at the Copyright Licensing Agency site is also useful, although it is somewhat biased in favour of copyright owners. Charles Oppenheim, one of the UK library and information community's foremost authorities on copyright, provides a guide to other copyright information web sites in his article in the journal Ariadne. The website provides useful guidance on copyright issues relating to official publications. Leeds University Library provides a useful guide to copyright in the academic context, as does the JISC Copyright Toolkit.

A good introduction to digital copyright is given by Sandy Norman in her paper Copyright and the networked environment. The ICT4LT document General guidelines on copyright is also very clear.

Please see also:

Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988
ALPSP hot topics: copyright and search on copyright.
Leeds University Library copyright links

The Trust is not responsible for the content of external sites and the resources listed above. If you have any queries in relation to copyright, please contact a member of the Library and Information Services or TEWV legal department. 

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Family Therapy foundation course - book list

Books highlighted  are available from TEWV library and information service, or search our catalogue and search for the title or else search a phrase such as "family therapy"  or "systemic family therapy" 

Burnham J (1986). Family therapy: first steps towards a sytemic approach. London. Tavistock

Dallos R & Draper R (2015).  An introduction to family therapy: systemic theory in practice. 4th ed. Maidenhead OUP

Hoffman L (2002) Family therapy: an intimate history. W W Norton

Rivett M & Street E (2009).  Family therapy: 100 key points and Techniques. London Routeledge. 

Vetere A. & Dallos R. (2003). Working Systemically with Families: Formulation, Intervention and Evaluation. London: Karnac.

White, M. & Epston, D. (1990).  Narrative Means to Therapeutic Ends.  USA:  Norton.

On our catalogue, from a partner Trust - Waldegrave, C., Tamasese, K., Tuhaka, F. & Campbell, W. (2003).  Just Therapy:  A Journey.  Adelaide:  Dulwich Centre Publications.



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