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Pharmacy - Recommended Sources


The British Pharmacopoeia (BP) is the official collection of standards for UK medicinal products and pharmaceutical substances. Produced by the British Pharmacopoeia Commission Secretariat, part of the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency, the British Pharmacopoeia makes an important contribution to public health by setting publicly available standards for the quality of medicines. The British Pharmacopoeia comprises a five volume printed set, including a single volume of the British Pharmacopoeia (Veterinary) 2010 together with a fully searchable CD-ROM and online access

A variety of reference works, including dictionaries, which tutors may well prefer to Wikipedia, and it even tells you how to set out a reference to what you find. Try out the 'Mind Map' option to see how your keyword links to others - useful for essay planning and dissertation work (use the arrow next to Basic Search to get to it).

An online reference collection, featuring full-text content from subject-specific reference titles. Do a keyword search of the whole collection or browse for a reference work by subject. Get help planning your research by visualising your topic with a concept map.

A collection of key textbooks including:

  • Aulton's Pharmaceutics, Aulton ME.
  • Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics, Walker R.
  • Community Pharmacy 2nd Edition, Rutter P.
  • Fundamentals of pharmacognosy and phytotherapy, Heinrich M.
  • General and Systematic Pathology 5th Edition, Underwood J.
  • Kumar and Clark's Clinical Medicine 8th Edition, Kumar P
  • Mim's Medical Microbiology 5th Edition, Goering R.
  • Pharmaceutical Analysis 4th Edition, Watson DG.
  • Pharmaceutical Practice, Rees JA.
  • Rang & Dale's Pharmacology 7th Edition, Rang HP.
  • Textbook of Medical Physiology 12th Edition, Guyton AC.
  • The Top 100 Drugs

MedicinesComplete is an online platform which offers access to world-leading drug and healthcare resources. MedicinesComplete is a unique collection of clinically-proven, unbiased pharmaceutical information providing practical guidance and insight to pharmaceutical and clinical practitioners, researchers, and regulatory professionals


  • British national formulary
  • British national formulary for Children
  • Pharmaceutical excipients
  • Stockley’s drug interactions


Additional Sources

This fantastic resource has captured UK terrestrial TV and radio programmes from 1998 onwards for anyone in UK universities to watch for free. You can create playlists and clips to embed in presentations, as well as putting in requests for recording. Look out for all the useful documentaries. (Not available to anyone outside the UK.)

• eMC 

The electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) contains up to date, easily accessible information about medicines licensed for use in the UK. The eMC has thousands of documents, all of which have been checked and approved by either the UK or European government agencies which license medicines. These agencies are the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and the European Medicines Agency (EMA).

The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. IBIDS is a collaboration between two US government agencies: the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) of the US National Agricultural Library.

• NHS - Behind the Headlines not in Discovery 

Your guide to the science that makes the news.

• Nice Evidence Search not in Discovery 

The NICE (National Institute for health and Care Excellence) platform offers a Google like search of accredited health information from a selection of sources. A help guide is available for this resource here

Access the full text of books about quantitative and qualitative research methods and many more social science research topics.

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