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Beaumont Library

Accessing Beaumont Resources

RCSI provides a collection of clinically focused e-resources for Beaumont Hospital staff who do not have an RCSI appointment.  An OpenAthens login is required to access these resources.  If you have an RCSI appointment you can access all RCSI Library resources using your RCSI network account.   To create a personal OpenAthens login please follow the OpenAthens Login instructions below to register on: using your Beaumont email address.  Please contact us at Beaumont Library Information Desk at if you have any queries about OpenAthens or if you would like to book a tutorial on any of the resources.

A-Z Resources

To access the e-resources please login on using your OpenAthens login and select the resource you require, or click on the direct links below for resources that do not require a login:


BMJ Best Practice – search by clinical topic for best practice guidance

CINAHL Complete (Ebsco) – nursing and allied health database 

Cochrane - database of systematic reviews (no login required)

DynaMed – search by topic for expert summaries of clinical conditions including treatment, prevention, international clinical guidelines, and patient information sources

EMBASE (Ovid) – key recommended medicine and pharmacy database that contains Medline plus additional content - see training video below for search tips or book a 1-1 tutorial in the library

ERIC - education database (no login required)

Health Business Elite (Ebsco) – healthcare management database

Health Research Premium Collection (ProQuest) – healthcare journal collection

JAMA – full text medical journals from the American Medical Association

Medicines Complete - pharmacy resources including BNF, Stockleys, Palliative Care Formulary

Medline (Ebsco) – medicine database that has the same content as PubMed

Pedro - physiotherapy database (no login required)

PsycINFO (Ebsco) – psychology/psychiatry database

PubMed (NLM) – medicine database, same content as Medline (no login required)

RCNi - full text nursing journals from the Royal College of Nursing

Wiley Online Library - extensive collection of e-journals, e-books and reference works

OpenAthens Logins

Hospital staff can create your personal OpenAthens login for RCSI Beaumont Hospital resources by registering at

Click on Login/Register to create a new OpenAthens login.

From the dropdown menu select Register- Section 38/Partners

Select the second option for “HSE OpenAthens Account… for employees of registered Section 38 and partner organisations” or click on Don't have an account? Register for one.

Complete the registration form:

Select Beaumont Hospital for your library service and for your location. 

Enter your Beaumont staff email address.

Select the appropriate job role.

After clicking SUBMIT you will receive an email confirming your registration. (Check spam email folder or ask IT to release the email if you can’t open it).

Your registration email will tell you your new username and contain a link for you to create a new password for your account.  Follow the instructions to create a new password.

To open the resources go to and click on Login/Register and select Login Section 38/Partners and use your new login.  If you have any problems with your login please email us at 

Literature Searching

A comprehensive literature search means that you search the key relevant databases such as PubMed/Medline, Cinahl, Embase, Cochrane databases as well as grey literature sources such as Department of Health, HSE, WHO and other reputable international sources. 

A systematic review requires that you search the databases in a systematic or structured way so that your search strategy can be easily replicated and reported in a PRISMA chart.  We provide an online guide to literature searching and 1-1 tutorials that will be tailored for your specific topic in the hospital setting.

The Finding Information Libguide recommends the best databases for each subject area, and provides a comprehensive step by step guide on how to search each of the key databases.  It also recommends relevant grey literature sources, and provides a template for writing up your search strategy for a thesis or journal article.  

The library provides 1-1 tutorials and department training sessions on literature searching which can be booked using our Clinical Query Service online form or by contacting us at

RCSI Printable Guide

How To Search Embase