Electronic resources from the University of Kent

E-resources for University of Kent students

The University subscribes to many electronic resources to support your studies. These include electronic books and journals and also a number of databases which help you discover key evidence such as journal articles, systematic reviews and clinical trials. Access to these is achieved via the University of Kent library webpages.


University of Kent - e-books are available via the Templeman Library Gateway (not the Drill Hall Library catalogue). In addition to individual book titles, you may find the selection of Reference Resources useful (see particularly Oxford Reference Online which provides access to various dictionaries and encyclopedias) and there is a handy guide to accessing e-books.

To see the range of e-books available for a subject and to access them individually, go to the Kent library catalogue, do a search and then click "e-book" in the right-hand column under the Collections heading. PDF guides to accessing e-books, including a list of selected e-books relevant to your courses are available to download here:


The University of Kent webpages include a searchable list of journals subscribed to: University of Kent journals database. In addition to searching for specific journals, you can also browse the list of Health & Biological Sciences journals from the page - sections particularly relevant to Kent courses taught at the Medway campus include Dentistry, Palliative Care, Public Health, Sports Medicine and Surgery. The list includes journals which are freely available on-line as well as the ones specifically subscribed to by the University.

A quick note about Athens : Those students who work for/with the NHS may have an NHS Athens account, which grants access to selected on-line journals. You do not need a separate "Athens account" to access our journals - as long as you go through the library pages, you will only need your University of Kent username and password. The two systems are completely separate, so it is best not to try to use an NHS Athens account at the same time as trying to access journals through the University (it might confuse the computer).


Databases are collections of useful information. This might be journal articles, maps, videos, sounds, case histories, references, abstracts or almost anything else you can think of. Most databases are constantly updated with new information, and are often a great way of keeping up-to-date and discovering the newest research for your subject area. To see a complete listing of databases and other useful electronic resources, go to the e-resources A-Z page. Key electronic resources for health and medicine available through the University of Kent include:

  • Academic Search Complete - a general database which covers all subjects the University teaches, though not in great depth. This is a very useful starting point for most subjects.
  • Business Source Complete - useful for essays on leadership and management within healthcare or sport.
  • The Cochrane Library - a database of systematic reviews of evidence for health care interventions.
  • Human Kinetics - access to a number of really useful journals for Sport and Exercise Sciences (NB - not every journal from this site is available).
  • PsycInfo - a key database for psychology and mental health topics.
  • ScienceDirect - a large collection of scientific journals, including medicine and health sciences.

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