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UHBW Library and Information Services: Research

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Welcome to UHBW Library Research Support

Providing literature search support in research is an integral part of our service

Literature searching is a fundamental step in carrying out good research, however it is both a challenging and time-consuming task that can cause real barriers to successful completion of your project.Your Clinical and Outreach Librarians can guide and support you through the research cycle:

  • Identifying gaps in the research
  • Formulating an answerable question 
  • Designing and building strategic and systematic literature searches
  • Sourcing and supplying the evidence
  • Support you to evaluate and critically appraise the evidence.

Our team of Library assistants can source and supply evidence relevant to your project in a timely manner - usually within 24 hours.Click here for some Useful Resources  

For guidance and more information on Systematic Reviews please click here and Grey Literature please click here

Whats New In Research


UHBW Library members can now access the professional statistical analysis program, SPSS, from a dedicated computer terminal at the Bristol library site. Please contact us to book this PC for use at
For help getting started with SPSS, please click here.

Getting Published: Open Access


"The video explains the open access publishing process by working through the Open Access Jargon Buster. The Open Access Jargon Buster* was created by Sarah Humphreys at the Bodelian Social Science Library. This video includes details specific to the University of Essex."

NHS National Institute for Health Research

Open access work with NIHR 

The NHS National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) published its updated open access policy of NIHR –funded research in November 2021.

Examples of institutional respositories: A list of NHS repositories which are freely accessible to access

  1. Open access
  2. Open access community of practice
  3. Institutional repositories


Open research



Most major research funders now have a requirement for outputsto be made open access (OA).

Complying with open access policies


Sherpa services
Tools to access and comply with OA archiving policies

Publications Router
Populates repositories automatically




OpenAIRE national OA desk (NOAD)
Support to comply with the EC's OA policy

Jisc Collections support for OA
Global OA compliance standards for publishers

Monitor Local
APC and compliance reporting

Studies that we have supported

Ileorectal anastomosis in ulcerative colitis: what do surgeons and patients need to know? A systematic literature review:
Orchard MR, Saracino A, Hooper J, Shabbir, J (2024)

Metabolic disorders and the risk of head and neck cancer: a protocol for a systematic review and meta-analysisAlexander Gormley, Charlotte Richards , Francesca Spiga, Emily Gray,  Joanna Hooper, Barry Main, Emma E Vincent, Rebecca Richmond, Julian Higgins, Mark Gormley (2022)

P289 The effectiveness of interventions to reduce psychological distress in patients with autoimmune rheumatic conditions: A systematic review of effectiveness: Jamie Hulley-Mills, Christine Sliverthorne, Bethan Jones, Jo Hooper, Joanne Robson, Emma Dures, Jo Daniels, Miles Thompson, Mwidimi Ndosi. (2022).

Comparing Mid-Term Outcomes of Cox-Maze Procedure and Pulmonary Vein Isolation for Atrial Fibrillation After Concomitant Mitral Valve Surgery: A Systematic ReviewDavorin Sef, Vladimir Trkulja, Shahzad Raja, Joanne Hooper, Marko Turina (2022)

Aortic valve neocuspidization with autologous pericardium in adult patients: UK experience and meta-analytic comparison with other aortic valve substitutesUmberto Benedetto, Shubhra Sinha, Arnaldo Dimagli, Lauren Dixon, Serban Stoica, Lucia Cocomello, Cesare Quarto, Gianni D Angelini, Uday Dandekar, Massimo Caputo (2021)

A systematic review of McKittrick–Wheelock syndrome: MR Orchard , J Hooper , JA Wright , K McCarthy (2018)