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Nursing and Midwifery

Using eBooks

The Library aims to have both eBook and print versions of books as we know both formats are important especially when studying away from the University.

Unfortunately publishers do not always offer an eBook in a format suitable for library use, or it is not available at the time we order the print version.

How to find eBooks

  • Go to the Library Gateway at:
  • Search for your keywords in Library Search e.g. anatomy.
  • To the left of your search results click on Books / eBooks and Online.
  • Choose a book and follow the link(s) available under Find online. The links will either say View online at: or the name of an eBook provider.


Reading eBooks

How you can use an eBook depends on terms and conditions set by the publisher.  In most cases you will be able to choose between reading online and downloading the eBook for a limited period to your own device. When downloaded eBooks expire you can download them again.

Most eBooks can be read by more than one reader at a time but sometimes you may have to wait if another reader is using the book. You can search within individual eBooks, add notes and print or copy a limited number of pages from most eBooks.


Further help

If you need further help please take a look at the Library Help guide: eBooks section or get in contact. You can find a link to the Library Help guide below.

ClinicalKey Midwifery Collection

SHU Library is subscribed to ClinicalKey Midwifery Student Collection, which contains 31 key Midwifery texts (such as Mayes' Midwifery, Anatomy & Physiology for Midwives by Coad, and Myles' Midwifery) as unlimited access ebooks in their most recent editions. The collection also contains nearly 100 video case studies and thousands of copyright-cleared illustrative images.

You can browse this collection by logging in via institution at Click 'Log in via your institution', then select Sheffield Hallam and enter your Hallam login details. 

The ebooks in this collection also appear in Library Search.

The Clinical Key Student interface, where you can search study resources such as books, images, and videos.

  • Once you've logged into your account, you can add books to your Bookshelf, where you can highlight and annotate them. You can access the Bookshelf on your browser from the book icon in the top right corner of the Clinical Key Student homepage. This video illustrates how to use the ClinicalKey Student Bookshelf.
  • There is a mobile app available on Android and iOs, or a desktop app available from the Microsoft Store, either of which allow you to download books to read offline. More information can be found at the following link: Offline access to the ClinicalKey Student Bookshelf 
  • When logging in, the Bookshelf should be set to 'ClinicalKey Student for Nursing' rather than 'ClinicalKey Student for Medical'.
  • More guidance on using ClinicalKey Midwifery can be found in the help section on their website: ClinicalKey Student Nursing Support Center


New eBooks

Recent electronic additions to the library collection - updated June 2023.

Using print books

When you look up a book in Library Search that we have as a physical book, the entry will say whether the book can be found at Collegiate or Adsetts Library. Most of the physical books in the library collection that are related to nursing and midwifery can be found at Collegiate Library.

Screenshot of Library Search result for the book 'Patient assessment and care planning in nursing'. The words 'Available at Collegiate Library Main Collection 616.075 ELL' are circled in red.The entry in Library Search also tells you the book’s shelfmark, a number that is used to organise the books according to their topic. The shelfmark number is located on the spine of each book and the books are arranged in numerical order in the library. Books that are next to each other on the shelf will be about similar topics.

Here are some examples of shelfmarks you might encounter:

  • 610.73 - Nursing
  • 612 - Human physiology
  • 618.2 - Midwifery / Obstetrics

At Collegiate Library, the signs at the end of each shelf tell you the topics and shelfmark numbers covered by the books on that shelf. 

There will normally be 2 or 3 letters after the shelfmark number on Library Search (e.g. ELL). These are usually taken from the author's surname and are used to alphabetically arrange books that have the same shelfmark number. 

You can find out more about borrowing library books here.

New print titles

Recent print (physical) additions to the Collegiate Library collection - updated June 2023

Document Supply Service

If you need to access a resource that the library doesn't already have in its collection, then you can use our Document Supply Service. You can use the library's Document Supply Service to request journal articles, books, book chapters, or other resources not available at Sheffield Hallam. The Document Supply Service will then apply to borrow these resources from other libraries, both from within the UK and from around the world. 

More information about how to use this service can be found at the following link: Document Supply Service

Suggest a purchase

If there is a book or other resource that you think would be a good addition to the library collection, you can submit a Suggest a Purchase form. Library staff will review your request and let you know whether we are able to purchase it.

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