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Podiatric Surgery: Using other libraries

Maximising your opportunities

As a student at QM, you will have access to a large collection of online content but there will be times when you are searching for articles and you find one that is absolutely amazing, ticks all your boxes and is perfect for the presentation/essay/dissertation that you are working on but the full text isn't available.  Here are some suggestions on how to maximise the opportunities available that allow you to use other libraries.

See if the print journal is available in another library

There may be another library in the UK that might have the journal you are looking for.  You can register for a pass and then visit that library to either read the article in person and take notes or make a photocopy.

SUNCAT is a free online catalogue that covers the university and research libraries in the UK.  You can also limit your search to a specific region - e.g. Edinburgh only or Manchester only.

*Please note that you will need a SCONUL Access pass to visit other university libraries such as Edinburgh University Library or Glasgow Caledonian University Library*


SCONUL Access is a scheme which allows many university library users to use books and journals in print at other libraries which belong to the scheme.

To apply for SCONUL Access: 

  • First, complete the two steps on the website and click ‘Find’
  • Select the library you wish to use. Note: once your application has been approved, you can use any of the libraries on this list. You need not reapply for each library.
  • Click 'Apply for Access' and complete the form.

Your application will be processed by QM your home institution library.  Once your application is processed, you will receive an approval email with further details on how to take part in the scheme. 

Check the NHS electronic library

If you work for the NHS then you can register for a username and password for the relevant area:

NHS Knowledge Network - Scotland

NHS Evidence - England

NHS Wales eLibrary for Health - Wales

The NHS subscribe to a large number of eJournals and databases and make these available via their websites.  This is particularly handy when you come to do your dissertation and there are articles from specialist journals that we don't subscribe to.

Search for the journal title - not the individual article title - and if available via the journals database, check the holdings information to see if they have the year your require. 

  • check to see if there are any restrictions - occasionally you will see a journal subscription that requires you to be on an NHS premise