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Nursing Library Guide: Free resources!

Guide to library resources for nursing students showing how to find information in books and journals, referencing and essay writing.

Free resources

Many of the resources mentioned in this LibGuide are free. Below are those that are most frequently accessed and could be useful when you are no longer a student at UCT.


E-books that have been bought by UCT can be found in Primo.  See also the general library guide Finding eBooks for more information on how to find eBooks at UCT and how to use eBook platforms.

 Below are some e-books that are available free online:

Dictionaries, reference, etc.




The Medline database is the most comprehensive source of life sciences and biomedical bibliographic information. PubMed is the free platform for Medline. You can search this free database and filter to free full text. Medline is a very important source of systematic reviews and clinical trials. Use the filter option to filter to a particluar publication type, e.g systematic reviews, practice guidelines, etc. The Clinical Queries Option can be used to immediately locate clinical studies or systematic reviews.


For more information on PubMed see the following:

Cochrane Library


When researching a topic in order to find the best evidence, the most important literature sources are systematic reviews and meta-analyses of primary studies such as clinical trials. While many clinical trials are indexed by Medline, another very important source of information on randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews of RCT's is the Cochrane Library. Access to the Cochrane Library is free to residents of South Africa.

Trip Database


Patient information

Other resources