UPDATED 17/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

Get access to e-books and e-journals by using the Library’s Online Catalogue. Sign in and then search or browse for the title you are looking for.

To search for the following:

  • ebooks: enter a title, keyword, subject or ISBN
  • ejournals: enter the name of the journal or ISSN
  • articles: enter the title of the article

Available resources are displayed in the search results with an Available Online link that you can click to read online or download for later.

  • You can also sort your results by relevance, subject, resource type etc.

From the list of items, you can:

  • Click links for Full text availability (if shown) to gain access.

Interlibrary loan service​​ (Journal article requests)

If an item is not held in our collection, you can request an Inter Library Loan via this link: order an article form. We will try to obtain the article from the British Library, and then send it to you by standard email as a TIF file. For any further enquiries, please email bma-library@bma.org.uk

Our recently expanded team of Information specialists are available to help you with all your evidence and research needs, offering a range of support including tailored literature searches, assisted search sessions, structured search training sessions and setting up of current awareness alerts.

Literature searches

We offer three levels of literature searches:

  • Quick – receive 5-10 of the most up-to-date citations for one question you ask us within five working days approx.
  • Comprehensive – suitable for scoping research on any health-related topics including clinical queries, medical education, ethics, the health workforce and developments in services. Receive your sifted results within 10 working days approx.
  • Systematic Review Support – A high-level, in-depth search where we we’ll collate and provide un-sifted results for all available information on your given topic within 15 working days approx.

Find our literature search request forms on the evidence support page on the BMA website.

Assisted search session

This session offers you an opportunity to discuss your research question with an Information specialist who can offer you advice on developing and refining your search strategy.

Book a Microsoft Teams appointment with one of our Information specialists here.

Search training session

The Evidence Support team offer a structured training session for those who wish to learn techniques to carry out their own searches using Medline and Embase. You will learn how to:

  • search Medline using medical subject headings and keywords
  • structure your search using a simple step-by-step technique
  • tailor your search, whether you need to be targeted or comprehensive in scope
  • handle your results.

Book a Microsoft Teams appointment with one of our Information specialists here.

Evidence auto-alerts

We can set up a tailored alert based on your research topic to provide you with the latest evidence at the frequency you choose direct to your inbox.

Sign up by sending us your topic and search terms to evidence.support@bma.org.uk

UPDATED 17/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

Google Scholar can be used to search for scholarly information on the internet, including articles, books, conference papers, and theses. Some of the results will have a link to articles that are freely available, but we have now made it possible for you to see at a glance what articles are also available through the BMA library, ensuring you don’t miss any relevant articles for your research.

To be able to access the articles, you will need to first set up access to BMA Library on your Google Scholar account by following the steps below:

  1. Navigate to the Google Scholar website on your browser: https://scholar.google.com/Google Scholar
  2. Click on the navigation menu icon
  3. Click on ‘Settings‘:
  1. Click on ‘Library links‘:
  1. Search for any of the following terms: ‘BMA Library‘, ‘British Medical Association Library‘, ‘BMA
  2. In the search results, select ‘British Medical Association Library – Access-Now@BMA-Library‘ 
  1. Click on the ‘Save’ button

After the BMA Library is added once to your Google Scholar account, when you search on Google Scholar for an article that is available on our catalogue, you will find a link titled ‘Access-Now@BMA-Library‘ next to the search result:

Clicking on the ‘Access-Now@BMA-Library‘ link directs you to our catalogue to access the full text of the article:

If you have any queries or feedback about this, please get in touch with us by email at: e-journals@bma.org.uk

Due to the COVID-19 situation and the closure of BMA House, all books that are on loan to BMA members have been automatically renewed.  There will be no charges during this period.

If you wish to return any books, there are two options available:

  1. Send the books back to us via the Post Office. (Please make sure you obtain a proof of postage receipt). Please use the book return or freepost label that was included when the book was loaned, or if you do not have these labels anymore, please use the following address:

    BMA Library, BMA House, Tavistock Square, London, WC1H 9JP

2. If you would like to return loaned books personally to BMA House, you can do so by heading to the book drop box at the front of BMA House (Security) in Tavistock Square. Security is staffed Monday-Sunday 08:00-18:00.

Please be aware that BMA House remains closed to members and you can only return books to the book drop box at front of house security.

UPDATED 03/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

In line with our e-first strategy, we have been updating our e-books collection.  We have purchased 500+ new e-books to match popular titles in our print collection.

All our e-books can be found on our online catalogue

Our e-book collection ensures that our content is accessible to all BMA members regardless of your location.  You will not be restricted by the number of copies per book and there are no waiting times to access our most popular titles.

Our content is available on a variety of platforms including: VLebooks, EBSCOhost, ClinicalKey, and Wiley Online Library.

We provide access to thousands of e-books; here are some of the popular titles and collections you can find on our catalogue:

The challenges of the pandemic forced us all to work in new ways, and in BMA Library’s instance, this meant reviewing strategy and taking the opportunity to improve services for members.

Thanks to the new e-first strategy, members are now able to access more resources and support than ever before via the BMA library webpage. And because everything is now online, all members have the same access, no matter where they are based.

Make light work of finding what you need.
Search the collection using our new catalogue to access thousands of e-books and other collections

Access thousands of e-journals including JAMA, The Lancet, and Nature.

Enjoy free access to ClinicalKey and ClinicalKey Student. Use this powerful clinical search engine for the latest evidence and point-of-care support

Search Medline and Embase, the world leading clinical medicine and biomedical bibliographic databases, with full text linking to our current subscriptions

Our expanded team of information specialists are available to help you with all your evidence and research needs. Choose from 3 different levels of tailored literature search support or book an online assisted search/1-2-1 training session with them

Can’t find or access a resource – tell us what you are looking for and we will try and help

UPDATED 03/11/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

We are pleased to announce that access to Clinical Key for BMA members is now permanent.

In addition to this, we are now also offering access to ClinicalKey Student

For further details on both of these fantastic online resources, including how to access them, please see the following dedicated new page on the BMA website: https://www.bma.org.uk/bma-library/clinicalkey

UPDATED 31/10/2022: all of the access links and content in this blog post checked and updated accordingly.

We have now successfully set up access to a large number of e-journals on the Ovid Medline and Embase databases, offering BMA members free access to full text articles.

Medline is an extensive and world leading bibliographical database covering biomedicine. It is owned by the National Library of Medline in the United States and holds over 23 million references, from over 5,000 journals.

Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological bibliographic database of published literature. It is produced by Elsevier and contains over 32 million records from over 8,500 currently published journals.

As a BMA member you can search Medline and Embase directly. Currently we have journal collections from the following publishers available on Ovid Medline and Embase:

  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Elsevier
  • Karger
  • Royal College of Surgeons
  • Sage
  • SpringerNature
  • Taylor & Francis
  • Wiley

All of the above collections are part of our E-Journals Collection, which are also accessible via our online catalogue.

If you have any queries or feedback about our E-Journals Collection or access to the Medline and Embase databases on Ovid please get in touch with us by email at: e-journals@bma.org.uk.