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Recommended Resource Lists and Tools

UKMi publishes the Essential Resource List (ERL). This is a list of resources recommended as being particularly useful for most MI services, especially those more likely to be purchased directly by MI centres rather than held in NHS libraries.

The list includes resources for purchase which are either recommended as Core resources that every MI Centre should hold, or Additional resources that should be held according to the nature of enquiries received. The list also includes approved resources which are freely available, including many web based sources.

Assessing Resources

Resources are assessed for inclusion on the ERL according to the Resource Assessment Tool. Details of a specific assessment are available on request.

A resource which is published by an authoritative source, such as a Royal College or a government body, is not required to go through the resource assessment tool.

An existing resource which has been updated, e.g. a new edition or available on a new platform, will not routinely be re-assessed.

Note that some resources are included on the essential resource list but predate the use of the assessment tool. The QRMG will not retrospectively assess a resource unless there has been significant change.

Some resources will have been assessed but are not deemed suitable for inclusion on the ERL; when considering using a non-recommended resource, check with the QRMG to see if the resource has been previously assessed.

Non-inclusion on the ERL does not necessarily indicate that the resource is not appropriate for use within MI. If you are considering using a resource that is not on the ERL, the following should be assessed:

  • Evaluation: Has it been evaluated by a trusted person/body already? This may be UKMi, or your organisation’s library. Does the information appear to be accurate and trustworthy?
  • Presentation: Is the information professionally presented? Although professional presentation does not indicate trustworthiness, lack of professionalism may indicate that the resource is not to be trusted.
  • Author: who wrote or commissioned the information? An individual, national association, professional body, commercial entity? What is their authority?
  • Bias: Does the information appear to be objective, or is it presented with a particular bias?
  • Referencing: Is it referenced? Can you tell where the information has come from?
  • Date: Is the information up to date?
  • Money: Is there any involved, and if so, who gets it? Is the website trying to sell anything?
  • Audience: Who is the target audience? Is it aimed at doctors (e.g. for use at point of care), pharmacists, nurses, or patients?

You may also wish to conduct your own evaluation using the Resource Assessment Tool.

In addition to the ERL, a document outlining the Limitations of Common Information Sources is also available. Guidance is also given regarding the general use of resources which may be available as Apps.

A document is provided which gives useful guidance on using and assessing the quality of information found on the Internet, including the use of Google Scholar. The Medicines Learning Portal [external website] also has a helpful section Internet and Medicines.

For a useful list of information sources and websites for on-call, which can be adapted for local use, refer to the On-call section in the Medicines Learning Portal.

Specific Guidance is also given regarding the use of Point of Care tools and Foreign Language Resources. 


Essential Resources List (June 2023)

Tips hints limitations use of common medicines information resources

Management of the UKMi Essential resources list
A brief guide outlining how the QRMG make decisions regarding the resources it recommends to the network

Resource Assessment Tool

Foreign Language Resources
Guidance on resources for information in other languages

Internet Searching
Guidance on effective internet searching

Managing superseded medicines information resources
This document aims to provide some practical guidance on how MI managers may decide which superseded resources need to be kept and which can be disposed of.

Point of Care Tools in MI

QRMG HDAS announcement
The NICE Evidence search feature and Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) will close on 31st March 2022. The UKMi Quality and Risk Management Group has put together an information sheet and recommendations for UKMi members

Tertiary Resources Comparison
A comparison of the different tertiary resources available to purchase / subscribe to

Use of apps in Medicines Information