*Full content available to all SGUL staff and students*

Name: Oxford Medicine Online

Oxford Medicine Online logoPublisher: Oxford University Press

Devices: any device with internet access

Available from: oxfordmedicine.com

Price:  St George’s, University of London students and staff have access to 280 books with the Library subscription

Details on how to access the full content when not on the onsite Eduroam WiFi network are included at the bottom of the post.

Type of information:  Oxford Medicine Online is where you can access the electronic version of many key texts such as the Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine and Oxford Textbook of Medicine.

For: UK healthcare professionals and healthcare students.

Main Pros: Free access to 280 e-books for St George’s, University of London staff and students including many key texts for medical courses, you can search for books and relevant chapters easily.

Main Cons: A personal subscription is necessary for those without institutional access. Content cannot be downloaded.

An in-depth look

The format of the site depends on whether you are viewing it from a mobile device or on a tablet. This article focuses on the mobile version of the website.

Oxford Medicine Online gives access to many key medical texts including the Oxford Handbook Series. If you are connecting to Oxford Medicine Online using your SGUL Shibboleth log in via the Eduroam wifi network, you will automatically be signed in.

On the homepage there is a basic search bar at the top. The search bar uses a free text search so if you put in the term Clinical Medicine, it will search for books with the words even if they do not appear together in the. To be more precise in the search, use quotation marks around the term “Clinical Medicine”  to narrow down your search significantly.  The search results will also pull up relevant chapters in books as well as books.

Th search results also includes content that St George’s Library does not subscribe to, this is indicated by a padlock icon, so look for titles without the padlock.

Once you have found the title you want and you’ve selected it, reading the content is very simple. The first page will give you an abstract, and a table of content with hyperlinks to each chapter.

Each chapter is further divided into subsections, with links near the subsection titles to guide you to the next section, the previous section, or back to the top of the chapter.  Images display well even on a small screen, but some tables and charts may disappear off the edge, requiring you to scroll vertically to see all the text. The scrolling works very well and the text is readable, but on a small device this can involve a lot of scrolling.

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The mobile site has fewer functions than the full site which lets you download and print chapters, as well as the ability for advanced searches, but users using the full site version would be able to access these features. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Medicine Online for personal use.

Full terms of usage policy is available their privacy policy and legal notice page.

Overall,  Oxford Medicine Online provides e-books in a format that is accessible to mobile users. Although the search functions are limited, it puts over 280 e-books at your fingertips, if you don’t mind scrolling.


How to access the St George’s Library subscribed to content on a mobile phone when not on the Eduroam (onsite) network.

If you are not accessing the website using the Eduroam network, you will need to log in.

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  1. Go to m.oxfordmedicine.com and select ‘Log in’
  2. Select ‘Login in with Athens/Access Management Federation”
  3. Scroll the list of organizations until you find ‘St George’s, University of London’ and select it. You could also search via the search bar.
  4. Enter you SGUL Shibboleth username and password.

Still having problems accessing the full content? Double check that you are following the guidelines above and if you still cannot access content subscription contact us at library@sgul.ac.uk.

Relevant information: We have a Youtube video on how to find and use e-books in Library StART (St George’s, Assignment Resources Toolkit)


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