Imperial College Library Revision Resources

It’s revision season, so here are the top Library Resources to support you in preparing for exams and assessments.

List of resources, including these and many others are always available on our Medicine Subject Support pages For any questions or issues accessing the resources below you can contact your Liaison Librarian team at

Remember to make time to relax too! An audiobook from Libby is the perfect companion for a study break walk in the spring sunshine…


BNF and BNFc via MedicinesComplete (College resource)
Publications included within the library subscription to MedicinesComplete are the British National Formulary (BNF) and British National Formulary for Children (BNFc) for key information and guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines.

Osmosis (College resource)
Osmosis is a web and mobile learning platform specifically designed to help students learn medicine more effectively. Use it to understand and reinforce over 3000 medical concepts with content such as videos, USMLE-style practice questions, memory anchors and reference articles. You can also develop new flashcards and questions as well as use the Osmosis Study Schedule to manage your time and study routine.

Picmonic (College resource)
Mnemonic study aids that cover a number of topics within Medicine and Medical Biosciences. There are over 2000 video quiz lessons. After playing a Picmonic lesson; take the quiz and you will then have daily quizzes to solidify the memories. First time users must register by creating an approved password for a Picmonic account but subsequent logins only require the college username and password.

ClinicalKey MedEd (College resource)
Search Engine which searches Elsevier plublished medical content plus information from Medline. Includes textbooks, videos, images and quick access sumaries of medical conditions.To access search for Imperial College London on the ClinicalKey login page (link above) and enter your College username and password.

UpToDate (College resource)
Evidence-based, physician-authored clinician decision support resource to aid point of care decisions. Authors synthesize the most recent medical information into evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality.

BMJ Best Practice (College resource) 
BMJ Best Practice is a point of care tool which aims to assist health professionals in making decisions about treatment and diagnosis. It uses an evidence-based, patient-focused approach. Available online and via app – offline access to 1,000+ conditions, 250+ interactive medical calculators, topics broken down into sections including prevention, diagnosis and management and procedural videos and images included for relevant conditions.

Clinical decision support system software, searchable by symptoms, signs and patient factors. VisualDx builds a patient-specific differential, or look up drug-induced adverse reactions by medications. Tens of thousands of images and graphics speed comparison, recognition and diagnosis. VisualDx is used to validate a diagnosis, access next steps for management and care and for patient education.


Bates’ Visual Guide to Physical Examination and OSCE Clinical Skills (College resource) 
Videos that provide head-to-toe and systems-based physical examination techniques for clinical skills practice. The videos cover adult, infant, child, and older adult patients. Each video may be viewed as a full volume or chapter by chapter. The OSCE module includes 15 patient video cases that helps students practicing clinical reasoning including assessment and difference diagnosis skills ahead of their exams.  
The Royal Marsden manual of clinical nursing procedures (College resource) 
Not just for nurses, the Manual is recognised as the primary NHS reference manual for evidence-based clinical skills. It includes over 350 clinical procedures related to every aspect of clinical care, from surgical scrub technique to cardiopulmonary resuscitation.  
Videos and walkthroughs are fully supported by the underlying theory and evidence for procedures and relate to every aspect of a person’s care including key information on equipment, the procedure itself and post-procedure guidance. 

Mind the gap: a handbook of clinical signs in black and brown skin (freely available)
The platform showcases clinical signs of diseases on black and brown skin with the desired result of earlier and more accurate diagnosis, increased patient satisfaction and greater confidence amongst healthcare professionals when treating people of colour. The handbook was developed as part of a student-staff partnership project after a UK medical student became concerned about the lack of clinical teaching on conditions as they appear of patients of darker skin.

Skin of Color Society Dermatology Resources (freely available)
These resources were compiled by the Skin of Color Society. The resources include reading lists, videos and other media to educate healthcare workers and patients on skin disorders, diseases, conditions and various treatment and educational options specific to skin of colour.

VisualDx (College resource)
Clinical decision support system software, searchable by symptoms, signs, and patient factors. VisualDx has a very large and comprehensive image library and show disease on a variety of skin pigments. There is also the Skin of Colour Sort feature, which allows you to show darker skin images first when you have built your differential diagnosis.


Acland’s video atlas of human anatomy (College resource)
The Atlas uses simple language and high-quality images to present a series of 3D, rotating anatomical videos using real human specimens. Each section is presented in simple, everyday language by Dr Robert Acland, professor emeritus in the Department of Anatomical Sciences, University of Louisville School of Medicine. Test your knowledge with exam questions, share clips and save them to your favourites. PDF transcripts are available. 

3D4Medical Complete Anatomy (College resource)
3D4Medical Complete Anatomy is an app-based resource – download it from the above link. You will then need to complete the registration process using your university email address ending and then complete the email verification process. Users off campus need to add the activation code 8LXEWWWYGMYK when using the app for the first time (Settings > My Account> Redeem Code Area)

Instant Anatomy (College resource)
Provides diagrams, video podcasts, podcasts and other various formats covering all areas of the human body.

Visible Body: Human Anatomy Atlas (College resource)
Visible Body 2018 includes 3D models 6000+ anatomical structures comprising all body systems and both male and female models; microanatomy of tissue and organs; rotatable 3D models demonstrating muscle movements; and comparisons of cross sections with cadaver and diagnostic images. Explore 1,000+ questions in the Test Bank as well as the encyclopedia (including definitions, pronunciations, and Latin names). The app version includes an augmented reality functionality that turns any room into an anatomy lab with the app’s interactive 3D visuals.
To access the desktop version of this resource, click on the link above and then the ‘2018 visible body’.
To download the app: When on campus and connected to Imperial College’s WiFi search the app store for ‘2018 atlas perpetual’ and choose the option ‘for organizations only.’ You will need to open the app while connected to the campus WiFi at least once every 150 days. Instructions for downloading off-campus