Welcome to the University of Zimbabwe, Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Library Liaison Page. The Liaison page has been designed for Medicine and Health Sciences users with academic activities associated with teaching and learning, research, community service, innovation and industrialisation. Faculty Subject Information Specialist plays a key liaison role between the faculty, students and the library. Their fundamental task is to synchronize communication between the faculty and the library to ensure seamless support for faculty endeavours related to the University’s mission and goals. Listed are e-books, e-journals, open access resources, training services, theses, and referencing and citation materials accessible from the University of Zimbabwe library webpage. You are welcome to navigate these via the tabs below.

Mr. Assurance Sipho Ndhlovu

Acting Subject Information Specialist

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences Library

Ground floor, Main Hospital Building

Parirenyatwa Hospital




  1. Reference Management-referencing, citation and use of electronic reference management software Mendeley, Zotero and discipline specific citation styles.


  1. Literature discovery– identifying research topics; planning and performing a literature review; running effective searches using e-resources and staying up to date with chosen research topic.


  1. Tools for research Collaboration– using writing collaborative tools such as Google Docs, literature searching collaborative tools like Mendeley, Zotero, ResearchGate and Academia and using tools for connecting with other researchers.


  1. Research Impact tracking– Use of citations and alternative metrics to track research impact using tools such as Google Citations and Social Media metrics


  1. Strategies to increase research visibility and discoverability– how to increase the visibility of research outputs through the use of institutional repositories; sharing preprints, establishing online researcher profiles and using social media for research.


  1. Publishing in reputable journals– selecting a book publisher and selecting a journal, differentiating predatory, accredited journals, and Open Access routes to getting research output more visible and citable.


  1. Research Communication– the training equips researchers on how to communicate their research to a broader audience so as to achieve optimum impact of research findings. It also explores the various ways in which research can be shared.


Available trainings can be booked here:






e-Theses and Dissertations

How to find Medicine and Health Sciences theses and dissertations in UZ Libraries.

Masters and doctoral theses from the Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences that have been submitted to UZ Library are for most part, available electronically through the UZ e-scholar Institutional repository

Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences thesis can be located by searching the institutional repository using this link:

Other UZ theses can also be found through searching the repository by issue date, author, title and subject. Alternatively use a community search including the title of the community for example “Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences”.

UZ Library does not keep Undergraduate theses although departments often keep their own copies but these are not reflected in the libraries’ catalogue.

• The Outreach Services available include:
• Literature searches on any biomedical subject of interest
• Verification of references, and other bibliographic services
• Electronic mail services to institutions
• Individual’s world-wide and provision of photocopies of journal articles on request

How to find a Faculty of Medicine and Health Science thesis in UZ Libraries.
Masters and doctoral theses that have been submitted to UZ are available electronically through the UZescholar Institutional repository (

Referencing (also known as citation) is the practice used to acknowledge the sources you have used in writing up your assignments or projects. Referencing enables you to refer to, or borrow from, the work of other individuals without being accused of plagiarism. Plagiarism involves the use of someone else’s creative works such as research, writings and ideas and presenting them as your own. This is a dishonest act and considered a serious offence by the University of Zimbabwe.   To avoid plagiarism, it is important to provide proper citation and referencing of the sources used in scholarly work.

Referencing and citation consists of two elements:

  • in-text citations in the body of the paper with the last name of the author(s) and the year of publication
  • an alphabetically arranged reference list at the end of the paper giving full bibliographic details for the in-text citations of the sources you have used in your write up.

The Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences mainly uses the American Psychological Association (APA), Harvard and Vancouver citation style. This refers to the rules and conventions established for scholarly writing and acknowledging sources used in an assignment or academic piece of work. For a detailed guide on the use of the given citation styles kindly follow the links provided below:


For individual or group sessions on using the citation style, book an appointment with a Faculty Information and Knowledge Management Specialist on the email or link provided below:

 Online Reference Management

Students can also receive training on using  reference management softwares, Mendeley and Zotero to manage referencing and citation from Faculty Subject  Information Specialist. This reference manager and academic social network can help you create and manage citations, organize your research, collaborate with others online, find relevant papers based on what you are reading and discover the latest research.

For training you can book an appointment on any of the emails provided below  


May the following revisions be made under the “New Books” tab


Featured books in our Medical Collection



Atlas of clinical gross anatomy by Kenneth P. Moses

Call Number: QM25 ATL


Ganong’s review of medical physiology by Kim E. Barrett,

Call Number: QP 34.5 BAR


Clinical procedures in primary eye care  by David B. Elliott

Call Number: RE 952.9 CLI


Medical-surgical nursing : concepts and practice by Susan C. deWit, Holly K. Stromberg, Carol Vreeland Dallred

Call Number: RT 41 DEW



Nursing Diagnosis handbook: and evidence-based guide to planning care by


Call Number: RT48.6 ACK

Markell and Voge’s Medical Parasitology by


Call Number: RC119.M3 JOH


Obstetrics normal and problem pregnancies


Call Number: RG524 OBS


Oxford handbook of psychiatry / David Semple.[].

Call Number: RC546 OXO


Fundamentals of Nursing: Just the facts by Potter, S and Perry, H


Call Number: RT41 POT


Current diagnosis & treatment surgery edited by Gerard M. Doherty.


Call Number: RD 31CUR


May the following revisions be made under the “e-Books and journals” tabs

May you create an eresources tab and update with the information below.

Faculty specific Resources (Medicine and Health Sciences)

There are relevant   e- journals and e-books available related to education that are accessible via the UZ website. You visit the address ( and then under e-resources you click Campus Access or off campus access when you are not within the university campus/ or the university internet network.  Below is a selection of databases recommended for topics related to Medicine and Health Sciences. Click on any of the databases in order to start accessing e-journals and e-books.

E-journal Databases E-book Databases


Access To Research for Development and Innovation (ARDI)

Wiley Online Library

Project Muse


Taylor & Francis

World Bank eLibrary

World Bank Africa Development Indicators


Wiley Online Library

Project Muse


Ebsco e-Books

Gale Research Complete

Proquest e-Book Central

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Atlas of human anatomy /Frank H. Netter, MD – Seventh edition. 2019


“The only anatomy atlas illustrated by physicians, Atlas of Human Anatomy, 7th edition, brings you world-renowned, exquisitely clear views of the human body with a clinical perspective. In addition to the famous work of Dr. Frank Netter, you’ll also find nearly 100 paintings by Dr. Carlos A. G. Machado, one of today’s foremost medical illustrators. Together, these two uniquely talented physician-artists highlight the most clinically relevant views of the human body. In addition, more than 50 carefully selected radiologic images help bridge illustrated anatomy to living anatomy as seen in everyday practice”

Dacie and Lewis practical haematology /Practical haematology [edited by] Barbara J. Bain, Imelda Bates. Michael A. Laffan – 12th ed. 2017


The 12th edition of ‘Dacie and Lewis Practical Haematology’ is an essential read for haematologists at all stages of their careers. The exploration of fundamental principles of good laboratory practice with latest technologies as well as traditional manual methods will benefit junior haematologists just embarking on their career, whilst more experienced haematologists perhaps challenged with running their own laboratories, will find the sections on laboratory organisation and quality management a must-have resource.

Dentistry, dental practice, and the community / Brian A. Burt, Stephen A. Eklund. – 6th ed. 2005


This great resource presents dentistry and dental practice against the ever-changing backdrop of economic, technological, and demographic trends, as well as the distribution of the oral diseases that dental professionals treat and prevent. The text is logically divided into five parts. Dentistry and the Community deals with the development of the dental and dental hygiene professions, demographics of the public, its use of dental services, and the professional role. Dental Practice covers the structure and financing of dental care, the personnel involved in providing that care, and the emerging field of evidence-based dentistry. The Methods of Oral Epidemiology provides a comprehensive assessment of the epidemiology of oral diseases and the determinants of their distribution in society. The Distribution of Oral Diseases and Conditions gives a detailed presentation of how the common oral diseases are distributed in the community. Prevention of Oral Diseases in Public Health discusses methods of preventing oral diseases in dental practice and through public health action. Content addresses evidence-based dentistry, and how it can and should become part of the everyday clinical life of the practitioner, since staying current is vital to providing excellent patient care.
· Discussions of infection control procedures and the impact of HIV and Hepatitis B incorporate new, updated guidelines in dental health care settings released in 2003.

Emergencies in obstetrics and gynaecology /edited by Stergios K. Doumouchtsis, ; S. Arulkumaran. 2016


Providing a practical, accessible guide to emergency situations encountered in obstetrics and gynaecology, this essential handbook is designed around the symptoms and signs with which the patient presents to the hospital. It explains how to arrive at a differential diagnosis and to prevent, manage, or treat an emergency. The obstetric emergencies section covers topics from early pregnancy through to post-delivery complications, whilst the gynaecologic emergencies section addresses those issues that could potentially pose a threat to a women’s fertility or even her life. This book provides trainees, consultants, and specialist nurses in obstetrics and gynaecology and emergency medicine with an invaluable source of information.

Essentials of nursing research: appraising evidence for nursing practice /  Denise F. Polit, Cheryl Tatano Beck. – 8th ed. 2014


Essentials of Nursing Research, 8th equips students with everything they need to confidently apply research to nursing practice. AJN award-winning authors Denise Polit and Cheryl Beck clarify the language of nursing research and instill a practical understanding of nursing research fundamentals and the research process for both quantitative and qualitative studies — including design principles; sampling and data collection; criteria for assessing data quality; appraising the quality, rigor, and trustworthiness of studies; and approaches to understand the statistical results”

Medical microbiology /Patrick R. Murray, Ken S. Rosenthal, Michael A. Pfaller – 8th edition. 2016


Turn to Medical Microbiology, 8th Edition for a thorough, clinically relevant understanding of microbes and their diseases. This succinct, easy-to-use text presents the fundamentals of microbiology and immunology in a clearly written, engaging manner-effectively preparing you for your courses, exams, and beyond

Oxford handbook of clinical medicine /Murray Longmore ; Ian Wilkinson ; Andrew Baldwin ; Elizabeth Wallin – 9th edition, 2014


The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Medicine presents clinical information in a clear way that makes it easy to revise, remember, and implement on the ward. It gives reliable advice on what to do, when to do it, and how to do it, with clinical photographs and diagrams that bring theory to life. Uniquely for a medical text, this book weaves history, literature, art, and philosophy into its survey of medicine, casting new light on the specialties and encouraging the reader to see beyond the practical aspects of medicine and adopt a patient-centred approach to care.

Oxford handbook of clinical surgery / edited by G.R. McLatchie ; Neil Borley ;Joanna Chikwe – 4th edition, 2013


The Oxford handbook of clinical surgery is an invaluable tool for junior surgical trainees, medical students, nursing, paramedical, and rehabilitation staff. The handbook covers the assessment and preparation of the patient, anaesthesia and critical care, inflammation, wound healing and infection, and the key components of general surgical practice, as well as chapters on other surgical specialties, including plastic, paediatric, and orthopaedic surgery. There are step-by-step descriptions of common operative surgical techniques, practical hints and procedures, and information on signs, symptoms and rarities. Emergency presentations are clearly identified for rapid reference and investigations and management plans are set out in a clear and easy-to-follow way. Surgically relevant anatomy and physiology has been expanded for each area, quick reference symbols ensure the reader is guided to key facts, and there is an increased focus on evidence-based practice with key references throughout.

Oxford handbook of psychiatry/David Semple. []. – 3rd ed.2013


Provides a comprehensive overview of child, adolescent, adult, and old-age psychiatric conditions, thoroughly updated with the latest changes to legislature and classification. Features discussion of historical context, current controversies, and ongoing challenges to provide a holistic view of the specialty. Filled with clinical observations, guidance, and commentary from the authors’ practical experiences of working in the field. Offers practical guidance for principles and management of individual conditions

Principles of biostatistics /Marcello Pagano and Kimberlee Gauvreau. – 2nd ed. 2000


A concepts-based introduction to statistical procedures that prepares public health, medical, and life sciences students to conduct and evaluate research. With an engaging writing style and helpful graphics, the emphasis is on concepts over formulas or rote memorization. Throughout the book, the authors use practical, interesting examples with real data to bring the material to life

Rang and Dale’s pharmacology / Rang & Dale’s pharmacology Pharmacology H.P. Rang, J.M. Ritter, R.J. Flower, G. Henderson – Ninth edition. 2020


“Comprehensive yet easy to use, Rang and Dale’s Pharmacology has been providing core basic and clinical science information to students and healthcare practitioners worldwide for more than 25 years. The fully revised 9th Edition keeps you up to date with all that’s new in the field, including new and emerging drugs and recent studies. From cover to cover, you’ll progressively increase your knowledge of all relevant aspects of pharmacology, from a molecular understanding of receptors and drug actions through clinical uses of key groups of drugs”