Medicine and Health Sciences Subject Guide



Finding journal articles and data

The easiest way to find journal articles is to do a keyword search for your topic in LibrarySearch.

We also have a range of databases to help you find journal articles and other relevant material for your subject (they may not all be included in LibrarySearch).

Some databases only give you the reference, but most provide a 'Full text' button if we have a subscription to the article. All our databases are listed in the A-Z of e-resources.


Medicine and health sciences

Library subscribed databases

Title Note
CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) Index of the top nursing and allied health literature, including journals, books and standards of practice
The Cochrane Library The Cochrane Library covers all aspects of health and medicine, and Cochrane Reviews are considered the "Gold Standard" of evidence on which to base decisions about healthcare interventions. The online version gives access to:
  • full-text of all Cochrane Collaboration systematic reviews in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews.
  • abstracts for all the controlled clinical trials contained in the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
  • CRD databases (DARE, NEED and HTA)
See the Cochrane Library User Guides - a selection of downloadable user guides for the Wiley version of the Cochrane Library
EBSCOHost Search interface to several full-text collections and bibliographic databases. You can cross search multiple indexes and collections at the same time. The most appropriate collections are:
  • PsycINFO (psychology - including clinical and health psychology, psychiatry and counselling literature, includes full-text of the PsycARTICLES collection)
  • Academic Search Complete and E-Journals (multidisciplinary full-text journal collection)
  • Abstracts in Social Gerontology (index specific to the discipline of aging)
Google Scholar (Kent link) Multidisciplinary coverage of a wide range of materials indexed (including research reports and grey literature). Use it as an adjunct to (rather than replacement for) the other academic databases on this list
Periodicals Archive Online (from ProQuest)


Access to the full runs of over 700 journals across key subject areas in the humanities and social sciences; the archive spans more than two centuries of content and multiple languages.

Database of psychological literature from 1887 to the present. It indexes more than 1,500 peer-reviewed journals, as well as other publications relevant to psychology.
SCOPUS Large and important abstract and citation database. It provides extensive cover of scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature
Web of Science and ISI Proceedings (part of Web of Knowledge) Select "Social Sciences Science Citation Index" as your search option. The Social Sciences Citation Index is a multidisciplinary index of journal articles published in over 5,700 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines. ISI Proceedings indexes papers published in scientific conference proceedings.
Zetoc Current awareness service of searchable details of 20,000 journal titles and 16,000 conference proceedings covering all subject areas from 1993 onwards.

You can personalise this service using Zetoc Alert and Zetoc RSS.

Free databases

Title Note
AgeInfo Database of literature about ageing and related health or social care policy issues. Produced by the Centre for Policy on Ageing and made freely available via Social Care Online
AIDSinfo Main dissemination point for US federally approved HIV treatment and prevention guidelines
Alcohol Studies Database Over 70,000 citations for journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, conference papers, and audio-visual materials, indexed by the Rutgers University Center of Alcohol Studies since 1987
Bibliosleep Database of literature (1990-) about all aspects of sleep, sleeping disorders, and treatments for them. Covers mainly health and medical causes for, or implications of, sleeping disorders, but there is also some psychotherapy coverage
CIRRIE (Database of International Rehabilitation Research) Database of bibliographic citations for non US rehabilitation research material. If you wish to access US published rehabilitation research material, then search NARIC's RehabData service
Clinical trials - how to find details of current trials None of these are specific to UK trials:
HerbMed Claims to be an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and the general public
Medline: accessible via Covers medicine, nursing, psychiatry, veterinary medicine, dental literature, neurology and bioscience from 1966-
NHS Evidence Base Database of evidence based guidance for health and social care topics
OT-Seeker Database of abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy
PEDro (Physiotherapy evidence database) Bibliographic references to English language systematic reviews and controlled trials on physiotherapy
PubMed Central Free access to papers from a core of participating journals. You can either search PubMed Central directly for papers, or else search PubMed itself
UK Clinical Research Network (UKCRN) UKCRN is an umbrella organisation for UK clinical research networks that coordinate details of clinical research studies.

Does not include:
  • MRC trials
  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
TOXNET Cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas

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