Key databases

Databases provide searchable collections of articles or papers, reports and other information from academic and scholarly journals and sources, use them to search on a specific topic.

Although a particular database may not contain the full article, the Library often does have access to the full article. Go to the Library Catalogue and search by the journal name (not the article title) listed on the database record. Once in the journal, type or copy and paste the beginning of the article title into the journal search box.



Most important databases for your studies =

These give bibliographic references and short summaries of individual journal articles and the full text to many of the articles themselves.

These are comprehensive and international. They give references and detailed abstracts (summaries) of individual journal articles or papers.

  • PubMed
    Findmillions of references or citations from biomedical literature from MEDLINE and life science journals on all aspects of medicine, health and related subjects.

  • Web of Science (WoS)
    Key source for final year undergraduate dissertations, MSc, MPhil/PhD and staff.
    International database which covers world literature in all areas of science.
    In WoS, click on the ‘All Databases’ tab and change to Web of Science™ Core Collection.
  • BMJ Best Practice
    Combines the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion on public health/medical topics and presenting it in a step-by-step approach that covers prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis.

  • The Cochrane Library
    Covers health, health care and medicine-related issues, and includes systematic reviews and clinical trials.
    External link.

  • TRIP database
    Emphasis on evidence based medicine (EBM) and clinical guidelines and queries for medical topics.
  • BioMed Central
    290 free quality peer-reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health.

  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)   
    This is a freely available full text online journals from all disciplines. Searchable and browsable.

  • OMICS International
    700+ online open access peer, reviewed scholarly journals, 3000+ conferences in all aspects of science including medical, clinical and pharmaceutical subjects.

  • PLOS
    Peer-reviewed, freely available journals in biosciences and medicine.
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