Resources for advanced searching

Some staff and learners need to carry out complex, robust and reproduceable searches including for systematic review and informing research. These advanced searches should be conducted in bibliographic databases such as Medline, Embase and CINAHL.

What bibliographic databases are available?

AMED – allied and complementary medicine including palliative care

BNI – nursing, midwifery and community healthcare

CINAHL – nursing and allied health

Embase – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature

Emcare – nursing and allied health

HMIC – healthcare management

Medline – biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature

PsycInfo – psychology, behavioural sciences and related disciplines

Social Policy and Practice – health and social care

Where do I find these databases?

EBSCO  CINAHL and Medline

ProQuest  BNI, Medline and PsychInfo

Wolters Kluwer (Ovid) AMED, Embase, Emcare, HMIC, Medline and Social Policy and Practice

To access these databases, you will need an NHS OpenAthens account.

Register for your free NHS OpenAthens account

Check your eligibility for an NHS OpenAthens account

Where can I find support materials for these databases?

If you’re new to literature searching, or need a refresher, why not take a look at our e-learning programme, How to Search the Literature Effectively? This will help you build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence.

EBSCO Interface

Ovid Interface

ProQuest Interface

Where can I get more help with advanced searching?

Specialists at your local health library can also do expert searches, provide search skills training, and help you keep up to date via current awareness services. Search the directory to find your nearest health library.