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 rather than using the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub quick search.

Which bibliographic databases are available?

AMED (Proquest Dialog) – allied and complementary medicine including palliative care

BNI (Proquest) – nursing, midwifery and community healthcare

CINAHL (EBSCOHost)– nursing and allied health

Embase (Ovid) – biomedical and pharmaceutical literature

Emcare (Ovid) – nursing and allied health

HMIC (Ovid)– healthcare management

Medline (Ovid or EBSCOHost) – biomedical, life sciences, allied health and pre-clinical sciences literature

PsycInfo (Proquest) – psychology, behavioural sciences and related disciplines

Social Policy and Practice (Ovid) – behavioural and social sciences, social work and public health

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

How do I learn to search effectively?

If you’re new to literature searching, or need a refresher, try our e-learning programme, How to Search the Literature Effectively? This will help you build confidence and covers principles of good searching which apply whichever search tools you use.

Each search tool is slightly different. Helpful guidance on how to search is available for each one.




Where can I get more help with advanced searching?

Specialists at your local health library are happy to help. The offer search skills training and may partner with you to complete your search. The can help you keep up to date using current awareness services. If you are embarking on a significant research project, contact your library early on to save your time and enhance the quality of your search.

Search the directory to find your nearest health library.