These sections below give you links to PowerPoint presentations and worksheets for our most popular databases.
CINAHL subject headings are assigned to each record to describe the content of the article.Subject headings are descriptive terms added by the database creators to describe the content of articles in a consistent, standardised vocabulary; regardless of the terminology used by the original authors.
Link to CINAHL
MeSH provides a consistent way to retrieve information where different terms or spellings are used by authors for the same concept.
Link to Medline
Web of Science Citation Searching
Unlike most other databases, the cited reference list of each article is included in all Web of Science records, and this enables a number of valuable and unique search functions associated with the linkage between citing and cited articles.
Link to Web of Science
The Cochrane Library (named after Dr Archie Cochrane) is a collection of databases in medicine and other healthcare specialties provided by the Cochrane Collaboration and other organizations. At its core is the collection of Cochrane Reviews, a database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses which summarize and interpret the results of medical research.
Link to COCHRANE
Grey literature is the term given to non-traditional publications (material not published by mainstream publishers). For example - leaflets, reports, conference proceedings, government documents, preprints, theses, clinical trials, blogs, tweets, etc..
The majority of grey literature is generally not peer-reviewed so it is very important to critically appraise any grey literature before using it unless you are using a web site like Evidence Search.
Listed below you will find a selection of sources you can use to search for grey literature. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and there may be other useful sources of information available.
Evidence Search Health and Social Care (NICE) provides access to selected and authoritative evidence in health, social care and public health
The British Library has a comprehensive collection of public available reports, conferences and theses covering all subject disciplines
HealthKnowledge is a public health learning platform
Open Grey is a multidisciplinary European database, covering science, technology, biomedical science, economics, social science and humanities
The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions in crime & Justice, International Development, and Social Welfare
The King's Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and health care in England
Social Care Online is the UK's largest online database of information on al aspects of social work amd social care
UK Clinical Research network Study Portfolio is a repository for recording research taking place within the NHS in the UK.
National Technical Information Service provides access to the results of both US and non-US government sponsored research
As part of your Research Proposal you will need to undertake a Literature Search, this search will help you to find existing research and information about your chosen topic. From the results of this search you will be able to produce a Literature Review which is a written piece of work that summarises and analyses the literature and information you have found in your search.
Learn how to put together an effective search strategy, search reliable sources and achieve better results! Take a look at the links below ...
Before you actually start searching using DelphiS and the health subject related databases it is essential that you spend some time thinking about and planning your search. This presentation will take you through that procedure.
When you have put together your search strategy you can start searching. We suggest that you start by conducting a keyword search on DelphiS which will help you to 'scope' your search so that you can see what terminology is used, which databases the references are coming from (Content Provider link) and how much research has been done on your chosen topic/s.
Help with using DelphiS and the other subject related databases can be found in the column on the left but you will also find these and others on this Health Sciences LibGuides page.
A DelphiS keyword search is a good start for scoping a search but it is important to move from DelphiS to using subject specific databases and this PowerPoint presentation will explain some of the advantages.
What is Evidence Search and what does it contain?
Link to Evidence Search
Referencing your work correctly is essential. If you acknowledge the work of others you are taking steps to avoid plagiarising someone else's work. You are also allowing the reader to trace your line of research. This link will take you to the e-version of Cite Them Right which is the version of Harvard which the Faculty of Health Sciences now uses.
Further information on citing and referencing can be found here
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In the boxes below you will find some useful links to print/ebooks and information about Grey Literature.