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CINAHL provides authoritative coverage of the literature related to midwifery, nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry, health education and other related subject areas. CINAHL content includes full text for more than 760 journals and it indexes more than 4,900 journals.
MEDLINE is the world's best-known medicine and clinical science database, covering literature from around the world since 1946. It has a comprehensive set of controlled vocabulary called Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms). MEDLINE is also available free on the web as PubMed.
The database contains more than 21.6 million records from 5,582 selected publications covering biomedicine and health from 1950 to the present. Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for bibliographic and abstract coverage of biomedical literature. MEDLINE provides information from the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, as well as coverage in the areas of allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science as they relate to medicine and health care, communication disorders, population biology, and reproductive biology.
The Cochrane Library is the home of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the leading resource for systematic reviews in health care. It also contains a register of controlled trials, Cochrane Clinical Answers, and Special Collections - curated content collections on specific healthcare topics.
Provides references, and in many cases abstracts, for peer-reviewed scholarly journal articles in the sciences, social sciences, arts and humanities. Includes the Science Citation Index Expanded (1970-present), Social Sciences Citation Index (1970-present) and Arts & Humanities Citation Index (1975-present). Also provides citation data and references to books and conference papers. Click on the Full Text Finder links to check for full-text.
EMBASE is a leading clinical medicine and biomedical database, with particular strengths in drugs, toxicology, biotechnology, health affairs and forensic medicine. EMBASE includes all MEDLINE records, plus several million of its own - giving it rather better coverage of the literature in topics such as pharmaceuticals and of the European literature in general.
PsycINFO is the key database for psychology and related subjects. It contains references and abstracts for journal articles, books, book chapters and dissertations.
Provided by the American Psychological Association’s (APA). The largest database of peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. Covers related subjects including medicine, law, neuroscience, business, human resource management, nursing, forensics, criminology, engineering, sociology and gerontology. Includes about 2500 journals, in many languages, from 1800s to present (including all articles from PsycARTICLES).
Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Delivering a comprehensive overview of the world's research output in the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities, Scopus features smart tools to track, analyze and visualize research.
Planning a Literature Search
This interactive learning object shows you how to prepare your search strategy before you start searching the databases.
This interactive learning objection will teach you how to develop an effective search strategy.
It includes quizzes to test your knowledge.
Subject Heading Searching
Subject headings are descriptive terms added to databases such as Medline and CINAHL to describe articles. One single subject heading is used to describe a concept, e.g. stroke for cerebrovascular accident or CVA. This means you don't need to worry about variation in spelling or jargon.
Using subject headings usually means you will find more relevant results.
However, not all concepts neatly fit a subject heading, so you may have to do a combination of free text searching and subject headings.
See the link below for a tutorial on using subject headings.
Anatomy.TV provides interactive 3D anatomical animations, MRI scans and descriptive text for the entire human body. Built using real scan data from the Visible Human Project, for use by healthcare medical professionals.
Search and access the full text of all current British Standards and many international standards (e.g. ISOs/IECs). See Terms & Conditions for printing and copying.
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The ISRCTN registry is a primary clinical trial registry recognised by WHO and ICMJE that accepts all clinical research studies (whether proposed, ongoing or completed), providing content validation and curation and the unique identification number necessary for publication. All study records in the database are freely accessible and searchable.
OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions. Most trials have been critically appraised for their validity and interpretability. In one database, OTseeker provides fast and easy access to information from a wide range of sources to inform occupational therapy.