Journal databases

On this page you will find links to various databases which provide access to journal articles. For databases that provide access to other information sources (e.g. systematic reviews, guidelines, reports etc) please select the "Search databases" option from the menu on the left.

Key databases:

NICE Healthcare Databases (Guide) (Thesaurus Mapping)

The redesigned NICE Healthcare Databases were launched on the 17/10/2016. Includes Amed (Allied and Complementary Medicine), BNI (British Nursing Index), Cinahl (American nursing database), HMIC (health policy and management, includes DHData and King's Fund), Embase (strong in pharmacology), Medline (leading biomedical database), PsycInfo (psychiatry). NHS OpenAthens password required.

How to run a basic search:

View  step-by-step 'how to' videos here.

More to explore:

Biomed Central
This database includes around 230 peer reviewed journals covering the areas of Science, Technology and Medicine. Biomed journals are all open access, i.e. freely available from the time of publication.

Emerald Management First
Access to over 200 journals including health management journals e.g. Clinical Governance as well as journals with a health and social care focus e.g. Journal of Adult Protection. Also includes interviews, case studies and book reviews. NHS OpenAthens password needed.

Premier midwifery website. Access to the database is only available to subscribers.

Australian database for physiotherapists. Provides abstracts of randomised controlled trials and systematic reviews in physiotherapy.

Leading biomedical database of over 21 million citations from 1966 onwards. We recommend using the alternative version (Medline) from the NHS Evidence Healthcare Databases (a link to which can be found at the top of this page).
Alternative entry into PubMed shows which journals are NHS full text journals in search results. (NHS Athens username and password required to access journal articles).

Social Care Online
Social care database produced by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). Includes references to reports, journal articles, websites and more.