In this section you will find various databases and collections to support your enquiries.

Training  is available if you would like to learn more about how to maximise your searching skills. You can also access self guided training using the How to search the literature effectively programme.

Healthcare Databases

The databases listed below are available under In-depth searching at the Knowledge and Library Hub with an OpenAthens log-in. Click on each heading to find more about their scope.


AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine Database) Produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library, AMED is a specialized bibliographic database designed for physicians, therapists, medical researchers, historians and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative and allied therapies and related subjects


BNI (British Nursing Index) A UK nursing and midwifery database covering UK journals and other English language titles including international nursing and midwifery journals as well as selective content from medical, allied health, and management titles.


CINAHL. The Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL) indexes and abstracts articles from nursing, biomedical, and consumer health journals, as well as publications of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing.

Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library. A collection of databases to inform healthcare decision-making.


EMBASE (Excerpta Medica dataBASE) A biomedical and pharmacological bibliographic database.


EMCARE. A database from the nursing, allied health and biomedical literature.


GreenFILE. Covers the connections between the environment and a variety of disciplines such as agriculture, education, law, health and technology.

Health Research Premium Collection

Health Research Premium Collection.  A collection of journals, evidence-based resources, and full-text dissertations to serve a diverse audience of students, researchers, medical professionals, hospital administrators, patients and their families.


Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) Produced by the library services of the UK’s Department of Health and the King’s Fund. The HMIC database covers official publications, journal articles and grey literature relating to health and social care management, including management of the NHS; the quality of health services; estates management; regulation of medicines; medical equipment.


MEDLINE. The National Library of Medicine’s (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains more than 30 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. A distinctive feature of MEDLINE is that the records are indexed with NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). MEDLINE is the primary component of PubMed, a literature database developed and maintained by the NLM National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). MEDLINE is the online counterpart to the MEDical Literature Analysis and Retrieval System (MEDLARS) that originated in 1964.


PsycARTICLES. Full text articles from leading psychology journals.


PsycINFO. A database on behavioural science and mental health. Produced by the American Psychological Association.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection. Full text journals in psychology and counselling.


PubMed. In addition to MEDLINE, PubMed provides access to older references from the print version of Index Medicus, back to 1951 and earlier, references to some journals before they were indexed in Index Medicus and MEDLINE, very recent entries to records for an article before it is indexed with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) and added to MEDLINE a collection of books available full-text and other subsets of NLM records, PubMed Central citations and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) Bookshelf.

Social Policy and Practice

Social Policy and Practice (SPP) A database from six of the UK collections of social policy and practice resources: Centre for Policy on Ageing, Idox Information Service, National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Social Care Institute for Excellence, Greater London Authority, National Children’s Bureau.


TRIP Pro. A clinical search engine designed to allow users to find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. It also allows clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.

Other free databases

Education Resources Information Centre (ERIC) An online library of education research and information, sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education.

National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Information about ongoing research.

National Rehabilitation Information Center (NARIC). The library of the National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research (NIDILRR). We collect, catalog, and disseminate the articles, reports, curricula, guides, and other publications and products of the research projects funded by NIDILRR, as well as the wider community of disability and rehabilitation research.

NeuroBITE (previously PsycBITE) is a database that catalogues studies of cognitive, behavioural and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment (ABI).

PEDro. The physiotherapy evidence database.



Page last reviewed: 15 March, 2024