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Selected medical and health databases

The databases listed below focus on specific areas of health and medicine. You may also wish to see the resources listed on the Evidence Based Practice guide for clinical information and other clinical decision-making tools, and the Medical Ethics guide for bioethics information.

Medical literature

(Using MeSH for a targeted search) (Using the Advanced Search in PubMed)
PubMed is one of the premier biomedical databases. There are currently over 27 milliion records, including MEDLINE content. Licensing and Resource Information.

(Guide: Using Embase search features)
Embase is an important biomedical and pharmaceutical database. It contains records from MEDLINE, but indexes the records differently. Embase also includes over six million records not covered by MEDLINE. Licensing and Resource Information.

MEDLINE Complete
(MEDLINE Complete overview)
The MEDLINE database is available through a number of different platforms, including PubMed, EBSCOhost and Ovid. This access point is for MEDLINE Complete which provides full text access to many of the indexed major medical journals using the EBSCOhost platform. Licensing and Resource Information.

Allied health literature

Informit Health Collection
(Guide: Searching in Informit)
Contains Australian content, focusing on the health sciences. Includes Australian government material. Licensing and Resource Information.

CINAHL Complete
(Advanced searching on CINAHL Complete) (Using CINAHL/MeSH headings)
CINAHL is a major database for nursing and allied health, and will contain useful content for aspects of your medical information gathering. Licensing and Resource Information.

(Using PsycINFO search features)
PsycINFO is the largest resource devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health. It contains over 3 million records and summaries including the full index of PsycARTICLES. Licensing and Resource Information.

Point of care tools

BMJ Best Practice
(Best Practice overview)    (Searching in Best Practice)
Patient-focused point of care information summarizing the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion and covering diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. Licensing and Resource Information.

(UpToDate product overview) 
Experts in their field use evidence-based principles to present the most important recent medical information to answer both background and foreground clinical queries.Off campus access for students only. Licensing and Resource Information.

eTG Complete
(eTG Complete overview)
Evidence-based advice and guidelines. Licensing and Resources Information

See also the A-Z Database List to browse for databases by subject.

Major Medical Journals

Keeping up to date with information in medicine is an important requirement, whether you are a student, or whether you are practising.

These are the premiere journals for clinical medicine. You may wish to browse through them for an overview of current developments, or to set up alerts within them for topics of interest, or for latest issue availability. Each of these titles is also indexed in major databases, including Pubmed/ Medline.

  • BMJ - British Medical Journal
    The primary journal for medicine in the UK. Includes research articles, opinion pieces, patient education, podcast and videos.

Other electronic journals can be accessed via the Journal Search.

The National Library of Medicine (NLM) Catalog allows you to search to find the full title of a journal from an abbreviated title, or vice versa. Type in either the full title or the abbreviation and click on ‘search.’


ClinicalKey is a medical search engine which captures information from Elsevier published clinical videos, medical textbooks, guidelines, journals, image-banks and the point of care tool, First Consult. Licencing and Resource Information.

See the introductory video.  Features include saving material into a reading list for later reference.

What is a scholarly journal?

A scholarly journal is a publication in which experts in a field submit articles.  This is one of the primary means through which many disciplines discuss new findings, ideas and research.

What is a scholarly article?

Scholarly articles can also be referred to as academic or peer reviewed articles. They are written to inform or report research to a scholarly audience, and therefore tend to use technical language.

Many of these articles have been through a peer review process. They contain an abstract along with a list of references or other readings.

What does peer review mean?

Many scholarly journals will only accept articles for publication after an expert in the field check the contents of the article for its credibility. Reviewers assess whether the contents of the article are accurate, fair and balanced, up to date and ethical.

For help finding a particular journal or journal article, visit the Skills for Study help page