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Free and Open Access Health Resources

Health databases and search engines

Throughout your career, you will need to source original studies - experiments, observations. case studies and clinical trials - from the scholarly literature.  Databases index articles published in scholarly journals, and enable you to search by specific topic or to conduct a broad sweep of the literature.

The databases listed below focus on specific areas of health and medicine, and are freely accessible.  You may also wish to see the resources listed on the Evidence Based Practice guide for clinical information.



Licensing information: Please read what you can and can't do with each resource in the A-Z Databases under 'License Information'. Queries can be sent to the Publisher Licensing Consultant.


Open Access Journals

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.’

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals
Provides full text access to open access research articles.

BioMedCentral
Publishes almost 250 peer-reviewed open access journals on various health topics, including allergies, cancer, family practice, medical ethics, medical research methodology and women's health.

BMJOpen
An online-only, open access general medical journal, dedicated to publishing medical research from all disciplines and therapeutic areas.

PLOS
Open access publisher of peer-reviewed scientific and medical research.

PubMedCentral
Linked with PubMed, this is the repository of open access articles available in PubMed.