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Library Guide for Nursing, Psychotherapy & Community Health

See our Library Guides below for help in searching specific databases
EBSCOhost Databases (a number of databases are hosted in EBSCO, including CINAHL Complete and PsycINFO)
Web of Science

Recommended Databases

Recommended Databases

CINAHL Complete
This database offers access journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, in addition to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters.
Uses Evidence-based Care Sheets and CINAHL Subject Headings also, and offers full text of legal cases, clinical innovations and trials, drug records, and research instruments.

Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.
(MEDLINE via EBSCO is also available if required. We recommend using MEDLINE (via OVID) as above however as it offers some increased functionality and search filters)
PubMed is the free public interface to the MedLine database. It also links to the full text archive PubMed Central.

EMBASE (Excerpta Medica), is the most comprehensive database in biomedicine and pharmacology and gives you access to the most up-to-date information about medical and drug-related subjects with over 11 million records. Allows simultaneous searching of the Medline database.
EMBASE features the Emtree subject heading and search query builder, as well as offering an in-built PICO search tool, and drug, disease, and device searches. Also provides a PV (Pharmacovigilance) wizard tool.

PsycINFO contains nearly two million citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations, all in the field of psychology, as well as  psychological aspects of related disciplines such as medicine, psychiatry, nursing, pharmacology, and physiology.
Uses APA Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms, as well as offering specific search filters such as age group, methodology, and Impact Statements.
This full PsycINFO database links to both the PsycArticles and PsycBooks databases as part of its search.


Reference Databases

(Reference Databases are a hugely reliable and informative resource for getting started with research topics and areas)

Oxford Reference  (Including over 1 million entries across 25 subject areas, it offers the very best in quick reference information)
Sage Research Methods Core Collection  (SAGE Research Methods is the ultimate research methods library)
International Encyclopedia of the Social & Behavioral Sciences  (Extensive reference encyclopedia covering a range of subject areas and articles)

Clinical Summary Databases

Cochrane Library
(If you are having any issues accessing information on Cochrane, please try this direct link)
Part of the Cochrane Collaboration. The Cochrane Library is considered to be the prime source of evidence-based healthcare.  Contains Systematic Reviews, Controlled Trials Register and more.  This database is freely available to anyone on the island of Ireland.

BMJ Best Practice
BMJ Best Practice is a clinical decision support tool offering a step-by-step approach to help manage patient diagnosis, prognosis, treatment and prevention. Freely available to residents in the Republic of Ireland via a national licence funded by the HSE National Health Library and Knowledge Service.
A BMJ Best Practice app is also available to download. Register a free account to customise your experience and information needs

DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care. With clinically-organised summaries for more than 3,200 topics, DynaMed provides the latest content and resources.

The British National Formulary is the authority on the selection and use of medicines. The BNF is organised for quick reference and provides information for healthcare professionals on safe and effective use of medicines, and the management of common conditions.
BNF for Children gives guidance on the actions and uses of drugs prescribed in the UK for children.

Other recommended Subject & Multi-Discipline Databases

( See our full listing A to Z of Library Databases on the library homepage for further information on these databases, and to browse others.)

Web of Science  (A multi-disciplinary citation database covering over 10,000 of the world's highest impact research journals)
Scopus  (One of the largest multi-disciplinary abstracting and indexing databases of research literature and quality web sources)
Academic Search Complete   (A leading resource for scholarly research, covering a wide range of disciplines)

American Medical Association (AMA) (Full text access to JAMA (Journal of American Medical Association) plus 8 specialty journals.
BioMed Central  (An independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research)
BMJ   (Provides access to a wide range of medical journals, including BMJ, and covers a broad spectrum of medical specialities)
ERIC International    (Combines two databases - The Australian Education Index, and (ERIC) the US Educational Resources Information Center)
LWW (Lippincott Williams & Wilkins (LWW) publishes professional health information for physicians, nurses, specialized clinicians & students)
Oxford Scholarship Online: Public Health Epidemiology Collection  (Provides access to 102 full text e-books in the area of public health & epidemiology)
ScienceDirect  (Access to the full-text of over 2,000 Elsevier journals - covering all fields of science)
Sport Discus (with Full Text)  (An international database of references in all aspects of sport medicine, physical education & fitness, and related areas)
Taylor & Francis Online   (Previously Informaworld. Access to 1000+ multi-discipline peer reviewed journal titles)