Bibliographic databases provide access to the
latest information in medicine and health care.
A bibliographic database is a database where you
can find citations, references and abstracts containing information
relevant to all forms of publications.
A Citation (or reference) provides: specific information about a
publication presented in individual Indexed Fields: i.e. Journal
Name, Author's of the article and Title of the article, Date of
Publication, Volume, Issue No, etc.
An Abstract (or summary) provides a summing up of the main
points contained within a journal article.
No database covers the entire body of medical literature, to
collect a comprehensive set of references on any particular topic;
more than one database should be searched.
Some databases index articles using their own preferred
terms/keywords, this specific terminology is also referred to as
Subject Headings and are part of a database's distinct thesaurus.
We recommend databases are searched one at a time due to thesauri
anomalies. Some databases provide links to full-text articles,
enabling you to download or print the complete article.
Databases are subject-specific
- CINAHL and BNIcover nursing
- AMED covers complementary and allied medicine
- MEDLINE and EMBASE cover biomedicine and related fields
- PSYCINFO covers psychology, social behaviour and health
To access a database you will have to log-in with
an NHS Athens Username and Password, for more information about
Athens Usernames and Passwords go to Athens Accounts and to access
the databases go to the Databases page