Databases for the health sciences

The library offers access to important health sciences databases. Some of them are discipline-specific. Others cover the entire range of health sciences.

For general searching in the health sciences, start with the MEDLINE database. MEDLINE is available in several different ways – through PubMed, through OVID, through EBSCO, and other database providers. MEDLINE is the most comprehensive and best health sciences database in the world, and you read much more about it at the National Library of Medicine’s FAQ on MEDLINE.

Each academic area in the health sciences has different databases. For example in nursing and allied health, CINAHL (the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is  a good database that concentrates on a subset of the larger health sciences literature. You can get to CINAHL on the library home page by going to our databases page or by going to the Nursing or Allied Health section in our Library Resources For… section.

We also offer access to databases for the School of Community Medicine, Pharmacy, Public Health, and the Physician Assistant programs. In these sections, we’ve gathered the most commonly used databases in one spot so that you can easily get to the library resources you’re likely to use most.

The library also offers all kinds of evidence-based resources, such as the Cochrane reviews and Dynamed. Contact a librarian to find the best health sciences database for your project!


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