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mySearch is an interface which allows you to search across a range of library resources simultaneously, including books, e-books, journal articles and databases
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Searching for your literature
You can search many databases at once using our discovery tool mySearch. You need to know which databases you have used by referring to the e-resources filter on the left hand of the mySearch results page.
You can choose to go further and run your search separately in different databases. There are resources on this page giving information on particular databases and how to use them.
Main databases for health
The following databases are fundamental for any health-related literature search. Remember that mySearch is not a database, but a tool that allows you to search different databases at the same time.
CINAHL - Main database for nursing and allied health professions. You might need to explore CINAHL headings to get a more focused set of results.
Medline - Main database for clinical literature, especially useful for very specific clinical queries. You might need to explore MeSH headings to get a more focused set of results.
PsychInfo- Main database for mental health issues and psychiatry.
SocIndex - Main database for social issues; this could be useful if you are looking at sociological aspects of health care (e.g. patients from different backgrounds, influence of poverty in health conditions...etc).
Scopus - Large multidisciplinary citation database indexing 15,000 peer-reviewed journals
Web of Science - Large multidisciplinary citation database - the Core Collection covers 21,894 journals + books and conference proceedings
SportDISCUS - This database contains information on: sports medicine, exercise physiology, biomechanics, psychology, training technique, coaching, physical education, physical fitness, active living, recreation, history, facilities and equipment.
PubMed- it includes Medline and other health collections, not everything is free to access.
TheCochrane library contains systematic reviews (systematic literature reviews) and primary research (clinical trials and other studies).
NICE evidence - it includes primary and secondary evidence used to put together national guidelines.