Health Science Databases
ABI/INFORM–This database focuses puts an emphasis on business trends, but this could be applicable to trends and newer strategies in place in the pharmaceutical or care industry as well.
Academic Search Premier–This is a multi-disciplinary database, using it would be a good place to conduct a general search of your topic. It would also be especially useful if your research topic crosses multiple disciplines. This database includes full text for nearly 9000 academic journals, including full text for more than 7000 journals.
Access Medicine– This database focuses on emerging trends, across a number of healthcare professions. You might want to select this database if you are focusing on an emerging trend, or current event within the health field.
CINAHL with Full Text – Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature*– CINAHL is the abbreviation for the Cumulated Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature. It is a comprehensive nursing & allied health research database and provides full text versions of more than 760 journals. This database also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,150 journals and provides full text for 329 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. PDF backfiles to 1982 are also included.
The Cochrane Library– is a collection of three databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and tool you can use to get quick answers to clinical questions. Includes: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) – Cochrane Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) – Clinical Trials, Epistemonikos – “Other Reviews,” Clinical Answers.
The Directory of Open Access Journals– is a collection of freely available Academic Journals. This database includes more than 17,000 journals, and more than 7,000,000 articles available covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. They have journals that focus specifically on a variety of sciences and health sciences within their holdings.
HerbMedPro– is an interactive, electronic herbal database provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public.
Natural Medicines– a resource which provides information about specific herbs and supplements and their effects, as well as citation for effects for further research.
JSTOR– is a general resource and would be a good place to start a general search. This database contains full-text scholarly journals from the Arts & Sciences I, III & VIII collections which include archaeology, arts & art history, classical studies, history, humanities, language & literature, music, philosophy, and social sciences.
PsycARTICLES– Covers the professional academic literature focusing on psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas.
PubMed– Grants access to MEDLINE (which contains citations and abstracts, and provides access to a broad range of biomedical and health literature). This could lead you to find articles you might need an ILL request for. New reference items for not yet indexed in MEDLINE are included in PubMed. Alternative Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine journals are also included in this resource as well.
ScienceDirect– provides access to more than 18 million articles and book chapters from over 2,650 peer-reviewed journals and 42,000 e-books, including books, book series and major reference works, and digital archives that reach as far back as 1823 to help users discover more science, use their time efficiently and make decisions with the highest-quality scientific information.
UpToDate–this database focuses on patient care, it uses current evidence to answer clinical questions quickly and easily. The goal is to save clinicians’ time, while improving outcomes, and lowering health care costs.
Selected ejournal titles
- The New England Journal of Medicine – Available from 1990. You can access this journal through the Massachusetts Medical Society. This journal focuses on research, clinical insights, and medical breakthroughs.
- PLoS Medicine – Available from 2004. You can access this journal through the Academic Search Premier. This journal publishes outstanding human studies that substantially enhance the understanding of human health & disease.
- Family Medicine – Available from 1998. You can access this journal through EBSCO Open Access Journals. The works included in this journal focus on the discipline of family medicine, particularly focusing on primary care medical education, health workforce policy, and health services research.
- Preventive Medicine – Available from 1972. You can access this journal through ScienceDirect. Preventive Medicine is an international scholarly journal that publishes original articles on the science and practice of disease prevention, health promotion, and public health policymaking.
- International Journal of Women’s Health – Available from 2009. You can access this journal through EBSCO Open Access Journals. This is an international peer-reviewed open access journal that focuses on all aspects of women’s healthcare including gynecology, obstetrics, and breast cancer.
- Women’s Health Issues – Available from 1995. You can access this journal through ScienceDirect. Women’s Health Issues (WHI) is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly, multidisciplinary journal that publishes research and review manuscripts related to women’s health care and policy.
- Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health – Available from 2015. You can access this journal through EBSCO Open Access Journals. The Journal aims to maximize the mental, physical and social health and well-being of military personnel, Veterans and their families.
- Men’s Health Journal – Available from 2018. You can access this journal through EBSCO Open Access Journals. Men’s health journal (MHJ) is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal. This is an international peer-reviewed open access journal that focuses on all aspects of men’s healthcare.