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The list focuses on the key databases likely to be of interest to the staff and students of Queen Square. Online guides are available to help with searching.

  • NEWS: in Autumn 2018, UCL database links will be changing. If any of the UCL links below do not work, please use the main UCL databases page as an alternative route. 

AMED: Allied and Complementary Medicine

AMED indexes about 500 journals from 1985 onwards, covering topics such as: complementary medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, podiatry, palliative care. There is a European emphasis and many of the journals are not covered by other biomedical sources.

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Best Practice

Best Practice is a "point of care" tool produced by BMJ and designed to support clinicians in their decision making from diagnosis to treatment. An iphone app is available for free download, but you will need to use your login details to activate the app and access the content. Instructions [PDF] are available from the BMJ site.

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  • UCL accessBMJ Best Practice - a UCL account is required to login and then additional (free) registration on your first visit to the site.
BIOSIS Citation Index

BIOSIS Citation Index indexes abstracts, meetings, report, review articles, books and monographs in the life sciences from 1926- , aiming to capture most important discoveries, influences and connections.

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BNF: British National Formulary

BNF is published by BMA and RPSGB, is intended mainly for doctors, pharmacists and nurses and offers up-to-date guidance on the selection, prescribing, dispensing and administration of medicines prescribed in the UK, with special reference to their indications, cautions, contra-indications, side-effects, dosage and relative costs.

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BNF app - an app version of the BNF (plus BNFC) is also available to NHS staff & students following an NHS-commissioned education programme which involves practice and placement within NHS provider services.

Important Update: following the release of a new version  of the app, NICE confirm that the old app will not be updated after 13 July 2017 and will be withdrawn later in the year. All users need to download the newly launched app. More information is available from the NICE website.

BNI: British Nursing Index

BNI indexes articles from over 400 English language nursing & allied health journals published in the UK, covering all aspects of nursing, midwifery and community healthcare.

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CINAHL Plus: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health

CINAHL Plus indexes virtually all English language nursing journals, journals from 17 allied health disciplines and some books, dissertations, and conference proceedings from 1937 onwards.

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Clinical Evidence

Clinical Evidence is produced by BMJ and is a continuously updated source of evidence on the effects of common clinical interventions. It summarises the current state of knowledge. It is not a textbook of medicine nor a set of guidelines, if there is no good evidence it says so. It covers medical, surgical, nursing, and complementary interventions.

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Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library indexes high-quality evidence to inform healthcare decision-making and includes the full text of Cochrane Reviews, systematic reviews on a wide range of healthcare topics.

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DTB: Drug & Therapeutics Bulletin

DTB provides independent evaluations of, and practical advice on, individual treatments and the overall management of disease for doctors, pharmacists and other healthcare professionals. Articles are based on a synthesis of evidence with opinions from a wide range of specialist and generalist commentators, typically up to 100 individuals and organisations for each article.

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  • UCL access - no login is required within the UCL network; off-site access requires a UCL account.
  • NHS access - an NHS OpenAthens account is required (access to this resource has been provided to UCLH staff by UCL Library Services).

Embase indexes over 4600 journals from 1980 onwards, covering drugs & toxicology, clinical medicine, biotechnology and bioengineering, psychiatry, forensic medicine.

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Emcare indexes over 3,700 journals back to 1995, covering all nursing specialties and nursing healthcare professions and including content not found in other nursing and allied health databases.

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  • UCL access via OvidSP - no login is required within the UCL network; off-site access requires a UCL account.
  • NHS trial access via Dialog - an NHS OpenAthens account is required for access. Three months’ trial access, March-May 2018; the trial also provides access to MEDLINE, PsycINFO and BNI via Dialog (the default search covers all 4 databases and you should deselect those that you do not wish to search).
Google Scholar

Google Scholar differs from regular Google in that it links only to full-text resources, however please be aware that Scholar does not offer tools for systematic searching and your results may vary depending on your Google profile and previous search behaviour. Access to the full-text of Scholar results is not guaranteed; you should refer to the ejournals listings to find out which journals you can access.

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HaPI: Health and Psychosocial Instruments

HaPI provides ready access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/ manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in various fields including health fields and psychosocial sciences. Coverage is from 1985- .

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HMIC: Health Management Information Consortium

Guide to literature on health management and policy, with an emphasis on the UK National Health Service, but also including Europe (including Eastern Europe) and developing countries. 

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Medical Masterclass

Medical Masterclass provides revision and preparation materials for the MRCP (UK) examination.

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  • NHS access - to obtain a user account for the website, contact Julie Ndoci at the UCLH Postgraduate Medical Education Centre, including your name, job title, hospital site & exam date (if any) in the email. Please note that medical students are not eligible for sitting this exam and cannot register for access.

There are various routes to the Medline database, including Pubmed. Medline is considered by many to be the primary source for searching medical literature and indexes over 5500 journals from 1946 onwards. As well as covering medicine it includes journals for nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care system and pre-clinical sciences.

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NHS Evidence Search

NHS Evidence provides a basic tool to search guidelines and other documents from NICE and other health organisations. NHS Evidence also links to databases such as Medline & CINAHL (listed separately on this page) for more systematic searches.

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PsycInfo indexes over 2000 publications from 1872 onwards, covering psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. PsycInfo also includes some books and dissertations.

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PubMed offers indexing of more than 27 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, plus content from some additional life science journals and online books.

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Scopus indexes over 16000 journals from 1996 onwards, covering science, technical, medical and social science topics and also includes patents and other web resources. Scopus also allows for citation tracking.

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  • UCL access to Scopus - no login is required within the UCL network; off-site access requires a UCL account. When working offsite, follow these steps:

    • click Login in the top right-hand corner
    • click Athens/Other Institution Login
    • from the drop-down menu Select your region or group
    • select UK Access Management Federation
    • select UCL (University College London) & you will be directed to the normal UCL electronic resources login page where you should enter your UCL account details
  • NHS access to Scopus - available via UCL's walk-in service.
TRIP: Turning Research Into Practice

The TRIP Database brings together 'evidence-based' healthcare resources available on the internet. There are over 29,000 links from about 70 sources - including peer-reviewed journals and 'eTextbooks'. The site is updated monthly.

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  • TRIP - no username and password required.

A "point-of-care" tool designed to help clinicians make the right decisions. Content is continually updated to reflect changes to the evidence-base & is written by a global community of 5,100 physicians. UpToDate also includes some basic patient information for some medical conditions.

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  • UCL access - no username and password required within the UCL network. For offsite access via the mobile app, register online from a UCL computer (NB: to keep your mobile account active you must log in to UpToDate from a UCL computer at least once every 90 days.)
  • NHS access - no username and password required within the UCLH network. For offsite access via the mobile app, register online from a UCLH computer (NB: to keep your mobile account active you must log in to UpToDate from a UCLH computer at least once every 90 days.)
Web of Science

WoS offers a range of databases including: Science Citation Index which indexes over 5500 journals from 1945 onwards, covering a wide range of scientific disciplines, including biochemistry, biology, medicine, neuroscience, oncology, pharmacology, psychiatry. WoS also offers Conference Proceedings Citation Index, covering conference literature from 1990 onwards. WoS also allows for citation tracking.

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