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If you are searching for information on a particular topic, there are a range of databases that can help you to locate and access the relevant literature.

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St George’s library databases
Many of the databases provided by the library are accessible with OpenAthens logins or are freely available. All of the databases can be accessed from the computer rooms adjacent to the library on the first floor of Hunter Wing. NHS staff can obtain a login for these from the library helpdesk.
Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)

You can use your NHS OpenAthens account to search across a range of medical and healthcare databases using the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) platform, which is provided by NICE. See our help guides for tips on how to search HDAS and manage search results.

Through HDAS, staff with an OpenAthens account can access eight separate healthcare databases: AMED, BNI, CINAHL, Embase, Emcare, HMIC, Medline and PsycINFO. Once logged in to the site, simply select a database suited to your topic and begin to search. Though you may want to search in more than one database for comprehensive results, searching individual databases separately is the most effective approach.

You can name your searches in order to save them for future reference, and can also easily save results from a search, export them, or share them by email. All search results that are available through NHS OpenAthens will include a link to the full text.

Many of the databases covered by HDAS are also accessible through separate platforms such as Ovid and Proquest. Links to these for NHS staff can be found on the library database list.

PubMed is a free resource developed by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), which comprises more than 28 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites.

Cochrane Library
Access a collection of databases, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials and Epistemonikos, which is an additional database of systematic reviews.
The Trip medical database searches across content from a broad variety of sources, and includes systematic reviews, clinical guidelines from around the world and evidence-based synopses and evidence updates, along with primary research articles from PubMed. Results are ranked according to a hierarchy of evidence, and are clearly marked to indicate the type of evidence offered, like systematic review, primary research or guideline.
Library training on databases
The library at St George’s, University of London provides a training session, titled Finding the Evidence, which offers guidance on the effective use of databases, including how to identify the most appropriate databases for your topic, how to create and plan a search, how to combine and limit searches to focus your results, and how to save results and set up search alerts.


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