To locate journal articles, on a particular subject, a good place to start is the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) system.
HDAS includes the following databases:
- AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)
- BNI (British Nursing Index)
- CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
- EMBASE (Drugs and pharmacology, other aspects of human medicine)
- EMCARE (Nursing and allied health)
- HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium)
- Medline (General medical database)
- PsycINFO (Psychology and allied fields)
An NHS OpenAthens account is required to search these databases
Alternatively, you can also perform a simple search using Resource Search in Medline and CINAHL only.
Search for a particular journal title
If you are searching for a particular journal try using the A-Z journal searching page – https://journals.nice.org.uk/. This lists all of the journals that are available to you, locally and nationally, (as long as you have logged in with your NHS OpenAthens ID).
More databases are available, and you can find out more by visiting the Journal Article section of the Knowledge Navigator. The Knowledge Navigator also includes advice on locating specific types of evidence, such as systematic reviews, RCTs and qualitative research.
Still struggling to find articles? You could Request a Literature Search.
As well as searching the core databases via HDAS, the databases available to the NHS can all be searched via their own interface.
To help you locate the information you need quickly and effectively, it is important that you plan your search and use the search tools provided by each database. We can provide help and training on all of the available databases.