Databases for my subject


Databases are searchable electronic tools which help you to identify journal articles, books and chapters in books, conference papers and other sources useful for your studies.

Brief details of the databases relevant to health courses are given below. 

Sports, sports medicine and health care databases

  • AMED - alternative medicine and complementary therapy topics.
  • Annual Reviews - covers 29 biomedical, physical and social science disciplines.
  • BioMed Central - free online open access platform covering biomedical sciences (requires registration).
  • CINAHL plus - large full-text database covering health care topics.
  • Cochrane - database of systematic reviews.  Mostly healthcare but good for topics on clinical interventions and some sports injuries.
  • Medline - wide ranging medical database.
  • PEDro - database of systematic reviews in physiotherapy and rehabilitation.
  • PubMed Central - online full-text open access platform covering life sciences journals.
  • Sage Premier (to 2016) - multidisciplinary database with a wide coverage including health and biomedical sciences.
  • Trip - Online clinical database, with an emphasis on evidence-based medicine. Contains lots of international guidelines. Requires registration (free).

Useful general databases 

  • Credo Reference - searchable digital reference guide containing reference sources including dictionaries and encyclopedias.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) - full-text, open access articles.
  • Google Scholar - can function as a bibliographic database if used with care. It searches a huge range of sources across many subject areas. Beware that it may miss results that a specialist academic database, like SportDiscus, will find and that you won't be able to access all of your hits. You should therefore not rely solely on it.
  • Newsbank - searchable database of newspapers.
  • Scopus - abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature.
  • The British Library's main catalogue - searches all UK publications (books, journal articles etc.) and many from abroad.
  • Web of Science - citation index of quality research.
  • Zetoc - searches the British Library's Electronic Table of Contents (ETOC).

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