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Databases for Medicine

Use the databases below to:

  • find references to journal articles
  • keep up to date with the latest publications in your subject

Some databases require your Cardiff University network username and password for off-campus access. These databases are available for all staff and students of Cardiff University but because of licensing restrictions they are not available to external members and visitors.

You can also access databases through Electronic Resources - MetaLib

Database guides are available to help you.


Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Cochrane reviews represent the highest level of evidence on which to base clinical treatment decisions. In addition to Cochrane reviews, the Cochrane Library provides other sources of reliable information, from other systematic review abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations and individual clinical trials - all the current evidence in one single environment.

The Cochrane Library databases comprise:
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)
Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR)
Health Technology Assessment (HTA)
NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED)

 

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Embase

EMBASE

The Excerpta Medica database (EMBASE), is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database indexing over 3,500 international journals in the following fields: drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine, and biomedical engineering/instrumentation.

Coverage is from 1947 onwards. Access is via Ovid.

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Medline

Medline via Ovid

Contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,600 biomedical journals published in the United States and in 70 other countries.

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PubMed

PubMed

A service from the National Library of Medicine. Provides access to over 11 million citations from medical and life science journals through MEDLINE and Pre-MEDLINE and other related databases.

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Web of Knowledge

Web of Science

This service provides access to the Web of Science databases:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index
  • Social Science Citation Index
  • Science Citation Index

Covers over 8,500 scholarly research journals, including author abstracts, from 1981 to the present. Searchable by keyword or by works that have been cited by other publications.

Also includes the ISI Journal Citation Reports for the Sciences and Social Sciences. To access the Reports, login to Web of Science and select the ISI Journal Citation Reports option from the home page. These provide easy access to data so scholarly journals can be compared. Categories include highest impact and most frequently cited journals.

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Zetoc

Zetoc - The British Library's Electronic Table of Contents Service

Contains contents information from approximately 20,000 current journals and 16,000 conference proceedings published every year, across all academic disciplines. Covers the years from 1993 to the present. Updated daily.

You can also set up an alerting service that will email you the contents of new issues of your favourite journals. See the Alert Guide for more information.

To access the alerting facilities your Cardiff University network username and password will be required.

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There are further databases available via HOWIS (NHS Wales Network).