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Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences: Databases & Other Resources

Databases & Other Resources

This page provides direct links to key databases and other library resources relevant to Medicine, Dentistry & Biomedical Sciences students and staff.

If you are an undergraduate, and aren't sure how to use the Library to find information, click the Undergraduate Guide tab above.

If you have any questions, please contact Richard Fallis, Subject Librarian for Medicine, Dentistry and Biomedical Sciences, by email, by ringing 028 9097 8900, or by using the Ask Your Librarian (LibChat) widget below.


Use bibliographic databases to search through millions of articles from 1,000s of journals. 

The 'Big 4' Databases

The best place to start when you are carrying out a literature review. 

Other Databases

You might want to search these in addition to the 'Big 4', depending on the topic, and scope, of your search. Other resources are listed in our Databases A-Z.

Online Journals

Click the links below to search within individual publisher websites for articles from journals subscribed to by the Library.

You can also access journal articles via QCat Article Search and the E-Journals A-Z on the Library website.

Grey Literature

Grey literature is research material that isn’t formally published in a journal or a book. Some useful sources of grey literature are listed below.

Clinical Trial Registries


Other Sources


Some key statistical sources are listed below.

Keeping Up-to-date

Keep up-to-date with new articles from your favourite journals by setting up Zetoc Alerts. Start the process by clicking the link below (QUB log-in required).

If you want up-to-date clinical summaries of medicine and healthcare topics, take a look at eMedicine (Medscape). It's free, but extra features are available if you register.

Referencing and Reference Management

If you're not certain how to reference books, articles and other sources, please contact your supervisor, or consult your module handbook, which will hopefully contain guidance on referencing.

Useful Resources

Other reference management tools, apart from RefWorks and Mendeley, are available, though not all of them are free. For more information, please go to our Citing, referencing and reference management guide.