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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.
Medline ALL Ovid MEDLINE covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 5,400 journals published world-wide.
EMBASE Ovid database, covering biomedical and extensive amounts of pharmacological research dating back to 1974.
Web of Science Access to citation databases, journals and conference proceedings with current and retrospective coverage in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Includes Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Index and Emerging Sources Citation Index.
Scopus SCOPUS is the world's largest bibliographic and citation database. It covers nearly 20,000 academic journals from a wide range of subjects and dates from 1996 to the present. SCOPUS will also be the source of the citation data which will be used by some of the Research Excellence Framework (REF) assessment panels. As well as carrying out literature searches, you can set up current awareness alerts, view citation counts, determine your h-index and assess the quality of journal titles. SCOPUS is part of the SciVerse suite of resources which is produced by Elsevier and includes the ScienceDirect electronic journals service.
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.
All Ovid databases Access, and cross-search, all Ovid databases subscribed to by Queen's, including MEDLINE, EMBASE and PsycINFO
CINAHL Plus Covers nursing and allied health literature from 1982 to the present. Includes abstracts of journal articles, books, dissertations, and proceedings. Full text is included for selected state nursing journals and some newsletters, standards of practice, practice acts, government publications, research instruments and patient education material.
Cochrane Library The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR); Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL); Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR); Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE); Health Technology Assessment Database (HTA); NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED).
Medline (last 5 years) Ovid MEDLINE covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care.
Medline In-Process & Other Non-Indexed Citations Includes new references that have not been added to the main MEDLINE database yet. A good place to look instead of PubMed for medicine and life science pre-publication references. Please note: works best with keyword searches only.
PsycINFO (1806 - present) PsycINFO is an electronic bibliographic database providing abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. The database includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. Updated weekly, PsycINFO provides access to journal articles, books, chapters, and dissertations.
PsycINFO (2002 - present) PsycINFO is an electronic bibliographic database providing abstracts and citations to the scholarly literature in the psychological, social, behavioral, and health sciences. The database includes material of relevance to psychologists and professionals in related fields such as psychiatry, management, business, education, social science, neuroscience, law, medicine, and social work. Updated weekly, PsycINFO provides access to journal articles, books, chapters, and dissertations.
PubMed PubMed is a digital archive of life sciences journal literature, maintained by the US National Library of Medicine. Search this special version of PubMed instead of going directly to https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed to link to full text of articles in journals subscribed to by QUB (denoted by presence of QConnect button).
Zetoc Electronic table of contents from the British Library. Available free of charge to UK further and higher education institutions sponsered by JISC.
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.
Cambridge University Press Provides access to the full text of articles published in Cambridge University Press journals to which the Library subscribes.
Oxford University Press Provides access to the full text of articles published in Oxford University Press journals to which the Library subscribes.
SAGE Journals Provides full text access to articles published in SAGE journals to which the Library subscribes.
ScienceDirect Journals Access to journals published by Elsevier. Check 'detailed holdings' for Queen's subscriptions.
Springer Journals Provides access to the full text of articles published in Springer journals to which the Library subscribes.
Taylor and Francis Online Journals Access to journals published by Taylor & Francis and subscribed to by Queen's.
Wiley Provides full text access to articles in journals published by Wiley/Wiley-Blackwell and subscribed to by the Library.
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
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I Provides 4.5 million master’s and PhD theses (abstract and citation) from universities around the world; access to the first 24 pages of each graduate work; 200,000 graduate works added every year; 270,000 A&I works added from 40 of China’s most prestigious universities, with English abstracts (2017); 3,100 universities and programs material included and abstract and index works dating back to 1637.
Some key statistical sources are listed below.
UK Data Service UK Data Service provides a single point of access to a wide range of secondary data including large-scale government surveys, international macrodata, business microdata, qualitative studies and census data from 1971 to 2011.
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.
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.