Choosing which database to search will depend on what you are looking for and how extensive your search needs to be. Use the tabs across the top here to find useful databases, using the brief descriptions to guide you in your choice.
For a basic search you would usually want to search at least one or two specialised health databases and one multidisciplinary database.
Evidence-based resources allow you to access evidence that has appraised and drawn conclusions from the primary research. These resources are particularly important when undertaking evidence-based research.
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Emcare, produced by Elsevier, covers all nursing specialties and nursing healthcare professions. It includes international coverage of allied health, education and training, development and management, midwifery, health and healthcare economics, clinical medical and healthcare social work, psychiatry and mental health, and traumatology, emergency and critical-care medicine.
Contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Systematic reviews identify an intervention for a specific disease or other problem in health care, & determines whether or not this intervention works. Access is not available outside Australia.
Resource for systematic reviews in health care. The CDSR includes Cochrane Reviews (the systematic reviews) and protocols for Cochrane Reviews as well as editorials. The CDSR also has occasional supplements.
Australians have access to The Cochrane Library as a result of funding by the Australian Government. Access is not available outside Australia.
REHABDATA indexes documents in physical, mental, and psychiatric disabilities, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology, law, employment, and other issues as they relate to people with disabilities.
PsycBITE is a database that catalogues studies of cognitive, behavioural and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment (ABI). These studies are rated for their methodological quality, evaluating various aspects of scientific rigour.
These databases contain resources across multiple topic areas, including health. They are particularly good for searching topic areas that cross over with social sciences.
Scopus is an abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature including scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Focus is on the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.
An indexed and abstracted database of peer-reviewed scientific and medical research, largely in full text. Focus is on physical sciences and engineering, life sciences, health sciences, and social sciences and humanities.