8. Searching HealthCare Databases

  1. Caroline De Brún1 and
  2. Nicola Pearce-Smith2

Published Online: 15 NOV 2013

DOI: 10.1002/9781118463093.ch8

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition

How to Cite

De Brún, C. and Pearce-Smith, N. (eds) (2014) Searching HealthCare Databases, in Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence, Second Edition, John Wiley & Sons, Ltd, Oxford, UK. doi: 10.1002/9781118463093.ch8

Editor Information

  1. 1

    Clinical Support Librarian, UCL Library Services and Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust, London, UK

  2. 2

    Information Scientist, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Summertown Pavilion, Middle Way, Oxford, UK

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 15 NOV 2013
  2. Published Print: 3 JAN 2014

Book Series:

Book Series Editors:

  1. Carl Heneghan,
  2. Rafael Perera and
  3. Douglas Badenoch

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781118463130

Online ISBN: 9781118463093



  • Cochrane library;
  • healthcare databases;
  • Medline;
  • Ovid Technologies;
  • PubMed;
  • searching healthcare


This chapter demonstrates the functionality of Ovid Medline, PubMed, CINAHL EBSCO, and the Cochrane Library to highlight the differences between interface designs, while demonstrating the similarities in use. Medline is the major bibliographic database for biomedical literature, and covers subjects such as medicine, dentistry, nursing and allied health. PubMed is provided by the National Library of Medicine (USA) and includes all the citations from MEDLINE. It is freely available to anyone with an Internet connection. Ovid Technologies provides an interface on the World Wide Web for searching the Medline database. It is a subscription service, often available via libraries, universities or hospitals. CINAHL is provided by EBSCOhost, and provides access to thousands of abstracts and hundreds of full text articles from nursing and allied health journals. The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.