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Translational Health Science: Databases


To find journal articles on a subject you will need to use one of the databases listed on this page.

Although Google Scholar can be useful, it will not allow the highly sophisticated searching which is possible with many academic databases. You also need to be aware that if two people do identical searches using Google, or Google Scholar they may get quite different results.This is where academic databases are indispensable, as identical searches produce identical results.

There is an interesting TED Talk "Beware online filter bubbles" which explains that as web companies, including Google and Google Scholar, strive to tailor their services (including news and search results) to our personal tastes, there's a dangerous unintended consequence.. we can become trapped in a "filter bubble" and not be exposed to information that could challenge or broaden our world view.

There will be times when you'd like to find government documents, or other information on the web. This is when Google is your best option, but make sure you use it effectively!! Click on the Grey Literature tab at the top of the page for some hints on how to get the most out of Google searching.

The databases listed on this page can be used either in the Library or by remote access. The biggest (and easiest to use) is Scopus, which contains all Medline and Embase records from 1996. However it does not allow the level of searching precision provided by the native interface of these databases, so...if you're a higher degree student you really need to search PubMed and Embase as well!

Newspaper collections and databases are listed on a separate page.

Database Lists

Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre
The Australia/New Zealand Reference Centre combines Australia and New Zealand specific magazines, newspapers & newswires, reference books, and company information. This database provides local perspectives on current events, business, sports, and many other subjects. Australia/NZ Reference Centre also contains international magazines, reference books, newspapers & newswires.

Australian Bureau of Statistics Website. Statistics Section
Everything on the ABS web site is now accessible free of charge. There's a useful "How do I?" option at the right hand side of the home page.

Informit offers a wide range of databases and full content publications that deliver Australasian scholarly material published in journals, monographs, conference proceedings and other research material. Informit Plus Text databases include links to thousands of articles from hundreds of leading Australasian journals. Subject areas covered include arts, education, health, law, business, science, and humanities and social sciences.

The Informit selection of Health databases is an excellent source of Australian material - much of which is not indexed elsewhere.

Informit has useful "how to" guides on searching, creating email alerts, and exporting citations.

Libraries Australia
Libraries Australia is a web-based service for Australian libraries and their users. It is a National Bibliographic Database of material held in libraries throughout the country, and enables you to search for an item and find out which library in Australia holds it. Use the Help option on the toolbar to find hints on effective searching.

To search for journals, use the Journals limit. For short titles such as Nature, use Advanced Search and change all of these to exact match or starts with. With the Advanced Search option you can restrict your search to books or journals held by libraries in South Australia.

Academic OneFile
Contains peer-reviewed, full-text articles in HTML and PDF format from more than 8000 journals with extensive coverage of the physical sciences, technology, medicine, social sciences, the arts, theology, literature, and other subjects; intended primarily for academic researchers.

Academic Search Complete
Academic Search Complete is a multi-disciplinary database, which provides full text for nearly 4,500 journals, including full text for more than 3,600 peer-reviewed titles. PDF backfiles to 1975 or further are available for well over one hundred journals, and searchable cited references are provided for 1,000 titles. This database is updated on a daily basis.

BIOSIS Previews
BIOSIS Previews is the world’s most comprehensive reference database for life science research. It covers original research reports and reviews in traditional biological and biomedical areas. It also covers references to primary journal literature on vital biological research, medical research findings, and discoveries of new organisms.

Business Source Complete
Business Soure Complete provides full text for thousands of scholarly business journals, including full text for more than 1,000 peer-reviewed business publications. Coverage includes virtually all subject areas related to business.

CAB Abstracts
Index with abstracts to journal articles as well as books, conferences, reports, theses etc. Subjects covered include animal sciences, veterinary sciences, dairy science and technology, plant breeding and genetics, crop sciences, crop protection, environmental and natural resources, forestry, post-harvest science and technology, agricultural biotechnology, biodegradation, agricultural engineering, agricultural economics, rural development and sociology, leisure, recreation and tourism, human nutrition, tropical diseases and medical parasitology.

Campbell Collaboration
The Campbell Collaboration collaborates closely with its sibling organization, the Cochrane Collaboration, which prepares and maintains systematic reviews of the effects of interventions in health care. The Campbell Library of Systematic Reviews provides free online access to systematic reviews in the areas of education, criminal justice and social welfare.

CDC WONDER (Wide-ranging OnLine Data for Epidemiologic Research) is an easy-to-use, menu-driven system that makes the information resources of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) available to public health professionals and the public at large. It provides access to a wide array of public health information.

CINAHL with full text
Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL), is equivalent to the printed Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. It indexes English language nursing journals, as well as publications of the American Nurses' Association and the National League for Nursing. The primary journals from the following allied health disciplines are also included. Allied Health Disciplines, Cardiopulmonary Technology, Dental Hygiene, Emergency Services, Medical/Laboratory Technology, Medical Assistant, Medical Records, Nutrition and Dietetics ,Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation, Physicians' Assistant, Podiatry, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Technology, Social Service in Health Care, Speech-Language Pathology and Audiology, Surgical Technology.
Publications are selectively indexed for the following fields:
Behavioral Science, Biomedicine, Consumer Health, Health Sciences Librarianship, Health Services Administration, Law & Legal Issues in Health Care.

Basic help for searching CINAHL is here

CISID (centralized information system for infectious diseases)
Contains data gathered through surveillance of communicable diseases – such as tuberculosis, HIV/AIDS and sexually transmitted infections, and malaria – and data on immunization coverage in countries and recent outbreaks in Europe. Offers information on recent outbreaks in Europe and some other textual information. Allows detailed review and assessment of the situation on the main infectious diseases in the WHO European Region. Offers some data at the subnational level.

ClinicalKey Australia
Clinical Key, developed by Elsevier, is a database containing a wide range of resources, including books, journals, images, videos, practice guidelines, and more. It is designed to provide fast, clinically relevant, and reliable information.

Cochrane Library
Cochrane Library provides rapid access to high quality information about the effects of health care. Consists chiefly of 7 databases: Cochrane database of systematic reviews; Database of abstracts of reviews of effectiveness (DARE); Cochrane central register of controlled trials (CENTRAL); Cochrane database of methodology reviews; Cochrane methodology register; Health technology assessment database (HTA); and NHS Economic evaluation database (NHS EED).

Current Contents Connect
Current Contents Connect is a weekly table-of-contents database which presents the contents pages of current issues of the world's scholarly and technical journals, books, and proceedings literature. It is the best database for very recent articles, and has a useful email alert function.

Help is available from Current Contents Connect Quick Reference Card , and Current Contents Connect Tutorial

DHARA Digital Helpline for Ayurveda Research Articles
DHARA (Digital Helpline for Ayurveda Research Articles) is the first comprehensive online indexing service for research articles published in the field of Ayurveda.

Indexes an additional 2,000 + biomedical titles not currently covered by Medline. Although it contains Medline data, it is not an alternative to PubMed, which includes recent material not yet indexed for Medline, and not available through Embase.

Embase help is here.

Environmental Health and Toxicology SIS Specialized Information Services
From the National Library of Medicine databases and other resources related to toxicology and environmental health. Of particular interest is TOXNET, for which there is a downloadable manual.

TOXNET is a collection of databases including:-

HSDB (Hazardous Substances Data Bank)
TOXLINE (Toxicology Bibliographic Information)
ChemIDplus (Chemical Synonyms, Structures and more)

Epi Info
Epi Info is a public domain software package designed for the global community of public health practitioners and researchers and available from the CDC web site. It allows for easy form and database construction, data entry, and analysis with epidemiologic statistics, maps, and graphs.

The ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) database is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education to provide extensive access to educational-related literature. The ERIC database corresponds to two printed journals: Resources in Education (RIE) and Current Index to Journals in Education (CIJE). In addition, ERIC provides coverage of conferences, meetings, government documents, theses, dissertations, reports, audiovisual media, bibliographies, directories, books and monographs.

European health for all database (HFA-DB)
Contains data on a range of health indicators, including basic demographic and socioeconomic indicators; some lifestyle- and environment-related indicators; mortality, morbidity and disability; hospital discharges; and health care resources, utilization and expenditure. Allows analysis of trends and international comparisons for a wide range of health statistics to support the formulation and monitoring of health policy at national and international levels.

Evidence Search - Health and Social Care
From NICE, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence in the U.K.

Health Business Elite
This database provides full text coverage for nearly 450 well-known administrative journals. Health Business Elite provides comprehensive journal content detailing all aspects of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management.

Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Database
Cochrane Library

Health Promotion Databases
From the Evidence for Policy and Practice Information and Co-ordinating Centre (EPPI-Centre) - part of the Social Science Research Unit (SSRU), Institute of Education, University of London.

This page contains links to:-
BiblioMap - a database of health promotion research
DoPHER (Database of Promoting Health Effectivesness Reviews) - a specialised register concentrating on reviews
TRoPHI (Trials Register of Promoting Health Interventions) - a web-based database of randomised controlled trials and controlled trials (non-randomised) of Public Health and Health Promotion interventions.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
This database provides over 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. It also features abstracts and indexing for 800 journals.

Henry Stewart Talks: Biomedical and Life Sciences Lectures
Henry Stewart Talks consist of audio-visual presentations ("online seminars by leading world experts") lasting approximately 40-50 minutes . The speakers cover a range of topics in biomedicine and life sciences.

HERDIN (Health Research and Development Information Network)
HERDIN is a database of published Philippine literature on health and related topics.

Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database
Resources include a range of publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.

Ovid EBP Database help is here

LILACS (Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature)
From the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information, contains citations from about 670 English, Spanish and Portuguese journals, most of which are not indexed in MEDLINE and EMBASE.

PubMed or Ovid Medline

OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other resources relevant to occupational therapy interventions.

Ovid Medline
Ovid Medline uses the same data as PubMed, but has a different search engine, and there are times when you may find some of its features useful.

Ovid Medline help is here

PEDro is the free Physiotherapy Evidence Database of over 32,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible.

Periodicals Archive Online
Periodicals Archive Online is an online periodical archive that makes the backfiles of periodicals in the humanities and social sciences available electronically, providing access to the full text of a growing number of digitized periodicals that have been indexed in its sister database, Periodicals Index Online. PAO includes full text from periodicals in English, German, Italian, French, Spanish, and other Western languages, including some published as far back as 1802.

POPLINE (POPulation information onLINE) is the world's largest bibliographic database on population, family planning, and related health issues, providing citations with abstracts for over 285,000 records representing published and unpublished literature in the field.

Population Index
From the Office of Population Research, Princeton University, a searchable and browsable database containing 46,035 abstracts of demographic literature published in Population Index in the period 1986-2000

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: Global
ProQuest Dissertations and Theses: Global is the world's most comprehensive collection of full-text dissertations and theses. It includes millions of searchable citations to dissertations and theses from 1861 to the present day, with over a million full-text dissertations that are available for download in PDF format.

PsycINFO is an abstract database of psychological literature from the 1800s to the present. PsycINFO covers not only journals (almost all of which are peer reviewed), but also books, and book chapters.

Basic help for searching PsycINFO is here

PubMed (University of Adelaide Customised Version)
Records in the version of PubMed customised for the University of Adelaide have a 'University of Adelaide Online' button - which will allow access to the many thousands of online journal articles available to Adelaide users. You will need to use the link above or the Library's catalogue to access this version.

Basic help for searching PubMed can be found here

PubMed Central (PMC)
PubMed Central® (PMC) was launched in 2000 as a free archive for full-text biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM). PMC also includes final, peer-reviewed author manuscripts by scientists and others who receive research funding from NIH and other funding agencies.

Help with searching PMC is here

Science Citation Index
Web of Science

Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database. It has the broadest coverage available of scientific, technical, medical and social sciences literature, including 15,000 peer-reviewed journals from more than 4,000 international publishers.

Scopus help is here

Social Services Abstracts
Social Services Abstracts provides bibliographic coverage of current research focused on social work, human services, and related areas, including social welfare, social policy, and community development. The database abstracts and indexes over 1,406 serials publications and includes abstracts of journal articles and dissertations, and citations to book reviews.

Sociological Abstracts
The database provides abstracts of journal articles and citations to book reviews drawn from over 1,800 serials publications, and also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, dissertations, and conference papers. Records added after 1974 contain in-depth and nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles.

Environmental Health and Toxicology SIS Specialized Information Services

Web of Science
Web of Science (previously Web of Knowledge) allows you to cross-search multiple resources simultaneously. Its resources include CAB Abstracts, Biosis Previews, Current Contents Connect, Inspec, Zoological Record, and Web of Science Core Collection, as well as a version of Medline.

Web of Science Core Collection
Web of Science Core Collection is useful for finding articles which have cited a given article, and which should therefore be on a similar topic.
It includes:-
Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI)

Help for searching Web of Science is at Web of Science Tutorial, and Web of Science Quick Reference Card

WISQARS (Web-based Injury Statistics Query and Reporting System)
WISQARS is an interactive database system that provides customized reports of injury-related data. It is product of the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control in the United States.

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