Search for Articles

To locate journal articles, a good place to start is the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) system.

HDAS includes the following databases:

  • AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)
  • BNI (British Nursing Index)
  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
  • EMBASE (Drugs and pharmacology, other aspects of human medicine)
  • EMCARE (Nursing and allied health)
  • HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium)
  • Medline (General medical database)
  • PsycINFO (Psychology and allied fields)

An NHS OpenAthens account is required to search these databases

Alternatively, you can also perform a simple search using OmniSearch in Medline and CINAHL only.

Additional databases

More databases are available, and you can find out more by visiting the Journal Article section of the Knowledge Navigator. The Knowledge Navigator also includes advice on locating specific types of evidence, such as systematic reviews, RCTs and qualitative research.

Still struggling to find articles? You could Request a Literature Search.

Alternative interfaces

As well as searching the core databases via HDAS, the databases available to the NHS can all be searched via their own interface.

AMED (Ovid)
BNI (ProQuest)
HMIC (Ovid)
Medline (ProQuest)
Medline (EBSCO)
Medline (Ovid)
PsycINFO (ProQuest)

Searching Effectively

To help you locate the information you need quickly and effectively, it is important that you plan your search and use the search tools provided by each database. We can provide help and training on all of the available databases.

NICE have created a series of videos on using the HDAS system, along with training guides.

NHS Knowledge and Library Hubs

New discovery hubs using EBSCO Discovery System are being set up nationally for each organisation, and these will eventually enable searching of articles, books and e-books purchased nationally and locally by each NHS organisation. They are available for searching, but work is still ongoing to enable links to full-text and other features.