Library:Health and Biomedical Databases

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As health research becomes more interdisciplinary research increasingly crosses traditional boundaries and researchers need to search databases outside their primary domain. The purpose of this page is to list databases that contain health-related literature, regardless of whether or not their primary scope is health.


Database Primarily Health UBC Only Date Range Coverage Includes Platform
Medline (Via OvidSP)
Medline (Via Pubmed)
Medline (Via EBSCO)
Yes Yes 1947 – present Daily update Broadly biomedical and covering all aspects of medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, allied health and nursing 5,400 journals over 20 million journal articles in the life sciences. OvidSP EBSCO Pubmed
EMBASE Yes Yes 1974 - present Broadly biomedical and comparable to Medline but with more preclinical, pharmaceutical, and European literature. ~5,000 journals OvidSP
CINAHL Yes Yes 1982 - present All aspects of nursing, allied health, and biomedicine. 2700+ journals, selected books, pamphlets, dissertations, audiovisuals Selected Full text EBSCO
CAB Direct (CAB Abstracts & Global Health) No Yes ? International coverage of articles in agriculture, forestry, global health, human nutrition, animal health, natural resources management and conservation. Journal articles, book chapters, book reviews, conference papers. Some full-text.
Web of Science Weekly update No Yes ? Inter-disciplinary database which covers science, social sciences, the arts and humanities. Cited reference search Journal citations, book reviews, book chapters, conference proceedings.
PsycINFO No Yes 1987 – present Psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines - medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, anthropology, sport, business, and law. Citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books, and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations. EBSCO
HaPi (Health and Psychosocial Instruments) Yes Yes 1985 - present Evaluation and measurement tools designed to facilitate health and psychosocial studies OvidSP
Sociological Abstracts No Yes 1952 - present Updated monthly All aspects of sociology, including those related to health and medicine. Journal articles, conference papers, books, dissertations, conference papers, citations to important book reviews. ProQuest
ERIC No Yes 1966 – present Monthly update All aspects of education (including medical and health-related education). Focus on American sources with some Canadian and British sources Journal citations, conference proceedings, curricula, research reports, theses and unpublished monographs. ProQuest
International ERIC No Yes AEI – 1976- current BEI – 1975 Updated monthly All aspects of education: research, policy, evaluation and assessment. •Australian Education Index (AEI) •British Education Index (BEI) Journals, books, reports, series and conference papers ProQuest
ProQuest Dissertations & Theses No Yes 1861- present Monthly update A general database that includes dissertations and thesis from all disciplines, including aspects of health and medicine. Citations to dissertations & theses Full-text ~ 3 million total ~ 1000 new added weekly ProQuest
LILACS (Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature) Yes No 1982- present All aspects of health and medicine in Latin America and the Caribbean. Journal articles, theses, books, official documents, book chapters and factual information and statistics 851 journals 627,369 records Some full-text
Canadian Public Policy Collection No Yes ? Reports and publications by Canadian public policy institutes, government agencies, advocacy groups, think-tanks, university research centres and other public interest groups. The former Canadian Health Research Collection is part of the Canadian Public Policy Collection as of January 2015. 145,960 documents All full-text Grey Literature French/English ebrary
Native Health Database Yes No ? "The Native Health Database contains bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations"
Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR) Yes Yes ? Search across all EMBR databases: ACP Journal Club (ACP), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR), Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE), Health Technology Assessments (HTA), NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHSEED). OvidSP
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) (An OvidSP EMBR Resource) Yes Yes ? The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) includes the full text of the regularly updated systematic reviews of the effects of healthcare prepared by The Cochrane Collaboration. OvidSP
Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) (An OvidSP EMBR Resource) Yes Yes ? DARE is a full-text database containing critical assessments of systematic reviews from a variety of medical journals. DARE is no longer being updated as of December 2014. OvidSP
Health Technology Assessment (OvidSP) (An OvidSP EMBR Resource) Yes Yes ? Health Technology Assessment database brings together details on ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical, and economic implications of healthcare interventions). OvidSP