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Bibliographic Databases

Subscription databases (require SVHM login)

Open access databases

UptoDate

Clinical point of care tool. Includes evidence based summaries of medical issues and treatment. Access provided by SVHM IT Department.

Remote access is available via registration at the website.

Clinicians Health Channel

Clinicians Health Channel - provided by the Health Department, Victoria

Includes MIMs, Australian Medicines Handbook, and Therapeutic Guidelines as well as bibliographic databases and journal collections.

Australian Standards (onsite only)

Australian Standards via AI Global i2i platform

Registration required. Access provided by SVHA.

Summary of bibliographic health databases

The following diagram shows the type of content, and a rough idea of the overlap, of key databases. It demonstrates the need for multiple databases to be included in a comprehensive literature search, but it does not attempt to be exact or exhaustive. Databases change constantly and there are many layers of duplication.

Choosing which database to search

Keep in mind that the specialty area of a database is very broad, and it indicates the types of journals indexed rather than the specific content. For example a nursing and allied health database will still include articles on general medicine, psychology and radiology which are published in nursing and allied health journals. Likewise, there are many nursing related topics in Medline and PsycINFO. Medline and Embase cover an extremely wide range of topics.

For most health related systematic reviews we would include:

  • Ovid Medline
  • Ovid Embase
  • Ovid Emcare
  • APA PsycINFO (Ovid)
  • CINAHL (EBSCOhost)
  • Cochrane Library

If you just need to dip in and find a handful of articles in one database (say for a presentation), then we suggest Ovid Medline.

Don't confuse the name of the database with the years of coverage

Database content constantly changes and records are added retrospectively so years of coverage are fluid.

It is important to understand that the years indicated in a database name – such as Ovid MEDLINE(R) ALL <1946 to present> often refer to the date the catalogue started (1946 in this case) and not to the date of the earliest publications indexed in the database, which in Medline go back to the late 1700s.

For many bibliographic databases it is not possible to accurately define the years of coverage. That is why we keep these records for systematic reviews:

  • the full name of the database on the day you searched it eg Ovid MEDLINE(R) ALL 1946 to August 11, 2020 (copy and paste this from the database when you are searching it - in Ovid it sits above the search box)
  • the full search strategy, including any limits
  • the date you carried out the search
  • the number of results you retrieved on that day

Helen Wilding, Senior Research Librarian, St Vincent's Hospital Melbourne, 2020