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Bibliographic Databases


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

UpToDate Mobile App:

STV staff must register for an account before using the App.  Creating the account while onsite is the quickest way to authenticate your access.

Staff working remotely can still access UpToDate using RDS or a hospital laptop. See instructions below. Contact IT Helpdesk for further assistance:

  1. Log in to the Remote Desktop App (RDS).  
  2. Once logged in, select the SVHA RDS Desktop icon
  3. Allow Remote Desktop connection
  4. Enter password when prompted
  5. Look for UpToDate shortcut in the intranet home page
  6. The smart phone app can be set up if needed. App must have the latest up dates to work. 
  7. Go to (install mobile app after registration)

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.

The way SVHM users login to access resources on the Clinicians Health Channel is changing from 2 March 2023
This update will facilitate single sign on access with your institutional access credentials without the need to register separately for an offsite account. You will be required to login to the Clinicians Health Channel with your SVHA credentials prior to gaining access to resources for both onsite and offsite use. 

Australian Standards

Please note that access to Australian Standards has changed.

Access via the new platform Techstreet is now via a single signon link

More information is available via the SVHA sharepoint site (restricted to SVHA staff only)


Summary of key 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.

Database content - broader than you think

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.

Artificial intelligence (AI) tools

Using an artificial intelligence (AI) tooI, e.g. ChatGPT or Elicit, to find articles on a topic is not recommended for research. AI tools are not an alternative to conducting a literature search in the databases provided by the Library.

The tools do provide what appear to be references complete with all the bibliographic components and links to PubMed etc. However, these references may not exist. AI tools do not generally cite their sources so check the original source of any references they generate.

If you are studying and use an artificial intelligence tool to generate ideas or plan your work you may still need to acknowledge how you used the tool. Please familiarise yourself with your University's guidelines on using or acknowledging AI tools.

To book a one-hour tutorial on how to search the literature email