When you carry out an in-depth literature review, it is necessary to search a much wider range of databases than you might otherwise use. This list covers a range of useful databases provided by the three Universities at Medway as well as various free online databases.
ASSIA (CCCU) - a social sciences database which is useful for finding information on topics such as public health and health promotion.
British Nursing Index (CCCU/NHS) - this has a focus on UK practice, and is useful for midwives and other professions as well as nurses.
Business Source (Greenwich/Kent/CCCU) - useful for essays on leadership and management in all fields, including healthcare.
The Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (free) provides access to three important databases, which are no longer updated:
Child Development and Adolescent Studies (CCCU/Kent) - can be useful for any paediatric topic, but particularly those with a social, rather than medical, focus.
Childlink (CCCU) - a new resource providing UK-based information about children and families. This does NOT search for journal articles, but covers news, legislation, guidelines, research by national bodies etc.
CINAHL (CCCU/Greenwich/Kent) - a database covering journals in nursing and allied health, with information for almost every possible health, medical and social care profession.
The Cochrane Library (free) - this includes databases of systematic reviews and clinical trials. Cochrane are viewed as world leaders on evidence-based information.
Community Care Inform (Greenwich/Kent) - a reference tool for those working with children and families in community settings. This does NOT search for journal articles, but covers legislation, policies, case law etc.
DORIS - Database of Research Into Stroke (free) - for guidelines, systematic reviews, clinical trials and related evidence concerning treatments for stroke.
Education databases - each University has one or more of British Education Index, Education Abstracts, Education Research Complete or ERIC. These are useful for any topic covering education, including university and clinical education. School Nurses and other paediatric specialists may find these databases useful as well.
The EPPI Centre provides access to two databases for health promotion - the Database of Promoting Health Effectiveness Reviews and the Trials Register of Promoting Health Interventions.
IBSS, International Bibliography of the Social Sciences (Kent) - a social sciences database which covers many relevant topics.
International Health Technology Assessment Database (free) - searchable information about completed and ongoing assessments of technologies used in health.
Knowsy (free) brings together a large number of systematic reviews with an LGBTQ+ focus.
Maternity and Infant Care (CCCU) - a key database for midwifery and neonatal care. Provided by MIDIRS.
Medline (CCCU/Greenwich), also available via Pubmed - one of the biggest biomedical databases in the world, searching the contents of medical journals.
NeuroBITE (free) - a database of "studies of cognitive, behavioural and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment (ABI)". Formerly known as PsycBITE.
OT Seeker (free) - a database for occupational therapists containing references to systematic reviews and clinical trials.
Pedro (free) - Physiotherapy Evidence Database. Australian database of evidence-based physiotherapy information from around the world.
PILOTS - Published International Literature On Traumatic Stress (CCCU) - focussed on PTSD and other mental health issues relating to traumatic events.
PsycArticles (Kent/Greenwich/CCCU) - contains the full text of many journals published by the American Psychological Association.
PsycInfo - (Kent/Greenwich/CCCU) - large database with a focus on peer-reviewed information in mental health and behavioural science. Often the best starting place for mental health and psychology topics.
Psychology and Behavioural Sciences Collection (Greenwich) - provides access to articles from over 500 useful psychology journals.
Pubmed - one of the biggest biomedical databases in the world, searching the contents of medical journals. This covers everything found in Medline, plus some additional content.
REHABDATA (free) - for research on disability and rehabilitation.
Research Autism (free) - search for publications on autism and related areas.
Social Policy and Practice - (CCCU/Kent) - a database of evidence-based social science research which can be useful for topics including social care, social work, public health, homelessness and community care.
SpeechBITE (free) - a database for speech and language therapists, speech pathologists and other related professions. It covers systematic reviews, randomised controlled trials and other forms of evidence.
SportDiscus (Greenwich/CCCU) - useful for topics relating to exercise and fitness, rehabilitation from sports injuries, physiotherapy, musculoskeletal imaging and orthopaedic care.
TRIP database (free) - a tool for discovering clinical evidence, including systematic reviews, guidance, primary research and much more. Based in South Wales.
Each university maintains a list of databases which can be accessed by students and staff. The links on these pages are checked and updated regularly.
For more information on searching databases, see the Structured literature searching information on the Skills and Workshops page.
You may also find this video on using Pubmed, one of the best-known biomedical databases, useful.