Nursing Databases

For a subject overview: Nursing Subject Guide

Key databases for Nursing  
Cinahl via Ebsco
The place to start for nursing and allied health research
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Medline via OvidSP (1946 - present)
A major resource for biomedicine and health. (See also PubMed)
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Scopus is a large multidisciplinary database covering published material in the humanities and sciences. It also provides citation analysis of authors and subject areas.
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PsycInfo via OvidSP (1806 - present)
Contains links to selected full text on psychology; social, clinical, cognitive and neuropsychology; psychiatry, sociology, anthropology and education. Produced by the American Psychological Association.
9/7/2013: If you are unable to export 999 records from PsycINFO, it is most likely due to the large size of cited references in some of the records. Use the "Select fields to display > Custom fields" option, & exclude the "Cited References" field. It will then export all 999 records.
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Global Health via OvidSP (1910 - present)
Global Health is an international public health database with subject coverage of global health, health promotion, health policy, biomedical life sciences, non-communicable diseases, animal sciences, parasitology & infectious diseases, public health nutrition, food safety and hygiene, occupational health, toxicology, health services, and maternal & child health.
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Sociological Abstracts via Proquest (1952 - present).
International literature in sociology and related disciplines in the social and behavioral sciences.
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Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database via OvidSP
An evidence-based health care resource to assist in evaluating evidence for informed clinical decision-making and best practice in health care. It includes evidence summaries in the following areas: Aged Care, Acute Care, Midwifery, Physio, Occupational Therapy, Diagnostic Imaging.
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Australian Medicines Handbook
Provides concise practical, reliable, comparative drug information to promote quality use of medicines in Australia. Australian content
eTG Complete (Therapeutic Guidelines)
Print copies also available at the Medical Library
The recommendations in the Australian Therapeutic Guidelines are based on the latest international literature, interpreted by Australian experts, and aim to represent the essence of current available evidence for the management of patients with specific conditions. Australian content
MedicinesComplete (2006 - present)
Access to several major resources in pharmacy and pharmacology.
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Health Collection - search via Informit Online
Health Collection - browse titles
A full-text allied health database. Content includes research articles, reports and case studies of practical support to anyone studying or working in therapeutic, diagnostic and preventative health roles. Australian content
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Mosby's Nursing Consult
New interface - ClinicalKey Nursing (includes US content until ClinicalKey Nursing ANZ is available)
Mosby's Nursing Consult (Elsevier) brings online books, journals, practice guidelines, drugs, news and evidence-based resources together in an integrated online interface to help nurses and students efficiently find answers to clinical questions.
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BMJ Case Reports
Access over 6000 peer-reviewed case reports across all medical sciences specialties.
An institutional subscription to BMJ Case Reports entitles the users to:
Reuse any of the published material for teaching and personal use without any further permission
Submit an unlimited number of cases (contact your Academic Liaison Librarian)
Overview of BMJ Case Reports | How to write a fulltext case report | How to submit a full text case report
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BMJ Best Practice
A point of care decision-support tool. Provides access to reliable, up-to-date information structured around the patient consultation assisting students and clinicians with diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment decisions.
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More databases useful for Nursing (A - Z)  
AccessPharmacy is a comprehensive resource for pharmacy education which features searching by core curriculum topic or across leading pharmacy online references; browsing by organ system; and review of textbooks.
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AGELINE via Ebsco (1978 - present)
Covers social gerontology, which is the study of aging in psychological, health-related, social, and economic contexts. Australian content
AMED - Allied and Complementary Medicine via OvidSP (1985 - present)
Covers a selection of journals in complementary and alternative medicine.
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APA-FT: Australian Public Affairs Full Text via Informit Online (1978 - present)
Australian literature of the social sciences and humanities.
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ATSIhealth via Informit Online (1900 - present)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander health literature.
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Important: Logout out of AusDI by closing the browser window.
AusDI provides quick, easy access to the popular AusDI Independent Drug Monographs, pharmaceutical company product information (PI), consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflets, drug product images, a product identifier module with convenient links to your choice of drug interaction system(s). The Australian independent drug monographs include full-text, evidence-based drug and drug-class monographs.
Scroll down on the Product Tour tab to watch the Product Overview, & for more help. Australian content
AusportMed via Informit Online (1989 - present)
Covers all aspects of medical and health issues in Australian sport.
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Australian Bureau of Statistics : ABS
The Australian Bureau of Statistics is Australia's official statistical organisation. The site provides access to ABS statistical and reference information.
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Australian Medicines Handbook
Note: the Browser Instruction page displays by default the first time AMH is accessed on a computer. Most browsers ( & all Library browsers) have javascript and cookies enabled by default, so you may simply click the "continue" link.
Provides concise practical, reliable, comparative drug information to promote quality use of medicines in Australia. Australian content
BIOSIS Previews via Web of Knowledge (1926 - present)
A major resource for all biological sciences and particularly useful for searching experimental research.
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A palliative care resource funded by the Australian Department of Health and Ageing that aims to provide evidence based, quality information to the palliative care community.
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Contains cross-searchable, key resources for the medical sciences. Includes journals, textbooks, reference books, practice guidelines, medical & surgical videos and images.
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Cochrane Library via Wiley Interscience
A collection of evidence-based databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence used to make informed decision-making in the provision of healthcare. In addition to the Cochrane reviews, it provides other systematic review abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations, and individual clinical trials. All material is full-text.
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Current Contents Connect via Web of Science (1998 - present)
A quick and easy way of keeping up to date with material published in your subject area.
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Dissertation & Theses Full Text via ProQuest
An authoritative source for information about doctoral dissertations and master's theses. The database represents the work of authors from over 1,000 graduate schools and universities.
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Drug Database (DRUG) via Informit Online (1974 - present)
Drug Database (DRUG), produced by the Alcohol and other Drugs Council of Australia (ADCA) in Canberra, covers material on the psychosocial aspects of drug abuse.
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DynaMed summarises and synthesizes the evidence-based research for over 3200 topics, presenting summaries which are easy to find, read, and apply, for use at the Point of Care (PoC). It is designed to follow the patient consultation from presentation through differential diagnosis, treatment and follow up. It includes detailed drug information, medical calculations, and regular evidence alerts.
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All EBM Reviews: Cochrane DSR, ACP Journal Club, DARE, CCTR, CLEED, CLMCR, & CLHTA via OvidSP
This multifile database allows you to search simultaneously the seven Evidence Based Medicine Reviews databases: ACP Journal Club (ACP), Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (COCH), Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CCTR), NHS Economic Evaluation Database (CLEED), Health Technology Assessment (CLHTA), and Cochrane Methodology Register (CLMCR).
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European equivalent of Medline covering biomedicine and pharmacy.
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Embase via ScienceDirect
EMBASE is an international pharmacological and biomedical database indexing medical and drug information from 70 countries.
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Expanded Academic Index ASAP(1980 - present)
Topics covered include humanities, communication studies, social science, science and technology, women studies, sociology, environment, and public affairs.
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Search Australian and overseas newspapers.
For Australian news sources, the Fairfax publications archive includes The Sydney Morning Herald 1986+, Australian Financial Review 1987+, BRW 1989+, and the News Limited archive includes The Australian 1996+.
15 concurrent users only. Also use Proquest Newsstand databases for international & recent Australian news coverage.
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Family - Australian Family & Society Abstracts Database via Informit Online (1980 - present)
Comprehensive index and abstracts database which covers research, policy and practice issues about, or of relevance to, Australian families. Australian content
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Families & Society Collection via Informit Online (1976 - present)
Family provides published and unpublished material on research, policy and practice issues about, or of relevance to, Australian families.
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Google Scholar
An academic version of the famous search engine. Also useful for links to references which cite other academic articles. Using this link via the Library website means you can get the full-text of articles in journals to which the Library subscribes.
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Health & Society Database via Informit Online (1980 - present)
Health & Society Database (H&S) is a subset of Australian Family & Society Abstracts (FAMILY), produced by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. It covers health policy and services and the social, psychological, legal, and ethical issues associated with health and Australian families.
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Health Books and Journals @ Ovid
Search all of the University of Sydney online books and journals available through Ovid.
Health Issues in Criminal Justice (CINCH-Health) via Informit Online (1968 - present)
This database focuses on health issues involved in the crimal justice system. Subject coverage includes mental health, medical and medicolegal issues, drugs and alcohol, suicide, HIV/AIDS, corrections health, euthanasia and occupational health and safety.
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Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT)
Includes clinical practice guidelines, consumer health brochures, evidence reports and technology assessments from contributers such as the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and the National Institutes of Health (United States).
HIV/AIDS Database (HIVA) via Informit Online (1980 - present)
Produced by the the NSW HIV/AIDS Library Network and deals with the clinical, nutritional, medical, social and psychological aspects of HIV/AIDS.
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Humanities & Social Sciences Collection via Informit (1940 - present)
Broad subject coverage ensures relevance to users of all interests especially Aboriginal and indigenous studies, arts, history, law, literary studies, media, political science and sociology. Australian content
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International Pharmaceutical Abstracts via OvidSP (1950 - present)
Provides worldwide coverage of pharmaceutical science and Health related literature.
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Journal Citation Reports - old version via Web of Science
Journal Citation Reports - new version via Web of Science - click Subscriber login button

Discover analytical information on selected journals such as impact factor and citation frequency.
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Maternity and Infant Care via OvidSP (1971 - present)
Indexes journals, books, and grey literature relating to the midwifery profession, pregnancy, labour, birth, postnatal care, and neonatal care and the first year of an infant's life.
Now replaced by ClinicalKey
MDConsult consists of cross searchable full text medical reference books and full text medical journals and clinics.
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Medical Evidence Matters
Scroll down the initial list of databases to click Medical Evidence Matters.
Allows you to assess therapy options for known medical conditions by comparing outcomes from the peer-reviewed literature. Results are organized into summary tables and graphs.
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MIMS Online
Important: please close your browser down to end your MIMS session & enable other users to access MIMS.

An Australian pharmaceutical database offering access to information on prescription and non-prescription drugs.
Also try AusDI, a generic-based drug information resource. It covers a very comprehensive range of drugs including many over the counter (OTC) and hospital use only products.
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Mosby's Index
Mosby's Index (Elsevier) covers over 3,000 peer-reviewed and electronic only journals in the fields of Nursing and Allied health, utilising a version of the EMTREE thesaurus enhanced for Nursing.
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Multicultural Australia and Immigration Studies (MAIS) via Informit Online (1988 - present)
AAll aspects of Australian immigration and multicultural issues.
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Pre-Medline via OvidSP
PreMEDLINE is the in-process database for MEDLINE. It provides basic information and abstracts before a record is indexed with MeSH heading(s) and added to MEDLINE.
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Proquest Newsstand databases
Search a wide range of international and Australian newspapers in ANZ Newsstand, Canadian Newsstand, and Proquest Newsstand. ANZ Newsstand covers Australian and New Zealand newspapers published by Fairfax Australia and News Ltd, AAP newswires and ABC transcripts.
Key titles included: The Age (1/9/1996 - ), The Australian (2001- ), Canberra Times (21/5/2007 -), Courier Mail (Feb 2001 -), Sun Herald (1/9/1996 - ), Sunday Age (1/9/1996 - ), The Sydney Morning Herald (1/8/1996). Content list.
Use Factiva for access to ANZ titles prior to these dates. Australian content
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Proquest Nursing & Allied Health
Includes e-journals, Evidence-Based Resources from the Joanna Briggs Institute, and the Medcom Video Training Programs Collection
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PubMed for handhelds
Note: If you wish to email records to yourself from PubMed, this is only available on-campus via this on-campus link
National Library of Medicine's free online public access to Medline. See also Medline (Ovid)
Rural and Remote Health Database (RURAL) via Informit Online (1966 - 2006)
Covers topics such as education for rural medical practice, indigenous peoples health, rural and remote area nursing and health care.
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Springer Protocols
Contains peer reviewed laboratory research protocols, dealing principally with topics in molecular biology and biomedicine. Also available in the Library catalogue .
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TOXNET(1965 - present)
A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas.
TVNews Archive via Informit Online (September 2007 - 2012
TVNews indexes Australian television news, current affairs programs, and selected documentaries from the free-to-air networks and links to the video files.

Provided access is restricted to University of Sydney staff and students, the material is used for educational purposes and the Copyright Part VA Warning Notice is displayed, possible uses of TVNews items include:
  • lecturers downloading a news items to a workstation and showing this in a class or tutorial
  • lecturers loading a number of news stories into a Learning Management System such as Blackboard or WebCT and making these available online to students
  • students viewing the items online or saving a copy on their workstation for later viewing
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Web of Science - Search all databases
This portal hosts Web of Science, Current Contents Connect, and via the Additional Resources tab, Journal Citation Reports. Its CrossSearch feature enables a "quick overview" search of these databases and also searches Agricola and Pubmed.
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Web of Science Core Collections
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Contains Science Citation Index Expanded 1900-, Social Sciences Citation Index 1956-, and Arts & Humanities Citation Index from 1975.
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