Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Biomedical Science: Databases

Search our Catalogue

Search our Catalogue:

Databases Explained

Databases are collections of resources such as journal articles and conference papers, and also sometimes book chapters and reports. If you are doing a literature search or systematic review they are a key resource to use.




The Library catalogue enables you to find out if the Library has particular books or journals, or to identify books on a subject by keyword. To identify journal articles, books, book chapters, dissertations, standards etc. on a particular topic you need to use a database.  Biomedical Science databases are listed on the Library website. You can access relevant journal articles and other information on databases such as:

What's the difference between PubMed, Medline and Embase?

A full list of databases relevant to Biomedical Science is available here

How to Access Databases

It's very simple. You can access any of the Library's databases just by searching the Library Catalogue. Simply enter the name of the database in the search box and click on the database link in the search results. Remember to log in for full access.

Searching within a Database

When you are searching a database, you can access content by searching under:

  • subject heading or keyword
  • title
  • author
  • journal name

Getting to the full-text

There are two main kinds of database:

  • Bibliographic - they won't show you the full paper straight away, but you can often read an abstract and see the author details. You'll need to check using SFX  if the library has access to the journal article
  • Full text - will let you open and read the article directly from the list of results