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Searching: Databases

Detailed guide to searching tips and tricks

Databases are searchable bibliographic services that collect information based on a particular subject or subjects.They contain citations of journal articles and other publications. There are often links through to full-text journal articles, but if you can't access the articles you need, please complete an online request form.

NHS staff have access to 8 key databases which can be searched individually or simultaneously via the Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) platform. You'll need an NHS OpenAthens login to access HDAS.

Database searching can be time consuming, so the Library offers a literature searching service - we can find the evidence for you.

If you'd like some training on how to use the Databases, please contact our Library & Information Skills Trainer.

Help with HDAS

If you'd like some help with searching HDAS, please contact our
Library & Information Skills Trainer.

Here are some YouTube videos on how you can search HDAS effectively:

HDAS databases (NHS OpenAthens login required)

NICE Healthcare Advanced Database Search (HDAS) provides access to 8 key databases.

Access all of the databases at:
https://hdas.nice.org.uk/
(NHS OpenAthens login required)

Other databases

In addition to HDAS, there are other resources you can search for evidence.

You may also like to see our Evidence-based practice resources webpage, for clinical decision making tools.