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Find articles relevant to your subject by searching databases.

Look at the guides to get the most from each database.

These databases are available for use by Leeds staff and students both on and off-site within the terms of the license agreements. Off-site users will need to login using their Leeds username and password.

You can also see a complete list of databases for Medicine

Key databases

CAB Abstracts Online

Covers human health, food and nutrition, agriculture, environmental issues, genetics, plant and animal science. CAB Abstracts includes information about research articles, books, conference proceedings and reports. Coverage from 1973 onwards.


Covers nursing and allied health. Search for journal articles, books, dissertations and conference proceedings. Coverage from 1960 onwards.

Counseling and Psychotherapy Transcripts, Client Narratives, and Reference Works

A searchable collection containing real transcripts of therapy and counseling sessions and first person narratives illuminating the experience of mental illness and its treatment, as well as reference works to contextualise the primary material. New material is added biweekly. Coverage starting from 1950.


Search for journal articles in biomedicine and pharmacology. The database is updated weekly and can be searched back to 1980. A current awareness service provides alerts for newly added content. Compared to Medline, EMBASE has a more European bias, and only about one-third of the journals are covered in both databases. 

Global Health

Search for journal articles, books and less traditional publications from more than 125 countries. In addition to comprehensive coverage of the core international public health literature, the database includes significant unique content, particularly in the areas of tropical medicine, infectious diseases, vector control, food safety and epidemiology. Coverage starts from 1910.

Hinari: research in health.

One of the world's largest collections of biomedical and health literature. HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme covers up to 14,000 journals (in 30 different languages), up to 33,000 e-books, up to 70 other information resources. No access to subscription content.

HMIC database

This database brings together the bibliographic databases of two UK health and social care management organisations: Department of Health (DH-Data) and King's Fund. HMIC enables you to search for journal articles, books, Department of Health policy documents and unpublished material in the area of UK and international health and social care management and policy. The two HMIC databases are updated six times a year and records go back to 1983. A free current awareness service provides email alerts to newly added content.

Index to Theses

Covering all subjects this database is the most comprehensive available record of doctoral theses from the United Kingdom and Ireland. The collection offers listing of theses, with abstracts accepted for higher degrees by universities in the United Kingdom and Ireland, since 1716.

Maternity and Infant Care


Search for journal articles and other reference types in medicine, dentistry and nursing, including biomedicine, medicine, nursing, dentistry, allied health, pre-clinical sciences. This includes material from across the biological and environmental sciences, psychology, and chemistry. The database is updated frequently and can be searched back to 1950. A current awareness service provides alerts for newly added content.

Ovid Databases

More than 100 core and niche databases to support a variety of research needs in a wide range of disciplines including clinical medicine, pharmacology and more. The powerful combination of Ovid's rich database implementation with Ovid's advanced search features, natural language processing, sophisticated linking technology, and customizable display options, offer a unique, integrated database solution ideal for all users.

Guide to using Ovid Databases


This database enables you to search for journal articles, reports, books and unpublished reports in the fields of reproductive health, population studies, family planning, HIV/AIDS and related health issues, particularly in a developing country context. Popline includes links to the full text of free online documents but not subscription content. Coverage starts from 1970.

ProQuest Dissertations and Theses

This database lists details of more than two million doctoral dissertations and master's theses from 1861 in all disciplines. Divides into: Dissertation abstracts A: The humanities and social sciences, and: B: The sciences and engineering. Coverage is international. Dissertations published from 1980 onwards include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 onwards include 150-word abstracts. Titles available as PDF formats include free 24-page previews. The full text of most documents can be purchased online.

Guide to using ProQuest Dissertations and Theses


Contains journal articles, books, dissertations and theses in core psychology disciplines, behavioural sciences and mental health. It covers 1881 to the present day. A current awareness service provides alerts for newly added content. Updated weekly.


A service of the US National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from the journals in the Medline database as well as biomedical articles from further life-science journals. This version of Medline also includes PreMedline, references to articles that have been published but not yet included in the full version of Medline. The search interface is less easy to use than our normal Medline service, and many of the records in PreMedline don't have abstracts, but this is one of the most up to date biomedical databases available. Also includes some links from references to full text journals. A current awareness service provides links for newly added content.

Guide to using PubMed

PubMed online tutorial with guidance produced by the database supplier.

PubMed help: A section inside the database that offers a variety of assistance on basic and advanced searching.

Science Direct

Covers a wide variety of subject areas and disciplines: science, medicine and engineering, as well as business, management and social sciences. Offers full text access to the Elsevier Science journal collection of over 1,800 titles. There are over 1 million articles from 1995 to the present.

Guide to using Science Direct


Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature from more than 18,500 journals and quality web sources, with smart tools to track, analyse and visualize research. Coverage starts from 1823.

Social Care Online

Free database provided by the Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE). Updated daily resources include legislation, government documents, practice and guidance, systematic reviews, research briefings, reports, journal articles and websites. Every resource listed includes an abstract. Links to full text are also included where available. Social Care Online is a particularly useful resource for staff, students and researchers working in social work and social care.

Web of Science

Search for journal articles using three databases; Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index and Arts and Humanities Citation Index. A current awareness service provides citation alerts for newly added journal articles. Each database is updated weekly.

WHO Reproductive Health Library Online

The WHO RHL includes the full text of systematic reviews produced by the Cochrane Collaboration, with commentaries on implications for practice, as well as the Lancet epidemiology series on randomised controlled trials, videos on implementation, and other resources to help improve reproductive health in a developing country context. Coverage from 1999 onwards.