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RWT Library & Knowledge Services: Databases

Guide for Library and Knowledge Services


RWT Staff and students on placement have access to a number of important databases, brimming with evidence-based information! . Please note that you will need an Open Athens Login before you can search the available databases


See below for a handy list of databases available to use in HDAS, and what they can offer you:


  • AMED: Allied and Complementary Medicine: subjects include complimentary medicine, occupational therapy, palliative care, physiotherapy, podiatry, rehabilitation and speech and language.
  • BNI: British Nursing Index: subjects include the practice, education and research for nurses, midwives and other health professionals in the UK.
  • CINAHL: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature: aimed at nurses, educators, allied health professionals and students, this database contains journals pertaining to nursing and allied health practices.
  • EMBASE: Excerpta Medica Database: subjects include biomedicine and pharmaceuticals.
  • HMIC: Health Management Information Consortium: holds the databases of two UK health organisations; the Department of Health and the King's Fund. Subjects include official publications and grey literature relating to health and social care.
  • Medline: Medline is a popular choice among searchers. It has a vast and varied database with every possible known subject on health available. If in doubt, use Medline!
  • PsycINFO: Psychology and Allied Fields: subjects include behavioural and social sciences, and psychology.
  • PubMed: this is a well-known general medical database. However, be careful when using this one, as you can't use limitations on your search! 

Accessing other core databases

Search PubMed (with full text links)

OVID Databases - requires an Open Athens account to search

Database Search


Search Ebsco CINAHL - requires an Open Athens account to search

Research databases
Limit Your Results
  • Select / Deselect all
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Registering for an NHS Open Athens account

Open Athens Registration

Why is an Open Athens account vital?

  • Provides access to licensed online tools and resources for NHS staff to access important knowledge tools such as e-books, e-journals and clinical databases
  • Supports clinical and management decision making


Can I register for an Open Athens account?


How can I register?


Need help?

The Library and Knowledge Service will provide any assistance required in using and searching online databases. Although the HDAS databases are similar to search there are subtle differences in the functions available in each database, and if you would prefer to search PubMed or the database housed on a vendors website such as Ebsco, OVID or Proquest we would advise contacting a Knowledge Specialist to arrange a tutorial. 

RWT Library & Knowledge Services Building 11, Wolverhampton Medical Institute, New Cross Hospital, Wolverhampton. WV10 0QP Tel: 01902 695322 E-Mail: Twitter: @rwtlibrary