Learn how to use some of the major health databases to find the best available evidence to support your practice as future health professionals.

This guide does not include all health databases - a full list can be obtained via the library home page.

What is a database?

How to find databases

  • From the Library home page select the Databases tab.
  • If you know which database you would like to search, use the A-Z finder.
  • If not, select the subject area from the drop down menu to get a list of recommended databases. Choose your subject and click Go.


Print, save, email, and export

  • Most database will allow you to create your own personal account. This will enable you to save, re-run & edit your search. You can also set up alerts and have the database email you with any new results.
  • Output features should also be available. These allow you to print, email or export your references to a bibliographic reference manager such as EndNote.
  • Instructions for saving searches and using output features can be different for each database provider, check the Help page on the database for more details.


All databases have help functions - usually located in the top right of the screen. The use of search operators and features can vary across databases, so check the help screen if you are not sure.

Help button located in the top right corner of a database