Databases of health sciences

MEDLINE is the main journal article database for all health sciences. You can use it through PubMed (open access) or Ovid. In addition, there are some specific databases for dentistry (Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source), nursing (CINAHL), psychology and behavioural sciences etc. (PsycINFO) and exercise medicine (SPORTDiscus). They are used through the EBSCOhost platform. Two major multidisciplinary databases, Scopus and Web of Science, also cover health sciences. See Multidisciplinary databases.


About PubMed (link opens in a new tab)
Open PubMed (MEDLINE) in a new tab inUEF Primo

Search query example

Search example: Cognitive (psycho)therapy for adolescents who have eating disorder Automatic term mapping of phrases only without double quotes Put terms combined with OR into brackets when also AND in search query Truncate with *. Type at least 4 characters before *. Truncation only at end. Phrases with double quotes are searched exactly as they are. Click Advanced to see Search history, to use Search Builder, and to go back to earlier searches. In search results: Default order is Best match = relevance. Click Display options to change the order, and to see the results in other formats than the default Summary (e.g. Abstract), and to change the default number (10) of results per page. Number of results. Use Filters to refine.

Filters (Limiting your search)

Use filters to limit your search results e.g. by publication type, publication date, language, and age. Do not limit by Text availability, as e.g. Free full-text filter means your results will not include references to all the journals UEF has subscribed and paid for.

To use filters

  • Run a search
  • Tick the filter you would like to activate from the sidebar. (From here on your searches will be filtered until you turn the filters off.)

Some filters (e.g. some publication types, not all) are included in the sidebar by default but not all.

  • To display more filters (e.g. language or age group) on the sidebar, click Additional filters.
  • Choose a category or categories from the pop-up menu.
  • Select filter(s) to add them to the sidebar.
  • Click Show.
  • To use the added filter(s), tick it/them on the sidebar.

When filters are selected, a Filters applied message will display on the results page.

More instructions on using filters (opens in a new tab)

Technical characteristics of PubMed: Write Boolean operators in CAPITAL LETTERS; Proximity operator:

Thesaurus (controlled list of terms): Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)

Automatic mapping

Search terms that are typed in the search box are automatically matched against MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) and some other search fields. To see how your terms were interpreted or translated, check the Search Details available on the Advanced Search page for each query under History. See the video on Automatic term mapping (opens in a new tab, 4 min, PubMed subject search: How it works. A brief tutorial on how automatic term mapping and explosion enhance your PubMed search).

Video tutorials

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What is in PubMed? (3 mins)
Find articles on a topic (1 min)
PubMed subject search (4 min)
Find articles by author (2 mins)
Find articles by journal (2 mins)
Get the full text for an article (2 mins)
Save searches and set e-mail alerts (2 mins)

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CINAHL, PsycINFO, Dentistry & Oral Science Source, SPORTDiscus (EBSCOhost)

Links to databases in UEF Primo (links open in new tabs): CINAHL, PsycINFO, Dentistry & Oral Science Source, SPORTDiscus (EBSCOhost)

Search query example (CINAHL)

A screenshot of a search view of Cinahl with some technical tips for search queries such as truncation and quotation marks.
A screenshot of a result view of Cinahl with some pointers for eg. how to sort the list of results and how to refine the results.
Technical characteristics of Ebsco databases. Boolean operators as usual. Proximity operators Nn and Wn. Truncatation mark * (middle and end). Wildcard # replaces 0 or 1 characters. Wildcard ? replaces 1 character.  Phrase: quotation marks recommended. Stemming and spelling as usual. Search fields to start with: Default (varies by database).
Technical characteristics of Ebsco databases.


  • Don’t limit to full-text, as it excludes available peer-reviewed articles.
  • Peer-reviewed (scholarly) journals, if you want to exclude other articles or conference proceedings, book chapters etc.
  • Publication year, language if needed.

Video tutorials

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Using search terms, limiting, editing, saving – ignore the last minute, not applicable in UEF library
Academic Search Premier General Tutorial (5:56)

Use of thesaurus terms:
Browsing Subject Terms in EBSCOhost Databases (2:23)

Setting notifications about new results:
Creating a Search Alert in EBSCOhost (1:28)

For more information, see UEF Library’s list of Health Sciences databases (opens in a new tab).

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