The Library provides access to a range of databases covering a variety of subject areas. Some databases are free but the main ones require an OpenAthens password. You can register online for OpenAthens (ensuring that you use your email address and enter Kingston Hospital as you organisation) if you need an OpenAthens account.

Bibliographic databases:


From US National Library of Medicine. Covers clinical medicine, including the allied health fields. Includes biological and physical sciences and humanities where they relate to health care. Requires an NHS OpenAthens account.


Produced by Elsevier. Covers biomedicine and pharmacology; particularly strong in the areas of drugs, toxicology and psychiatry. Includes US and European journals. Requires an NHS OpenAthens account.


Emcare, produced by Elsevier, covers all nursing specialties and nursing healthcare professions. Emcare includes international coverage of allied health, education and training, development and management, midwifery, health and healthcare economics, clinical medical and healthcare social work, psychiatry and mental health, and traumatology, emergency and critical-care medicine from 1995 to present. Requires a NHS Open Athens account.


Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. Primarily concerned with nursing, but approximately 35% of articles are related to allied health disciplines. Requires an NHS OpenAthens account.

British Nursing Index (BNI)

Nursing and midwifery database mainly indexing journals published in the UK, plus other English-language journals including international nursing and midwifery journals. Also indexes selective content from medical, allied health and management journals.  Requires an NHS OpenAthens account.


Compiled by the American Psychological Association. Contains relevant material from medicine, psychiatry, social work, law, criminology, social science and organisational behaviour. Requires an NHS OpenAthens account.

HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium

From the Health Management Information Consortium. Combines information from the Department of Health, King’s Fund and the Nuffield Institute for Health Information. Covers health management, health care planning and hospital administration. Requires an NHS OpenAthens account.


Allied and Complementary Medicine Database. Bibliographic database produced by British Library. Covers a selection of journals in complementary medicine, palliative care, and several professions allied to medicine. Requires an NHS OpenAthens account.

Social Policy and Practice

Social Policy and Practice brings together data from the following 5 leading collections of social policy and practice resources. AgeInfo – Centre for Policy on Ageing, NSPCC – National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children, Planex – IDOX Information Service, Social Care Online – Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE), ChildData – National Children’s Bureau (NCB)


PubMed is a free version of Medline, published by the US National Library of Medicine (NLM). Click on the link above to access a customized version of PubMed where many citations are linked to full text articles already available via your NHS OpenAthens.

Kings Fund Library Database

Covers the policy and management of health and social care services – 1979 to present, and King’s Fund publications from 1906 onwards.

Evidence-based databases available:

Cochrane Library

Consists of several databases supporting evidence-based medicine, including: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, NHS EED (NHS Economic Evaluation Database) and HTA (Health Technology Assessments). Free access to users in England & Wales through funding by the NHS.

TRIP Pro Database

Trip Pro is a clinical search engine designed to quickly and easily find high-quality research evidence. Trip is available to NHS Staff in the Library and on NHS England sites. Requires an NHS OpenAthens account.

NICE Guidance

Evidence-based recommendations developed by independent committees, including professionals and lay members, and consulted on by stakeholders.

Campbell Collaboration

The Campbell Collaboration is an international social science research network that produces high quality, open and policy-relevant evidence syntheses, plain language summaries and policy briefs.


BETs were developed in the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK, to provide rapid evidence-based answers to real-life clinical questions, using a systematic approach to reviewing the literature.


If you need help access these resources, please see our training page for a list of the courses we run or contact the library for further information.

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