Search for Journal Articles

This page was last updated: December 1st, 2021

Use the healthcare databases to search for journal articles

Visit NHS Evidence.

Select “Journals and Databases” from the top of the page.
Then select “Healthcare Databases Advanced Search”.

Log in with your OpenAthens account.


Search Tips

  • What are the important subject areas and key words?
  • Are there alternative terms for your topics?
  • How many subjects does your search cover?

Think PICO: What are you interested in?

  • Patient group
  • Intervention
  • Comparison
  • Outcome

Are you interested in a specific date range?

Do you only require English articles?
What publication types (reviews, clinical trials etc.) are acceptable?

If you are having difficulty then contact the library. We may be able to offer you support by carrying out a full literature search of the evidence to your specification within your timescale.

We provide you with a list of relevant sources, and help to access the material.

If required, we can work with you in an assisted search to retrieve the results relevant to your needs.

Use our request a literature search page to request a search.

Alternatively we can offer training to show you how to conduct these searches on your own.

Please visit our training page for details on what courses we offer and how to book onto these.

Alternatively, contact the library on 01872 256444 or via e-mail at .


Student support

Log in to the Plymouth University website and go to “(Electronic Library) Primo” and choose “Databases“.

If you are not sure which databases to use, visit the library subject guides for guidance and research support on the library resources relevant to you.

For more information on searching University of Exeter or Plymouth University resources contact the library.

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