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Health Sciences Research

Database Comparison

 

MEDLINE

Embase

CINAHL

PsycINFO

Cochrane Library

Web of
Science

 Years:

1946-
present

1947-present

 1980-
present

1806-
present

Varies by database

1900-
present

 Journals:

>6,500

> 8,500

>3,100

>2,500

N/A

>33,000

 Records:

> 26 million

> 30 million

~4 million

> 4 million

>1 million

>100 million

 Record   Types:

Journal articles, some conference proceedings

Journal articles, conference proceedings

Journal and magazine articles, dissertations, books

Journal articles, book chapters, dissertations

High-quality journal articles (controlled trials and SRs), SR protocols

Journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings

 Subjects 
 Included:
Biomedicine incl. 
allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science
Biomedicine,
clinical medicine, pharmacology, toxicology, life sciences, healthcare admin
Nursing, biomedicine, alternative/ complementary medicine, consumer health, and allied health Psychological literature incl. social, behavioral, and health sciences Evidence to inform healthcare decision-making incl. diagnostic assessment, interventions etc. Multi-disciplinary incl. science and technology, social sciences, arts and humanities

 Subject
 Headings:

MeSH

Emtree

CINAHL
Subject
Terms

APA Thesaurus Terms

N/A

N/A

 QUL
 Platforms:

Ovid and PubMed

Ovid

Ebsco

Ovid and
APA PsycNET

Ovid and
Wiley

Web of
Science

 Notes:

No need to search both Ovid MEDLINE and PubMed

“Cumulative Index for Nursing & Allied Health Literature”

Includes database of SRs and central register of controlled trials

 

Databases