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Public Health

Guide to library research for evidence-informed public health practice.

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MEDLINE: Did you know?

You can search MEDLINE using PubMed or the Ovid interface. PubMed is a free resource that you will always be able to access, whereas Ovid MEDLINE is a proprietary resource that has been purchased by Queen's University Library. The Ovid interface allows adjacency searching (searching for terms within so many words of one another), which PubMed does not, and may be more user-friendly for new searchers than PubMed. 

Database Comparison

Global
Health

MEDLINE

Embase

CINAHL

PsycINFO

Cochrane Library

Web of
Science

 Years:

1973-
present

1946-
present

1947-present

1980-
present

1806-
present

Varies by database

1900-
present

Journals:

>7,300

>6,500

> 8,500

>3,100

>2,500

N/A

>33,000

 Records:

>3 million

> 26 million

> 30 million

~4 million

> 4 million

>1 million

>100 million

 Record   
 Types:

Journal articles, conference proceedings, book content, theses, reports

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:

Public health:
communicable diseases,
 epidemiology, infectious diseases,
nutrition

Biomedicine 
incl. allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities

Biomedicine,
clinical medicine, pharmacology toxicology, life sciences, healthcare admin

Nursing, biomedicine, altern/compl medicine, consumer health, and allied health

Psychological literature incl. social, behavioral, and health sciences

Health care interventions,  diagnostic assessments

Multi-disciplinary incl. science, technology, arts, social sciences, humanities

 Subject
 Headings:

Global Health Indexing

MeSH

Emtree

CINAHL
Subject
Terms

APA Thesaurus Terms

N/A

N/A

 QUL
 Platforms:

Ovid

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”

 

Research Databases