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Health Sciences Research

Database Comparison

 

MEDLINE

Embase

CINAHL

PsycINFO

Cochrane Library

Web of
Science

BIOSIS Previews

 Years:

1946-
present

1947-present

 1980-
present

1806-
present

Varies by database

1900-
present

1926-
present

 Journals:

>6,500

> 8,500

>3,100

>2,500

N/A

>33,000

>5,500

 Records:

> 26 million

> 30 million

~4 million

> 4 million

>1 million

>100 million

 > 18 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

Journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings, patents
 Subjects 
 Included:
Biomedicine incl. 
allied health, biological and physical sciences and humanities
Biomedicine,
clinical medicine, pharmacology, toxicology, life sciences, and healthcare admin
Nursing, biomedicine, alternative medicine, consumer health, and allied health Psychological literature incl. social, behavioral, and health sciences Evidence for healthcare decision-making incl. diagnostic assessment and interventions Multi-disciplinary incl. science, technology, social sciences, arts, humanities All areas of life sciences e.g. biotechnology, neuroscience, pharmacology, public health, toxicology, and zoology 
 

 Subject
 Headings:

MeSH

Emtree

CINAHL
Subject
Terms

APA Thesaurus Terms

N/A

N/A

N/A

 QUL
 Platforms:

Ovid and PubMed

Ovid

Ebsco

Ovid and
APA PsycNET

Ovid and
Wiley

Web of
Science

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

 

 

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