What are the best research databases for healthcare?

Web of Science and Scopus are interdisciplinary research databases and have a broad scope. For biomedical research, medicine, and healthcare there are a couple of outstanding academic databases that provide true value in your daily research. Scholarly databases can help you find scientific articles, research papers, conference proceedings, reviews and much more. We have compiled a list of the top 5 research databases with special focus on healthcare and medicine.

1. PubMed

PubMed is the number one source to turn to. It is hosted at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and provides bibliographic information including abstracts and links to the full text publisher websites for more than 28 million articles.

  • Coverage: 28+ million articles
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PubMed: bibliographic information for more than 28 million articles in the field biomedical research

2. EMBASE

EMBASE (Excerpta Medica Database) is a proprietary research database that also includes in its corpus PubMed. It can also be accessed by other database providers such as Ovid.

  • Coverage: 38 million articles
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Embase: more than 38 million articles in healthcare and related fields

3. Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is best know for its systematic reviews. There are 53 review groups around the world that ensure that the published reviews are of high-quality and evidence based. Articles are updated over time to reflect new research.

  • Coverage: several thousand high quality reviews
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Cochrane Library: bibliographic information for more than 4.3 million entries in the field of computer science

4. PubMed Central (PMC)

You can see PubMed Central is the free fulltext/open access branch of PubMed. Full text for all indexed papers is readily available at PMC to read and download. Yopu might also want to check out its sister site Europe PMC.

  • Coverage: approx. 5.1 million articles
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PubMed Central: fulltext access to more than 5 million articles

5. UpToDate

Like the Cochrane Library, UpToDate provides detailed reviews to clinical topics. Reviews are constantly updated to provide an up-to-date view.

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UpToDate: access to more several thousand review articles