To ensure your search is comprehensive, you should search several specialist databases using the ones that are most relevant to your topic.
Make sure you are using the right tool for the job. Look at the description of the database to see if it will be relevant to your topic.
If you start searching and are not getting many results, it might be worthwhile looking in another database to see if it has content that is more relevant to your topic.
Take a look at the A-Z of eResources and filter to your subject to see a full list of recommended databases with links to access them.
Here are just a few which may be useful. We recommend starting with CINAHL, as this is a large database covering a range of health-related subjects.
British Nursing Database (Proquest)
Includes key nursing journals
Includes key nursing and allied health journals - the best starting point for searching
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Education Journals (Proquest)
Useful for social and education topics within nursing and health
Emerald Management Plus
Covers health management journals rather than clinical practice
Family Health (Proquest)
Includes medical journals and consumer and news magazines
Health Management (Proquest)
Covers health administration
Health and Medical (Proquest)
Aggregated search of Proquest health and medicine databases. Useful for radiotherapy.
Covers medicine and nursing journals with very little full-text. TIP: Does not work well in Internet Explorer
NICE Healthcare Databases Advanced Search
Requires an Athens login. TIP: Most of these resources are already provided by University of Suffolk; however NICE databases remain accessible to students who leave University of Suffolk but stay in practice. An OpenAthens login is required to access these resources
Nursing and Allied Health (Proquest)
Covers nursing, allied health and complementary medicine journals
Pyschology Database (Proquest)
Covers psychology and mental health journals
Medline with a friendlier interface and additional in-process and older content with access to Clinical Queries
Useful for radiography and medical topics