Opening Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS) interface:
- To open the initial page, click here (unless you’re already logged into Athens, only the Pubmed database will be available)
- Click on the “Log into OpenAthens” tab on the top right of the page
- Enter your Athens log in (no account? Just click here to set one up in a couple of minutes)
- All 9 databases should now be visible
Each is a collection of articles focusing on a specific theme:
AMED – Covers a selection of journals in complementary medicine and professions allied to medicine. Covers the years 1985 to present and updated monthly.
BNI – A comprehensive index covering all aspects of nursing, midwifery and community healthcare from 1985 to the present, updated monthly.
CINAHL – All aspects of nursing and allied health disciplines including midwifery, optometry, physical therapy and dietetics.
EMBASE – Over 3,500 international journals covering pharmacology, toxicology, clinical medicine, health policy and public health.
EMCARE – Nursing, medical and nursing education, emergency services, family practice, geriatrics and palliative care, behavioural science and psychology, nutrition and dietetics, physiotherapy and rehabilitation, public and occupational health, and social medicine.
HMIC – Covers health service policy, management and administration, with an emphasis on the British National Health Service; the quality of health services including hospitals, nursing, primary care and public health.
MEDLINE – Millions of citations derived from thousands of journals. Broadly, the subject areas covered are: allied health specialties, dentistry, nursing, medicine.
PsychINFO – Psychology categories including psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work.
PubMed – Over 25 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books.
Using the interface:
HDAS can be a little complicated to search until you know how it works – it’s not like using google as it’s a different sort of engine – but there’s help available to get you on your way:
You may find these guides useful:
- Seven short (20 minutes) e-learning modules to help understand Evidence Searching and how to use HDAS – link to them here
- Brief written instructions, click here
- Full user guide (38 pages!) – click here
- Prefer to watch someone using the database & describing what they’re doing so you can copy? Click here
Prefer a real person?
Allow up to 2 hours, and you can come to us, or we can come to you – whichever site you’re based at.
Back to Resources page – click here
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