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Medicine: Journals & Databases

Looking for articles on your topic?

The quickest way to find articles on a specific topic is by searching a relevant database. The University Library subscribes to hundreds of databases, but we recommend the ones listed below as a starting point for students and researchers. Some provide only citations for articles, so look for the Article Link button, or try one of the methods described to access a copy.

Key biomedical subject headings databases

These databases can use Subject Headings (e.g. MeSH, Emtree) to assist your searching. They can also be searched with keywords.

Keyword-only & citation databases

These databases can only be searched using keywords (author words).

If you find a great article on your topic, you can use these citation databases to track down articles that cite that particular article. 

Other biomedical resources

What is Article Link?

Article Link links article databases to the Library's e-journal collections. It tells you whether (and where) the full-text of an article is available.

You may see Article Link represented as:    or   Otago Article Link.

Key clinical resources

These are just some key databases relevant to searching for clinical information:

Looking for a known article?

1. To find an article from a citation:

2.   To find the journal:

  • Search the library catalogue for the Title of the Journal (usually underlined and/or in Italics)
  • Do a Basic Title begins with search and limit to Journals
  • The journal may be held in print, electonically, or both
  • Browse to find the correct year/volume and page number

3. You can also use Advanced Search to find a journal (or article):

  • Select 'in the title' from the first drop-down menu
  • Enter the Title of the Journal in the third drop-down menu
  • Set the Material Type to Journals
  • Click on Search
  • Browse to find the correct year/volume and page numbers

Request a FREE Copy with the "Get It" Interloan service

If you need an item that is not available via a database that the University of Otago subscribes to, or in print form in the library, request a free copy using the Get It Interloan service: