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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.

Covid Information

LitCovid is a National Library of Medicine literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus (CoVid-19).
LitCovid is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to over 380,000 (and growing) relevant articles in PubMed. The articles are updated daily and are further categorized by different research topics (e.g. transmission) and geographic locations.

Help with PubMed

Find out how to get the most out of PubMed by using the tutorials below:

Key clinical resources

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


The University's subscription to UpToDate ceased on 30th September 2018. Trainee Interns (6th year medical students) will be able to access UpToDate through the hospital network.

Looking for a known article?

1. To find an article from a citation:

2.   To find the journal:

  • Search Library Search | Ketu for the Title of the Journal (usually underlined and/or in Italics)
  • The journal may be held in print, electronically, 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 'Title' from the first drop-down menu
  • Leave the second drop-down menu as 'contains' or select 'is (exact)' or 'starts with'
  • 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 Interloans 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 Interloan service: