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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.

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. (Hover over the title to see information about the resource.)

Other biomedical resources

Drugs & Pharmaceuticals

This is a list of key drugs/pharmaceutical resources available through the University. There is a separate Pharmacy subject guide with a lot more information relating to the study of Pharmacy at the University, and Prescribing information in the EBP Useful sites pages of this guide.

See the box below for some key resources for pharmaceuticals.

Key databases for drug information

A range of databases to find quality drug information:

Help with PubMed

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

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. (Hover over the title to see information about the resource.)


The University does not subscribe to UpToDate. Trainee Interns (6th year medical students) will be able to access UpToDate through the hospital network.

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.

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: