Find Articles and Evidence

Locating articles in the biomedical literature usually begins with a database search. Selecting the right database often depends on your topic; the following are some of the most commonly used for healthcare and biomedical literature:

  • PubMed - containing millions of citations from medical fields, often with links to full-text articles provided through the library's journal subscriptions, this database is the recommended starting point for topics including biomedicine, nursing, health administration, public health, and related topics.
  • CINAHL - the premier resource for nursing and allied health topics, this database is a key resource for literature searches related to clinical care provided by nurses and professional, occupational, and educational issues in nursing
  • PsycINFO - features citations for literature on psychology and the psychological aspects of areas such as medicine, nursing, anthropology, linguistics, education, and business
  • Web of Science/Science Citation Index Expanded - multidisciplinary database providing citations from numerous scientific and technical fields

Search the Digital Library

The Eskind Biomedical Library provides access to numerous literature citation databases, including those listed above and more on special subjects, through our online Digital Library portal. Visit the home page and search for databases that meet your needs or contact us for further assistance.

The Digital Library also contains links to full-text articles provided by the library, along with details about the years for which the title is available online. Search for any journal title (or journal title abbreviation) to find out if we have access to a specific year or volume/issue.

Learn More

The Eskind Biomedical Library offers in-person training on a number of specialized citation resources, including PubMed and CINAHL. You can view a complete list of on-demand in-person educational sessions, or view online tutorials and resource guides (including PubMed and CINAHL searching and other topics).

Request a training session via our online request form. Training sessions are available for free to Vanderbilt personnel and students; training is available on campus and off-site to non-Vanderbilt groups for a fee. Other ways to reach us are listed on the Contact page.

Get Help With Your Search

Requests for assistance formulating or refining a search strategy can be made via our online request form or by contacting us directly by phone. Assistance with searches/database selection in biosciences such as genetics/molecular biology is also available. Searches can also be performed by an information specialist for both Vanderbilt and non-Vanderbilt personnel for a fee.

For Vanderbilt Clinical/Research teams

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Additional Resources

You may also wish to view our resources on citation management, ordering articles not held by Vanderbilt through Document Delivery/Interlibrary Loan, and how to obtain copies of older journals located in our storage facility.