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Systematic Reviews, Scoping Reviews, and Health Technology Assessments - Searching the Literature

Core Health Sciences Databases

The following databases are used in most Systematic Reviews, Scoping Reviews and HTAs in the areas of Medicine, Nursing, Rehabilitation Medicine, Public Health, Pharmacy and Kinesiology. 

  • Choose either Medline or Pubmed, not both. They are different interfaces but have the same content.
  • Use Cochrane CENTRAL Trials only if you are including randomized controlled trials in your review
  • Scopus and Web of Science are both large interdisciplinary databases. Most comprehensive reviews will include at least one of these. 

Additional Databases for Specific Subjects

Brain disorders / Mental health 
Environmental Health
Foods and Nutrition
Global Health
Health Economics / Health Policy

Health and Education

Health Technology and Engineering

Life Sciences

Sports medicine / Kinesiology

Sociology of Health