Finding the Evidence

Save time if you need help to find information and evidence for any professional purpose. We can undertake a literature search on your behalf on both clinical or non-clinical topics, and our experienced Librarians will search a wide range of appropriate resources.

To request a literature search, please complete our search request form.

Evidence based practice is important and listed below is a selection of resources to help you find the best evidence available.

Healthcare Databases

Please see below for the links to the healthcare databases for literature searching with your NHS OpenAthens account.

You can set up a personal account in all of these to enable you to save and export your search results.
EBSCO (Click on Access through your institution then find your organisation): CINAHL / Medline
ProQuest (Click on Log in through your library to access more features then find your organisation): BNI / PsycInfo / Medline
Ovid (Click on OpenAthens then find your organisation): AMED / EMBASE / EMCARE / HMIC / Medline

Please email if you have any problems accessing these databases or setting up personal accounts.

Please see below for links to tutorial videos on how to use the different databases.


There are eLearning modules available on the elfh website. These are designed to help the healthcare workforce (clinical and non-clinical) build confidence to search published literature for articles and evidence relevant to their work, study and research.

Critical Appraisal

There is a eLearning for Healthcare (elfh) course available on critical appraisal. There are 8 sessions available with each topic taking approximately 30 minutes to complete.

Systematic Reviews

The Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust has created a guide for those people who are looking to undertake a Systematic Review.