Searching Healthcare Databases using OVID, ProQuest and EBSCOhost

The HDAS (Healthcare Databases Advanced Search) platform was discontinued on April 1st 2022. This means that evidence searches now have to be carried out using three different platforms: Ovid; ProQuest and EBSCOhost.

The main healthcare databases are distributed between these three platforms, so you will need to know which platform to access to find the database you wish to search.

  • OVID platform supports the databases Embase, Emcare, AMED, Medline, HMIC and Social Policy and Practice. 
  • ProQuest platform supports the databases PsychINFO, BNI, Hospital Premium Collection and PsycArticles.
  • EBSCOhost platform supports the databases CINAHL, Medline, and the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

For descriptions of the healthcare databases, see the Healthcare Databases page on our website. 

Guides and Training

To help you with your searching we have created guides on how to search OVID, ProQuest and EBSCOhost. These, and other training resources for the new platforms (including video tutorials) are available on our website.

If you would like to learn more about how to search the databases, you can book an Assisted Search session with our Training Librarian. During this session we will help you carry out a search using the appropriate platform. The session will take about an hour and can be carried out in person or virtually via MS Teams. To request an assisted search please email Andrew.Hough@covwarkpt.nhs.uk

We are also able to carry out searches on your behalf (as long as the search is not for marked coursework/assignments). To request a search, simply fill in our online form giving us as much information as you can about the topic you would like us to search. We will carry out the search for you, using the relative databases and email the results within 10 working days. 

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