Health Professionals – Free Databases

Publicly Available Databases/Resources

The databases below are publicly available to search. Some may contain full-text documents, but others may only provide citations/abstracts for books, articles and other materials.

If there is a database/resource that you believe should be added to this list, please let us know.

  • Cochrane Collaboration (Multi-disciplinary): Free access to abstracts of Cochrane Systematic Reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy. Cochrane Reviews investigate the effects of interventions (literally meaning to intervene to modify an outcome) for prevention, treatment and rehabilitation. They also assess the accuracy of a diagnostic test for a given condition in a specific patient group and setting.
  • CommonKnowledge (Multi-disciplinary): CommonKnowledge is the institutional repository of Pacific University, providing access to full-text theses, dissertations, and faculty publications. Includes collections from schools within the College of Health Professions and College of Optometry. You may also search for resources available at other institutions who use the same repository platform.
  • DARE (Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects) (Multi-disciplinary): DARE contains 15,000 abstracts of systematic reviews including over 6,000 quality assessed reviews and details of all Cochrane reviews and protocols. The database focuses on the effects of interventions used in health and social care.
  • NARIC (National Rehabilitation Information Center) (Disability/Rehabilitation): NARIC is a collection of over 70,000 documents and article citations/abstracts. Its largest database is REHABDATA, which focuses on rehabilitation research and services.
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse (Multi-disciplinary): NGC is a public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Search or browse for condition-specific guidelines, and compare guidelines from different organizations.
  • NCBI Bookshelf (Multi-disciplinary): Bookshelf, the books division of PubMed Central database, is an online collection of full-text books, reports, databases and other documents. Bookshelf and PubMed are also interlinked in a variety of ways. PubMed citations have links to Bookshelf documents which cite them (see PubMed Help on how to view these links). Similarly, journal citations appearing in the bibliography of a Bookshelf document include links to that citation’s PubMed record. You can also view PubMed citations related to a Bookshelf publication or its chapters via the “Related citations in PubMed” panel on the right on book and chapter pages.
  • PEDro (Physical Therapy): PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 17,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible. All trials on PEDro are independently assessed for quality. These quality ratings are used to quickly guide users to trials that are more likely to be valid and to contain sufficient information to guide clinical practice. PEDro is produced by the Centre for Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at The George Institute for Global Health.
  • PsycBITE (Acquired Brain Impairment): PsycBITE is a database that catalogs studies of cognitive, behavioral and other treatments for psychological problems and issues occurring as a consequence of acquired brain impairment (ABI). These studies are rated for their methodological quality, evaluating various aspects of scientific rigor. The website gives clinicians, students and researchers free access to the PsycBITE database, thus enabling you to search for articles which might be relevant for your clinical practice or your research in a time-efficient way.
  • PubMed (Medicine/Research): PubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
  • TRIP Database (Multi-disciplinary): The TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.