The library provides access to a number of databases. Some are available to all; others are accessed via OpenAthens.

We hope at a later date to resume workshops on use of databases. Links to online training provided by the publishers have been provided below.  See also our e-Learning pages.

Some of the reports on this page may not be suitable for users of assistive technology. Request an accessible format .

HDAS Databases

These are accessed via the NICE Evidence Search database pages

These databases have a standardised search page.  They include Medline, Embase, HMIC, CINAHL, AMED, PsychInfo and British Nursing Index. Ovid Emcare is available from April 2019. Log in with your OpenAthens account.

Here are some videos from NICE on how to search HDAS.

HDAS is being decommissioned  the end of March 2022.

Evidence Search

Evidence Search is an excellent database for health and social care, produced by NICE.  You do not need to be logged in to OpenAthens to use the database and much of the material referenced is available full-text.

For tips on how to use Evidence Search these online guides are available from NICE.

For tips on how NICE resources can support Making Every Contact Count see their resource suggestions.

Evidence search is being decommissioned  the end of March 2022.


Once registered and logged in, a TRIP search produces references sorted by type, e.g. systematic reviews, guidelines, key primary research. It will also point you to related search results.

You do not need an OpenAthens account. Public Health England is funding access to the advanced search engine TRIP Pro until at least March 2019.  When you register make it clear you work in local authority public health.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about Cochrane groups. The Cochrane Library is well-known for quality systematic reviews. Log in with OpenAthens.

The Cochrane Library includes a collection of podcasts available at

See Welcome to the Cochrane Library Training Hub for training guides, videos and webinars.

UK  Health  Security  Agency  (UKHSA)

UKHSA support for local authorities includes links to e-journals, databases, training, and the LA Discovery Service.  These resources are available from this page: Support for LAPH.  UKHSA signposts to further resources in its pages Research support for public health teams based in Local Authorities.

EBSCO Discovery Service

UKHSA  currently provides access to electronic journals via EBSCO Discovery Service. You will need to be eligible for a public health OpenAthens login which you can apply for with Public Health and Social Care Library membership.

Log in directly or from the My Athens homepage select EBSCO Databases, then select EBSCO Discovery Service.

For tips on how to use this database, look at the Discovery Service guides, including:

Emerald Insight - Journals in Health and Social Care Management

To access full text results in this set of electronic journals, log in to My Athens, and select Emerald Insight.  After entering your search terms click the 'Only content I have access to' box.

For tips on how to search these journals, look at Emerald's 'Advanced Search Tips' or our Emerald Insight bite sized learning (PDF, 483.3 KB).

Campbell Collaboration

The Campbell Collaboration is an international research network that produces systematic reviews of the effects of social interventions in Crime & Justice, Education, International Development, and Social Welfare.

Social Care Online

Social Care Online is the UK's largest database of information and research on all aspects of social care and social work.