Database user guide

Databases subject content, features and access

The Library provides members with access to a range of databases, some offering full-text articles. The guides below will help you select the most appropriate databases for your needs and get the most out of your searching.

EBSCOHost databases cover a broad range of subject areas including medicine, health, nursing, allied health, psychology and behavioural sciences. Databases consist of MEDLINE with Full Text, the Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection and CINAHL Plus with Full Text. Links to full text articles and journal titles from these databases are also available in DynaMed.

Users can email results and access full text articles quickly and easily. Creating a free account on EBSCOHost enables you to save search strategies, article collections or create regular email alerts for your chosen topics.

Access EBSCOHost

Members are able to search a number of Informit databases for journal articles, reports and other works. Informit databases provide mainly Australasian content covering a broad range of subject areas including Aboriginal health, rural and remote health, health promotion, and health policy. Many ‘Open Access’ full text articles, indicated by the open padlock symbol, are available for your direct access. To obtain other articles from your Informit search results, please use our online journal article request form to submit your requests.

Access Informit

A scholarly database providing access to full text articles from hundreds of biomedical and health related journals, including core medical titles such as The Lancet and The BMJ. Health & Medical Collection also includes content from ebooks, instructional videos and dissertations.

Proquest online guidance (LibGuides)

Access Proquest Health and Medical

A customised link between PubMed and many full-text articles supplied by EBSCOHost, Wiley and others.

PubMed is the web version of Medline, published by the National Library of Medicine (USA).

The Library offers a customised link betweeen PubMed and many full-text articles supplied by Wiley and other suppliers.

When the RACGP version of PubMed is searched a special icon  Pubmed icon  will appear next to all article results.

When clicking on this icon, if you have not already logged into the RACGP website with your username and password, you will be asked to log in to the Open Athens authentication system with these credentials.

Once logged in, you will then be granted full text access to the article, or to a pre-filled request form. You will only need to enter your basic user details and then you can submit the form to the Library – we will retrieve the article from our suppliers and forward it to you.



PubMed Tutorials

PubMed User Guide

PubMed: Using the Advanced Search Builder


An internationally recognised source of evidence based medicine

The Cochrane Library is a collection of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.

Six databases are available including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and a register of controlled trials.

Cochrane Library

Searching with TRIP

TRIP is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and care.

The TRIP database allows users to rapidly and easily identify high quality evidence based medical literature from a wide range of sources.

TRIP database