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Ebsco Search Guide

A guide to searching healthcare databases eg Medline, Cinahl using the EbscoHost (Ebsco) Search tool.


Ebsco (full name EbscoHost) is a specialist search tool available to St George’s, University of London staff and students.  Some NHS access is also available via OpenAthens.  It allows you to perform sophisticated literature searches in the healthcare databases Medline, Cinahl and Amed, and several educational/child development indexes.  Where available, your Subject Guide will tell you which databases are most relevant to your topic.

It is best to plan your search and identify suitable search terms before using the database.  For guidance on how to plan a search, please see the LibGuide on Literature Searching.

Although this guide is predominately aimed at SGUL staff and students, NHS staff also have access to both Cinahl and Medline through the Ebsco platform - login  with your  NHS OpenAthens account for access.  

This 8 minute video takes you through logging into and carrying out a search on Ebsco, using the database Cinahl.  Explore the rest of this guide for specific tips and help.

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