The following sources of information will be useful when searching for public health information.
An NHS OpenAthens username and password is required to access those databases marked with an asterisk(*).
If you need help using any of these resources please contact your local library.
A-Z list of electronic journals*
The NICE Evidence journals page (also known as MyJournals), where you can either browse journal titles by in alphabetic order or search for specific titles.
Public Health England Discovery Service * (available only for local authority public health teams)
The Discovery Service is a single search across multiple information resources, giving access to the 1300 titles currently provided by PHE, along with the nationally procured journals and databases. The Discovery Service provides links from your search results to the full text of the article, or chapter. NOTE: For the best experience use Internet Explorer 11 or later, or an alternative browser such as Chrome.
The Cochrane Library is a set of databases of high quality evidence on the effects of healthcare interventions and treatments. Systematic Reviews are available in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness and Health Technology Assessment databases.
Global Health Database (LCH and Leeds public health staff only)*
The Global Health Database is the only specialist bibliographic abstracting and indexing database dedicated to public health, completing the picture of international medical and health research by capturing key literature that is not covered by other databases.
NHS Evidence healthcare databases*
NHS Evidence Healthcare Databases including Medline, Embase, PsycInfo, BNI and Cinahl contain references, often with informative summaries or abstracts, to journal articles including systematic reviews.
NICE Evidence Search
NICE Evidence pools together guidelines from a variety of sources including NICE and professional bodies.
The TRIP database is a free resource which aims to deliver the highest quality literature to support evidence based practice. The content includes evidence-based guidelines and systematic reviews.
There are a variety of tools that can be used to help you plan your search. Leeds Institute of Health Sciences have collated a very useful list of tools (including PICO, ECLIPS(E) and SPICE).
To view the website: https://phelibrary.koha-ptfs.co.uk/laph/
This page and the resources available from it are presented as part of PHE’s remit to work collaboratively and support the wider public health agenda.