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.

Journal Articles

Browse the full range of electronic journals available to you, or search for specific titles via BrowZine.  (This includes all the journals provided nationally via both Health Education England and UK HSA)

Do a single search across multiple information resources, using the NHS Knowledge and Library Hub

Grey Literature

Our grey literature page explains what grey literature is, and provides details of a range of sources.


NHS Digital have pulled together a page of resources to help support public health.

Local and national statistics

Our statistics page gives a wide range of local and national statistics.

Literature Searching Databases

Cochrane Library
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 ReviewsDatabase of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness and Health Technology Assessment databases.

Healthcare Databases*
Healthcare Databases including MedlineEmbasePsycInfoBNI and Cinahl contain references, often with informative summaries or abstracts, to journal articles including systematic reviews.

The TRIP database is a free resource which aims to deliver the highest quality literature to support evidence based practice. The content includes systematic reviews.

Tools to help you plan an information search

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).

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Support for Local Authority Public Health Teams

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The resources available from the page are presented as part of The UK Health Security Agency’s (UKHSA) remit to work collaboratively and support the wider public health agenda. 

World Health Organization Library Website

The WHO Library is the world’s leading library on public health. It provides access to knowledge from WHO as well as to other sources of scientific literature produced around the world.