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

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.

UK Health Security 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.

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.


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 MedlineEmbasePsycInfoBNI 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.

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

To view the website:

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.