Public health resources

How to register and log in to a choice of public health databases and access electronic journals.

You can find information about public health in databases, electronic libraries and electronic journals.

The following databases are available:

  • Medline
  • Cinahl
  • Psycinfo
  • Embase
  • AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)
  • British Nursing Index
  • King's Fund
  • DH-Data

Accessing the databases

To access the electronic databases you'll need an Athens username and password. You can either:

You can download guides to searching.

These resources have been purchased by the National Core Content project, which is funded by the NHS Strategic Health Authorities and are available to all NHS staff in England and the wider NHS family. 

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is considered to be the best single source of reliable evidence about the effects of health care. It’s internationally respected as providing the gold standard in "what works and what doesn't", used by researchers and clinicians worldwide, by patients and their families.

It also provides the evidence base for many people involved in the preparation of health guidelines.

Visit the Cochrane Library website or learn how to use Cochrane Library.

Electronic Libraries

National Library for Health: You can find the best current know-how and knowledge to support healthcare-related decisions.

Social Care Online: Free database of social care information including:

  • research briefings
  • reports
  • government documents
  • journal articles
  • websites

Accessing the electronic journals

To access the electronic journals you'll need an Athens username and password. You can either:

  1. Register to Open Athens with a username and password
  2. Login to the NICE Evidence if you are already registered

You can access:

Contact us

Email to:

  • request an article
  • search the Public Health Knowledge and Intelligence Library Catalogue
  • suggest a book for the Public Health Knowledge and Intelligence Library
  • search for literature
  • make a comment on our service