This subject guide will help you locate key sources of information for your subject including databases for finding journal articles.

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You can contact your librarian for help searching databases and finding books and journal articles for your essay, coursework or dissertation.

Finding journal articles

To explore books, ebooks, ejournal content and more use Discover.

Use it

  • when you don’t know where to begin your search
  • to see the range of resources on a specific topic

Our Discover search guide will show you how to improve your searches and includes videos which demonstrate how to find books, ebooks and journal articles.

For more comprehensive searches you will need to search a database. A database enables you to search for journal articles and material that you may be unable to find on search engines such as Google. It will help you find information quickly and efficiently. 

Difficulty accessing full text?

Use the Journal A-Z to check our journal holdings (search by journal title). Request material not available in our collections using the Inter-library loan service.


Key websites
  • Chartered Society of Physiotherapy is a professional body for physiotherapists.
  • Irish Society of Chartered Physiotherapists is a professional body for physiotherapists.
  • Spine Health contains articles written and reviewed by doctors on back pain, neck pain, and related disorders. Also includes videos and images.
  • Physiotherapy Pain Association contains information relating to those managing patients with acute and long term pain. Includes a list of useful websites.
  • World Confederation for Physical Therapy is an international organisation made up of 106 member organisations including the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy. Includes lots of resources and occasional papers including topics such as evidence based practice and critical appraisal skills.
  • Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) undertakes reviews of research about the effects of interventions used in health and social care. You can search the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE), the NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED) and the Health Technology Assessments database (HTA).
  • Turning Research into Practice (TRIP) is a clinical search engine for research evidence along with images, videos and more.
  • NICE Evidence Search (formerly NHS evidence) enables access to authoritative clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice. It currently includes information from about 200 organisations, and includes systematic reviews, guidelines, and evidence based summaries.
  • Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) includes randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence based clinical guides in physiotherapy.
Other Useful websites
  • Knowledge Network is a national online knowledge and learning resource for health and social care. An NHS Athens login gives access to more than 9000 journal titles, ebooks and other services.
  • Centre for the Social History of Health and Healthcare is a collaborative research group involving historians and students from Glasgow Caledonian University and the University of Strathclyde.
  • Higher Education Academy champions excellent learning and teaching in higher education, breakdown by subject discipline.
  • Health & Care Professions Council is the regulating body for health, psychological and social work professionals.
  • Healthcare Improvement Scotland includes a range of publications relating to healthcare improvement including evidence based reports to best practice, improvement guides and inspection reports.
  • MEDNAR is a specialist medical search engine which can be good for finding grey literature.
  • NHS Scotland is the official NHS Scotland website. Includes a list of NHS boards by region, a list of NHS and health related websites and a publication search.
  • NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde includes a wealth of publications including annual reviews, consultations and guidelines and manuals.
  • Audit Scotland aims to hold public bodies to account and help them improve. Access a range of annual audits and public reports such as Accident and Emergency performance and NHS waiting lists.
  • Scottish Government includes Scottish Government publications on the topics of health and social care.
  • Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) includes clinical guidelines.
  • Department of Health covers heath care in England and incudes publications including policy documents and reports.