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Library databases

This page provides details of databases that members can access, either via a subscription that the CSP has to the databases or that have been provided free of charge.

Physiotherapy Evidence and Knowledge Discovery search service

This new search service is an easy to use, powerful search service that searches the Library’s bibliographic databases, journal collections, ebooks and the CSP Library Catalogue.

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Searching the EBSCOhost databases separately

The databases within The Physiotherapy Evidence and Knowledge Discovery search can also be searched separately. Choose from AMED, MEDLINE, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, SportDiscus and EBSCO Ebooks.

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Access the CSP Library Catalogue

On the catalogue you can reserve books and theses for borrowing, renew loans and set up alerts.

Access the Library Catalogue.

Other Free to Access Databases

CIRRIE Database of International Rehabilitation Research

The CIRRIE Database is produced by the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange. International in scope, it collects bibliographic citations from all areas of rehabilitation.

In addition to indexing from mainstream journals and internet sites, the database has over 30,000 citations. Searches can be limited by research area, geographic area, language and year.

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Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is designed to bring together high-quality evidence to inform people providing and receiving healthcare, and those responsible for research, teaching, funding and administration at all levels.

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Cost-Effectiveness Analysis Register

The CEA Registry has three goals:

  • identify society's best opportunities for targeting resources to improve health
  • assist policymakers in healthcare resource allocation decisions, and
  • move the field towards the use of standardized methodology.

Basic searches may be conducted without charge:

Search the Registry


The website aims to promote best practice in UK healthcare by providing guidelines summaries and guidelines in practice.

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Provided by the US Education Resource Information Center, ERIC is a database of journal and non-journal literature about education.

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Evidence-Based Practice (EBP): Clinical practice rehabilitation guidelines

Produced by the University of Ottawa, the site contains a database of web-based EBCPGs from recent scientific publications.

This database is a teaching and reference tool allowing students and rehabilitation specialists from Allied Heal

th Professions to make informed decisions in choosing an effective intervention for their client.

Read the evidence-based practice guidelines

Google Scholar

Google Scholar uses the Google search engine to enable searches for scholarly materials such as peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from broad areas of research. It includes a variety of academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories and universities, as well as scholarly articles available across the web. Google Scholar includes some links to full text and also citations. Some of these links to full text will ask for payment. If the attachment is a PDF it is probably free.

Google Scholar may find articles available in journals to which the CSP Library subscribes but accessing them via Google Scholar will mean your right to access full text will not be activated. Check in our evidence and knowledge discovery search service for full text access.

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National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) clinical guidelines for England and Wales

NICE clinical guidelines are systematically-developed recommendations on how healthcare and other professionals should care for people with specific conditions.

The recommendations are based on the best available evidence. Clinical guidelines are also important for health service managers and those who commission NHS services.

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PubMed (otherwise known as Medline) is provided by the US National Library of Medicine. it includes 19 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine.

The broad coverage of the database includes basic biomedical research and the clinical sciences since 1951 including nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pharmacy, allied health, and pre-clinical sciences.

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PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database produced by The Centre of Evidence-Based Physiotherapy at the School of Physiotherapy, University of Sydney. The database has been developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.

Most trials on the database have been rated for quality to help you quickly discriminate between trials that are likely to be valid and interpretable and those that are not.

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The REHABDATA database contains approximately 69,000 abstracts of books, reports, articles, and audiovisual materials relating to disability and rehabilitation research. Each abstract includes bibliographic information, a 250-word abstract, and, when appropriate, information regarding the project that produced the document.

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN)

The Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network (SIGN) develops evidence-based clinical practice guidelines for the National Health Service (NHS) in Scotland. SIGN guidelines are derived from a systematic review of the scientific literature and are designed as a vehicle for accelerating the translation of new knowledge into action to meet our aim of reducing variations in practice, and improving patient-important outcomes.

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The UK Clinical Research Network

The UK Clinical Research Network was established to support clinical research and to facilitate the conduct of trials and other well-designed studies across the UK.

As part of the UK Clinical Research Collaboration, UKCRN works towards the development of a world-class infrastructure to support clinical research in the UK.

UKCRN includes current research formally on National Research Register (NRR)

Access the UK Clinical Research Network

TRIP database

The TRIP Database is a clinical search engine designed to allow clinicians to quickly find answers to their clinical questions using the best available evidence. The creation of the TRIP Database allowed the simultaneous searching of multiple sites, hence speeding up the question answering process. Free registration is available.

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WorldCat is the world's largest network of library content and services, currently listing 1.2 billion items. The network lets you search the collections of libraries all over the world for books, music CDs and videos.

You can then locate an item in a library near you using your postcode. You will then need to approach the library to see if they will allow you access.

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13 February 2015
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