Free bibliographic databases

These databases are freely accessible online.

Free bibliographic databases These databases are freely accessible online.

Cases database

Launched in 2013, the Cases database is a continuously-updated free-to-access database of thousands of case reports from multiple publishers and PubMed Central.

By aggregating case reports and facilitating comparison this database allow clinicians and researchers to identify emerging trends, new associations, new side effects, new thoughts about disease processes and new understanding about the impact of disease on patients lives.

A search can be limited by a variety of criteria from the left-hand side of the screen.

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CIRRIE Database of International Rehabilitation Research

The CIRRIE Database is produced by the Center for International Rehabilitation Research Information and Exchange. International in scope, the center 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. Over 1400 journals are represented, and abstracts are available for most citations.

Searches can be limited by research area, geographic area, language and year. The database covers 1990-present.

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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:

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Guidelines and Guidelines In Practice

The former eGuidelines resource has been replaced with two new websites:

  • summarises clinical guidelines for primary care
  • supports the implementation of best practice




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

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

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Hooked on Evidence

The Hooked on Evidence database includes extractions of articles related to physical therapy interventions that have been entered into the database by volunteer contributors. The extractions are not peer reviewed. Because Hooked on Evidence is a continuous work in progress, the database may not contain extracts of all articles published on a given topic. The database does not include practice guidelines, systematic reviews, articles on diagnostic and prognostic tests, or outcome measures.

Non-APTA members visiting Hooked on Evidence for the first time will be asked to create a username and password in order to search the database. This will be the username and password they will continue to use every time they visit Hooked on Evidence

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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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See also: how to do an advanced search in PEDro


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.

The index spans research from 1956 to the present.


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).

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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 TRIP Database started in 1997 as a result of the work of the founders (Jon Brassey and Dr Chris Price) in answering clinical questions. They recognised that searching multiple websites separately for relevant information was time-consuming. 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 that 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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