Free bibliographic databases

These databases are freely accessible online.

Free bibliographic databases. These databases are freely accessible online.


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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Clinical is a resource that provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions from around the world. Most of the records on describe clinical trials (also called interventional studies).

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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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The Global Health Cost Effectiveness Analysis (GH CEA) Registry

The GH CEA Registry has three goals:

  • focuses on those interventions designed to mitigate disease burden
  • research literature on the economic value of global health interventions
  • measuring the cost-effectiveness of an intervention

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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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.

See also: how to do an advanced search in PEDro

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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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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.


Rehabilitation Measure Database (RMD)

The Rehabilitation Measure Database (RMD) has over 400 measures in a range of conditions. Doctors, clinicians, therapists and physical medicine and rehabilitation researchers use this for benchmarks and outcomes.

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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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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 recognise 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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