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search for healthcare information and articles

NICE Evidence Services provide access to high quality evidence and best practice in health and social care. The two key resources we recommend for literature searches are HDAS and Evidence Search.

Healthcare Databases Advanced Search (HDAS)

This gives you access to a set of bibliographic databases, which you can search to find references to journal articles and other published papers.  If you find an article from a journal that you have electronic access to through OpenAthens, HDAS will give you a link to the full text.

To get the most out of HDAS, we recommend you attend a training session with one of our librarians to learn how to do thorough searches and effectively manage your results.  Please refer to our training page for details of the training we offer.

There is also a free e-learning course How to search the literature effectively – a step-by-step guide to finding information and developing the skills for successful searching

Evidence Search

This combines information in one place on health, drugs and technologies, social care, healthcare management and commissioning. It includes guidance, systematic reviews, evidence summaries and patient information from hundreds of trusted sources including the British National Formulary, Clinical Knowledge Summaries, SIGN, the Cochrane Library and the Royal Colleges.


BMJ Best Practice

All NHS staff now have access to BMJ Best Practice, a clinical decision support tool to help link you to evidence-based information. You can access Best Practice by logging in with your OpenAthens password or directly through the NSFT Trust intranet.

There is also an app which you can download to your phone or a tablet.