Database search guides

Training on health and medical databases

Online database providers offer a variety of remote training, many free of charge. Below is a list covering some of the databases commonly used by CISs:


Pubmed from the US National Library of Medicine provides a range of training materials are available here.

OVID databases

If you have access to databases like MEDLINE, Embase, PsycINFO or AMED via OVID, training is available via the Ovid Online Training.


If you use CINAHL via EBSCO, you can go to the CINAHL support center.  Tutorials are available as video and via YouTube.  There are also outlines and slides in Powerpoint and Word formats. Alternatively, visit EBSCO Academy  to see a range of training options. 

Cochrane Library

Cochrane Library Training provides access to quick training videos, user guides and webinars.


The Latin-American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature database has published a LILACS search tutorial.


Video tutorials are available to help with Scopus searching, and there is a filter to import references to EndNote available - with thanks to Graham Chan.

Last update: Dec 2021