Database search guides

Training on health and medical databases

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


Pubmed tutorials provided by the US National Library of Medicine are available here.  There are brief animated tutorials, webcasts, handouts, and a longer PubMed tutorial to read onscreen.

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 the EBSCO training website to sign up for free webinars. 

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 filter to import references to EndNote is available - with thanks to Graham Chan.