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Getting Started in Queensland Health Libraries: Locating & Interpreting Health Information

Information and links for new staff working in Queensland Health libraries.

Locating and interpreting health information

Where to Start Searching for Health Information

This page points you to some useful databases and websites to get you started in accessing quality health information.

Medline, PubMed & PubMed Central
Medline is the National Library of Medicine (U.S.) journal citation database, it is a sub-set of PubMed that includes the NLM controlled vocabulary, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®), to index citations.

PubMed is a citation index for biomedical and life sciences literature.

PubMed Central is a repository for journal literature deposited by participating publishers and NIH Public Access Policy author manuscripts. 

(Source: NLM, 2022.)

Medline Complete (Ebsco) is available via CKN.

Training in Literature Searching

National Network of Libraries of Medicine (US) - some online courses available.

Introduction to Literature Searching MOOC (NHS UK) - select "self-enrol".

A systematic approach to searching: an efficient and complete method to develop literature searches. / Bramer WM, de Jonge GB, Rethlefsen ML, Mast F, Kleijnen J.  Journal of the Medical Library Association, 106 (4) 2018, pp:531-541. doi: 10.5195/jmla.2018.283.

Introduction to Systematic Reviews (online self-paced course) (Stanford University)

Carrying out systematic literature reviews: an introduction. Alan Davies. British Journal of Nursing, 28 (15) 2019, 1008-1014.

How to undertake a literature search: a step-by-step guide. / Mandy Watson. British Journal of Nursing 29 (7) 2020, 431-435.

How to undertake a literature search: enhancing your search. / Julie Key. British Journal of Nursing 29 (8) 2020, 481-483.

Subject Guides

SDI Client Resources

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RSS Feeds

Statewide Current Awareness Services

Several of the Queensland Health Libraries produce monthly Current Awareness Services drawn from new files on Medline.

Current topics  include: COPD and Complex Chronic Disease, Coronary Care, Dementia, Diabetes, Falls prevention,Indigenous health, Mental health, Pressure ulcers, and, Stroke. Further information on these services are on the QHLN share drive.

Tables of Content (TOCS)

Set up through Clinical Key (in CKN): log into ClinicalKey with a personal account, select your journal of interest, and click the New Issue Alerts “subscribe” link for that journal.

Search Filters


Filter (image)

What are search filters? (Flinders University)

Topic search filters: a systematic scoping review. / Damarell RA, May N, Hammond S, Sladek RM, Tieman JJ. Health Info Libr J. 2018 Dec 21. doi: 10.1111/hir.12244.

Where to Publish

JANE - Journal/Author Name Estimator

Internet Resources: Ease the Journal Selection Process Using Manuscript Matching Software (MLA membership required).

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Plugins / University of Kansas. School of Medicine.