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Subject guide for Pharmacy

What are databases? And why use them?

Databases are subject-focussed collections of searchable references. They bring together the entries of carefully selected academic journals and provide a platform that allows you to search all of those entries simultaneously. Databases themselves rarely contain the full-text of an item, but UCL's comprehensive journal subscriptions mean you will often have the option to read the full text anyway.

Databases are important tools for ensuring you can systematically and comprehensively survey the literature on a topic area. This is needed for good quality research in any discipline, but most essential in medicine and healthcare work because overlooking information could lead to the making of poor clinical decisions, which can cost lives. 

Filing system

See the full list of Pharmacy-relevant databases linked below. Not sure which one to use? Check out the 'Key databases for Pharmacy' box on this page for a summary of database characteristics. For more detailed help on building searches and using databases, see the 'Literature searching' sub page, also linked below. 

Key databases for Pharmacy