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Literature on a particular topic

When you need to find literature on a particular topic, these databases are recommended:

CINAHL: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature

CINAHL covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines. It offers complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association.

Cochrane library

Collection of separate databases about  evidence-based medicine and research methodology:  Systematic Reviews, Reviews of Effects, Register of Controlled Trials, Health Technology Assessment and NHS Economic Evaluation.


Biomedical and pharmaceutical database indexing over 7500 international journals.

PubMed (Medline)

Database of the National Library of Medicine (USA), which indexes over 4000 international biomedical journals. The MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) is used to index articles.


Scopus is a multidisciplinary abstract and citation database of research literature (journals and books). It contains records going back to the mid 1960s.

Up-to-date Online

UpToDate is an evidence-based clinical information resource on patient care and is used by patients and clinicians.

Web of ScienceMultidisciplinary citation database, covering journals, books and conference proceedings. It provides cover-to-cover indexing available to 1975, in the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities.


Background information, definitions etc.

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These online encyclopedias, dictionaries and handbooks are recommended:

Dictionary of public healthAlphabetical listing of almost 5,000 words and phrases used in public health science and practice. It offers definitions, discussion, and an occasional brief commentary on the relevance of each term.
International encyclopedia of public healthEncyclopedia about the different aspects of medicine, global public health and diseases. Other articles cover a.o. aging, diet, injuries, ethical and legal subjects in public health, measurement and modeling, and consumerism.
International encyclopedia of the social & behavioral sciences (2nd edition)Contains about 4000 articles on communication, behavioral sciences, social sciences, psychology and education theory. Also known as IESBS. Part of Science Direct (Elsevier).
Sage Research Methods Online(SRMO) SRMO helps you to answer your research methods and research design questions with over 100,000 pages of book, journal and reference content.


You can browse all e-journals in the A-to-Z list.


Selection of some statistical sources with health care data

Kennisbasis Statistiek Dutch website on the basics and use of statistics/
Gezondheidsstatistieken(Maastricht University) The most important producers of Dutch and some European health care statistics are listed in this portal.
Health and Retirement StudyThe University of Michigan Health and Retirement Study (HRS) is a longitudinal panel study that surveys a representative sample of approximately 20,000 Americans over the age of 50 every two years, since 1992.
OECDiLibraryOne part of the OECD portal is about health and health care, for instance country reports with data on health resources, health risks and  health status.
SHAREThe Survey of Health, Ageing and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) is a multidisciplinary and cross-national panel database of micro data on health, socio-economic status and social and family networks of approximately 110,000 individuals (more than 220,000 interviews) from 20 European countries (+Israel) aged 50 or older.
Statline  Data from the CBS (Statistics Netherlands - Centraal Bureau voor de Statistiek).
Statistical links (selected by our Datateam) 

A collection of links selected by the Datateam of the Erasmus Data Service Centre, divided into: Data Centres and Statistical Institutes; International Data associations; Datasets and Data standards.

WHOSIS: World Health OrganizationThe Global Health Observatory Data Repository, from the World Health Organization. Provides access to over 1000 indicators on priority health topics.
Zorgatlas.nlNational atlas giving a geographical visualization of health and health care in the Netherlands.


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