UTS Library

92638 Foundations of the Australian Healthcare System : Databases

In this guide:

Databases are large collections of online scholarly materials. You can use them to search for journal articles, ebooks, statistics, newspaper articles and other resources for your assignments. 

Use the Find Databases tool > Health > Health Services Management for a full listing of databases on Health Services Management. 

Here is a selection of databases: 

  • Medline (Ovid) - an authoritative medical database indexing peer reviewed articles on medicine, nursing, dentistry, the health care system and more
  • Embase (Excerpta medica)a worldclass biomedical and pharmacological database, specialising in the coverage of drug and pharmaceutical research, pharmacology and toxicology
  • CINAHL - a great database - Nursing and allied health
  • APA - FT - Australian Public Affairs full text - Australian content for
  • Google scholar - scholarly articles and links to full text at UTS 
  • Proquest ebook central - ebooks from scholarly sources, including University Presses and other top publishers 
  • ProQuest Health & Medicine - general health and medical database with quality peer reviews journals
  • Statista - international statistics including Australian health issues
  • TRIP Pro - Turning Research into Practice. This database across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news

Database search skills:

  • Identify the keywords and alternative terms from your research question, and you can reuse the concept table
  • Use Boolean operators and brackets to group search terms: AND, OR, NOT

  • Use “quotation marks” for exact phrases, “machine learning”
  • Use truncation character “*” to broaden the search, e.g. diagnos* will search diagnosis, diagnose and diagnostic
  • Search sample: "machine learning" AND (imag* OR pattern) AND diagnos*


  • Use SFX to find full text
  • Choose “peer reviewed” option to find academic journal articles
  • Request articles through InterLibrary Loan if they are not available from UTS library
  • Look at an article’s reference list (cited articles) and citing articles to expand related resources and discover the research cycle

 Other resources