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Midwifery: Where to Search

This guide contains resources and guidance to help students studying Midwifery.

Choosing where to search


Where you choose to search will depend on the type of information you're looking for.

This page will go over finding background information and journal articles and the next pages will go over grey literature.

Background Information


Books and textbooks provide broad overviews of a topic and are a great place to start if you're new. The best place to find books is by using the Library catalogue.

Watch the video below for a demonstration of how to use the catalogue effectively.

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  • Sign in to see all results.
  • Keep it simple! Search using a few keywords, don't put in a whole sentence. Re-visit the plan your search page for more help.

How to read a catalogue record

Journal articles


Journal articles are one way in which you can find in-depth analysis on particular issues.

You can find some journal articles by using the Library catalogue, but we recommend you look in a discipline-specific databases like CINAHL, Medline or PubMed.

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Hot tips:

  • Peer-reviewed means the article has been checked by a panel of experts before being published. Some databases allow you to refine by this option (e.g. CINAHL) while other databases only contain peer-reviewed information (e.g. Medline).
  • Many health databases have two ways to search - by using keywords or subject headings. They are essentially tags which describe an article's topics in a standardised way. To find out more, check out the Evidence-Based Practice guide.

Have a look below to get an idea of what database is right for you! 

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Medline is a large medicine and health database, with extensive US coverage. 

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PubMed contains everything in Medline and covers additional topics around the life sciences, chemistry and general. The search interface is very user-friendly.

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CINAHL provides authoritative coverage of the literature related to a wide variety of nursing and allied health topics.

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Embase is a large medicine database with focus on drugs, medical devices and health topics. It covers a number of European journals.