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Appendix G: Sources for evidence reviews

The selection of sources to search for evidence reviews should be determined by the subject of the review question and the type of evidence sought (see chapter 5 of the manual).

The following list is not exhaustive and other sources may be appropriate. To aid the selection of sources, the databases have been listed according to the primary focus of the subject coverage, but note many databases cover more than one subject.

The sources listed in appendix F should also be considered for evidence review searches.



  • British Nursing Index (BNI)

  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL)

  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR)

  • Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)

  • Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE) – last updated December 2014

  • Embase

  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA) – last updated October 2016

  • MEDLINE/MEDLINE in Process


  • EconLit

  • NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED) – last updated December 2014

  • CEA Registry

  • Paediatric Economic Database Evaluation (PEDE)

  • Health Technology Assessment (HTA) database

  • ScHARR Health Utilities Database (HUD)

  • Websites of HTA agencies

  • RePEc (Research Papers in Economics)


  • British Education Index (BEI)

  • Educational Information Resources Center (ERIC)


  • Health Business Elite

  • Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC)


  • PsycINFO

Sociology and social care

  • Applied Social Science Index and Abstracts (ASSIA)

  • CareKnowledge

  • Social Care Online

  • Social Policy and Practice

  • Social Science Citation Index

  • Social Services Abstracts

  • Social Welfare Portal (British Library)

  • Sociological Abstracts


  • Allied and Complementary Medicine (AMED)

  • Campbell Collaboration

  • Database of Promoting Health Effectiveness Reviews (DoPHER)

  • Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro)

  • SportDiscus

  • Transport

  • Trials Register of Promoting Health Interventions (TRoPHI)

  • Greenfile


Conference abstracts

  • Embase

  • British Library Inside Conferences (BLIC)

  • Google Scholar

  • Conference websites relevant to the topic

Ongoing trials


  • EudraCT

  • ISRCTN Registry


Institutional and thesis repositories

  • CORE

  • OpenDOAR (The Directory of Open Access Repositories)

  • EThOS (British Library)

  • Open Access Theses and Dissertations (OATD)

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