Useful databases and websites

In this article, we describe some of the most frequently used databases at KI and some websites where you can find useful medical information. In KIB Finder, you will find many more databases and other resources you can use when you search for information. There is more information on the Access page about how you find the material you have access to via the library.


Pubmed is the largest medical database. It contains references to journal articles in fields such as medicine, nursing and odontology. Pubmed uses English as it's search language even though some articles may be written in other languages. The database is accessible for everyone, free of charge, but to gain access to the journals KI subscribes to in full text, you need to go to Pubmed via the library's website.

By looking at Pubmed tutorials, you can get tips about how to search in the database.


Cinahl is a database with references primarily to journal articles in areas such as nursing, occupational therapy, physiotherapy and medicine. Cinahl has fewer references than Pubmed but you may still find articles that are not found in Pubmed. Cinahl uses English as it's search language but there are also articles written in other languages. You will not find any articles written in Swedish in Cinahl but there are articles written by Swedish researchers about Swedish circumstances.


SveMed+ has references to Scandinavian journal articles within the fields of medicine, odontology, health and medical care, occupational therapy, nursing and physiotherapy. The database has primarily Swedish, Norwegian and Danish articles which are often not found in the large international databases. The articles in SveMed+ are tagged with both Swedish and English MeSH terms. Moreover, all the Swedish titles are translated into English. Therefore, there is more chance to find a translation of a term in SveMed+ than in Svensk MeSH. So this database can also be used to help you to find medical terms in English. SveMed+ is no longer updated simce January 2020.

Web of Science

Web of Science is an interdisciplinary database containing, among other fields, science and medicine. Web of Science has no subject heading list; you have to do free text searches. This means you have to search with different synonyms and you must use refined search aids such as the Boolean operators (AND/OR), truncation and phrase searching.

In addition to references to articles, Web of Science also has information about citations, i.e. which articles have referred to a certain article. This means that you can see how many times an article has been cited. You can also use the citations to trace the research back in time or ahead in time.

There is more information at the page Access about how you find the material you have access to via the library.


In reSEARCH, the search box on the library's startpage, you can find practically all the material that is available via the library. The material you can search for in here includes books, both printed books and e-books, articles, journals and theses. Like Google, reSEARCH searches in the full text in the articles and e-books. Read more about reSEARCH.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a search engine for journals that are peer reviewed, essays, books and articles within the scholarly world of universities, publishers and scientific organisations within different subject areas. Google Scholar does not have its own subject heading list; you search with free text words. Unlike the bibliographical databases, with Google Scholar you search in entire articles, not just title and abstract. 

Useful websites

A lot of information is published today direct on the internet, free of charge and accessible for everyone. There is also a lot of information available when you do searches for your professional work. Government agencies and organisations such as the National Board of Health and Welfare (Socialstyrelsen), the Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services (SBU) and the World Health Organization publish their reports on the internet.

SBU (Swedish Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Assessment of Social Services) 

SBU is an independent agency that critically examines methods that are used in healthcare to detect and treat disease. SBU endeavours to answer questions like which treatment is best, how do you best make a diagnosis, or how can healthcare resources be used most efficiently. 

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