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Specialized E-Resources on Health Sciences

Training courses on information resources specialized in the area of Health Science.

Its objective is to learn as much as you can about the content and functionality of the resources for getting out the most out of informat offered by the library.


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Produced by the National Library of Medicine of United States, Medline and its Spanish version PubMed are the main databases in Health Science, including subjects related with the investigation in this area, and subjects related with the services of health care. Its researches are very precise and pertinent as it uses the thesaurus MeSH (Medical Subject Headings). As it collects fundamentally bibliographic references, it will be necessary to look for the availability of the articles afterwards. It is also an important source for the works of clinical evidence research.

Objectives :

  • Know how to access to each one, know use the basic research, and the advanced search (author, title, by fields, by keyword, etc.).
  • Know the use of the operators and of the terms of the thesaurus MeSH to make our research more specific and pertinent. Application of filters or limits to the research as an important part of the process.
  • Know how to interpret, manage and save the results obtained and locate them in full text. The research of the clinical evidence and, in the case of Medline, the peculiarities of the platform Ovid, can also be teached.

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Main databases in Spanish with content in Health Sciences


In this session we will see the main databases that can be interrogated in Spanish and that have specialized information in Health Sciences: VHL (Virtual Health Library Spain), IME (Spanish Medical Index) of the CSIC and CUIDEN.


  • Know how to access these specialized information resources.
  • Use the search options offered by the different resources. Know especially the use of the Descriptors in Health Sciences (DeCS) offered by the VHL.
  • Know how to interpret the results obtained, use the filters of resources to expand or refine our search and know how to identify the recovered documents that really interest us.
  • Recognize the documents that we have recovered and that they are in full text and try to locate the ones that interest us but are not in full text.
  • Learn to save the results.

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CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) is a complete source of information on infirmary and medical specialitys related (health of the consumer, biomedicine, alternative medicine, occupational therapy, etc.), headed to the professionals of the health in general. It contains references of articles of scientific journals, and it offers references of books, chapters of books, conferences, etc. It contains documents from the year 1982. The quality of its contents is endorsed by important institutions as the  American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing.


  • Access to the database through Ebscohost, choosing the terms of research that adjust our needs best.
  • Use his own subject headers that follow the structure of the MeSH.
  • Use the options of research (basic, advanced and research by descriptores CINAHL) and the combination of the operators to make a more specific research.
  • Consult the search results, limit or expand the search.
  • Access to the full text and save the results.

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Introduction to the specialised Databases in Health Sciences


Route by the main specialised Databases in Health Sciences, to know its content, its use and the peculiarities and characteristics of each one.

Objectives: This session does not lead to a concrete need but it pretends that the student achieves an overview of the main specialised databases in Health Sciences so he or she can, when needed, know which resource to use and make a first approximation search.

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Introduction to the specialised Databases in Psychology of the Health


Session centred in two specialised databases in Psychology of the Health : PsycINFO and Psicodoc.

PsycINFO, endorsed by the American Psychological Association and with more than four million registers,  is a big database of specialised scientific literature in Behavioural Sciences and mental health. It contains chapters of books, technical reports, articles of periodic publications, thesis, etc., with a wide chronological coverage (from 1800).

Psicodoc Is also a bibliographic database elaborated by the Official School of Psychologists of Madrid, specialised in psychology and related sciences that includes records of congresses, periodic publications and books in Spanish, English and Portuguese.


  • Access to PsycINFO through ProQuest and know the options of research of the articles or documents on a concrete subject.
  • Learn to handle the filters to adjust more our results,
  • Access to the full text of the recovered, offered in the database itself or not.
  • Access to Psicodoc and learn the options or type of research that the resource has, the operators and truncations that it owns, and the possibility to combine the researches made.
  • Know the services of alerts and the visualisation of the results.

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If in addition to these courses you are interested in others related to this discipline, please contact the Library .

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