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Databases, theses and patents

Find academic publications such as journal articles and conference papers

Databases such as Pubmed, Scopus and Web of Science identify articles across a huge range of journal titles. Sometimes databases offer direct access to the full text if Cardiff University subscribes to the journal. If full text access isn't offered through the database you are using, click the Check for full text button if the database has one, or use LibrarySearch to search for the title of the journal in which the article appears to see the date ranges for which we have access in print, online or both.

Embase Broad biomedical scope covering the following areas: drug therapy and research, human medicine, biotechnology and biomedical engineering, including medical devices. Embase is found within the OVIDSP set of databases, coverage from 1947 to present.



From the National Library of Medicine, comprises of over 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals and online books. Coverage from1966 to present.



Multi-disciplinary content including publications in pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Coverage from 1960 to present.

Web of Science 


Multi-disciplinary content including all aspects of pharmacy and pharmaceutical sciences. Web of Science is found within the Web of Knowledge set of databases. Coverage from 1899 to present.

BIOSIS Citation Index


Comprehensive database of life science research. BIOSIS is found within the Web of Knowledge set of databases, coverage from 1926 to present.



Provides access to bibliographic databases and full text journals in the field of medicine. Includes AMED (allied and complementary medicine), Embase, Medline & PsycInfo.
SciFinder (registration required)Chemistry information database. You can search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references.

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Find chemical & drug information 

British National Formulary BNF twice yearly source of up to date guidance on prescribing, dispensing and administering medicines.
BNF for children (registration required)The essential resource for clinical use of medicines in children.
British Pharmacopoeia An authoritative collection of standards and medicines in the UK. Includes monographs for the British, European and veterinary pharmacopoeias. Requires a password for us off-campus.
Drug Tariff The electronic Drug Tariff provides access to the current edition of the National Health Service Drug Tariff for England and Wales.
electronic Medicines Compendium (eMC) The eMC provides data sheets, Summaries of Product Characteristics and Patient Information leaflets for prescription medicines in the UK, and is searchable by brand name, generic name, or company name.
Martindale Current information on drugs and medicines, preparations, ingredients, pharmacological and therapeutic groups and diseases.
PubChem Search for chemical structures using names, synonyms, keywords or by drawing a chemical structure as the query. Search for deposited chemical substance records and bioassay records.
SciFinder (registration required)Chemistry information database. You can search for substances, reactions, and patent and journal references.

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Find clinical information

BMJ Learning (registration required)A website of learning resources that deal with everyday issues in primary care and hospital medicine, they are evidence based and kept up to date.
Cochrane Library Contains regularly updated reviews on the effects of health care interventions on the prevention, treatment and rehabilitation of health problems.

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Find Theses

Proquest Dissertations and Theses References to theses from UK universities, with a small number available online in full-text.
LibrarySearch References to Cardiff University theses which are held in our libraries and stores.
Ethos Electronic Thesis Online Service - opening access to UK theses. Service run by the British Library.

Find Patents and British Standards

Patent titles are usually deliberately vague and difficult to find, so when conducting your search ensure it is worldwide, think about the scope of the patent and the original company and individuals (inventors).


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