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Please note that the links below require you to be logged into the College website before accessing them. Find out more.

Ovid MEDLINE, Embase and HMIC

Using the Ovid platform, these databases allow you to conduct systematic searches across numerous journals and cross-search MEDLINE, Embase and HMIC, simultaneously or separately, to facilitate ongoing research and evidence-based practice. Access full text (where available) using the green “FULL TEXT@RCS ENGLAND” button.

  • Ovid MEDLINE contains 16 million bibliographic citations from over 5,000 biomedical journals dating back to 1946.
  • Embase is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database indexing over 3,500 international journals.
  • HMIC: the Health Management Information Consortium database is a compilation of data from two sources, the UK Department of Health’s Library and Information Services and King’s Fund Information and Library Service.

Through Ovid, you can also access the Annals and the Bulletin via the ‘Your Journals@Ovid’ option. This allows you to search the full text of the College Annals and Bulletin.

You can access help with literature searching and using Ovid MEDLINE, Embase and HMIC. You can also email us at for any assistance or advice with literature searching.


TripPro is based on the Trip clinical search engine, designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. This advanced version adds extra content and functionality, including medical images and videos, reference exports and advanced search. View help on accessing TripPro.

Other useful databases

The Cochrane Library is a key resource in evidence-based medicine and is free to access within the UK. It includes the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, the Cochrance Central Register of Controlled Trials and the Health Technology Assessment Database.

PubMed is the alternative pubic access search engine for MEDLINE. If you use the link here, the results will include links to our subscriptions.

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