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  • Provides comprehensive coverage of the English language journal literature related to nursing and the allied health disciplines. Need help with CINAHL?  Click hereto view the CINAHL support page, including links to online tutorials.

  • Scopus is an abstracts database covering articles from over 14,000 peer-reviewed titles, including international publishers. Subject coverage includes: Life and Health Sciences; Social Sciences, Psychology and Economics; Biological, Agricultural and Environmental Sciences; and General Sciences.

  • EMBASE is a major biomedical and pharmaceutical database indexing over 3,500 international journals in the following fields: drug research, pharmacology, pharmaceutics, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine, and biomedical engineering/instrumentation. There is selective coverage for nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, psychology, and alternative medicine.

  • Produced by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed is an international bibliographic database of over 4500 biomedical journals. It covers the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system and the preclinical sciences.

Government Information

  • Available from the CMAJ website. CMAJ is committed to publishing advisories and warnings of serious adverse drug reactions from Health Canada (HC) and the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as soon as they are available. In addition, they regularly create practical, readable summaries of the important information contained in some advisory and warning letters.
  • Health Canada is not a manufacturer or distributor of drugs and health products but rather the federal regulator. The site aims to ensure that Canadians remain up-to-date on current developments and issues pertaining to drugs and health products in Canada by providing timely access to sound, evidence-based information.

  • Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health. This section contains an overview of Health Canada and provides you points of entry to many Health Canada-specific related topics.From here, you can access a complete repository of all reports and publications available on this Web site.


  • The Academic Support Program is a CCOHS tool to educate students about environmental and occupational health and safety. Databases that can be searched include: MSDS, FTSS, CHEMINFO, RTECS, HSELINE, OSHLINE, as well as WHMIS classifications, Fatality Reports, and Workplace Health Promotion Resources.
  • CIHI is an independent, not-for-profit organization that provides essential data and analysis on Canada’s health system and the health of Canadians: Health care services, Health spending, Health human resources, Population health. 

    CIHI also identifies and promotes national health indicators—measures such as life expectancy or what we spend on health per capita—that are used to compare health status and health-system performance and characteristics. To make sure these measurements are comparable and meet the same quality requirements, CIHI coordinates national health information standards.

  • WSIB promotes workplace health and safety, and provides a workers compensation system for the employers and workers of Ontario. There is extensive information on this site about prevention, forms, health issues, return to work programs, and links to other health and safety organizations.
  • A wide range of government policies can affect health. The OECD analyses the financial sustainability, the efficiency and quality of health and long-term care systems in member countries. The OECD also examines environment issues such as the implications of chemicals on health, evaluates the application of bio-technologies to health care and health issues relevant to non-OECD countries.
  • WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends.