Databases for Public Health Research

Find articles and reports on various public health topics.

  • Cochrane Open Access
    Collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.
  • Digital Commons Network
    Free, full-text scholarly articles from hundreds of universities and colleges worldwide, including peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, dissertations, working papers, conference proceedings, and other original scholarly work.
  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    Community-curated online directory that indexes and provides access to high quality, open access, peer-reviewed journals.
    Search across all the world’s academic repositories. (
  • JURN
    Search millions of free academic articles, chapters and theses.
  • News from
    The ‘news’ page on the Jurn website (the search tool for open access content) has a Guide to Academic Search that lists various free search engines and tools focused on open access research articles.
  • OpenDOAR
    Directory of open access repositories searchable by host country.
  • PLOS
    Non-profit Open Access publisher with a mission to accelerate progress in science and medicine by leading a transformation in research communication.
  • PubMed
    U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health maintain this database of biomedical and life science articles.
  • Regional Medical Libraries via NNLM
    Library that provides equal access to biomedical information. The Program is coordinated by the National Library of Medicine and carried out through a nationwide network of health science libraries and information centers. Users may need an institutional affiliation to access some of the resources.
  • Wellcome Collection
    Free medical history library that is useful for archival research.
  • World Health Organization
    Online access to research published by WHO on a broad range of health topics.