RCN members can access a wide range of nursing and health care databases, listed below. Please use your RCN membership number to access them.

For advice on using any of the resources telephone 0345 337 3368, email us, or contact us via webchat.

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British Nursing Index (BNI)

The easiest place for members to begin their search is with the British Nursing Index (BNI). It covers full text articles and print journal references from all the major British nursing and midwifery titles.

For help using this database use the Brief Guide to Searching British Nursing Index (PDF 95KB) or the more detailed Step-by-step guide to British Nursing Index (PDF 3.2 MB)


CINAHL Plus provides access to a wide range of full text articles, many published in the United States, relating to nursing and allied health. It also provides references and abstracts to journal articles.

It is an excellent database for more detailed searching on topics, and is recommended as an additional source of references after BNI.

For help using this database go to Introduction to using the CINAHL database: step by step guide (PDF 1802kb). This guide may also be used with the AMED and MEDLINE databases (listed below).  

ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source

ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source provides details of articles from hundreds of journal titles, many of which are available in full text. It also includes a range of other materials covering nursing, allied health, and alternative and complementary medicine.

ProQuest psychology journals

ProQuest Psychology Journals provide abstracts and indexing for more than 640 titles. They cover behavioral, clinical, cognitive, developmental, experimental, industrial and social psychology, along with personality, psychobiology and psychometrics.

Maternity and Infant Care (formerly known as MIDIRS)

Use the Maternity and Infant Care database to find online journal articles and print journal references on midwifery, pregnancy, labour and early infant care.

For help using this database go to the Ovid SP Quick Reference Card (PDF 1 MB) or Ovid online tutorial: Ovid SP Advanced Search Overview


MEDLINE® indexes the latest articles from more than 3,900 biomedical journals published in more than 70 countries. Use Medline if you are looking for articles on a medical rather than a nursing topic.

For help using this database go to the CINAHL guide above.

AMED - The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database

AMED provides an alternative medicine-based database for health care practitioners and researches who wish to learn more about alternative treatments. AMED contains details of articles from more than 500 journals, with the scope of coverage being mainly European. it is produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library.

For help using this database go to the CINAHL guide above. 

HMIC - The Health Management Information Consortium

The Health Management Information Consortium (HMIC) database is a compilation of information from two sources: the Department of Health's Library and Information Services and The King's Fund Information and Library Service. It includes details of official publications, journal articles and grey literature related to health service policy, management and administration.

For help using this database go to the Maternity and Infant Care guide above.

Social Policy and Practice

Social Policy and Practice covers evidence-based social policy, public health, social services, and mental and community health and is particularly strong on social care of the young and elderly. It includes references from ChildData, AgeInfo and Social Care Online.

The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a collection of six databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and a seventh database that provides information about groups in The Cochrane Collaboration.

Trip database

Trip is a tool for you to find and use high-quality clinical research evidence.

RCN full text journals@Ovid

Use the RCN full text journals@Ovid database to search for full text content from this supplier.

The Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing

The Nursing Record/British Journal of Nursing digitisation was funded by a Research Resources in Medical History grant from the Wellcome Trust. 

RCN publications

The RCN also produces a wide range of publications to support your practice, which can be downloaded free of charge.