Find subject literature
Databases, encyclopedias, journals and books for medicine, dentistry and health sciences
Use the search field above to search in Oria, the library's search engine.
Find books, journals, encyclopedias, music, films and more. In Oria, you can access electronic articles and books via the full text link and find the shelf code for printed books and journals.
Subject databases and encyclopedias
Start your search at the University Library's home page to get access to all content the library subscribes to. Click "Find databases" below the Oria search field to find relevant databases.
Important databases and encyclopedias for medicine, dentistry and health sciences:
Embase: References to research articles within medicine and health, particularly well coverage of pharmacology.
Web of Science: A multidisciplinary database which is very useful for searches beyond strictly clinical issues. Web of Science includes reference lists to all articles, enabling search for articles that cite a specific article.
UptoDate: Evidence-based clinical information for physicians in primary care and hospitals with practical answers about diagnosis and treatment. Updated continuously, includes information for patients.
BMJ Best Practice: Evidence-based clinical decision support resource for diagnosis, treatment, prognosis and prevention. It combines the latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion. Includes information for patients.
Take a look at the database list for medical and health sciences for more resources.
Journals and books
You can also look for journals in Oria to check if the University Library has a subscription for them, either online or in print.
A steadily growing part of the University Library's book collection are eBooks.
You have access to more than 400 000 eBooks via the University Library.
Read more about how to use eBooks
Printed books are shelved by topic in the library. You can find the shelf code in Oria. Use the "Locate" button to find the book's location in the library.
If you are missing a relevant book in our collection, you can suggest it for purchase.
Advice on literature search
Search in Oria:
When using the Advanced search you can choose to search in "Norwegian Academic Libraries". This includes material that is available at other subject and research libraries in Norway. Oria also links to a lot of material from open sources.
Tick the box "Include material your institution doesn't have access to" after performing a search to see material without access via the University Library. These documents can be requested.
Search in subject databases:
It is common to search in subject databases by writing relevant search terms directly into a search field, receiving a list of articles containing these search terms. This type of search is called text word search, which can lead to good results if used in a structured manner.
Preferably use several synonyms in the text word search to get as many relevant articles as possible. A tidy way of searching is to search for one search term at a time and then combine the searches in the search history, using the operators AND and OR (use OR to combine synonyms).
Many databases use subject headings in addition to text word search, e.g. PubMed/MEDLINE, SveMed, EMBASE and CINAHL. This means that all articles in the database are tagged with subject headings describing the article's topic.
PubMed/MEDLINE uses Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), which can be looked up in the MeSH catalog of the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). The database is available in two different user interfaces. A search in PubMed is based on a word text seach including MeSH automatically, leading to fast search results. MEDLINE provides the option to select specific subject headings in advance to the search or to search for text words only. This results in a very tidy search history which can be used to build a structured search.
It is recommendable to search for subject headings and supply these with text words for comprehensive search on a topic.
When searching in databases/search engines, it is helpful to use the databases'/search engine's proper help pages about how to search.
Access to full text
Search in subject databases:
To get access to full text articles, the databases have to be accessed via the University Library's web pages. That way you will find a UBB-button beside the article reference in the database, which links to the full text via Oria and enables requesting of articles that lack access.
Search in Oria:
Click the document title in the list of results. You find a full text link in the "View it" section. If full text access is missing, you can sign in at Oria to request the article. Take a look at the Oria help page to find out more about searching, signing in and requesting documents in Oria.
When working from home, you can connect to UiB's network by proxy or VPN.
The University Library's web pages will automatically route you to the proxy server when necessary. Use your UiB username and password to sign in by proxy.
Employees at Helse Bergen have to contact their IT department to set up a home office solution.