Health Sciences and Exact Sciences

Subscribed resources

Access Medicine

Access Medicine is an online medical resource that provides access to more than a hundred e-books from McGraw Hill's medical collection as well as to a set of other study tools such as free copyright images, surgical procedures’ videos and a drug database.

AMBOSS (Only available for Católica Medical School users)

Resource that supports medical education and clinical practice. It provides summaries, notes and question banks to assist with the preparation for national entrance exams in various countries.

For more information on how to access this resource, please contact the UCP Libraries:

American Chemical Society Publications

American Chemical Society Publications comprises the collection of journals published by ACS, covering a broad spectrum of scientific disciplines.

Scitation - American Institute of Physics (AIP)

Scitation hosts books, journals and conference materials from American Institute of Physics (AIP) Publishing, covering a variety of topics from physics and related disciplines.

Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)

ACM Digital Library provides access to the ACM's bibliographic collection, including scientific and technical journals and ebooks.


Biblioteca do Conhecimento Online – B-on (Online Knowledge Library) gives unlimited and permanent access to full texts from scientific international publications from several publishers, through subscriptions negotiated on a national basis.

CINAHL Complete

CINAHL Complete is a collection of full text for nursing and allied health journals, indexed in CINAHL. With full-text coverage dating back to 1937.

Clinical Key Student Medicine

Clinical Key Student Medicine is an online medical resource with more than two hundred e-books from Elsevier's clinical collection.

Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library is a clinical evidence resource comprised of the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews and the Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL).

Complete Anatomy

Complete Anatomy is a three-dimensional anatomy platform that provides access to interactive anatomy models, clinical video animations and virtual dissection tools. For information on how to access this resource, please contact the UCP Libraries (

Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source

Dentistry & Oral Sciences Source is a full-text database that contains full-text articles from more than 300 journals in the field of dentistry. 

eBook Clinical Collection

Collection that provides unrestricted access to more than 4000 ebooks in the fields of medicine and nursing. 

eBook Nursing Collection

Collection that provides unrestricted access to more than 700 ebooks in the field of Nursing. 

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS)

EBSCO Discovery Service (EDS) brings together the most comprehensive collection of content — including superior indexing from top subject indexes, high-end full text and the entire library collection — all within an unparalleled full-featured, customizable discovery layer experience.

IEEE Xplore

The IEEE Xplore digital library is a powerful resource for discovery of scientific and technical content published by the IEEE and its publishing partners. It provides web access to publications in electrical engineering, computer science, and electronics.


JSTOR allows access to digitized articles from a variety of scientific fields: Arts & Sciences III Collection (Language & Literature, Music, Film Studies, Folklore, Performing Arts Religion, Art & Art History, Architecture & Architectural History), Business Collection, and Mathematics & Statistics Collection.


MedicLatina is a Spanish language collection of medical research and investigative journals published by renowned Latin American medical publishers. A wide range of topics are covered including neuroscience, cardiology, nephrology, biomedicine, clinical research, pediatrics, human reproduction, clinical pathology, cancer research, and hematology.

MEDLINE Complete

MEDLINE Complete provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences found on MEDLINE.

Nursing Reference Center Plus

Evidence-based platform for nursing practice. It provides access to clinical records on diseases and treatments, as well as information on medications and procedure videos.


OpenDissertations is a database built to assist researchers in locating both historic and contemporary dissertations and theses. Coverage in the database extends back to the 20th century.

Osmosis (Only available for Católica Medical School users)

Osmosis is a platform that provides explanatory videos, among other digital learning tools, covering not only a wide range of topics in the Fundamental Sciences of Medicine, but also various organ systems, as well as interpersonal and communication skills in patient care.
For more information on how to access this resource, please contact the UCP Libraries.

Palliative Care Formulary

The Palliative Care Formulary provides unrivalled and independent drug information for health professionals when caring for adult patients facing progressive life-limiting diseases and their care givers. This trusted source goes beyond standard drug reference works, empowering health professionals to select the right drugs and treatment regimens at the point of care to help improve quality of life.


PsycArticles is a definitive source of full-text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It includes all journal articles, book reviews, letters to the editor, and errata from each journal. Coverage spans 1894 to present.


PsycBooks from the American Psychological Association (APA), includes chapters in PDF from books published by APA and other distinguished publishers.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection is a database of scientific journals on emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry and psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational and experimental methods.

Publication Finder

Publication Finder delivers a predictive search experience and includes a host of features from responsive auto-complete ranked by popularity of titles, to known-item search, to full-text linking, relevance ranking, and discipline-specific browsing.

Qualfood (Only available at Porto Regional Centre)

Qualfood is the largest national database on Food, Environmental and HST Quality and Safety, which aims to: organize, systematize and update all relevant information for those involved in the food area.

Royal Society of Chemistry (RCS)

Royal Society of Chemistry provides access to RCS Publishing journals, books and databases, containing more than one million articles, chapters and records relating to the various fields of the Chemical Sciences.


ScienceDirect is a multidisciplinary website that provide access to Elsevier publications. Search for peer-reviewed journals, articles, books and book chapters.


Scopus is a metainformation and citations database of peer-reviewed publications, such as scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. It provides a comprehensive view of international scientific production in the areas of technology, medicine, social sciences or arts and humanities. Scopus features tools such as advanced search, analysis and results visualization. Through the citation index it is possible to analyze the number of citations of publications or authors.

Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM)

Society of Industrial and Applied Mathematics (SIAM) provides access to books, journals, and conference materials in the field of applied mathematics and computer sciences, published by SIAM.

SPORTDiscuss with Full Text

SPORTDiscus with Full Text is the source of full text for sports medicine journals. With full-text coverage dating back to 1985.

Springer E-books Medicine

Access the collection of all Medicine books published by Springer in the last four years, without any access restrictions.

Taylor & Francis

Taylor & Francis’ research interface, which provides access to more than 1900 scientific journals.

Web of Science

With the Web of Science platform, you can access an unrivalled breadth of world-class research literature linked to a rigorously selected core of journals and uniquely discover new information through meticulously captured metadata and citation connections.


Open Access resources

Bentham Open

Bentham Open publishes a number of peer-reviewed, open access journals. These free-to-view online journals cover all major disciplines of science, medicine, technology and social sciences.

BMC – Biomed Center

Biomed Center publishes nearly three hundred open access peer-reviewed journals covering the fields of science, technology, engineering and medicine.

DeGruyter Open

DeGruyter publishes fully open access journals across scientific, technical, medical, humanities and social sciences. is a trusted resource for drug and related health information, widely recognize within the medical community.

Free Medical Journals

Free Medical Journals site was created to promote the open access full text medical journals on the Internet.


Frontiers is a multidisciplinary editor of open access journals.

Guide to Pharmacology

Guide to Pharmacology is a pharmacological information center that provides a searchable database with quantitative information on drug targets and the prescription medicines and experimental drugs that act on them. 

Health for All: WHO

Health for All database brings together the indicators that are part of major monitoring frameworks relevant to the region, such as Health 2020 and the Sustainable Development Goals. The indicators cover basic demographics, health status, health determinants and risk factors, as well as health care resources and more. HFA database allows access to regional, national and some subnational indicators and metadata, which are visualized through interactive online tools in the Health for All explorer. Data, metadata, graphs and maps can be exported or shared online and on social media.


MDPI is a multidisciplinary publisher of peer-reviewed and open access journals.

National Center for Biotechnology Information

National Center for Biotechnology Information provides access to biomedical and genomic information. 

OAPEN Library

The OAPEN Library contains freely accessible academic books, mainly in the area of humanities and social sciences. OAPEN works with publishers to build a quality controlled collection of open access books, and provides services for publishers, libraries and research funders in the areas of deposit, quality assurance, dissemination, and digital preservation.

Pharmacology Education Project

Pharmacology Education Project is a resource center for pharmacological information, valuable for those developing investigation in industrial, clinical or academic settings and for students who are starting to explore drug mechanisms.   

PQDT (ProQuest Dissertations & Theses Open)

PQDT Open provides the full text of open access dissertations and theses from several scientific areas.


PubMed is the gateway to Medline, one of the world’s most significant bibliographic database of life sciences and biomedical information, covering research, diagnostics and therapies in the areas of medicine, nursing, public health, biomedicine, microbiology, pharmacology, odontology and numerous other established and developing biomedical scientific areas. PubMed also includes a set of citations for full text articles from PubMed Central, and for books and individual chapters available on Bookshelf.

RCAAP (Repositórios Científicos de Acesso Aberto de Portugal)

RCAAP portal collects, aggregates and indexes Open Access scientific contents from Portuguese institutional repositories.

Teaching Resource Centre

Teaching Resource Centre Database is a pharmacology resource regarding mechanisms of drug action in the context of physiology and pathophysiology.


Statistical information


Eurostat is the statistical office of the European Union. Its mission is to provide high quality statistics for Europe. This platform offers a whole range of important and interesting data that governments, businesses, the education sector, journalists and the public can use for their work and daily life.

Instituto Nacional de Estatística (INE)

INE produces, in an independent manner, high-quality official statistical information, relevant for the society, while promoting the coordination, the analysis, the innovation and the dissemination of the national statistical activity and ensuring integrated data storage.


PORDATA collects, organizes, systematizes and disseminates data on multiple areas of society, for Portugal and its municipalities, and for the European countries. The reported statistics derive from official and certified sources, with data production skills in the respective areas.

For the development of evidence synthesis works in the Health Sciences, the UCP Libraries recommend a set of reference materials.


Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions

The official guide for preparing Cochrane systematic reviews. This handbook contains information on standard methods that apply to all types of reviews (planning, search, study selection, data collection, risk of bias assessment, and result interpretation).

Equator Network

Platform that allows to search within a set of methodological guidelines aimed at the development of different types of health research.

JBI Manual for Evidence Synthesis

Designed to provide authors with a comprehensive guide to conducting JBI systematic reviews. It describes in detail the process of planning, undertaking, and writing up a systematic review using JBI methods.


Initiative that developed a set of tools and guidelines for the reporting of evidence-based syntheses, such as the PRISMA Checklist, the PRISMA Flow Diagram and the PRISMA Checklist for Scoping Reviews.



CINAHL Subject Headings

CINAHL specific thesaurus, designed to assist in more effectively searching in this database. Although based on MeSH, it is recommended, if applicable, to always check whether the MeSH terms collected for the investigation correspond or not to the preferred terms of CINAHL. To search the thesaurus, go to the upper menu and select the CINAHL Subject Headings option.


Descritores em Ciências da Saúde (DeCS) is the controlled vocabulary used for indexing research outputs and other documents in the biomedical field. It corresponds to the Virtual Health Library’s translation of the MeSH vocabulary.


Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) is the National Library of Medicine controlled vocabulary thesaurus used for indexing articles for PubMed.


Search process

PRISMA Checklist

Set of guiding items for the development of systematic reviews of intervention and meta-analyses.

PRISMA Flow Diagram

Representative diagram of the studies selection and screening phases in evidence synthesis works.

PRISMA Checklist
[Scoping reviews]

Set of guiding items for the development of scoping reviews and corresponding protocols.


Results screening


Free and open-source software to store, organize, manage, and share bibliographic references, also allowing to automatically create citations and the respective bibliographies.


This free web-based tool was created to assist researchers conducting systematic reviews, scoping reviews, and other knowledge synthesis projects by significantly speeding up the screening and selection process.


Protocol register


Repository for preserving research data produced during the project lifecycle. For each submission, a persistent digital object identifier (DOI) is assigned, which makes the stored items easily citable.


International platform for the register of evidence syntheses protocols. A fee must be paid to register, update and assign a DOI to the protocols. 

Open Science Framework (OSF)

Free platform that allows the collaborative management of research projects throughout their lifecycle. The deposit of research data and protocols facilitates their reproducibility. For each submission, a persistent digital object identifier (DOI) is assigned, which makes the stored items easily citable.


PROSPERO accepts registrations for systematic reviews, rapid reviews and umbrella reviews. PROSPERO does not accept scoping reviews or literature scans.


Open repository that allows researchers to deposit research papers, data sets, research software, reports, and any other research related digital artefacts. For each submission, a persistent digital object identifier (DOI) is assigned, which makes the stored items easily citable.