Gateways are information portals where relevant resources have been grouped together. This page provides details of the following gateways:


EBSCO Information Services is a leading service provider of e-journal, e-book and e-journal package and print subscriptions, e-resource management tools, full-text and secondary databases, and related services for all types of libraries and research organisations. Its database coverage includes AMED, CINAHL, MEDLINE, Cochrane, SocINDEX and SPORTDiscus. This is a subscription service.

INASP Info Links

INASP Info Links is a gateway to selected websites that are of special interest to health professionals, medical library communities, publishers, and non governmental organisations (NGOs) in developing and transitional countries. INASP Health Links contains links to 448 selected sites, of which 160 are specifically focused on health information in developing countries. It also provides access to a number of other gateways under the following headings:

National Library for Health

The National Library for Health (NLH) is is a UK initiative. Its mission is to help patients and professionals use best current knowledge in decision-making. The library consists of three main resources:

  1. Firstly, there is the commitment of 1,275 librarians who know the local communities, and their needs and priorities. The plan is for all healthcare organisations to identify a board member to be Chief Knowledge Officer, supported by a librarian acting as Knowledge Manager.
  2. The second resource is the national digital knowledge base, a single source of knowledge catalogued, classified and organised so that it is not only easy to find but can be delivered through the media that are now available, for example digital laboratory reports, and e-prescriptions.

It is focused on the quality of knowledge and resources used, as opposed to the quantity of information. It is equally open to patients and clinicians, the public and managers.

It provides access to a range of support sites including Bandolier, Clinical Evidence and the Cochrane Library. Other resources have restricted access for staff working in the UK Health Service.


Ovid Technologies is an internationally recognised leader of electronic medical, scientific, and academic research information solutions. They provide information search and discovery platforms (Ovid Gateway and SilverPlatter) to access premier electronic content, including a growing list of 1,200 journals, over 500 books, and more than 200 databases. Databases covered include: AMED, CINAHL, EMBASE, Evidence Based Medicine Reviews, Global Health Archive, Medline and PsycINFO. This is a subscription service but packages include a 24 hour option.


SUMSearch is a unique method of searching for evidence by using the internet. It combines meta-searching and contingency searching in order to automate searching for evidence. Meta-searching means simultaneously searching multiple internet sites and collating the results into one page. In addition, if SUMSearch finds too many 'hits' from an internet site, it will execute more restrictive, contingency searches. The sites it searches across include PubMed, National Guidelines Clearing House and DARE. Details of all of these can be found in this section.


TRIP (Turning Research into Practice) is an amalgamation of 26 databases of hyperlinks from 'evidence-based' sites around the world. At present there are over 10,000 links to evidence based topics. The TRIP database searches over 75 sites of high-quality medical information. It gives you direct, hyperlinked access to the largest collection of evidence based material on the web as well as articles from premier online medical journals such as the BMJ, JAMA, NEJM, etc.