Databases and Indexes for dentistry

These are the 5 most popular databases for Dentistry:


This is the most important database for dentistry. It allows searching of MEDLINE and other health sciences resources which can be useful for dental topics. It comprises 20 million citations in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences. Non UofT users, please use this link

Ovid Medline

Current access to MEDLINE through a user-friendly interface allowing basic, advanced or MeSH searching. Multiple-database searching is also possible, showing the differences in database content for your topic

Cochrane Library

This is an important database for evidence-based dentistry. It searches 7 different databases including Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Full-text access to systematic reviews by the Cochrane Oral Health Group is also available


A useful database for interdisciplinary research in dentistry. Its extensive coverage of peer-reviewed journals, conference proceedings, open-source journals and the internet will return a variety of formats related to your top.

Web of Science (ISI)

This is an important interdisciplinary database. This is a great place to find useful resources for topics such as dental ethics, dental anxiety, health psychology, etc.

Other databases for dentistry:

Anatomy.TV powered by Primal Pictures

A 3D anatomy software used for patients, practitioners and students. Contains a head and neck regional anatomy section.

BIOSIS Previews

Index to life sciences literature. Part of Web of Knowledge.

CHINA Research Gateway

Contains dentistry content with English abstracts.


The Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health; includes some content related to dental hygiene and dental assisting.

Engineering Village

Index to engineering and biomedical journals.

DynaMed Plus

Clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care


Index to articles on drug research, pharmacology, medicine, etc.


News and business information. A good source if you are looking for newspaper coverage of dentistry-related topics.


Index to literature on health care delivery, administration, technology, etc.

IADR Abstracts

Abstracts of International Association for Dental Research meetings since 2001.

Index to Dental Literature

Printed index available at the Dentistry Library, indexing dental literature from 1839 to 1999.

International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (IPA)

Index to literature on drugs, pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical education, and legal aspects of pharmacy and drugs.

ISI Proceedings

Index to the published literature of conferences, symposia, etc. in a wide range of disciplines. Part of Web of Knowledge.

Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database

This comprehensive range of resources includes over 3,000 records across seven publication types: Evidence Based Recommended Practices, Evidence Summaries, Best Practice Information Sheets, Systematic Reviews, Consumer Information Sheets, Systematic Review Protocols, and Technical Reports.

Proquest Dissertations and Theses

Index to theses in a wide range of disciplines; includes the full electronic text of many theses.


Index to psychology articles, including articles about dental anxiety, etc.

Science Citation Index

Index to science literature, offering cited reference searching (allows you to search for articles which have cited a given article). Part of Web of Science.

Sociological Abstracts

Index to sociology articles, including articles about access to dental care and determinants of health.


This is a Thompson Reuter database that offers standards for some dental materials and equipment.