Medline Reference database for all areas of biomedicine, with more than 21 million citations from 1946. Issued by: National Library of Medicine, USA

EMBASE Reference database with more than 23 million biomedical and pharmacological citations from 1974, including Medline from 1966. Issued by: Elsevier

The Cochrane Library Database on evidence-based medicine: includes full text of systematic reviews, protocols and register of clinical studies. Issued by: Cochrane Collaboration

PubMed More than 29 million citations for biomedical literature. Contains MEDLINE (since 1966, with MeSH) and OLDMEDLINE (1949 to 1965, without MeSH)


Consultation hours for literature research

Our subject librarian for Medicine would be pleased to assist you in making full use of the resources of the University Library Bern:

  • Assistance in researching your topic
  • Using specialized databases
  • Help with search strategies
  • Support for working with literature management programs

Please make an appointment by e-mail. The consultation can also be made via Teams or Zoom.

For further services of our subject librarians please visit the Medical Library Research Support Services.
Or find out more about the systematic literature search in medical databases in the Systematic Searching Online Guide. 

Database Search



Our collection in medicine can be requested through our online catalog swisscovery Universität und PH Bern. Open access holdings can be found in the following libraries:

Medical Library

  • Textbooks and handbooks on preclinical and clinical subjects and pharmacy
  • Specialized print journals

Public Health & Primary Care Library PHC

  • Books on medical prevention and social aspects of medicine
  • Specialized print journals

History of Medicine Library

  • Books on the history of medicine, pharmacy and hospitals
  • Historically significant original editions
  • Archive and museum collections
  • Specialized print journals