The universities of applied sciences have licensed around 70 databases for their various divisions through the Consortium of Swiss Academic Libraries. All staff and students of the universities of applied sciences have free, on-campus access to these databases. Members of Bern University of Applied Sciences are free to use a VPN (Virtual Private Network) to access the databases externally.
Embase is a biomedical, pharmacological database. It contains bibliographical information (including citations and abstracts) of biomedical journals that are subject to peer review.
The Joanna Briggs Institute was founded in 1996. It is a leading institution in the field of evidence-based healthcare. A part of the Faculty of Health Sciences at the University of Adelaide, South Australia, the JBI collaborates with more than 70 institutions, centres and other groups worldwide. Introduction to the Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database (webcast, 6 minutes).
A reference database with entries from more than 4,600 journals in the field of food science, food technology and nutrition.
An evidence-based, global resource for dietetic practice. Developed by Dietitians of Canada and operated in collaboration with the British Dietetic Association, Dietitians Association of Australia and Dietitians of Canada.
Approximately 37,000 standards from the SN (INB/SWISSMEM), ISO and Electrosuisse collections. Access from within the BFH network or via a VPN. A login is required, see Intranet.
More than 10,000 abstracts of the world’s best business books in three languages. For unrestricted access, please register your personal account.
Freely accessible databases
Cochrane Reviews systematically summarise the results of research in the fields of healthcare and healthcare policy (in English). These reviews constitute an acknowledged, international quality standard for evidence-based healthcare. Brief guide
A selection of reviews summarised in German. Focus areas: Public health, physiotherapy, urology, nursing sciences, obstetrics and current issues.
A bibliographical reference database for the entire medical field, more than 16 million quotes. Comprises MEDLINE (since 1966, with MESH) and OLDMEDLINE (1949–1965, without MESH).
The search space for the life sciences (standard search) currently (January 2016) contains content from 24 data sources from the ZB MED subjects of medicine/healthcare, nutrition, environment and agriculture, e.g. MEDLINE (=PubMed), AGRICOLA, AGRIS, ZB MED catalogues, articles from German journals about the ZB MED Current Contents services (CC MED/CC GREEN), etc.
bibnet.org is a collaborative, freely accessible literature database. Bibnet.org is operated by a working group from the association ‘Netzwerk Fachbibliotheken Gesundheit’ in collaboration with libraries from Switzerland, Germany and Austria.
The database currently contains more than 1,000,000 data sets from more than 1,300 analysed journals dating from 1969 onwards.
Search for academic literature (journal articles, theses, dissertations, books, pre-prints, abstracts, technical reports, etc. with or without full-text access).
This database contains published studies that explore correlations between what happens during the primal period (foetal life, perinatal period, and year following birth) and what happens later on in terms of health and personality traits.
PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a freely accessible database containing more than 22,000 randomised and controlled studies, systematic reviews and practical clinical guides in the field of physiotherapy.