An OpenAthens account facilitates your access to our electronic resources (e-books, databases, e-journals, tools etc.) both on and off the HSE network. A valid email address and your HSE employee number is required for registration.
You can access the electronic resources listed on our homepage using your OpenAthens username and password.
If you have moved to a new Hospital and need to move your OpenAthens account to your new place of work contact our Virtual Desk.
Databases are important tools to use when literature searching, as they index specific journal collections and allow advanced searching and filtering options.
To access our online databases and journals you must register for an OpenAthens account
When you have your OpenAthens account set up you can log in to databases, such as those listed below, on our homepage:
We provide a dedicated Guide to help you to perform a literature search in a robust and systematic way. It outlines how to:
ASK patient-centred, focused question(s) - construct well-built clinical questions, using PICO and other frameworks
ACQUIRE the best evidence relevant to your questions
DOCUMENT your search - the guide provides you with a template to help you to do so
SCREEN your results - using tools such as Covidence or Rayyan
APPRAISE the evidence to check for bias, quality, reliability and applicability using tools such as Checklists
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