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Resources: Subscription-Free Resources

Subscription-Free Resources

As a SHIRP member, you have free access to resources .

If you are not eligible for SHIRP or are looking to share resources with non-members, there are many freely available, high-quality healthcare resources available online.

Please note: Sometimes, with free resources, links change or pages are removed. We aim to keep this list current, but please contact us if you find any of these links do not work.


Best Evidence Topics (BETs) and Critical Appraisals on research articles from the Emergency Department of Manchester Royal Infirmary.

BioMed Central

BioMed Central is an STM (Science, Technology and Medicine) publisher of 286 peer-reviewed open access journals. The portfolio of journals spans all areas of biology, biomedicine and medicine and includes broad interest titles, such as BMC Biology and BMC Medicine alongside specialist journals, such as Retrovirology and BMC Genomics. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely accessible online immediately upon publication.

Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map

The Canadian Clinical Trials Asset Map is a searchable, web-based database designed to communicate Canada's clinical research strengths.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine on PubMed

National Centre for Complimentary & Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) have partnered to create CAM on PubMed®, a subset of NLM’s PubMed. PubMed provides access to citations from the MEDLINE database and additional life science journals. It also includes links to many full-text articles at journal Web sites and other related Web resources.

International Prospective Register of Systematic Reviews

PROSPERO is an international database of prospectively registered systematic reviews in health and social care, welfare, public health, education, crime, justice, and international development, where there is a health related outcome.

Native Health Database

The Native Health Database contains bibliographic information and abstracts of health-related articles, reports, surveys, and other resource documents pertaining to the health and health care of American Indians, Alaska Natives, and Canadian First Nations. The database provides information for the benefit, use, and education of organizations and individuals with an interest in health-related issues, programs, and initiatives regarding North American indigenous peoples.


A free database of over 49,000 trials, reviews and guidelines evaluating physiotherapy interventions. You can search to answer your questions, browse the latest research in your area of interest, learn more about evidence-based practice, access useful resources.


PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations include links to full-text content from PubMed Central, publisher web sites and the SHIRP collection

Traditional Animal Foods of Indigenous People of North America

This web publication has the purpose to describe and to reference the published literature on traditional animal foods known and used by Indigenous Peoples of northern North America. 

TRIP Database

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.

Helpful Hints

How to read journal articles

Art of reading a journal article: Methodically and effectively

How to find the best possible evidence

Did you know you have access to resources that evaluate and summarize evidence for you?

Learn how to decide which resource is going to give you the highest-quality information to make clinical decisions.