Finding research

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Topics covered on this page include:

  • Searching online
  • Accessing Articles
  • Understanding references
  • Journals

Searching online

Entering key terms into specialist search engines or the search functions of online libraries/databases, will lead you to relevant research articles on specific subject areas. For example, if you wish to find papers about the use of homeopathy in the treatment of childhood asthma, enter ‘Homeopathy asthma children’.

Specialist search engines



Web address

CAM-quest CAM research database providing access to research studies in nine therapy categories, including homeopathy.
CAMLIS CAM library service provided by Royal London Homoeopathic Hospital
NHS Evidence Health Information Resources* NHS funded resource
(enter Homeopathy into search)
HRI database Database of RCT’s in homeopathy produced by the HRI and BHA
VetCR database Database of veterinary homeopathy clinical research produced by the Cartens Foundation
BioMed Central Publisher of 197 peer-reviewed open access journals
Trip Database Database of clinical evidence for clinicians
Infotrieve Online Search for articles and order documents
Medscape Content organised by medical specialty
Pubmed Provided by US National Library of Medicine & National Institutes of Health

* Formerly National Library for Health Complement. and Alternative Specialist Library.

Accessing Articles

Abstracts (i.e. brief summaries) can usually be accessed online by anyone free of charge.

Some full text articles (those in open access journals) are available online to anyone free of charge, but in most cases a fee and/or restricted access will apply. There are several ways to access such articles:

  • Pay a one-off fee to download an individual article in PDF form
  • Take out a personal subscription to the journal
  • Affiliation with an institute (such as a university) which will provide you with log-in details known as an ‘Athens account’ giving access to these resources free of charge.
  • Subscribe to the Complementary and Alternative Medicine Library and Information Service (CAMLIS) – Europe’s first comprehensive public library service for complementary and alternative medicine.

Certain websites also require either a subscription or Athens/institution log-in.

Understanding references

For help with understanding how to interpret the results of these searches, please see citations in the ‘Understanding research’ section.

To go directly to out Understanding Research page: click here


Homeopathic journals:

Homeopathic Links

International Journal for Classical Homœopathy. Connects homoeopaths in more than 50 countries and promotes exchange between the different directions and philosophies of homoeopathy.

Homeopathy (formerly the British Homeopathic Journal)
Journal of the Faculty of Homeopathy. Aimed at improving the understanding and clinical practice of homeopathy by publishing high quality articles on clinical and basic research, clinical audit and evidence-based practice of homeopathy.

The Homeopath

Journal of The Society of Homeopaths. Published quarterly. One of the longest established and most widely circulated professional homeopathic magazines in print in the UK. Each themed issue offers access to a library of homeopathic information, inspiration and references, providing a pathway into new areas of professional development.

To read more information on our Journals page: click here

CAM journals:

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Open access journal publishing original peer-reviewed research articles. Specific emphasis on research that explores the biological mechanisms of action interventions, as well as their efficacy, safety, costs, patterns of use and/or implementation.

Complementary Therapies in Clinical Practice (formerly Complementary Therapies in Nursing & Midwifery)

Internationally refereed journal published to meet the broad ranging needs of the healthcare profession in the effective and professional integration of complementary therapies within clinical practice.

Complementary Therapies in Medicine

International, peer-reviewed journal. Published bimonthly. Features original, high quality research on complementary medicine, abstracts of recently published research of high importance, as well as information and experiences on integrating complementary medicine into mainstream care.

Focus on Alternative and Complementary Therapies (FACT)

Quarterly review journal that aims to present the evidence on CAM in an analytical and impartial manner.

Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine

Journal of the International Society for Complementary Medicine Research (ISCMR). Published monthly. US based journal with worldwide readership. Includes observational and analytical reports on non-allopathic treatments.

General scientific/medical journals:

Annals of Internal Medicine

Journal of the American College of Physicians. Aims to promote excellence in the clinical practice of internal medicine.

British Medical Journal

Journal of the British Medical Association. Updated daily with the latest news, research, education and comment articles.

New Scientist

Reports, explores and interprets the results of human endeavour set in the context of society and culture.