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Top Databases & Point-of-Care Tools

  • AccessMedicine
    Selected McGraw-Hill basic science and clinical titles, plus images, case files, diagnostic tools, and drug information. Limited to four concurrent users.
  • ClinicalKey
    Comprehensive point-of-care reference work that includes Elesevier books and journals, practice guidelines, patient education, medical images, and drug information.
  • DynaMed Plus
    DynaMed Plus provides evidence-based content written by a world-class team of physicians who synthesize the evidence and provide objective analysis to help clinicians in their daily practice.
  • DynaMed Plus Guide
    Check out the RVU Library Guide to DynaMed Plus for information on how to access the resource, obtain CME credits, ask a technical question, and more.
  • First Aid Test Prep
    Board review books in McGraw-Hill's First Aid series, covering anesthesiology, basic sciences, COMLEX, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, surgery, plus guides to clerkships and wards.
  • First Aid USMLE
    Download an electronic copy of the highly popular books in the First Aid for the USMLE series.
  • Gale Virtual Reference Library
    Small collection of multiple-volume reference works and selected monographs on medical topics and social sciences. Primarily survey and introductory articles, useful for orientation to subjects, patient education, and consumer health.
  • Health Policy Reference Center
    Access this full-text database to find journals, magazines, books, and trade publications related to health policy-making, planning, and research
  • LISTA: Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts with Full Text
    Contains the full text for more than 330 journals, focusing on librarianship, classification, information management and more.
  • MEDLINE Full Text / Complete
    MEDLINE Full Text and MEDLINE Complete are enhanced versions of MEDLINE published by EBSCO. Indexed using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), these databases provide citations from over 5,400 current biomedical journals and full text coverage for over 1,800. MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's "premier bibliographic database." Coverage dating back to 1857. (From the NLM website).
  • Ovid Books
    Discover high-quality medical titles from Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, including full-text journals and e-books.
  • Oxford Medical Handbooks
    Selected handbooks related primarily to diagnosis and treatment, plus the Oxford Textbook of Medicine and AMA Manual of Style.
  • Proquest Ebook Central
    Extensive digital collection of scholarly monographs and reference works across academic disciplines, including 3,000 medical titles.
  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection
    "Comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals." (From the website)
  • PsychOnline
    A collection of psychiatric reference works from American Psychiatric Publishing, including the DSM-V, APA Practice Guidelines, journals, and more.
  • UpToDate
    UpToDate is a popular point-of-care tool that provides current, evidence-based information on an extensive range of medical conditions. Download the app after creating an UpToDate Anywhere account via the RVU library.
  • VisualDX
    A decision support tool for diagnosis of diseases and conditions with skin manifestations, including adverse drug reactions. Disease information and high-quality images, plus differential builder. For information about copyright and fair use, citation assistance, and mobile applications, see the help menu at the website.

Test Banks & Study Aids

  • AccessMedicine Self Assessment
    Self-assessment questions for board review from textbooks such as Harrison's Principles of Internal Medicine, Williams Obstetrics, Hurst's The Heart, and the Lange Educational Library (neuroanatomy, endocrine physiology, epidemiology physiology, biostatistics, microbiology, immunology, gross anatomy, biochemistry, and diagnosis.
  • Draw it to Know it
    Draw it to Know it is an interactive online resource that teaches neuroanatomy in a purely kinesthetic way. Create an account to access this resource easily off-site.
  • First Aid Test Prep
    Board review books in McGraw-Hill's First Aid series, covering anesthesiology, basic sciences, COMLEX, emergency medicine, family medicine, internal medicine, neurology, obstetrics and gynecology, orthopedics, pediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, surgery, plus guides to clerkships and wards.
  • First Aid USMLE
    Download an electronic copy of the highly popular books in the First Aid for the USMLE series.
  • Kaplan Q-Bank
    Review questions for board exams. Access limited to second- and third-year students. Special registration for password required.
  • WebPath
    Image-rich programmed instruction in gross anatomy and microscopic pathology. Radiographic images plus tutorials and self-assessment questions.

The Cochrane Library

  • Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
    "Bibliography of controlled trials identified by contributors to the Cochrane Collaboration and others, as part of an international effort to hand search the world's journals and create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews." (from the website)
  • Cochrane Clinical Answers
    Cochrane Clinical Answers provides a conduit to the rich content available in the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews. Look up keywords to find focused questions, short answers, and supporting evidence.
  • Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    One of the databases that form the Cochrane Library. The CDSR contains "full text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of healthcare. Data is evidence-based medicine and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies, each too small to produce reliable results individually." (from the website)
  • Cochrane Methodology Register
    "Bibliography of publications which report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books and conference proceedings; these articles are taken from the MEDLINE database and from hand searches. The database contains studies of methods used in reviews and more general methodological studies which could be relevant to anyone preparing systematic reviews. CMR records contain the title of the article, information on where it was published (bibliographic details), and in some cases, a summary of the article. CMR is produced by the UK Cochrane Centre, on behalf of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group." (from the website)

Open Access Databases

  • BioMed Central: Open Access Publisher
    Publishes over 200 open access, peer-reviewed journals spanning all areas of biology and medicine.
  • Case Collection
    Cases in science and medicine from the National Center for Case Study Teaching in Science (NCCSTS).
  • ERIC: Educational Resources Information Center
    "Provides unlimited access to more than 1.4 million bibliographic records of journal articles and other education-related materials, with hundreds of new records added multiple times per week. If possible, links to full text in Adobe PDF format are included." (from the website)
  • ETHXWeb: Bioethics Research Library
    "Journal articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, books, audiovisuals, and news articles relating to bioethics and professional ethics covering 1974-2009." (from the website)
  • Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database
    "An annotated multimedia listing of prose, poetry, film, video and art that was developed to be a dynamic, accessible, comprehensive resource for teaching and research in medical humanities, and for use in health/pre-health, graduate and undergraduate liberal arts and social science settings" (From the website).
  • NCBI Bookshelf
    This resource provides open access to e-books and other monographs related to the life sciences and healthcare.
  • PLoS: Public Library of Science
    Publishes a number of open-access journals in science and medicine.
  • PubChem
    "Provides information on the biological activities of small molecules. PubChem is organized as three linked databases within the NCBI's Entrez information retrieval system. These are PubChem Substance, PubChem Compound, and PubChem BioAssay. PubChem also provides a fast chemical structure similarity search tool." (from the website)
  • PubMed
    "Comprises more than 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites." (From the website)
  • PubMed Central
    "U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature." (From the website)
  • PubMed Health
    Summaries and systematic reviews of clinical trials since 2003 that "can show what treatments and prevention methods have been proven to work—and what remains unknown" (from the website).
  • TOXNET: Toxicology Data Network
    Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases. (from the website)
  • TRIP
    TRIP (Turning Research Into Practice) 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." (From the Website) Online since 1997, the search engine locates evidence-based articles quickly, provides searching for images, videos, courses, and news, and includes a handy form for PICO questions.

Government Resources

  • AGRICOLA: Agriculture information
    "Provides citations to agricultural literature." (from the website)
  • AHRQ: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
    AHRQ is one or twelve U.S. Department of Health and Human Services agencies and seeks "to improve the quality, safety, efficiency, and effectiveness of health care for all Americans." (from the website) Source of information about clinical guidelines, healthcare costs, priority populations, and more.
  • CDC Travel Yellow Book
    "Published every two years by CDC as a reference for those who advise international travelers about health risks." (from the website)
    "A registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world." (from the website)
  • Colorado Health and Environmental Data
    Colorado's official portal to data about health.
  • HRSA - Health Resources and Services Administration
    "The Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, is the primary Federal agency for improving access to health care services for people who are uninsured, isolated or medically vulnerable. Comprising six bureaus and ten offices, HRSA provides leadership and financial support to health care providers in every state and U.S. territory. HRSA grantees provide health care to uninsured people, people living with HIV/AIDS, and pregnant women, mothers and children. They train health professionals and improve systems of care in rural communities." (From the website)
  • HSRProj: Health Services Research Projects in Progress
    "Information about ongoing health services research and public health projects." (from the website)
  • HSRR: Health Services and Sciences Research Resources
    "Information about research datasets and instruments/indices employed in Health Services Research, Behavioral and Social Sciences and Public Health with links to PubMed." (from the website)
  • HSTAT: Health Services/Technology Assessment Texts
    "Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health-care decision making." (from the website)
  • Medline Plus
    "MedlinePlus is the National Institutes of Health's Web site for patients and their families and friends. Produced by the National Library of Medicine, it brings you information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in language you can understand. MedlinePlus offers reliable, up-to-date health information, anytime, anywhere, for free" (from the website).
  • NCBI: National Center for Biotechnology Information
    Databases and tools for analyzing and sharing data and information about molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics.
  • NCCAM: National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine
    "The Federal Government’s lead agency for scientific research on the diverse medical and health care systems, practices, and products that are not generally considered part of conventional medicine." (from the website)
    " searches over 55 databases and over 2100 selected websites from 13 federal agencies, offering 200 million pages of authoritative U.S. government science information including research and development results."(From the website)
    "Federal gateway to information on vaccines and immunization for infants, children, teenagers, adults, and seniors. provides resources from federal agencies for the general public and their communities about vaccines across the lifespan" (from the website).
  • WebWiser: Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders
    "WISER is a system designed to assist first responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice." (from the website)
  • Women's
    "Award-winning comprehensive websites that provide reliable, accurate, commercial-free information on the health of women. They cover more than 800 topics, on issues ranging from adolescent health to reproductive health to healthy aging" (from the website).

Additional Web Resources

  • AHD: American Hospital Directory
    "Provides data and statistics about more than 6,000 hospitals nationwide" (from the website). Access to full database requires additional password available from library.
  • Cleveland Clinic
    "A nonprofit multispecialty academic medical center that integrates clinical and hospital care with research and education" that has published over 5,000 articles, videos, and guides on consumer health topics (from the website).
  • eMedicine Health
    "A consumer health information site that was launched in May 2003. The site contains over 900 health and medical articles written by physicians for patients and consumers" (from the website).
  • GLOWM: Global Library of Women's Medicine
    "Not-for-profit initiative to provide medical professionals worldwide with free and universal access to a vast and constantly updated, peer-reviewed resource of clinical information and guidance." (from the website)
  • Merck Manual for Healthcare Professionals
    "Explains disorders, who is likely to get them, their symptoms, how they're diagnosed, how they might be prevented, and how they can be treated; also provides information about prognosis. Based on the world's most widely used textbook of medicine—The Merck Manual—but written in everyday language by 300 outstanding contributors." (From the website).
  • NetWellness: Consumer Health Information
    Non-profit consumer health website with information evaluated by faculty at Case Western Reserve University, The Ohio State University, and the University of Cincinnati. Unbiased and does not accept ads.
  • POPLINE: Selected Articles on Population and Reproductive Health
    "Collection of population, family planning and related reproductive health and development literature. An international resource, POPLINE helps program managers, policy makers, and service providers in low-resource countries and in development-supportive agencies and organizations gain access to scientific articles, reports, books, and unpublished documents." (from the website)
  • Stanford Library
    "Scientifically-based medical information to help people make informed decisions about their health and health care" (from the website). Services, which include email reference service and limited access to selected Gale reference works, is free to the public.

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