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Databases in Medicine & Nursing

MEDLINE Created by the National Library of Medicine, users can search abstracts from over 4,000 current biomedical journals. Authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, psychiatry, the health care system, and more. We have 3 different ways to access MEDLINE:

EBSCO databases for NursingIn addition to general academic databases, there are separate indexes devoted exclusively to medical and health topics.  

  • PsycINFO. Over 1.5 million records from 1887 to the present in what is considered to be the most comprehensive international database of psychology. Includes academic research and practice literature in the fields of medicine, psychiatry, education, social work, social science and organizational behavior.
  • Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic. Designed for doctors, nurses, students, clinical specialists with access to 100 full text journals covering clinical medicine, nursing, health care system, etc. All 100 journals are also indexed in MEDLINE.
  • CINAHLwith Full Text - The authoritative resource for over 1,700 nursing and allied health journals, now with more full text
  • Health Source: Consumer Edition -  food and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine, and general health. Full text for nearly 300 journals including Consumer Reports on Health and Men's Health, as well as abstracts and indexing for 180 general health and professional health care publications.
  • MEDLINE - created by the National Library of Medicine, users can search abstracts from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.  (Search Tips Sheet - in PDF)   

ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Sourceprovides users with reliable healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, and more. This database is designed to meet the needs of researchers at healthcare facilities as well as nursing and allied health programs at academic institutions. Provides abstracting and indexing for more than 690 titles, with over 570 titles in full-text

Health Reference Center Academic -   From InfoTrac Web. Over 2.5 million articles; can limit to full text and/or peer reviewed. Access to this database is made possible by funding from the Massachusetts Board of Library Commissioners, and the six Massachusetts Regional Library Systems
Proquest. Includes Biology and Medical databases: Biology Digest (1989+), MEDLINE, and TOXLINE (1994+).  Also contains a free Hot Topics section - "discovery" guides with overviews, key citations, selected websites, and extensive bibliographies. Recent topics added are Anthrax, bipolar disorders, and genetically modified foods. (Medline CSA Search Tips Sheet) PDF

Also useful:

Public Affairs International.  Public affairs and worlds issues with coverage from 1972 to the present. An index to over 1/2 million articles, books, government documents, Internet sites and documents from more than 120 countries. Obviously useful for global issues such as affirmative action, AIDS, ethnicity, climate change, political persecution, women's rights, war and conflict, etc. While this title can be searched on its own, it's best to search it through the full-text ProQuest Social Sciences Premium Collection which offers more full text.

McGraw Hill's Encyclopedia of Science and Technology is the complete text of the 11th edition and includes the McGraw-Hill Dictionary of Scientific and Technical Terms. The site also includes weekly news updates on breakthroughs and discoveries in science and technology resources for students, and links to Web sites for further research. Full access to 7,100 articles, 115,000 dictionary terms, and  it is updated daily.  

Gale Virtual Reference Library. Available through InfoTrac. Contains full text of standard reference works:

  • Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer e3 edition 2 vols. (2010)
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders e3 edition 2 vols. (2010)
  • Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine e4 edition 6 vols. (2011) 
  • Encyclopedia of Bioethics  3rd ed., 5 vols. (2004) - listed under social sciences

Dictionary of Nursing - 4th ed. (2003) from Oxford Reference Online. Over 10,000 entries,. Accident and emergency, trauma, public health medicine, and theory and practice of nursing are all covered in addition to the latest expanding vocabulary of the nursing professions.

Gerontological Society of America. - search 3 journals full-text from 2000+ and abstracts from February 1989+  

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