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PubMed (Clinical)

Clinical Queries link (Clinical)

CINAHL (Clinical)

MedlinePlus (Consumer Background)

healthfinder (Consumer Background)

National Guideline Clearinghouse (Clinical)

Health and Wellness Resource Center (Consumer)

National Cancer Institute (Clinical Consumer)

NOAH (Consumer)

PILOTS Database (Clinical Consumer)

PILOTS home (Clinical Consumer)

Educator’s Reference Complete (Educators)

Drug Information Portal (Consumer)

Toxicology and Environmental Health (TEHIP) (Clinical, Consumer)

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) (Clinical, Consumer)


Databases/URLs Category Description Tips

PubMed

Clinical Queries link

Clinical

Key Points

  • Totally free access to the medical literature.
  • Provides lists of citations and abstracts for journal articles.
  • Includes nursing and public health literature.

Official description:

PubMed

  • Provides free access to MEDLINE, NLM's database of citations and abstracts in the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, and preclinical sciences.
  • Links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.
  • Provides a Clinical Queries search filters page as well as a Special Queries page.
  • Links to related articles for a selected citation.
  • Includes automatic e-mailing of search updates, the ability to save records, and filters for search results using "My NCBI".
  • Includes a spell checker feature.
  • Links to PubChem, NCBI sequence and other molecular biology databases.
  • Adds citations Tuesday through Saturday.

For more information about PubMed:
PubMed Fact Sheet

For help:
Ask a Librarian

PubMed Primer: An introduction to PubMed for School Nurse

PubMed Tutorial (National Library of Medicine)

PubMed Quick Tours (National Library of Medicine)

PubMed Help (National Library of Medicine) Comprehensive user’s manual

PubMed Basics (National Library of Medicine)
Trifold brochure

Use the Clinical Queries (link) page to quickly identify citations to journal articles by filtering your subject search.

Type your topic on the query line. (For example, type: otitis media).

Check which aspect of the topic you’re interested in:
Etiology
Diagnosis
Therapy
Prognosis

Check whether you want a narrow, specific search (fewer citations) or a broad sensitive search (more citations).

Then press go.

Examine your results.

 

Try limiting the results to children and/or nursing journals.

PubMed Help

 

 

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CINAHL Clinical

Key Points

  • Access to citations in the nursing and allied health literature
  • Includes medical and public health literature

Official Description

  • Covers nursing, biomedicine, health sciences librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines
  • offers access to health care books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of practice, educational software, audiovisuals and book chapters
  • provides full text for more than 610 journals;
  • full text journals coverage dating back to 1981
  • indexing for more than 3,000 journals
  • contains more than 2.3 million records dating back to 1981
  • complete coverage of nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses' Association

More information about CINAHL

For help:
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CINAHL Help

 

 

 

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MedlinePlus

Consumer

Background

Key Points

  • Authoritative health information from NLM, NIH, other government agencies and health-related organizations
  • Geared to consumers
  • Good source of background information to refresh knowledge
  • Plenty of tutorials, handouts
  • Spanish

Official Description
MedlinePlus will direct you to information to help answer health questions. MedlinePlus brings together authoritative information from NLM, the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Preformulated MEDLINE searches are included in MedlinePlus and give easy access to medical journal articles. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

For more information about MedlinePlus:
Medline Plus Fact Sheet

For help:
Ask a Librarian

Medline Plus Frequently Asked Questions (National Library of Medicine)

Sign up to receive e-mail announcements from MedlinePlus containing links to new topics and sites containing consumer health information.

Not only can you get current new resources, health


topics and announcements from the NLM and/or NIH but you can also choose to get announcements about new information added to MedlinePlus on specialty topics, such as children or mental health.

You can choose English or Spanish.

 

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healthfinder

Consumer

Background

Key Points

  • Authoritative health information developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies.
  •  Geared to consumers
  • Available in Spanish

Official Description
healthfinder.gov  is an award-winning Federal Web site for consumers, developed by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services together with other Federal agencies.  Since 1997, healthfinder.gov has been recognized as a key resource for finding the best government and nonprofit health and human services information on the Internet.  healthfinder.gov links to carefully selected information and Web sites from over 1,500 health-related organizations.

For more information about healthfinder.gov:
About healthfinder

For help:
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National Guideline Clearinghouse

Clinical

Key Points

  • Structured abstracts (summaries) about the guideline and its development
  • Links to full-text guidelines, where available.
  • A Guideline Comparison utility that gives users the ability to generate side-by-side comparisons for any combination of two or more guidelines

Official Description
The National Guideline Clearinghouse™ (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. NGC was originally created by AHRQ in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans (now America's Health Insurance Plans [AHIP]).

The NGC mission is to provide physicians, nurses, and other health professionals, health care providers, health plans, integrated delivery systems, purchasers and others an accessible mechanism for obtaining objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines and to further their dissemination, implementation and use.

For more information about the National Guideline Clearinghouse:
About the NGC

For help:
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Health and Wellness Resource Center

Consumer

Key Points

Official Description
Health & Wellness Resource Center from Gale is a comprehensive resource for libraries, schools, and hospitals that provides integrated access to medical, statistical, health, and related information. The Health & Wellness Resource Center features a fully updated, intuitive interface -- providing multiple pathways to key information. Its browser style format lets you browse the latest news, review a set of subject areas, review and select a particular resource, or search across the entire database.

Including the respected Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Health & Wellness Resource Center delivers up-to-date reference material as well as full-text magazines, journals, and pamphlets from a wide variety of authoritative medical sources. Additionally, consumers, students, and professionals are provided with descriptions of and links to many pertinent websites, selected for their usefulness and appropriateness.

Health & Wellness Resource Center has partnered with Healthology, an industry leader in providing health and medical video content and physician-authored articles. You can

access the Healthology content from the Health Highlights area of the home page. And whenever you perform a search using the search box or using the Advanced Search page, your results may include video content from Healthology as listed on the Video tab of your results list.

In partnership with Harvard Health, Health & Wellness Resource Center also brings you the latest health news from Harvard Health Publications, a division of the Harvard Medical School. You can view top headlines directly from the home page in a section called Topics In the News, with a link browse additional headlines.

For more information about Health and Wellness Resource Center:
Guided Tour

For help:
Ask a Librarian

Click on the Help link to find detailed help in searching this resource

Search Tips

All Connecticut citizens have access to the iConn Digital Library.

Just enter your Connecticut Public Library card number and you’ll have access to the Health and Wellness Resource Center as well as a host of other resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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NOAH Consumer

Key Points

  • English and Spanish
  • New York local resources
  • Can browse and search by conditions
  • Easy to navigate

Official Description
NOAH (New York Online Access to Health) provides access to high quality consumer health information in English and Spanish. The NOAH volunteer editors do not write this information. Instead, librarians and health professionals in New York and beyond find, select, and organize full-text consumer health information that is current, relevant, accurate and unbiased.

For more information about NOAH:
About NOAH

For help:
Ask a Librarian

NOAH’s Help Page

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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National Cancer Institute

Clinical

Consumer

Key Points

  • Spanish component on website
  • Dictionary of Cancer Terms
  • Browse Cancer Topics for current authoritative information about types of cancer for consumers and professionals

Official Description
The National Cancer Institute provides valuable cancer-related information of all kinds on their website. For the general public, patients, and health professionals, there is consumer-oriented information on a wide range of topics as well as comprehensive descriptions of research programs and clinical trials. Scientists will find detailed information on specific areas of research interest. The National Cancer Institute coordinates the National Cancer Program, which conducts and supports research, training, health information dissemination, and other programs with respect to the cause, diagnosis, prevention, and treatment of cancer, rehabilitation from cancer, and the continuing care of cancer patients and the families of cancer patients.

For more information about Cancer.gov
About NCI

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PILOTS Database


Clinical

Consumer

Key Points

  • Most comprehensive source of academic literature on PTSD
  • Excellent source for information on exposure to traumatic events
  • Fact Sheets and brochures available from the National Center for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder

Official Description
The PILOTS database is an electronic index to the worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events. It is produced by the National Center for PTSD, and is electronically available to the public. There is no charge for using the database, and no account or password is required. Although it is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the PILOTS database is not limited to literature on PTSD among veterans.

For more information about PILOTS:
About PILOTS

For help:
Ask a Librarian

PILOTS Quick Search Tips

Valuable information on things like:

  • School shootings
  • Children of military parents
  • Child abuse
  • Children exposed to violence

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Educator’s Reference Complete

Educators

Key Points

  • Provides access to periodicals and reports in the field of education
  • Almost half the journals have the full-text article available
  • Good for all levels of education
  • Includes health education and child development

Official Description:
This collection of more than 1,100 periodicals and 200 reports is a great resource for any educator -- from the school teacher and administrator to those studying in the field at the collegiate and graduate level. Educator's Reference Complete is the perfect complement for any library that utilizes the ERIC database, because it provides full-text results for nearly half of the journal titles found in ERIC. This database covers multiple levels of education from preschool to college, and every educational specialty -- such as technology, bilingual education, health education, and testing. Educator's Reference Complete also focuses on issues in administration, funding and policy.

For more information about the Educator’s Reference Complete:
Educator’s Reference Complete Fact Sheet

For help:
Ask a Librarian

Click on the Help link to find detailed help in searching this resource.

All Connecticut citizens have access to the iConn Digital Library.

Just enter your Connecticut Public Library card number and you’ll have access to the Educators Reference Complete as well as a host of other resources.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Drug Information Portal

 

 

Consumer

Key Points

  • Excellent source for authoritative drug information for consumers and professionals
  • Simple to use

Official Description:
The Drug Information Portal is a gateway to current and accurate drug information from the National Library of Medicine and to other key government agencies. It offers a varied selection of resources and focused topics in medicine and drug-related information, with links to individual resources with drug information and summaries tailored to various audiences. More than 15,000 drugs are available for searching. Simply type in the drug name; a spellchecker is provided.

For more information about the Drug Information Portal:
About the Portal

For help:
Ask a Librarian

Drug Information Portal Frequently Asked Questions

Mouse over a link and hold for a second or two to see balloon pop-ups to guide you by providing helpful hints or a description of the resource and links to the source website.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Toxicology and Environmental Health (TEHIP)

Clinical

Consumer

Key Points

  • Spanish component
  • Household Products Database – discover what’s really under your sink!
  • ToxTown – an interactive guide to potentially toxic substances and environmental health issues in everyday places

Official Description

Toxicology and Environmental Health Information Program maintains a comprehensive toxicology and environmental health web site that includes access to resources produced

by TEHIP and by other government agencies and organizations. This web site includes links to databases, bibliographies, tutorials, and other scientific and consumer-oriented resources. TEHIP also is responsible for the Toxicology Data Network (TOXNET®), an integrated system of toxicology and environmental health databases that are available free of charge on the web.

For more information about TEHIP
Quick Tours

For help:

Ask a Librarian

Toxnet Frequently Asked Questions

Getting the Most from SIS’s Environmental Health and Toxicology Resources

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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International Bibliographic
Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS)

Clinical

Consumer

Key Points

  • Authoritative resource on dietary supplements
  • Can limit search to consumer references
  • Fairly easy to use

Official Description
The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) database provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. IBIDS is a collaboration between two US government agencies: the Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Library (NAL).

NEW: IBIDS content coverage has expanded to include more bibliographic resources.

Users can choose to search the Full IBIDS Database, a subset of Consumer Citations Only or Peer Reviewed Citations Only.

For more information about

For help:
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IBIDS Help and Frequently Asked Questions

Try using the ‘Top Five’ searches or the Heatlh/Outcome Supplement Sets to get an idea of how this database works.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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