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Information Resources


The items on the Information Resources page are databases available to Downstate users to assist in their research.

BMJ Best Health, Health and Wellness Resource Center, Health Source Consumer Edition and Natural Standard are resources that are developed with the layman in mind. They are good resources for patient education articles. Natural Standard is especially good for complementary and alternative therapies.

CINAHL is the Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health (you don't have to remember that). You're allied health. It is a database of articles committed to the non-medicine side of healthcare (although there is some overlap with PubMed). There is a lot of overlap in the coverage of CINAHL and PubMed. Both cover the nursing and allied health journal literature, though CINAHL indexes some journals in these fields that are not included in PubMed. PubMed provides more comprehensive coverage of the biomedical journal literature as a whole, though CINAHL does index some of the core clinical medical journals. Searching in CINAHL is covered in another section.

Clinical Evidence, Cochrane Library, FirstConsult, MDConsult, and UpToDate are databases devoted to evidence-based practice.

EMBASE and Web of Knowledge are databases devoted to the pure sciences (biology, chemistry, physics, etc.). There is some overlap with PubMed in the areas of the biomedical sciences. Web of Knowledge also lets you track what subsequent articles have cited the article you're looking at.

Harrison's Internal Medicine, Lange Self-Assessment Tool and Merck Manual are online medicine textbooks.

InfoShare is a statistics database for health and demographic statistics on the state, municipality, and census track levels.

NetAnatomy and SpringerImages are visual catalogs.

PubMed is the National Library of Medicine's version of Medline. It indexes clinical and biomedical literature. It indexes some journals in the area of nursing and allied health as well as complementary and alternative therapies. Searching PubMed is covered in detail in another section.