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Reference Sources    
Print Dictionaries, Encyclopedias and Handbooks   back to top


Concise Dictionary of Biomedicine and Molecular Biology, CRC Press, 1996.
Main Level, Reference: R 610.3 J97C
Terminology and abbreviations from cell biology, bacteriology, virology, immunology, biochemistry, genetics, biomedicine, and related fields.

Consumer Health Information Source Book, Greenwood Pub., 2003.                
Main Level, Reference: R 613 C766C
A directory of reliable and quality health related resources for consumers. 

Encyclopedia of Cancer, Academic Press, 1997.
Main Level, Reference: R 616.994003 En19E [3 vols]
A-Z reference source for the field of cancer research and all associated fields.

Encyclopedia of Drugs and Alcohol, Macmillan, 1995.
Main Level, Reference: R 362.2903 En19E [4 vols]
A-Z encyclopedia of all aspects, physiological and sociological, of legal and illegal drug and alcohol use and abuse worldwide.

Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders and Birth Defects, Facts on File, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 616.042 W99E
A-Z listing of more than 1000 disorders with description, prognosis, prevalence, mode of inheritance, availability of carrier screening and prenatal diagnosis, and biochemical and molecular basis of the disorder, as well as anecdotal data where applicable.

Encyclopedia of Obesity and Eating Disorders, Facts on File, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 616.8526 C272E
A-Z of eating behaviors and related information.

Encyclopedia of Public Health, Macmillan, 2002.
Main Level, Reference: R 362.103 En19E [4 vols]
Comprehensive encyclopedia of health, social issues, medicine, the environment and impacts on populations.

Encyclopedia of Vitamins, Minerals and Supplements, Facts on File, 2004.
Main Level, Reference: R 612.399 En19E
A-Z reference with information on nutritional options.

Encyclopedia of the Digestive System and Digestive Disorders, 2nd. ed., Facts on File, 2011.

Main Level, Reference: R 616.3003 M666E


Encyclopedia of the Heart and Heart Disease, 2nd.ed., Facts on File, 2011.

Main Level, Reference: R 612.1 En19E

Melloni's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, Parthenon, 2002
Main Level, Reference: R 610.3 M489M
Dictionary with 3000 illustrations which enhance comprehension of the defined term.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy, Merck Research Laboratories, 2006.
Main Level, Reference: R 615.503 M537M 2006
Provides useful clinical information to practicing physicians and other health care professionals.

Mosby’s Medical Dictionary, Mosby/Elsevier, 2006.
Main Level, Reference: R 610.3 M85M



Periodical Title Abbreviations: by Abbreviation, Gale, 2007.
Main Level, Reference:
R 050.148 P418P  v.1

Periodical Title Abbreviations: by Title, Gale, 2007.
Main Level, Reference:
R 050.148 P418P  v.2

Physician’s Desk Reference 2010, PDR Network, LLC, 2009.
Main Level, Reference: R 615.1 P569P
Authoritative source of FDA-approved information on prescription drugs.

Physician’s Guide to Rare Diseases, Dowden, 1992.
Main Level, Reference: R 616.003 P569P
Provides easy access to signs and symptoms of rare diseases to assist in diagnosis, treatment, with resources for further information.

Plunkett’s Health Care Industry Almanac 2005, Plunkett Research, 2004.
Main Level, Reference: R 362.10973 P741P
Profiles on Health Care 500 companies and the latest statistics and trends in medical industry care, trends, and systems.

Stedman’s Medical Dictionary: Illustrated in Color, Lippincott, 2006.
Main Level, Reference: R 610.3 St31S


World of Health, Gale Group, 2000.
Main Level, Reference: R 610.3 W893W
Encyclopedia of health and medical topics, theories, discoveries, concepts, and the people behind them.

E-Reference Books and Collections - Medical Topics   back to top

AccessScience [McGraw-Hill Encyclopedia of Science and Technology Online edition], 2008.
Search or browse McGraw-Hill’s Encyclopedia of Science & Technology, 10th edition with research updates from the McGraw-Hill Yearbooks of Science & Technology. A total redesign gathers and synthesizes vast amounts of information, and organizes it to give you fast, easy and accurate access to authoritative articles in all major areas of science and technology.


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Black’s Medical Dictionary, Black Publishers Limited, 2009.
Authoritative, complete and reliable-includes appendices on health economics, complementary and alternative medicine, common medical tests, and address lists of support and professional qualification bodies.

Dictionary of Medical Acronyms & Abbreviations, Elsevier, 2009.
Accurate definitions for the medical acronyms and abbreviations that are used today.

Dorland's Illustrated Medical Dictionary, W.B. Saunders, 2007.

Comprehensive biomedical dictionary that reflects standard and current terminology derived from medicine and related disciplines.

Mosby's Handbook of Herbs and Natural Supplements, Elsevier, 2010.
This resource incorporates authoritative information on common names, pronunciations, scientific names, origins, uses (reported and investigational), forms, dosages, contraindications, side effects and adverse reactions, interactions with herbs, drugs, foods, and lab tests, client considerations, pharmacology (pharmacokinetics, chemical components and actions) and references for every drug. With the increased usage of herbal therapies enjoyed by individuals, this handbook is packed with easy-to-find herbal information and is a must-have for any clinician. Disclaimer: Readers are advised to check further with a practicioner as publisher/editor assume no liability.

Saunders Comprehensive Veterinary Dictionary, Elsevier Saunders, 2007.
Provide a unique source of reliable and authoritative information not available from any other source. Written by veterinarians for veterinarians, this dictionary remains an indispensable reference for veterinary students, practitioners and all biologists, whether they use it to confirm definitions, research specific topics or merely to check spelling. Includes over 400 color illustrations.

Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary, F.A. Davis Co, 2009.

Representing every branch of health care, cyclopedic entries offer more than just definitions.









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Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, 2005.
Current, unbiased information on alternative and complementary medical practices, recommended therapies for specific disorders and diseases, medicinal uses for plants and herbs, and conclusions of studies on efficacy and analysis of current levels of acceptance by traditional scientists and doctors.
Also available Main Level, Reference: R 615.503 G131G
[4 vols]

Gale Encyclopedia of Cancer, 2006.
Comprehensive survey of 120 cancers, cancer drugs, traditional and alternative treatments, side effects and diagnostic procedures.

Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders, 2006.
Provides clear, complete information on genetic disorders, including conditions, tests, procedures, treatments and therapies, in articles that are both comprehensive and easy to understand in language accessible to laypersons.

Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, 2006.
Includes information on medical disorders and concepts with in-depth discussion of causes, symptoms, diagnosis, treatments, procedures, and other related topics.

Gale Encyclopedia of Nursing and Allied Health, 2002.
Written for students and professionals in the field with entries covering topics in body systems and functions, conditions and common diseases, issues and theories, techniques and practices, and devices and equipment.





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An A-Z of Medicinal Drugs, 2010.
Search or browse this dictionary of over-the-counter, pharmacy, and prescription medicines containing entries for classes of drugs (antibiotics), generic names (ibuprofen), and proprietary names (Prozac). Comprehensive information on side effects and interactions with other medicines is given, as well as entries on conditions and the medicines used to treat them.

Concise Medical Dictionary, 2010.

Search or browse this dictionary. Useful as a home medical guide or for those working in the medical and allied professions.

A Dictionary of Biomedicine, 2010.

Terms relevant to the study of molecular bioscience relating to disease

covering terms from the related areas of anatomy, genetics, molecular bioscience, pathology, pharmacology, and clinical medicine.

A Dictionary of Dentistry, 2010.

Defines terms in a broad range of dental specialist areas including primary care, anatomy and comparative anatomy, biochemistry, radiography, orthodontics, restorative dentistry, oral surgery, pharmacology, ethics, and oral medicine. For completeness, some drugs, techniques, and instruments of historical interest have been included.

A Dictionary of Genetics, 2006.
Also available Main Level, Reference: R 576.503 K586D [2002]

A Dictionary of Nursing, 2008.
Search or browse the ever-expanding vocabulary of the nursing profession.

A Dictionary of Public Health, 2007.
A trusted resource for answers to questions that arise in the course of public health practice, whether in the office or in the field, in interactions with the public or with the media.

Oxford Dictionary of Biochemistry and Molecular Biology, 2006.

New edition includes definitions of terms from the fields of Bioinformatics, Biophysics, Cell Biology, Chemistry, Genetics, Immunology, Mathematics, Microbiology, Pharmacology, Systems Biology, and Toxicology. Entries are short and informative, covering details of biochemical substances and the processes in which they are involved, methods and concepts in molecular biology, and definitions of biochemical symbols and abbreviations.

Oxford Companion to Medicine, 2005.
All the major medical and nursing specialties are covered, and detailed attention is given to complementary therapies, national medical systems, and the historical development of medicine.

Oxford Companion to the Body, 2003.
Concise and readable accounts of the structure and function of all the major systems of the body and the causes of disorders that affect them.

Oxford Dictionary of Sports Science and Medicine, 2007.
Includes anatomy, biomechanics, exercise physiology, nutrition, sports psychology, sports sociology, sports injuries, and training principles.




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Encyclopedia of Disability, 2006.
Medical, psychological, economic, technological, cultural, sociological, policy and legal perspectives are included in this interdisciplinary work as well as primary source documents.

Encyclopedia of Health & Behavior, 2004.
Includes entries for theories, methods, biopsychosocial interactions, basic behavioral and social processes, risk and protective factors, health promotion and disease prevention, treatment and rehabilitation, and policy and organizational issues.

Encyclopedia of Health Care Management, 2004.
A comprehensive reference work on the business of health care.






Anatomy Atlases [Ronald A. Bergman, Ph.D.]

An anatomy digital health sciences library with the mission to educate patients, healthcare providers, and students.

Medical Abbreviations [MediLexicon]
200,000 medical, biotech, pharmacy and healthcare acronyms abbreviations.

Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy [Merck & Co., Inc.]      
Publisher of unbiased health information as a not-for-profit service.

NCBI Bookshelf [National Center for Biotechnology Information]

An expanding collection of biomedical books, this small but useful collection can be searched in its entirety, or each book can be accessed and viewed separately by scanning the alphabetic list of titles.  Titles can also be found through links available in PubMed citations.  Books are available on various subjects including cancer, neuroscience, endocrinology, and biochemistry. description from CHOICE Reviews Online, 5/2009

PDR Health-Drug Information [Thomson Healthcare]
Written in lay terms and based on the FDA-approved drug information found in the PDR.

Writing Guide & CSE Style   back to top

CSE- Diana Hacker’s Research and Documentation Online [Bedford Books]
A quick online guide to CSE style.

Scientific Style and Format: The CSE Manual for Authors, Editors, & Publishers, Council of Science Editors, 7th edition, 2006.        
Main Level, Ready Reference: RR 808.066 Sci27S

A Student Handbook for Writing in Biology, Karin Knisely, Sinauer Assoc., 3rd edition, 2009.
Upper Level: 808.06657 K749S

Writing Center, Presbyterian College
Citation styles, writing guides, and scheduling an appointment with a tutor.



Locating Medical Books
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Use the online catalog to locate books in Thomason Library. You can search by author, title, keyword, or subject.

  • Search for a person, as AUTHOR or SUBJECT, with last name, first name:              

Sacks, Oliver W. [as AUTHOR]

  Sacks, Oliver W. [as SUBJECT]  
  Watson James D. [as SUBJECT]  
  • SUBJECT searching requires use of Library of Congress subject headings. The terms below are examples of subject headings related to health & medicine:
THOMCAT subjects
  Alzheimer's Disease
  Heart Disease
  Medical Ethics
  Physical Fitness
  Transplantation of Organs, Tissues
  Veterinary Medicine
  • Materials relevant to the study of health & medicine may also be found by specifying the era or dates, geographic area, or the material type in which you are interested:
Limit to more specific information: date, country, material type
  Cancer--Genetic Aspects--Research--United States
  Communicable Diseases--Case Studies
  Health--Information Services--Databases
  Medical Genetics--Moral and ethical aspects
  Physical fitness -- United States -- History -- 19th century
Follow pass-through into PASCAL Catalog for additional books

Subject searching is an effective and precise method of searching the catalog, however, KEYWORD searching has benefits, also.

  • Try a KEYWORD search if you are unsure of the exact title or the correct subject heading to use. Search using two or three of the most significant words from the title or subject you are trying to find. Place phrases in "quotation marks."

  • Connect words with AND, OR, NOT to focus your search.
  • Try truncation at the end of a word stem to retrieve singular, plural, and other variations of the word.  Use an asterisk (*) to truncate from 1 to 5 characters. Use a double asterisk (**) to include word endings with an unlimited number of characters.
KEYWORD Searching Tips

· Use AND between words to narrow your search:

cancer AND treatment

· Use OR between words to expand your search and
group words with parentheses:
(alternative OR complementary) AND treatment

· Add * to the root of a word to truncate or
expand a term:

patholog* = pathology, pathologies, pathological

Try KEYWORD searching with THOMCAT,
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PASCAL Catalog - If you need books in addition to those found at Thomason Library, try your search here for books at other academic libraries in SC. Through PASCAL Delivers, you can order books online for delivery within 3-4 working days. This service for current PC students, faculty, and staff is a project of PASCAL- Partnership Among SC Academic Libraries. Borrowers will be notified by e-mail when requested items arrive at Thomason Library. Click here for searching and ordering tips.  
WorldCat & I.L.L. back to top


A catalog of books and materials at libraries worldwide. Try searching here to find ALL books available on a topic. Materials available at Thomason Library are highlighted and others can be borrowed through ILL or searched in PASCALCAT.


Interlibrary Loan

You need to use Interlibrary Loan when:

  • a book you really need is not available at PC or through PASCAL Delivers

  • an article you need is not available at PC [you've already checkedn Journal Finder to see if the library has access to the journal for the date that you need] to see if the library has access to the journal for the date that you need]

ILL is available to PC students, faculty and staff in order to share resources between libraries. Click ILL link above for instructions.


Locating Articles:  
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The following journal databases are available to PC students, faculty, and staff from on- and off-campus locations.  Search using terms dealing with your topic.

Academic Search Complete   [EBSCOhost] 
The world's most valuable and comprehensive scholarly, multi-disciplinary full-text database, with more than 8,500 full-text periodicals, including more than 7,300 peer-reviewed journals.

Biological Abstracts

Biological Abstracts® is a complete collection of bibliographic references covering life science and biomedical research literature published from more than 4,300 journals internationally. This database provides users with easy access to the latest information in virtually every life science discipline including agriculture, biochemistry, biotechnology, botany, ecology, the environment, microbiology, neurology, pharmacology, public health and toxicology. BIOSIS indexing presents key terms in the same context used by the original author. Most of the records include informative abstracts written by the author with links to full text content provided by library journal collection subscriptions [SpringerLink journals, ScienceDirect, Wiley, etc.]. It is produced by Thomson Scientific, Inc. and uses the familliar EBSCO interface.


CINAHL Plus with Full Text [EBSCO]
The authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. Indexes more that 3,000 nursing and allied health journals back to 1937 with full text for over 300 titles. Also includes legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. PDF backfiles to 1937 are also included.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition[EBSCOhost]
Provides scholarly full text journals (550) focusing on many medical disciplines, also features abstracts and indexing for nearly 850 journals.

Provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 5,200 current biomedical journals.

 ScienceDirect [Elsevier B.V.]
Full-text of many scientific, technical and medical journals in all sciences including medicine, neuroscience, pharmacology, toxicology, veterinary science, and pharmaceutics.

PubMed [National Library of Medicine] demoed by guest from GGC
PubMed is a free online service of the National Library of Medicine that includes citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s. PubMed includes some links to free full text articles. Links to full text library journal subscriptions are not provided with this .gov database.

To determine if full text is available in Library subscription journals, follow these steps using the citation for the article you seek:

After noting the journal title and date you need, click Journal Finder, type in the journal title, select the journal title from results list, then view dates/issues available in Full Text Resources Online. Select a database providing the date you need, then choose year, issue, and look through that issue for article title/page # you seek.


Annual Reviews  Print subscription cancelled 1/09
A green check indicates an Annual Review title is available online by PC subscription.Titles related to medicine include the Annual Reviews of Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Medicine, Microbiology, & Physiology. Backfiles of older print issues are available on the upper level of the library.

Health Reference Center Academic [Thomson Gale]
Search for articles on health topics.


Included in this journal archive are 35 Health Sciences journals. The most current three to five year issues of the journals are not available in this archive as specified by the publishers in their agreements with JSTOR, so this is not the place to search for really current articles but a good place to find older/historical info on health.

MedlinePlus [National Library of Medicine, National Institutie of Health]
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.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States
An online index of PNAS, a multidisciplinary, scientific journal spanning the biological, physical, and social sciences. Full-text articles available at this site. This journal is also indexed in MEDLINE, JSTOR, BIOSIS, PubMed.

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Check Journal Finder for current information on PC's access to the following journals:

Annual Reviews [Biochemistry, Cell & Developmental Biology, Genetics, Immunology, Medicine, Microbiology, Physiology]
View print availability, shelved on upper level
A volume is published yearly for each of 32 focused disciplines within the Biomedical, Physical, and Social Sciences, critically reviewing the most significant primary research of that year. PC has an online subscription to the seven Annual Reviews in the biomedical field listed above and no longer acquires the print issues.
Backfiles of print issues are available on the upper level of the library.

British Medical Journal
A peer-reviewed general medical journal with original scientific studies, review and educational articles, and papers commenting on the clinical, scientific, social, political, and economic factors affecting health.       

Environmental Health Perspectives  
A monthly journal of peer-reviewed research and news on the impact of the environment on human health. EHP is published by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences and provides information about the environment, health, and toxicity, and includes reports, databases, and publications [free online content].

Journal of the American Medical Association [JAMA]
In order to promote the science and art of medicine and the betterment of the public health, Jama has been published continuously since 1883.

New England Journal of Medicine
A weekly general medical journal that publishes new medical research findings, review articles, and editorial opinion on a wide variety of topics of importance to biomedical science and clinical practice.

Perspectives in Biology and Medicine
Articles of the highest scientific and literary merit on a wide range of biomedical topics placing subjects of current interest in medicine and biology in a context with humanistic, social, and scientific concerns.

Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the US (PNAS)
A weekly multidisciplinary, scientific journal spanning the biological, physical, and social sciences while including research reports, commentaries, reviews, perspectives, colloquium papers, and actions of the National Academy of Sciences of the US. Includes Medical Sciences section with numerous articles each week.

QJM : monthly journal of the Association of Physicians
A leading general medical journal focusing on internal medicine with peer-reviewed articles promoting medical science and practice.

Peer-reviewed scientific research articles, news, and opinion published weekly by AAAS. Reports section includes a medical article each week.


Journal Finder   back to top

Journal Finder provides access to PC's electronic and print journals, magazines, and newspapers in one convenient location.

Search Journal Finder to determine if PC has full text for the journal, magazine or newspaper article you need. Library databases are connected by Journal Finder and lead you to full-text when available.


Search or Browse

Journal Finder

by Title, Full Text Online, Subject, or by Database name

  1. Note the date of the journal issue you need before following Journal Finder link.
  2. Default search is Journals by Title in Full Text. Type the title of the journal or magazine in the empty box below (example:Smithsonian).
  3. You may need to select your title from the results. Click on the title you seek.
  4. Results for your title include up to three categories: Full Text Resources in your library (in print), Full Text Resources Online, and Indexing Only (not full text).
  5. Note the "dates available" in a Full Text category. Click on a database that covers the date you need.
  6. Choose, year and issue OR volume and issue, then look through the contents of that issue for the article you need. Articles are usually listed in page number order and are available in HTML or PDF format.
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General Medical Sites  


BioMed Central

An excellent open access site, with 206 peer-reviewed journals mostly covering medicine. Biomed Central makes journal articles immediately and permanently available online without charge. Also included on the site is the Biology Image Library, an excellent large collection of peer-reviewed images, movies, illustrations, and animations. Although this site is not a substitute for PubMed, BIOSIS databases, or ScienceDirect, it is a most welcome resource. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 12/2010

CAPHIS Top 100 Health Websites you can trust [Medical Library Assoc. Consumer and Patient Health Information Section]
A list of quality health websites from MLA with a goal to have a limited number of resources that meet the quality criteria for currency, credibility, content, and audience. Websites are grouped into general, men's or women's health, for parent, seniors, specific health problems, drug information, for health professionals, and other useful health sites. Complete list is available as a .pdf on the site. 1/10

CDC  [Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Dept. of Health and Human Services]
Mission: To promote health and quality of life by preventing and controlling disease, injury, and disability. The CDC works to achieve better health for all people by accelerating health impact and ensuring health equity.

Clinical Trials [U.S. National Institute of Health, National Library of Medicine]
Regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research in human volunteers.

Department of Health and Human Services [U.S. Government]  
The principal agency for protecting the health of all Americans and providing essential human services including info on disasters, diseases, drugs, reference materials, resources, and safety.

Entrez: The life sciences search engine [National Center for Biotechnology Information, NIH]
Search across all NCBI databases, including PubMed and PubMed Central.

Environmental Working Group [non-profit organization]

EWG's mission is to use the power of public information to protect public health and the environment. EWG is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, founded in 1993 by Ken Cook and Richard Wiles. Link to info on Health/Toxics, Farming, Natural Resources, Energy Choices, a Chemical Index and Health Tips. 1/10


Hands-on-Health SC [Medical University of South Carolina]
A place for South Carolinians to learn about health and wellness through a collection of links to health web sites.

healthfinder.gov [U.S. Department of Health and Human Services]
A new government Web site where you will find information and tools with the latest, most reliable information resources on a wide range of health topics selected from over 1,600 government and non-profit organizations.


Health and Wellness Resource Center [Thomson Gale]
Use this Resource Center to find magazines, journals, newspapers, definitions, directories, and information on: Fitness, Pregnancy, Medicine, Nutrition, Diseases, Public Health, Occupational Health and Safety, Alcohol and Drug abuse, Prescription Drugs, etc. Included are links to diet, cancer, and health assessment sites as well as government databases. The material contained in this Resource Center is intended for informational purposes only. 

Health Source: Consumer Edition [EBSCOhost]
Collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Updated weekly.

History of Medicine [National Library of Medicine]

"Digitized material relating to the history of medicine chosen from NLM manuscript and book collections, the prints and photographs collection, historical films and videos, current and past exhibitions, and the Digital Manuscripts Program. These digitized materials cover a spectrum of centuries and cultures from medieval Islam to contemporary biomedical research." CHOICE 5/2010

Human Genome Resources [NCBI]

An an integrated, one-stop, genomic information infrastructure for biomedical researchers from around the world making data available for research efforts.

InteliHealth [Aetna]
Award winning consumer health information site.

Medical Images on the Web [University of Nebraska Medical Center Library]
A portal of sites for general as well as specialty area images with annotations.


Provides a free online technology platform that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and transparent with the purpose of knowledge sharing and providing a communications tool for people with similar medical interests and up-to-date news of the latest developments in medicine. Only physicians and Ph.D.s are allowed to edit the articles on Medpedia after they create an account and are approved as an Editor. Dozens of medical organizations have released, or pledged to release, content from copyright and add it to Medpedia. Highly recommended by CHOICE Reviews Online 7/2009



National Health Information Center  [U. S. Department of Health and Human Services]
A health information referral service. NHIC puts health professionals and consumers who have health questions in touch with those organizations that are best able to provide answers.

NetWellness [University of Cincinnati, The Ohio State University, Case Western Reserve University]
Consumer health information evaluated by faculty at the partner universities above.

Nobel Prize  [Nobel Foundation]
A wealth of background on every Nobel Prize since 1901, the site presents Nobel Lectures, biographies, interviews, photos, articles, video clips, press releases and more.

TOXNET [National Library of Medicine]

Includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB®), a database of potentially hazardous chemicals, TOXLINE® (containing references to the world's toxicology literature), and ChemIDplus® (a chemical dictionary and structure database). Search all TOXNET databases at once or select an individual database. Rolling cursor over database acronyms on left will provide name and information about individual databases.

The Universal Virus Database [ICTV-International Committee on Taxonomy of Viruses, Cornelia Buchen-Osmond, Columbia University with NCBI]

An index of viruses (approved names) with descriptions (species, genera, families, orders), images, symptoms, etc.

Medical Statistical Sources

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County Health Rankings [Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Univ. of Wisconsin Population Health Institute]

"County by county health data in an easy-to-navigate format. Click on any state and a new page appears, with a map of that state divided into counties shaded according to "health outcomes" (or, alternatively, "health factors") rankings. Moving the mouse arrow over individual counties displays the numerical rank of each county within the state. A menu to the left of the map offers other options." CHOICE Reviews Online 7/2010

Gapminder: Unveiling the Beauty of Statistics for a Fact Based World View [Ola Rosling, Anna Rosling Rönnlund, and Hans Rosling]

Dramatic visual presentation of data and statistical time series. Founded in 2005, Gapminder is registered as a Swedish foundation. The Web site allows comparison of countries by displaying charts and maps on the fly for some 500 indicators (relating to health, income, education, energy, the environment, technology, and more). This free resource draws data from traditional sources, such as the United Nations, World Bank, and OECD. Use the Gapminder 2.5-minute tutorial and Gapminder becomes easy to navigate: drop-down menus are available for each chart axis, grid symbols take users to data tables, and "trails" allow tracking of an individual country's progress.  Charts are color-coded by region to make comparison easier, and users may select multiple countries for comparison. CHOICE Reviews Online 2/2011

Browse cancer statistics videos under the videos tab.

National Center for Health Statistics [CDC, Department of Health and Human Services]

A-Z Index of topics, Vital Statistics, and FastStats A-Z, quick access to public health statistics.

New! Public Health Genomics [CDC, Office of PUblic Health Genomics]

This website presents reliable, current information about ways that genomic data and family health history can improve health policies and inform clinical practice. Information for consumers includes news and reports about genomic tests, research findings, and background on how genes, the environment, and behavior interact and can lead to disease. Health professionals will find links to data, technical reports, other research publications, and funding opportunities. Some statistics available for topics. description from CHOICE 2/2012


Quick Health Data Online [Office on Women's Health, Dept. of Health & Human Services]
National, regional, state and county data are available by gender, race, ethnicity, and age. You can make custom tables, graphs, and maps. Search the database
Quick Health Data Online

U.S. Health and Nutrition - Statistical Abstract of the United States [U.S.Census Bureau]
Statistics on health expenditures and insurance coverage, including Medicare and Medicaid, medical personnel, hospitals, nursing homes and other care facilities, injuries, diseases, disability status, nutritional intake of the population, and food consumption. Information available in .pdf format as well as in Excel spreadsheets.

World Health Organization - Data & Statistics

Current focus on environmental health. 7/11


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BioMedicine - the latest Biology and Medical News

Bio-Medicine is one of the Internet's leading online organizations and Web portals devoted to biology and medicine. The free, advertising-supported service brings you breaking news about the latest discoveries and hottest research projects in everything about biology and medicine. description from site

CDC - Podcasts at CDC
Browse podcasts by topic under the browse tab.

EurekAlert! Medicine & Health News [AAAS]

Browse current news in medicine & health or display subheadings within this area (Addiction through Vaccines). Multimedia Gallery has images, audio and video files.

Global Alert and Response (GAR) [World Health Organization]

A site to inform the public about health emergencies emphasizing the global impact of epidemic preparedness and response. The focus is clearly on a coordinated international effort to respond to epidemics and other public health emergencies in an expeditious and effective way, preventing outbreaks from spreading. The site offers updates on disease outbreaks, press briefings, and guidance documents for developing standardized approaches to responding to epidemic-prone diseases. The particular value of this site is in the overviews of a given public health concern in the form of time lines, official statements, and situation updates. FAQ section provides information on the severity of specific epidemics, vaccinations, travel advisories, and safety issues. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 11/09




MedlinePlus: News by Date [U.S. National Library of Medicine and NIH]
Health-related news articles from Reuters Health Information (latest 30 days) and HealthDay (latest 90 days), plus the most recent press announcements from major medical organizations.

National Institutes of Health News [U.S. Dept. of Health & Human Services]
The NIH is the primary Federal agency for conducting and supporting medical research. NIH scientists investigate ways to prevent disease as well as the causes, treatments, and even cures for common and rare diseases. News releases, pod and vodcasts, events, and more.

NewsWise MedNews  
Browse medical research news from the past 30 days. An inclusive approach to MedNews; if a story has clinical implications, it is posted to MedNews.

ScienceBlogs.com  [Seed Media Group]

Provides access to more than 70 blogs by selected leading bloggers from a wide variety of scientific disciplines. Excellent site organization enables users to easily browse or search for blogs, which are organized by ten channels of content: Life Science, Physical Science, Environment, Humanities and Social Science, Education and Careers, Politics, Medicine and Health, Brain and Behavior, Technology, and Last 24 Hours. ScienceBlogs staff do not edit the bloggers' work. Also includes direct links to the Science News section of The New York Times online. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 4/2009

ScienceDaily Health & Medicine News

A leading online magazine and Web portals devoted to science, technology, and medicine. The free, advertising-supported service brings you breaking news about the latest discoveries and hottest research projects in everything from astrophysics to zoology.

Science Friday [NPR]

Science reporter Ira Flatow hosts National Public Radio's weekly Science Friday program, which promotes his commercial Web site and in turn allows access to the program's segments on a variety of science subjects. Radio segments and their accompanying written synopsis on the site come directly from a review of recently published science books, journal literature, and publicized industry and government reports. Interviews with recognized authors or otherwise responsible parties are linked to this site. Includes podcasts, blogs, videos, Cool Stuff, info for teachers, and an Archive.



World Health News [Harvard School of Public Health]

A popular, informative online news digest of originally produced and international sources that proactively address public health issues. The site’s primary audience encompasses researchers, policy makers, journalists, and public health advocates and practitioners, but many featured sections (e.g., Cancer, Obesity, Aging, Reproductive Health, Research Round-Up) have general relevance for consumers. description from CHOICE Reviews Online 5/2009

Professional Medical Associations   back to top

American Dental Association

Information for dental professionals as well as the general public.

American Medical Association  
The AMA promotes professionalism in medicine and sets standards for medical education, practice, and ethics. This site includes news and events, information about policies and advocacy, the online edition of JAMA, and a variety of articles and resources.

MediLexicon - Medical Associations & Societies
Searchable list of medical and pharmaceutical associations worldwide. Find description, medical category, country, and link to website.

World Health Organization (WHO)

The directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system. It is responsible for providing leadership on global health matters, shaping the health research agenda, setting norms and standards, articulating evidence-based policy options, providing technical support to countries and monitoring and assessing health trends. Links to countries, data & statistics, health topics, and publications of WHO are provided.

Continuing Education - Medicine   back to top

AAMC Member Medical Schools
Association of American Medical Colleges addresses and website links.

U.S. News & World Report Ultimate Guide to Medical Schools, 4th ed., Sourcebooks, Inc., 2010.

Main Level, Reference: R 610.711 F525U

Ultimate Guide to Getting into Physician Assistant School, 3rd ed., McGraw-Hill Medical, c2011.

This is in the EBSCO eBook Collection, formerly NetLibrary.


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