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Core Resources for Nursing and Allied Health
Medical Directories and Search Engines:
HardinMeta Directory of Internet Health Sources
From the University of Iowa; lists of meta sites organized by subject and categorized by size.
Commercially produced medical search engine which allows searching by patients or by medical professionals. Includes databases, journals, news sources and associations and societies.
Intute: Health & Life Sciences (formerly known as OMNI)
Catalogs internet based medical resources in and outside of the U.K. using the National Library of Medicine classification system and MESH headings.
"The most comprehensive science-specific search engine available on the Internet ...[which] enables scientists, students and anyone searching for scientific information to chart and pinpoint data, locate university sites and find reports and articles quickly and easily."
Media: Medical images, videos, & tutorials online:
Online videos, images, and tutorials for Nursing and Allied Health
(Please remember that many images and videos available on the web are protected by copyright. If used in assignments, they should be properly cited.)
American Society of Hematology Image Bank (images)
"The American Society of Hematology (ASH) Image Bank is intended to serve as a comprehensive reference and teaching tool that is widely accessible to physicians and hematology students around the world."
AnatQuest: Anatomic Images Online (images)
The U.S. National Library of Medicine's Visible Human Project has produced high resolution cryosectional color images of human anatomy.
Guided Tour of the Visible Human (images)
A digital image library of volumetric data representing complete, normal adult male and female anatomy. Contains over 18,000 digitized sections of the human body.
Hardin MD: Medical Picture Gallery (images)
Gallery includes over 800 medical pictures. Includes a separate "free-to-use" collection of pictures that are not under copyright.
Health and Wellness Resource Center (videos)
(Note: You must log in to use this from off campus)
In addition to nursing and allied health articles, this library database contains videos! To find videos, do a search in the database, then click on the Video tab on your results list.
A repository of over 6,800 medical images and videos created by the Health on the Net Foundation (HON). HON is a well-respected not-for-profit portal to medical information on the Internet.
Innovations in Medical Education: Video Library (video- lectures)
"A collection of free, high quality videos of educational events that have taken place at the University of Wisconsin (UW) Health Sciences Learning Center."
Interactive Health Tutorials (interactive tutorials)
Via Medlineplus.gov. Using animated graphics, each tutorial explains a procedure or condition in easy-to-read language.
Medical Encyclopedia (images)
From Medlineplus.gov. Includes "over 4,000 articles about diseases, tests, symptoms, injuries, and surgeries. It also contains an extensive library of medical photographs and illustrations."
National Cancer Institute (NCI) Visuals Online (images)
Public access to 1,947 general biomedical and science-related images, cancer-specific scientific and patient care-related images, and portraits of directors and staff of the National Cancer Institute.
Public Health Image Library (PHIL) (images and video)
From the Centers for Disease Control. Each image, illustration, and video includes a description, additional information, and applicable Medical Subject Headings.
Stanford University Medical Center Health Hour (videos- lectures)
Videos feature "prominent doctors presenting cutting-edge research innovations on health... in order to assist people in making informed decisions about their health and health care."
Surgical Procedures (videos)
From Medlineplus.gov. Provides links to prerecorded webcasts of surgical procedures. These are actual operations performed at medical centers in the United States since January 2004.
University of Maryland Medical Center Audio/Video Library
"Browse through hundreds of videos and audio programs that cover a variety of topics. Many of the programs...feature University of Maryland Medicine experts speaking about areas they specialize in treating."
Medline(PubMed) Animated Tutorials
From the National Library of Medicine, a selection of animated tutorials on searching PubMed, searching the MeSH database, and more.
Career Voyages (videos)
(from the US Departments of Labor and Education)
View videos about various health care occupations, including respiratory therapist, dental hygienist, emergency medical technician, registered nurse, massage therapist, radiologic technologist, medical & clinical laboratory technologists, phlebotomist, physical therapy assistant.
Respiratory Therapy: Life and Breath videos (videos)
(from the American Association for Respiratory Care)
View videos on the roles and responsibilities of respiratory care pracitioners working in a variety of settings, including critical care, diagnostics, pediatrics, and more. Includes interviews with real-life therapists, students, and physicians.
Internet Pathology Laboratory for Medical Education: Pulmonary Pathology Index
(from the University of Utah Eccles Health Sciences Library)
110 pulmonary pathology images with short descriptions.
Lung and Respiratory System Review by Philip Daroca, MD
(Tulane University School of Medicine)
A collection of slide images of Pneumoconiosis, Lung Carcinoma, Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, Restrictive Pulmonary Disease, and Mediastinal and Upper Respiratory Tract.
Collections of Biomedical Links:
All Refer.com: Health
Parterning with A.D.A.M., Inc. to provide current, comprehensive, credible, physician-reviewed health care information, including photographs.
CDC (Centers for disease Control and Prevention)
Under the US Department of Health and Human Services, CDC collects and disseminates health information and data for the United States , works to educate the public about means of promoting health and preventing illness and with other health agencies and organizations to prevent the spread of infectious disease.
Authoritative information from a non-profit medical practice dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of virtually every type of complex illness.
Medical Reference for Non-medical Librarians
From the Denison Memorial Library at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center.
Medscape from WebMD
Timely, integrated, and credible health information, educational tools for managing health, and support for specialists, primary care physicians, and other health professionals.
MedlinePlus: Trusted Health Information for You
A collection of authoritative health information from the National Library of Medicine, the National Institute of Health, and other government agencies and health-related organizations. Includes drug information, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.
MEL: Health Information Resources
The Health, Medicine, & Wellness section of the Michigan eLibrary. Scroll down to Recommended Web Sites for annotated lists of evaluated web sites.
World Health Organization (WHO)
“WHO is the directing and coordinating authority for health within the United Nations system.…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.”
Evidence Based Practice:
ACP Journals Club
(Note: this resource is available from on campus only)
Selects and summarizes recent biomedical literature reporting original studies and systematic reviews.
Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality
Part of the Department of Health and Human Services. Includes a section on evidence-based practice, including research report summaries.
From Oxford U., a print and Internet journal about health care, using evidence-based medicine techniques to provide advice about particular treatments or diseases for health care professionals and consumers.
From the National Institutes of Health. Provides regularly updated information about federally and privately supported clinical research. Includes trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and contacts.
A international consortium devoted to reviewing the international medical research literature. Click on Cochrane Library to access the searchable database and abstracts.
Current Controlled Trials
A searchable metaregister of controlled trials including National Institutes of Health Clinical Trials.
Non-subscribers have access to tables of contents and abstracts.
Evidence Based Tutorial from UNC, Chapel Hill
See the links under Evidence Based Practice.
National Guideline Clearinghouse
A public resource for evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. NGC is an initiative of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHEQ), U.S. Dept. of Health and Human Services.
PEDro:The Physiotherapy Evidence Database
Abstracts of randomized controlled trials and systematic reviews in physiotherapy. Includes a tutorial on how to tell if clinical trials are valid and clinically useful.
"Access to the largest collection of 'evidence-based' material on the web as well as articles from premier on-line journals such as the BMJ, JAMA, NEJM etc."
User's Guides to Evidence Based Medicine
From the Centres for Health Evidence, guides to using the medical literature in clinical practice. Start by reading: How to use a clinical
Evidence Based Medicine Resources and Nursing Resources for
Evidence Based Practice
From the Medical College of Virginia at VCU. A great list of links covering everything from research designs and levels of evidence to clinical materials.
Occupational Outlook Handbook
Describes nature of work, working conditions, training, salary and job outlook for over 250 occupations. From the US Department of Labor.
Dictionaries and Abbreviations:
(Note: With the exception of MEDLINE, you must log in to use these indexes from off campus.)
(Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Index)
Index to journals.
Provides current awareness of new journal articles, which enables users to gain access to article citations that otherwise would not be available. Once the the articles are indexed, they are added to the CINAHL database and removed from Pre-CINAHL.
Health & Wellness Resource Center
Index to reference books, magazines, journals, newspapers, pamphlets, and videos. Searching is by keyword.
Health Reference Center Academic
Same magazine, journal and pamphlet content as above, but allows searching by subject headings as well as keyword. Includes some online media.
Extensive medical database from the National Library of Medicine PubMed or Cambridge Scientific Abstracts
(Note: You must log in to use the encyclopedias from off campus)
Medical Web Site Evaluation: