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  • PubMed Plus (Penn Only)  
  • MEDLINE (complete file)
    The premier database for bibliographic coverage of biomedical literature. MEDLINE encompasses information from Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing Index, as well as other sources of coverage in the areas of allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science as they relate to medicine and health care, communication disorders, population biology, and reproductive biology. Resources in all languages are represented.
    EMBASE provides current and comprehensive information on drugs and pharmacology, and all other aspects of human medicine and related disciplines. The database covers over 2,000 biomedical titles not currently offered by MEDLINE.
  • Scopus
    Indexes most peer reviewed journals in science, technology, and medicine, and many in the social sciences, arts, and humanities. Scopus also includes a number of trade publications and conference papers, and can perform author and affiliation searching.
  • Web of Science
    Indexes journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Allows for cited reference searching.

Key Hlth & Life Sci Databases

  • AccessAnesthesiology
    Online compendium of medical resources, including procedural videos, Custom Curriculum, search functionality, and quick reference tables and charts which offers tools for resident education and certification/recertification in pain management, critical care, and perioperative medicine
  • AccessMedicine
    Inncludes access to Harrison's Online, Current Medical Diagnosis and Treatment, other core medical texts, Lange clinical review library, USMLE review, drug information, patient education, and many more resources.
  • Ageline
    Aging and middle age from an interdisciplinary perspective. Topics include: psychology, economics, sociology, gerontology, and health.
    Covers agriculture, agronomy, animal science, breeding, dairy science, farm management, food and nutrition, and zoology.
  • AGRICOLA - free
    Covers agriculture, agronomy, animal science, breeding, dairy science, farm management, food and nutrition, and zoology.
  • AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine) Database  
    Includes complementary ("alternative") medicine (CAM) and palliative care.
  • BCC Research
    Comprehensive market research reports in the areas of Biotechnology, Energy and Resources, Healthcare and Pharmaceuticals.
  • CAB Abstracts  
    International coverage of veterinary medicine, agriculture, forestry and related bio-science fields.
  • CAB Abstracts (complete)  
    International coverage of veterinary medicine, agriculture, forestry and related bio-science fields.
  • Cancer Mondial (World Cancer Statistics)
    Access to information on the occurrence of cancer world-wide held by the Unit of Descriptive Epidemiology at the International Agency for Research on Cancer.
  • CDC Wonder - Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
    Database of reports, guidelines, and numeric public health data by mortality, natality, disease and demographic groups.
  • CINAHL/ Nursing  
    Authoritative coverage of nursing and allied health literature.
  • ClinicalKey
    A clinical search engine. Searches clinically related material produced by Elseiver. Replaces MDConsult. Access includes full text textbooks, Clinics of North America, full text journals, practice guidelines, drug information and patient education.
  • Cochrane Library
    Regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases.
  • CogNet
    Repository for current and topical electronic resources in cognitive science and its six core areas: philosophy of mind, computational intelligence, cognitive psychology, linguistics, neuroscience, and cognitive anthropology.
  • Consultant - Vet Diagnostic Support
    Veterinary diagnostic support system used to suggest possible diagnoses or causes for clinical signs and symptoms and provides a brief synopsis of the diagnosis/cause.
  • DynaMed Plus
    Clinical reference tool created for use primarily at the point-of-care, with clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,000 topics.
    Covers biomedical literature. Includes coverage of over 1,800 biomedical titles not offered by Medline/PubMed
  • Environment Abstracts  
    Principal bibliographic abstracting service for the scholarly, professional, and policy literatures on the environment.
  • Exam Master Online Medical Board Review (USMLE, Certification, etc.)
    Online board review tool for the USMLE, NBDE, NAPLEX, PANCE/PANRE and medical certifications in Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, Pediatrics, SPEX, Surgery, and Urgent Care. This tool enables students to take practice exams and provides detailed explanations.
  • GlobalData Medical (aka Medical eTrack)
    Focused on the medical device and medical equipment industries, Medical eTrack provides information about companies, product pipelines, clinical trials, deals and procedure information.
  • Global Health
    Content covers: public health, tropical and communicable diseases, nutrition, helminthology, entomology and mycology.
  • HEAL (Health Education Assets Library)
    Digital repository that allows medical educators to discover, download, and re-use over 22,000 medical education resources
  • Health and Psychosocial Instruments
    Access to information on measurement instruments in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science.
  • Healthcare Cost and Utilization Project
    Aggregate national statistics and trends and selected state statistics about hospital stays, using data from the Nationwide Inpatient Sample, the Kids' Inpatient Database, and the State Inpatient Databases for States that participate.
  • HealthSTAR/OVID Healthstar  
    Indexes published literature on health services, technology, administration, and research. Focused on both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery.
  • ISI Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
    Journal comparison by accumulating and tabulating citation and article counts. Includes Impact Factor, Immediacy Index, Cited Half-Life, Citing Half-Life, etc.
  • JAMAevidence
    Helps identify the best available evidence by providing guides to the systematic consideration of the validity, importance, and applicability of claims about the assessment of health problems and the outcomes of health care.
  • Joanna Briggs Institute EBP Database (OVID)
    An online gateway to a collection of evidence-based resources and tools designed to assist in the clinical decision-making process and to support best practice.
  • MEDLINE (complete file)
    Premier database for bibliographic coverage of biomedical literature. Ovid Interface
  • MEDLINE In-Process and Other Non-Indexed Citations  
    NLM's in-process database for MEDLINE. New records are added daily (OVID Interface)
  • MedlinePlus
    Consumer health resources
  • Mental Measurements Yearbook
    Descriptive information and reviews of English-language test instruments. Selected subject areas include achievement, behavior assessment, development, education, intelligence and scholastic aptitude, neuropsychology, personality, reading, science, and sensory motor skills.
  • Merck Index Online
    The Merck Index Online is an encyclopedia of chemical substances, including human and veterinary drugs, biologicals and natural products. It contains more than 10,000 monographs. Compounds are selected on the basis of present or historic importance and interest.
  • Micromedex
    Suite of databases providing fulltext drug and substance data.
  • NCBI - National Center for Biotechnology
    National resource for molecular biology information. Use portal to search all the databases maintained by NCBI. GenBank, Protein, Structure, OMIM, Nucleotide, Genome, PopSet, and Taxonomy.
    NIH Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool Expenditures and Results
  • OVID Multi-Database Searching
    Searches multiple databases simultaneously using OVID Interface. Deduping available.
  • Primal Pictures Interactive Anatomy
    Interactive multi-media overview of human anatomy. Features three-dimensional animations that show function, biomechanics, and surgical procedures.
  • Primatelit Database  
    Bibliographic access to the scientific literature on nonhuman primates.
  • Proquest Dissertations and Theses Fulltext (formerly Dissertation Abstracts)
    Indexing (since 1861) and abstracting (since 1980) for doctoral-level dissertations completed at North American universities. Page images or fulltext of all available dissertations - including Penn dissertations - from 1997 to present, with some earlier dissertations. Dissertations from selected European universities are also listed. Selected master's theses are included since 1988.
  • PsycINFO
    Indexes literature in psychology and related fields.
  • PsycTests
    A repository for the full text of psychological tests and measures as well as a rich source of structured information about the tests. A wide variety of test types are included in PsycTESTS, including achievement and aptitude tests, intelligence tests, tests of cognitive functioning, occupational tests, personality tests, and more.
  • PsycTherapy
    A database of streaming psychotherapy demonstration videos featuring some of the most renowned therapists in North America working with participants on a host of therapeutic topics.
  • PubMed Central
    Free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature
  • PubMed Plus (Penn Only)  
    NLM's public access version to Medline, the premier database for biomedical literature.
  • Reaxys  
    Web-based interface to the Beilstein organic and Gmelin inorganic data, as well as the Elsevier Patent Chemistry Database
  • Scopus
    Indexes peer reviewed journals in science, technology, and medicine.
  • Sociological Abstracts
    Covers sociology, case work, demographics, policy studies, political science, family studies, feminist studies, and social security programs.
  • Springer Protocols
    Subscription-based electronic database of reproducible laboratory protocols in the Life and Biomedical Sciences.
  • Toxnet
    Collection of government databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals and related areas.
  • Trip
    A clinical search engine designed to find and use high-quality research evidence to support practice and/or care. Search results contain evidence-based synopses, systematic reviews, guidelines, core primary research and more.
  • U.S. Pharmacopeia National Formulary
    Source for FDA enforceable quality standards for drugs, dietary supplements, excipients, procedures for tests, assays, analytical methods, and more.
  • Ucentral / Unbound Medicine
    Portal to medical information including Medline, journal table of contents, e-book content (Clinical Evidence, A-Z Drug facts).
  • UpToDate
    (ONLY accessible from UPHS and School of Medicine locations, NO remote access) UpToDate is a practical clinical reference designed to provide instant access to the information you need. It is comprised of thousands of original to
  • Visual DX
    Web-based tool for supporting the clinical decision-making process by enhancing diagnostic accuracy
  • Web of Science
    Indexes journals in the sciences, social sciences, and arts and humanities. Allows for cited reference searching.
  • WILDPro
    Provides information on the natural history, health and management of captive and free-ranging wild animals.

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