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Web is becoming a major source of health care information. Computer networks in general and internet in particular are likely to play more important roles in the expulsive growth of information that leads to eruption of new journals and electronic databases. But for the healthcare professional and the health consumer, accessing accurate information on the web is very difficult.

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The Issue Features...
Sources of Information [ Jan.- Feb. 2019]
Vol.16 No.1 January & February 2019
•  Bibliographic databases
•  Full-Text Databases
•  Evidence-based information Database
•  Open Access Journals
•  Drug Information Databases
•  Apps List

•   Past Issues



  • PubMed, a service of the US National Library of Medicine (NLM) includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals dating back to the 1950s. PubMed includes links to full-text articles and other related resources and provide access to citations from Medline, Oldmedline, other journals in the field of medicine and life sciences, and links to NCBI's (National Centre for Biotechnology Information) integrated molecular biology databases including nucleotide sequences, protein sequences, 3-D protein structure data, population study data sets, and assemblies of complete genomes in an integrated system.


  • Embase.com is an integrated web-based service providing access to current, comprehensive and validated biomedical and pharmacological information. The user can navigate from citations to full text from the world's leading science, technical and medical publishers including: Elsevier Science Direct (including Cell Press), SpringerLink, Karger Online, Thieme-connect and CrossRef (via DOI).


  • Scopus is the largest abstract and citation database of research literature and quality web sources. It is designed to find the information scientists need. Quick, easy and comprehensive, Scopus provides superior support of the literature research process. Scopus offers over 15,000 peer-reviewed titles from more than 4,000 publishers, 500 open access journals, 700 conference proceedings, 600 trade publications, 29 million abstracts, 265 million references, added to all abstracts, Results from 265 million scientific web pages.


  • Web of Science provides you access to the most reliable, integrated, multidisciplinary research connected through linked content citation metrics from multiple sources within a single interface.


  • The ICMR-NIC Centre for Biomedical Information (Indian MEDLARS Centre) has designed and developed a bibliographic database from Indian biomedical literature. To start with, 75 prominent Indian journals have been selected to build up the database entitled IndMed. The coverage of database is from 1985. IndMed database covers prominent peer-reviewed Indian biomedical journals. Database is designed to provide medical professionals/researchers/ students and the medical library professional quick and easy access to Indian literature.


  • Union Catalogue of Biomedical Periodicals has been compiled by Medical Council of India. The catalogue is a database of the serials holdings of major medical libraries in the country and serves as an important information tool for locating journals of interest in any library in India. The database of 180 libraries is regularly updated and can be accessed by users free of cost.



  • ScienceDirect is one of the largest online collections of published scientific research in the world. Elsevier's full-text platform, Science Direct, now offers over a quarter of the world's STM articles integrated with a growing range of authoritative books, including reference works, handbooks and book series. More than 2,000 journals and hundreds of books from Elsevier Science including prestigious titles such as The Lancet, Cell, Tetrahedron Letters, the Handbooks in Economics Series and the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioural Sciences are available on ScienceDirect.


  • MDConsult brings the leading medical resources together into one integrated online service to help physicians efficiently find answers to pressing clinical questions and make better treatment decisions. A service of Elsevier, a world leader in health care and medical science publishing. MDConsult now serves over 2,80,000 users and is licensed by more than 1,700 health care organizations worldwide. The complete text of over 50 leading medical reference books. Users can search the entire collection simultaneously to pinpoint the specific information needed. Also, available is over 50,000 high-quality images. Full-text articles are available through a powerful search engine that includes the complete contents of over 80 journals and clinics of North America articles.


  • EBSCO is a worldwide leader in providing access to information and management solutions through print and electronic journal subscription services, research database development and production, online access to more than 150 databases and thousands of ejournals, a full-featured OpenUrl link resolver, and e-commerce book procurement. EBSCO provides interconnected web-based products and services to allow users seamless access to services from EBSCO's integrated divisions. Many secondary databases (such as MEDLINE) are also available via EBSCO host with links to full-text articles in e-journals. EBSCO host now offers more than 100 databases, including some of the world's best known secondary databases, such as CINAHL, MEDLINE, PsycINFO, and many more.

  • OVID

  • Ovid technologies is an internationally recognised leader of electronic medical, scientific, and academic research information solutions. Ovid supports the diverse research needs of its 13 million users worldwide-academic, medical, corporate professionals, and students seeking fast, accurate answers to important questions. Ovid helps make research smarter, faster, and more effective by providing powerful information search and discovery platforms (Ovid Gateway and SilverPlatter) to access premier electronic content, including a list of 1,200 journals, over 500 books, and more than 200 databases, with innovative technology tools and specialised services to browse, search, retrieve, and analyze critical information.


  • MedIND is a single point resource of peer-reviewed Indian biomedical literature covering full text of IndMED journals. It has been designed to provide quick and easy access through searching or browsing.



  • ClinicalKey is the clinical search engine that thinks and works the way you do by adapting to your schedule, workflow preferences and information needs, making it easier for you to find and apply relevant knowledge quickly.


  • UpToDate, the evidence-based clinical decision support resource from Wolters Kluwer, is trusted at the point of care by clinicians worldwide.


  • DynaMed is a clinical reference tool which provides fast, easy access to the latest evidence-based information. Most clinical information resources are online textbooks written by experts who make recommendations based on opinion and experience, rather than on empirical evidence. DynaMed is different. It’s a tool that has been developed by a community of clinicians who synthesize the evidence and provide objective analysis in an easily-digestible format.



  • This site provides links to more than 1,300 medical journals available on the internet for free. This collection of medical journals include materials for the scholarly researcher and for the general public.


  • Priory Medical Journals are the world's first web-based medical journals. The first of their medical journals was Psychiatry On-Line. Each medical journal is available free to all. This is an independent set of medical journals devoted to research papers, review papers and other original works.


  • Public Library of Science is a non-profit organisation of scientists and physicians committed to making the world's scientific and medical literature a freely available public resource.


  • BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. BioMed Central views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings.


  • Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) covers free, full text scientific and scholarly journals. There are now 2618 journals in the directory. Currently 788 journals are searchable at article level. As of today 130014 articles are included in the DOAJ service.


  • PubMed Central (PMC) is free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal of National Institutes of Health (NIH) of the US. Full-text databases of biomedical and life sciences are available through the US National Library of Medicine.


  • Medknow Publications is the largest publisher in India for academic and scientific biomedical journals. Medknow pioneers in 'fee-less-free' model of OA publishing and provides immediate free access to the electronic editions of the journals without charging the author or author's institution for submission, processing or publication of the articles. Medknow, with over 40 print and online journals provides immediate free access to the full text of articles.


  • Health Books provides links to free electronic books available on different aspects of medical sciences.


  • Free Books is dedicated to the promotion of free access to medical books over the internet.


  • World Health Organisation is 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.



  • The Iowa Drug Information Service (IDIS/Web) is a database of index records of articles about drugs and drug therapy in humans taken from over 200 peer-reviewed English language journals. Among the areas covered are pharmacy and pharmacology, general and internal medicine, infectious disease and immunology, transplant, cardiovascular, rheumatology, microbiology, geriatrics, and endocrinology. The complete articles are also available online (1997 onwards). This database is designed by the Division of Drug Information Service (DDIS ), University of Iowa, USA to retrieve specific information concerning a drug and/or drug treatment of a disease state. Authoritative publications have been selected to provide broad coverage of both general and specialty areas of pharmacy and medicine.


  • Micromedex Healthcare Series is unsurpassed in terms of scope and reliability when clinical information is needed. The actionable information provided by Micromedex spans drugs, diseases, acute care, toxicology, alternative medicines, as well as a comprehensive tool to educate patients. Having all of this in a clutter-free, easy-to-navigate interface saves clinicians time and promotes best practices. 92 Desidoc Jl. Lib. Inf. Technol., 2008, 28(2)


  • MedlinePlus from the National Library of Medicine, the US offers consumers accurate and current medical information about specific diseases and conditions, including drug information. Other offerings on this content rich site include health news, a dictionary, directories to find doctors, dentists and hospitals, interactive tutorials, clinical trials and surgery videos.


  • MedicinesComplete provides online access to some of the world's leading drug and healthcare References. This also provides online access to American Hospital Formulary Service drug information; British national formulary; BNF for children; Clarke's analysis of drugs and poisons; dietary supplements; herbal medicines; Martindale: the complete drug reference; MeReC bulletins; pharmaceutical excipients; Stockley's drug interactions; Stockley's nteraction alerts. MedicinesComplete is published by Pharmaceutical Press, the publications division of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain.



  • These mobile applications are designed to make resources more accessible to professionals practicing in the field. They also work really well as study materials while you are waiting on a bus or a plane. These apps designed for iPhones can generally be viewed on iPads as well. This collection of apps was compiled with the help of two Web sites.


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