The Medical Section of the SLA Biomedical and Life Sciences Division

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Directories Discussion Lists Education
E-books E-journals Learning & Teaching Resources
Mobile Devices News Systematic Reviews


Alisha764’s Blog
David Rothman Blog
DBIO blog (Biomedical and Life Sciences Blog)
Dean Giustini’s The Search Principle Blog
Distant Librarian
Eagle Dawg
EBM and Clinical Support Librarians@UCHC
Emerging Technologies Librarian
e-Resources News (Univ of Saskatchewan)
Health Libraries News (Univ of Manitoba)
Krafty Librarian Blog
Laika’s MedLibLog
Librarians’ Rx (Ca)
MidContinental Region News
Sea Currents
Science Blog Channel: Life Sciences
Women’s Health News

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Biographical Information

AMA DoctorFinder
NLM’s Profiles in Science


Antibiotic Guide
ARGH: Biomedical Acronym Resolver extracted from Medline abstracts
BIOPHARMA Biopharmaceutical Products in the U.S. and European Markets. Please note: You have partial access to the Products database, and the Companies database.
Deja Vu: a Database of Highly Similar Medline Citations
eTBLAST: A text similarity-based engine for searching literature collections
PDQ® - NCI's Comprehensive Cancer Database


Eskind Biomedical Library Open BioSciences Information
Health Information (NIH)
HIV/AIDS from Kaiser Family Foundation website
Lab Tests Online

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Discussion Lists

Biomedical and life Sciences listserv
Canadian Health Libraries Association listserv - CANMEDLIB
Disaster-Outreach-Lib Listserv
MEDLIB-L Archives (Medical Library listserv)
MEDIBIB-L (Medical librarian listserv for professionals in Germany, Austria and Switzerland)

Education (CE)

Academy of Health Information Professionals
Health Sciences Librarianship Courses in ALA-Accredited School Programs
National Network of Libraries of Medicine (NN/LM): Training & Educational Opportunities
National Training Center and Clearinghouse (NTCC)
NN/LM Moodle


BookShelf at NCBI
Healthy People 2010
NLM's "Turning the Pages"
National Academies Press: Health and Medicine
UC Press E-Books Collection, 1982-2004

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BioMed Central
Company of Biologists
Free Medical Journals
Internet Scientific Publications
Public Library of Science (PLoS)
PubMed Central

Learning and Teaching Materials

Baylor College of Medicine CME provides free online CME courses in a wide range of specialties. Each course is reviewed annually. Credits range from 0.5 to 2 category 1 CME credits.
Carnegie Mellon University OpenCourseWare Open Learning Initiative from Carnegie Mellon University
Emergency Medicine CME -- LLSA: The emergency medicine specialty has shifted to the Lifelong Learning Self Assessment (LLSA) model of recertification. This resource provides links to the LLSA reading list and requirements.
Global HIV Tutorial Kim Boortz, policy analyst for the Kaiser Family Foundation, presents an overview of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic and the latest in data and trends. This narrated slide tutorial covers HIV/AIDS prevalence around the world and addresses the issue of access to Antiretroviral Treatment (ART) and prevention services in parts of the world. Key issues and challenges in addressing the global epidemic as well as global health funding are also discussed.
Harvard Medical School OpenCourseWare provides courses for the medical profession
Intute Tutorials (Virtual Training Suite, UK)

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Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health OpenCourseWare courses listed by department
Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) OpenCourseWare lists courses by departments
Medicine Board Review outlines medicine board review options including courses that offer Category 1 CME credits.
MedPix free CME Courses: Category 1 CME for physicians and CNE for nursing professionals from the Uniformed Services University. One hour of category 1 CME credit is awarded for every 4 "case of the week" completed and after filling out an online survey.
Merlot Health Sciences Portal
Microbiology and Immunology Online course offered by the University of South Carolina School of Medicine. Available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Albanian, and Farsi.
OpenCourseWare Consortium The OpenCourseWare Consortium is a worldwide community of hundreds of universities and associated organizations committed to advancing OpenCourseWare and its impact on global education.
Supercourse - Epidemiology, the Internet and Global Health
Tufts School of Medicine OpenCourseWare
Ultrasound CME free ultrasound CME courses offered by GE and Siemens
University of California, Berkeley OpenCourseWare webcast/podcast courses offered in video or audio
University of California, Irvine OpenCourseWare
University of California Television (UCTV) explores a broad spectrum of subjects of interest to a general audience, including health and medicine. The Med Ed Hour features a variety of medical programs aimed at physicians, nurses and other health care professionals who wish to expand their knowledge base and keep current on the latest research.
Yale University OpenCourseWare

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Mobile Devices

A-Z Free Mobile Device Resources (compiled by the Medical college of Wisconsin)
ePocrates RX: Free mobile drug and formulary reference.
Evernote is a free information manager that can handle everything from voice notes to clippings pulled from the web and will synchronize it across multiple devices. Works on nearly every computer, phone and mobile device.
Handheld Recommendations: for hardware and software (Dalhousie University Faculty of Medicine.)
Health Science Resources for Mobile Technologies (William H. Welch Medical Library, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine)
Journal of Mobile Informatics: Free e-journal, includes listserv info.
Labtimer is an Iphone and Ipad application featuring a count-up and alarming count-down multi-timer.
MedCalc: Medical calculator for mobile resources
Mobile Devices: Health Care Resources compiled by the Drexel University Health Sciences Libraries
Molecules is an application for the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad that allows you to view three-dimensional renderings of molecules and manipulate them using your fingers. New molecules can be downloaded from the RCSB Protein Data Bank, an international repository of biological molecules and their 3-D structures.
NLM Mobile: National Library of Medicine's resources available for PDA - includes MEDLINE database "MD on Tap".
PDA Applications (Cushing/Whitney Medical Library, Harvard University) Learning centre for new and experienced PDA users.
Spectrum Blog is devoted to documenting any and all topics relating to mobile learning, mobile library services, and mobile technologies.

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Medical section news
Healthline (Health Search Engine and Free Medical Information)
MLA Chapters News - Some chapters requires membership.
Nature News
National Network - Hospital Libraries Section of the MLA

Systematic Reviews

Definition: The purpose of a systematic review is to sum up the best available research on a specific question. This is done by synthesizing the results of several studies.A systematic review uses transparent procedures to find, evaluate and synthesize the results of relevant research. Procedures are explicitly defined in advance, in order to ensure that the exercise is transparent and can be replicated. This practice is also designed to minimize bias.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine is from Oxford (CEBM) . Their broad aim is to develop, teach and promote evidence-based health care and provide support and resources to doctors and health care professionals to help maintain the highest standards of medicine. From U.K.
Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD) is a department of the University of York and is part of the National Institute for Health Research. CRD undertakes high quality systematic reviews that evaluate the effects of health and social care interventions and the delivery and organization of health care.
Clinical Evidence is one of the world's most authoritative medical resources for informing treatment decisions and improving patient care.
The Cochrane Collaboration is an international, independent, not-for-profit organization of over 28,000 contributors from more than 100 countries, dedicated to making up-to-date, accurate information about the effects of health care readily available worldwide. Their contributors work together to produce systematic reviews of healthcare interventions, known as Cochrane Reviews, which are published online in The Cochrane Library. Cochrane Reviews are intended to help providers, practitioners and patients make informed decisions about health care, and are the most comprehensive, reliable and relevant source of evidence on which to base these decisions.

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The EPPI-Centre conducts systematic reviews across a range of topics and works with a large number of funders. It has links with two international collaborations concerned with policy-relevant reviews of research evidence: the Cochrane Collaboration in health care and the Campbell Collaboration . Major areas include: Education and Health Promotion.

EvidenceUpdates from the BMJ Evidence Centre: BMJ Group and McMaster University's Health Information Research Unit are collaborating to provide you with access to current best evidence from research, tailored to your own health care interests, to support evidence-based clinical decisions. This service is unique: all citations (from over 120 premier clinical journals) are pre-rated for quality by research staff, then rated for clinical relevance and interest by at least 3 members of a worldwide panel of practicing physicians.
National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM) This portal is tailored to fit the needs of all health care providers, including physicians, nurses and nurse practitioners, physician assistants, and CAM providers. It includes information on the safety and efficacy of a range of common health practices that lie outside of mainstream medicine -- natural products, such as dietary supplements, herbs, and probiotics, as well as mind-body practices such as meditation, chiropractic, acupuncture, and massage.
National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) A comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Search or browse by sponsoring agency or topic, or select sets of guidelines to compare. A key component of NGC is structured abstracts of guidelines. These structured abstracts include summaries of the methodology used to develop the guidelines. Produced by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, in partnership with the American Medical Association (AMA) and the American Association of Health Plans-Health Insurance Association of America.
PEDro: Physiotherapy Evidence Database PEDro is a free database of over 18,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
PubMed Clinical Queries use to find systematic reviews.
TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice.

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EBHC Search Strategies Wiki
EBM Librarian
UBC HealthLib Wiki
See Also List of Medical Wikis by David Rothman (last updated 1/21/2009)

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Archived Resources




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Rev. September 2015