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Subject guide: Medicine

Acland Anatomy Online

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Description: Acland Anatomy Online is made up of high quality videos of Human Anatomy. The resource uses fresh, unembalmed specimens that retain the color, texture, mobility--and beauty--of the living human body. Videos may be browsed by structure or discovered by a search.  Links can be made to specific points of relevance in the videos. A concise synchronized narration runs throughout the program and transcripts are available for download. There are self-assessment exams covering all topics.


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Description: Data from 500 international health care journals held by the British Library supplemented by relevant records from Medline. Subjects covered include: acupuncture, homeopathy, palliative care, occupational therapy and holistic treatments.
Coverage: 1885 - present.
Additional information: NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network
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Description: A multimedia 3D anatomy learning resource with interactive modules, animations and quizes on organs, regions of the body, or anatomical systems.
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Indexing and abstracting tool covering health, social services, psychology, sociology, economics, politics, race relations and education. Updated monthly, ASSIA provides a comprehensive source of social science and health information for the practical and academic professional. It contains records from over 500 journals published in 16 different countries, including the UK and US.

Detailed information about ASSIA

Coverage: 1987-present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users:  The Knowledge Network

BioMed Central

Access information: Free access on and off-campus from
Description: An independent publishing house committed to providing open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. The University of Edinburgh is a member.
Coverage: Portfolio of 291 journals.
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Description: The electronic version of Biological Abstracts for information about contents of journals, meetings, patents, and books in the life sciences and biomedical research. Covers pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies.
Coverage: 1926 to present.
Additional Information: Detailed information about BIOSIS Citation Index
Access information: On campus and mobile access.
Description: BMJ Best Practice is a point of care tool from BMJ Evidence Centre designed to support clinical decision making from diagnosis to treatment. The latest research evidence, guidelines and expert opinion are combined in a single source and presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis
Notes: You need to create an account and type the insitutional number - see link above.

BMJ Case Reports

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Description: BMJ Case Reports delivers a peer-reviewed collection of cases in all disciplines so that healthcare professionals, researchers and others can easily find clinically important information on common and rare conditions.
Notes: An access code is required to upload any new Case Reports - see link above.

BMJ Learning

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Remote access End users should register for the first time within the IP range of the institution – after this they can access the information remotely with their newly created user name and password. If a user has previously used a BMJ Product they will need to log in with their existing user name and password, within the IP range, to refresh the account. If you cannot remember your password please click the forgotten password link on the website.
Description BMJ Learning offers online, accredited and peer reviewed learning sessions in text, video, and audio formats for students, doctors and other healthcare professionals. All modules are based on the latest available evidence and are sorted by profession and specialty and can be stored in a personal BMJ portfolio.

CAB Abstracts

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Description: CAB Abstracts is the world's leading agricultural database. Find journals, books, conferences and reports. It covers significant research and development literature in the fields of animal and crop husbandry, animal and plant breeding, plant protection, genetics, forestry, veterinary medicine, aspects of human health, human nutrition, rural development, leisure and tourism and the management and conservation of natural resources.
Coverage: 1910-present.

Chinese Science Citation Index

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Description: Information on more than 3 million articles with 17 million citations, covering the contents of over 1,000 core Chinese journals. Subject areas include mathematics, physics, chemistry, astronomy, geology, biology, agriculture, engineering, medicine, health, and environmental science.
Note: The database platform is in Chinese. However, it is also searchable in English because many articles have an English abstract.
Coverage: 1989 onwards.

CINAHL Plus- Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature

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Covers 4,175 nursing, allied health, biomedicine, behavioural science, education and consumer health journal sand a wide range of other material including books, dissertations, educational software and audiovisual material. Abstracts and alerts are available.

Detailed information about CINAHL

Coverage: From 1937.
Help: Online tutorial
Additional Information: NHS Staff and other authorised users:The Knowledge Network

Cochrane Library

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Used to inform the practice of evidence based medicine. Cochrane includes the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness, the Cochrane Review Methodology Database and the Cochrane Controlled Trials Register. Updated quarterly. Note: Access from The National Electronic Library for Health ended 2 January 2005.

Detailed information about the Cochrane Library

CSH ( Cold Spring Harbour) Protocols

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Cold Spring Harbor Protocols is an interdisciplinary journal providing a definitive source of research methods in cell, developmental and molecular biology, genetics, bioinformatics, protein science, computational biology, immunology, neuroscience and imaging.

Each monthly issue details multiple essential methods-a mix of cutting-edge and well-established techniques. Newly commissioned protocols and unsolicited submissions are supplemented with articles based on Cold Spring Harbor Laboratory’s renowned courses and manuals.

All protocols are up-to-date and presented in a consistent, easy-to-follow format.


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Description: DynaMed is a clinical reference tool which provides fast, easy access to the latest evidence-based information. An indispensable resource for valid, relevant and convenient content, DynaMed includes clinically-organized summaries for thousands of topics. It is also updated several times daily as new evidence becomes available, supplying healthcare professionals with the information they need to make the best-informed decisions at the point of care.
Trial ends: 30/06/2016
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Description: Contains over 180,000 titles (200,000 volumes) published during the 18th Century, covering a range of subjects including history, literature, religion, law, fine arts, and science. The full text of the collection is searchable, from books and directories, Bibles, sheet music and sermons to advertisements.
Coverage: 18th Century.

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The Excerpta Medica database, a major pharmacological and biomedical literature database covering about 3,300 journals from110 countries. Covers mainly journal literature (plus some book reviews and conference proceedings) with strong coverage of European journals.

Detailed information about EMBASE

Coverage: From 1980 to date.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network

Global Health (CABI)

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Description: Covers human health and disease, including communicable diseases, tropical diseases, parasitic diseases and parasitology, nutrition, community and public health, and medicinal and poisonous plants., from more than 16,000 journals as well as books and grey literature (dissertations, conferences, patents, standards, annual reports, etc.) from more than 130 countries.
Coverage: 1910 to present.
Access information: Access free.
Description: Global Health Library is promoted and led by the World Health Organisation (WHO), , with the aim of connecting and promoting worldwide health information particularly in developing regions.

Henry Stewart Talks - Biomedical and Life Sciences

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Description: Biomedical and Life Sciences Collection of over 550 seminar style talks by leading world experts. All of the seminars have been specially commissioned from leading scientists and are presented in a user-friendly format of animated slides with synchronized narration.

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US National Library of Medicine database, covering worldwide medical literature including research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues and health care services. Corresponds to three printed indexes - Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature and International Nursing Index. Covers 3,200 journals published in the USA and about 70 other countries.

Detailed information about Medline

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?

Coverage: From 1966 to date.
Help: For user guides applicable to all Ovid databases click on the Help icon in the 'Choose a database' screen. For more detailed descriptions of all searchable fields in Medline, along with sample searches, click on the Information icon next to Medline in the Choose a database screen.
NHS staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network
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Description: Electronic community for the cognitive and brain sciences, which includes the full text of major reference works and over 250 MIT Press cognitive science books, full text of MIT Press journals in the field of cognitive and brain sciences, as well as a growing collection of other relevant books, journals and reference works from other participating publishers.

Nursing Reference Center Plus

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Description: Master nursing best practices with the premier source for evidence-based information designed specifically for nurses. Unmatched in scope, nurses use Nursing Reference Center Plus to get answers to questions quickly, access care plans, watch video demonstrations, strengthen nursing skills, earn continuing education credits and much more. Content Includes, Core measures topics, Nursing care plans, Nursing management and leadership topics, Regulatory and risk management topics, Nursing skills checklists, Videos and images, Continuing education modules, Patient education handouts and Nursing reference books.
Trial ends: 30/06/2016.
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Access information: Free access on and off-campus from National Center for Biotechnology Information.
Description: A dynamic, online version of the catalogue of human genes and genetic disorders created by Dr. Victor A. McKusick hosted by the National Center for Biotechnology Information. Gene descriptions have links to article records in PubMed, sequence records, maps, and related databases.
Access information: Available from PathCAL (Choose Login via your home institution).
Description: Database of web-based tutorials designed to help students understand the basic pathological principles of disease by exploiting techniques in learning psychology.
  They can be used by beginners for learning the subject for the first time or by more advanced students for review and self-assessment.
  The tutorials were written and developed by experienced university teachers over the last ten years and have been subsequently edited and enhanced by both staff and students.
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Description: The database indexes physical education literature, including peer-reviewed journals, report literature, conference proceedings, trade magazines, patents, articles from the popular press, and many other publications. The database is updated monthly.
Coverage: From 1970 onwards.

 Primal Pictures - see entry for Anatomy TV

Found include article with no content reference.


Access information: Freely available from International Society for Infectious Diseases
Description: The Program for Monitoring Emerging Diseases is a current awareness tool with a database archive, recording infectious disease outbreaks and acute human exposure to toxins. It is produced by the International Society for Infectious Diseases, and contains reports from official sources, the media, observers and others, investigated by experts before inclusion.
Coverage: 1994 to present.
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Description: Millions of searchable citations to worldwide dissertation and theses. Around 70,000 new dissertations and theses added annually.
Coverage: Simple bibliographic citations are available for dissertations dating from 1637.  Each dissertation published since July, 1980 includes a 350-word abstract written by the author. Master's theses published since 1988 include 150-word abstracts.
Full-text: 1997 to date, with selected coverage from earlier years.  Full text for certain publications is subject to market availability.
Note: Index to Theses has been asbsorbed into this product since January 2015.

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American Psychological Association produced with citations and summaries of journal articles, book chapters, books and technical reports, as well as citations to dissertations, all in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines.

Detailed information about PsycINFO

Coverage: Journal coverage, from 1806 to the present, includes international material selected from more than 2,400 journals written in over 25 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material from 1987 to the present.
NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network
Access information: Free service of the National Library of Medicine (U.S.A.).

Includes over 14 million citations for biomedical articles back to the 1950's. These citations are from MEDLINE and additional life science journals. PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources.

MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different?

Additional information: Accessing full-text papers

Rehabilitation Reference Center

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Description: This evidence-based, point-of-care resource is for physical therapists, occupational therapists, speech therapists and rehabilitation professionals. With Rehabilitation Reference Center, therapists can access the most current information in their specialty so they can provide the best care to their patients. Content Includes, nearly 800 clinical reviews, nearly 100 research instruments, information from AHFS on over 11,700 drugs and their manufacturers, more than 9,800 exercise images, key reference handbooks, more than 3,000 relevant patient education topics in both English and Spanish, breaking news and relevant clinical updates.
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Description: Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources. Covers over 20,000 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage: For some subject areas, from the 1820s onwards.
Note: The University of Edinburgh's Affiliation ID is 60027272 (used for configuring Papers 3 for Mac to work with Scopus).
Note: If you receive broken link errors to Scopus content in DiscoverED while off campus, use the VPN for off campus access instead

SPORTDiscus with Full Text

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Description: Covers serial and monographic literature in sport, recreation, exercise physiology, sports medicine, coaching, physical fitness, the psychology, history and sociology of sport, training, and conditioning. Full text is available for 550 titles.
Coverage: From 1949.
Additional information: NHS Staff and other authorised users: The Knowledge Network


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Description: The TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. Registered users (registration is free) benefit from extra features such as CPD, search history and collaborative tools.
Coverage: Simultaneously searches evidence-based sources of systematic reviews, practice guidelines, and critically appraised topics and articles. Also searches MEDLINE's Clinical Queries, medical image databases, e-textbooks, and patient information leaflets.
Access information: Access on and off campus.  To register for the mobile app, click Login/Register link and register as a new user.  Once registered, you can install the UpToDate Mobile App on up to two devices.
Description: UpToDate Anywhere is an evidence-based knowledge system authored by physicians to help clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care. Content is continually updated and is based on the latest evidence; it undergoes a rigorous editorial process and is written by a global community of 5,100 physicians, world-renowned experts in their specialties. UpToDate also includes basic patient information for c.150 medical conditions.

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Web of Science Core Collection

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Citations and abstracts to millions of journal articles and conference proceedings from all subjects. Impact factors, h-indexes and email alerts available.

Detailed information about Web of Science


Citation Indexes: Science and Social Sciences (both 1900 onwards), Arts & Humanities (1975 onwards), Conference Proceedings in Science and Social Science & Humanities (both 1990 onwards), Books in Science and Social Sciences & Humanities (both 2005 onwards). KCI-Korean Journal Database (1980 onwards), SciELO Citation Index (1997 onwards).

Chemical Indexes: Current Chemical Reactions (1986 onwards), Institut National de la Propriete Industrielle structure data (1840 onwards), Index Chemicus (1993 onwards).


Finding articles which have in their reference lists a work you found useful ('cited reference searching'): 

Cited Reference Searching (pdf)


Journal Citation Reports: 

Impact Factors (pdf)

Access information Available on and off campus.
Description 400 early printed works that trace the history and development of science and medicine from the 15th, 16th and 17th centuries and cover subjects from anatomy and botany to witchcraft and the occult
Coverage 15th - 17th century.

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