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Medicine

Subject guide: Medicine

AccessMedicine

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

AccessMedicine is an online platform providing 100+ medical textbooks, 1000+ quiz questions, self-assessment flashcards, 700+ video or audio clips, 30k+ images, clinical case vignettes, and other material to support students in biomedical sciences and clinical training. The AccessMedicine app gives offline access to clinical reference sources: Quick Medical Dx & Rx, Fitzpatrick's Color Atlas of Clinical Dermatology, Diagnosaurus, Guide to Diagnostic Tests (download app from http://www.unboundmedicine.com/accessmedicine - requires MyAccess registration on AccessMedicine website).

 

Acland Anatomy Online

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: High quality videos of Human Anatomy which use fresh, unembalmed specimens to retain the colour, texture and mobility of the living human body. Search or browse by structure.  Links can be made to specific points of relevance in the videos. A concise synchronised narration runs throughout and transcripts are available for download. There are self-assessment exams covering all topics.

 

AMED

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
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

 

American Academy of Ophthalmology eBook collections

Access information:

Access on and off campus. For off-campus access please use the University VPN - Access to the University network via the VPN.

Description:

This ebook collection from the American Academy of Ophthalmology includes: the Basic and Clinical Science Course (BCSC) containing 13 volumes of ophthalmic reference texts, with new editions published annually; Focal Points, the publication series of clinical practice perspectives on current topics with new issues published monthly; and in addition, a number of textbooks published by AAO.

Notes:

 All content can be downloaded for personal use using the iPublishCentral Reader iPad app / iPublishCentral Reader Android app. Printing is unavailable.

 

Access Information: Access on and off campus
Description: A multimedia 3D anatomy learning resource with interactive modules, animations and quizzes on organs, regions of the body, or anatomical systems.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

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 www.biomedcentral.com
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.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus. Not working? Try clearing your cookies. Or, use Alternative login (with the VPN service if off campus) and choose BIOSIS Citation Index from "All Databases" drop down menu
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 or off campus and mobile app 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: Further instructions on mobile app installation at http://bestpractice.bmj.com/info/app/ please note the library has set up IP address and/or Shibboleth authentication.

 

BMJ Case Reports

Access information: Access on campus.
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

Access information On campus and off campus (off campus users: see initial access notes below)
Remote access Initial access: You need to create your own BMJ login for this resource, using either a computer on campus or if you are off campus using the Virtual Private Network (VPN), to register for the first time. After this you can access the information with your user name and password without needing to be on campus or using the VPN. If you already have a BMJ account, you will need to log in with your existing user name and password, either with VPN or on campus, to refresh the account. If you cannot remember your password please click the forgotten password link on the website.  How to set up VPN: http://www.ed.ac.uk/is/vpn
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

Access information: Access (on and off-campus).
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.

 

CINAHL Plus- Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature

Access information: Access on and off campus. 
Description:

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

 

ClinicalKey

Access information:

Access on and off campus

Description:

ClinicalKey (from Elsevier) is a clinical search engine that helps health professionals make decisions anywhere, anytime, in any patient scenario.  ClinicalKey’s Smart Search saves time by preventing unnecessary extra searches.  ClinicalKey allows you to access the latest (indexed daily), most evidence-based answers in every medical and surgical speciality and contains the fulltext of Elsevier e-journals, e-books as well as videos, images and guidelines.

Note: Videos cannot be downloaded for offline viewing.  Additional institution login is required to download e-book chapter PDFs.
Coverage: See https://elsevierresources.com/clinicalkey/clinicalkey/content/

 

Cochrane Clinical Answers

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane systematic reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews.

 

 

 

Cochrane Interactive Learning

Access information: Access on and off-campus. Initial registration must be on campus or via VPN - see notes.
Description: Self-paced learning modules on the full process for conducting systematic reviews according to Cochrane Collaboration guidance. The content is created by systematic review methods experts. There are nine modules presented using text and multi-media, and including self-assessment in the form of exercises and quizzes. Your progress through the modules is recorded so that you can see what you’ve completed and pick up where you left off. For more information please see http://training.cochrane.org/interactivelearning/about 
Notes:

The first time you use this resource, you need to register to create account so that your progress may be recorded. To register, you need to be on the University network, or to use the Virtual Private Network (VPN). Access to the University network via the VPN.

There is a two-stage registration process – if you already have a Cochrane account, you can skip the first step:

  1. Create your Cochrane account using this link: https://account.cochrane.org/public/signup.jsp  You’ll then need to activate your account by clicking a link in an email sent to you.
  2. After you’ve activated your account, use this link : http://training.cochrane.org/interactivelearning  to login and register for the Interactive Learning modules with your Cochrane account.

Cochrane Library

Access information: Access on and off campus. 
Description:

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.

Detailed information about the Cochrane Library

 

CSH ( Cold Spring Harbour) Protocols

Access information: Access (on and off campus)
Description:

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.

 

Complete Anatomy by 3D4Medical

Access information: Access on and off campus (requires application to be downloaded - see notes for instructions)
Description:

Interactive 3D anatomy learning resource. Complete Anatomy includes: layering of anatomical elements; interactive labelling; animations; quizzes and other tools.

*Please note that the in-app Courses are not included in the Library subscription*

Notes: In order to gain access, you need to register while on campus, or if you are off-campus with Virtual Private Network (VPN) enabled. To get started, 
  1. download the Complete Anatomy 2018 app via the Apple, Microsoft or Google app stores.
  2. open the app and select the Profile icon.
  3. select Register for free.
  4. Register in-app while on-campus or using VPN while off-campus. After registration, the app may be used off-campus without VPN.
To set up the VPN on your device, see: https://www.ed.ac.uk/information-services/computing/desktop-personal/vpn

 

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
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.

 

EMBASE is a key resource

EMBASE

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description:

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)

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
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: The Global Index Medicus (GIM) provides worldwide access to biomedical and public health literature produced by and within low- and middle- income countries. The main objective is to increase the visibility and usability of this important set of resources. The material is collated and aggregated by WHO Regional Office Libraries on a central search platform allowing retrieval of bibliographical and full text information. On June, 2015, the initiative formely called Global Health Library, adopted the name of Global Index Medicus. GIM is promoted and led by WHO as part of its strategy of knowledge management in global public health.

 

Henry Stewart Talks - Biomedical and Life Sciences

Access information: Access on and off campus.
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.

 

Medline is a key resource

MEDLINE

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description:

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

 

MedOne Neurosurgery

Access information:

Access on and off campus

Description:

MedOne Neurosurgery is a unique online resource providing the global neurosurgical community with unprecedented access to Thieme’s entire neurosurgery collection (E-Books, Journals, Procedures, Cases, Media and Training Center).

 

Access information: Access on campus.  Use VPN for off-campus access.
Description: Electronic community for the cognitive and brain sciences, which includes the full text of major reference works and over 750 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.

 

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.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
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

ProMED

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.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
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.

 

PsycINFO is a key resource

PsycINFO

Access information: Access on and off-campus.
Description:

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 29 languages. Current chapter and book coverage includes worldwide English-language material from 1806 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.).
Description:

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
Note: The ability to view University of Edinburgh links to fulltext is currently missing - reported to NCBI 29/9/17

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.
Description: Abstract and citation database containing both peer-reviewed research literature and quality web sources.  Contains over 16 million author profiles, 70,000 institutional profiles, 5000 publishers, 70 million records, 1.4 billion cited references, covers over 20,000 journals from health, life, physical and social sciences and the humanities.
Coverage: For some subject areas, from 1788 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 would like to register to receive personalised searches, alerts etc then select "Other Institution login", then add "Edinburgh" to the search box to find the University of Edinburgh log in link, select the Shibboleth option if requested.

 

SPORTDiscus with Full Text

Access information: Access on and off campus.
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

 

Access information: Available on and off campus
Description:

Trip is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. Trip has been online since 1997 and in that time has developed into the internet’s premier source of evidence-based content. As well as research evidence we also allow clinicians to search across other content types including images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses and news.

 

Access information: Access on and off campus.  To register for the mobile app, click Login/Register link and register as a new user using your @ed.ac.uk email address.  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.

 

Web of Science Core Collection is a key resource

Web of Science Core Collection

Access information:

Access on and off campus.

Not working? Try clearing your cookies. Or, use Alternative login (with the VPN service if off campus).

Description:

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

Coverage:

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).

Help:

Publisher userguide

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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Subject guide: Medicine