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Online Databases & Resources

Databases are an excellent resource for locating journal articles, reports and other information for your research topic. Below is a list of online databases and resources recommended by or subscribed to by the SMU Library. Tutorials and other guides are also included in this list.

For more information on database selection and searching, consult your librarians or the following guides:

In the availability column below, "SMU" indicates that an SMU login and password are needed for off-campus use, while "Open" indicates an open access resource available to everyone.


Index/Database Description and Tutorials Availability Topics
AHRQ - Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Source for evidence-based practice Open Patient Education,Evidence-Based Practice,Health Policy
AIDSInfo Information on HIV/AIDS clinical trials and federally approved HIV treatment and prevention guidelines Open Patient Education,Evidence-Based Practice,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine
Alt HealthWatch Full-text journal articles on alternative/complementary medicine SMU Alternative/Complementary
Bioethics Research Library at Georgetown University Ethical issues in health care, biomedical research, biotechnology and the environment Open Bioethics
CINAHL Plus with Full Text Nursing and allied health literature
• What's different between PubMed, CINAHL, Medline & PMC?
• Using CINAHL and MESH Headings
• Advanced Searching
• Limiting search results: by date, peer-reviewed journals, nurse authors and other options
• Send CINAHL citations to RefWorks
SMU Evidence-Based Practice,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant
Cochrane Library Evidence for healthcare decision-making SMU Evidence-Based Practice,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine
Consumer Health Complete Full-text consumer health information from books, journal articles, news and videos
• CHC advanced search
SMU Patient Education
DIRLINE - Directory of Health Organizations The National Library of Medicine's database of health- and biomedicine-related organizations, research resources, projects, and databases Open Patient Education
Dissertations and Theses Global (ProQuest) Doctoral dissertations and masters theses SMU Education,Nursing,Physical Therapy
ERIC Education literature SMU Education
Filmakers Library Online A growing database of streaming video documentaries on a wide variety of subjects SMU Education,Nursing,Psychology
Google Scholar Google search for journal articles
• Searching Google Scholar for SMU journal articles, search tips, limitations
• Google Like a Librarian
Open
GreenFILE Human impact on the environment SMU
Image Search (EBSCO) Search for images in Alt HealthWatch and CINAHL Plus SMU
Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence-based nursing content
• JBI tutorials
SMU Evidence-Based Practice,Health Policy,Nursing
Journal Citation Reports (Web of Knowledge) Provides access to impact factor data (one metric of assessing an article’s value) SMU
KaiserEDU - Health Policy Explained National health policy information Open Health Policy,Nursing
LactMed - Drugs and Lactation Database Full-text drug information for breast-feeding mothers Open Nursing,Pharmacy,Physician Assistant,Drug Guides
Lexicomp Online Full-text drug information
• Installing Lexicomp on your mobile device
• Lexicomp training videos
• Lexicomp quick reference guide
• LexiComp vs. Micromedex
SMU Alternative/Complementary,Patient Education,Nursing,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology,Drug Guides
Library, Information Science and Techology Abstracts Literature on information management, librarianship, online information retrieval SMU Education
MD Consult Full-text medical journals, books, and news SMU Patient Education,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology
Medical Letter Unbiased information on new and existing drugs, as well as access to treatment guidelines, CEs, mobile apps, and other info. SMU Drug Guides,Pharmacy
MEDLINE (Ovid) Medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences
• What's different between PubMed, CINAHL, Medline and PMC?
SMU Alternative/Complementary,Bioethics,Evidence-Based Practice,Health Policy,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology
MedlinePlus Full-text consumer health information
• MedlinePlus FAQs
• Evaluating Internet healthcare information tutorial
Open Alternative/Complementary,Bioethics,Patient Education,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology
Micromedex Full-text drug information databases
• LexiComp vs. Micromedex
SMU Nursing,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Drug Guides
Mosby’s Nursing Consult Full-text nursing journals, books, and news SMU Patient Education,Nursing
Mosby’s Nursing Skills Over 900 nursing skills and procedures with detailed text, summary reviews, tests, checklists, illustrations and video/animation demonstrations
• Getting started with MNS
SMU Nursing
National Center for PTSD (US Dept. of Veteran Affairs) Worldwide literature on post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) Open Psychology
National Guideline Clearinghouse (AHRQ) Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines
• FAQ, including search tips
• My NGC video tutorial
Open Evidence-Based Practice,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology
Nursing Education in Video An online collection of videos for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers SMU Nursing
OTseeker Evidence-based occupational therapy Open Evidence-Based Practice,Occupational Therapy
PEDro - Physiotherapy Evidence Database Evidence-based physiotherapy
• Search help
• Tutorials
Open Evidence-Based Practice,Physical Therapy
Physiotherapy Exercises for People with Spinal Cord Injuries and Other Neurological Conditions Exercises for people with spinal cord injuries and other neurological conditions
• First-time user guide
Open Physical Therapy
POPLINE Reproductive health literature from around the world
• POPLINE help
Open Health Policy
Nursing & Allied Health Source (ProQuest) Healthcare information covering nursing, allied health, complementary medicine, and more. Over 70 wide-ranging topics including nursing, nutrition, public health, oncology, pediatric care, communication sciences, and pharmacology. SMU Nursing
PsycBITE Evidence-based information for acquired brain impairment Open Evidence-Based Practice,Psychology
PsycINFO Psychology and psychiatry literature SMU Evidence-Based Practice,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology
PubMed@SMU (PubMed linked to SMU journals) Medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences. This customized PubMed portal links to journals available to SMU users.
• What's different between PubMed, CINAHL, Medline & PMC?
• Create a PubMed MyNCBI account with SMU links and filters
• Send PubMed citations to RefWorks
• PubMed Tutorials
Open Alternative/Complementary,Bioethics,Evidence-Based Practice,Health Policy,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology
PubMed@SMU Clinical Queries Specialized PubMed searches for clinical study categories, systematic reviews, or medical genetics searches. Results of these searches are limited to specific clinical research areas. For comprehensive searches, use PubMed@SMU Open Alternative/Complementary,Bioethics,Evidence-Based Practice,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology
PubMed@SMU for Handhelds Mobile-friendly interface with multiple ways to search PubMed including PICO search and askMEDLINE. Open Alternative/Complementary,Bioethics,Evidence-Based Practice,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology
RefWorks A web-based bibliography and database manager enabling you to create your own personal database by importing references from text files, online databases, and other sources. You can use these references when writing papers and automatically and quickly format the paper and the bibliography.
• What is the group code?
• RefWorks LibGuide
• RefWorks tutorials
• Send PubMed citations to RefWorks
• Send CINAHL citations to RefWorks
SMU Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine
Rehabilitation Reference Center Full-text information for professionals from books, journal articles, clinical reviews and news
• RRC tutorial
SMU Occupational Therapy,Physical Therapy
TRIP Database (Turning Research Into Practice) Evidence-based research from multiple sources
Open Evidence-Based Practice,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology
UpToDate An evidence-based knowledge system authored by physicians to help clinicians make the right decisions at the point of care
• UpToDate FAQs, demos, user manual, quick start guide
SMU Patient Education,Evidence-Based Practice,Nursing,Occupational Therapy,Pharmacy,Physical Therapy,Physician Assistant,Podiatric Medicine,Psychology