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Drexel University Health Sciences Libraries, Queen Lane Library Guide, Summer 2008

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General medical text (diseases and treatment) Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine - electronic and print versions available. Cecil Textbook of Medicine - electronic and print versions available. ACP Medicine (Scientific American) - electronic and print versions available. Specialized text What practitioner would deal with your issue -- Family physician? Emergency room doc? GI specialist? Find textbooks for that discipline. Librarians can help, since we know which books are at Queen Lane. Hahnemann Library is excellent for specialized patient care/disease books. 28-day books borrowed from other campus libraries can be returned at Queen Lane.

JOURNALS – Finding articles on a topic, by a specific author, etc.

  • Key journal article database for medicine is MEDLINE/PubMed. Use Quick Links on the Health Sciences Libraries page for easy access, and to enable Drexel full text access.

  • MEDLINE/PubMed Tutorials are available at: http://www.library.drexel.edu/resources/tutorials/medlinelearning.html.

  • Other databases? Click Find ..Databases/Articles on library main page. Click a broad topic for a list of databases in that discipline.

  • Reference librarians can help. We like opportunities to teach one-to-one.

  • Full text links in databases (PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, etc.) can be misleading.

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      In PubMed, no Drexel Full Text links appear unless you use the library PubMed link.

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      If no full text link appears, or a full text link doesn’t work, use Find/E-Journals as back-up. Also try the online Catalog. You may find the paper journal at Drexel. For quick access, hop a campus shuttle.

  • Interlibrary Loan Request delivery from Drexel Libraries or other libraries (worldwide!) using the Borrow from Other Libraries link (home page). Register as an ILLiad user; choosing Queen Lane as your “home” library if you are based here.

THE INTERNET How reliable is internet information? -- Highly variable -- anyone can place any information on the Internet. Check the credentials of the person or organization providing the information. Is the information source credible and authoritative? Is the information likely to be biased (e.g. trying to sell you something?)

Internet strengths -- News; alternative medicine (not always covered well in traditional medical literature); up-to-date disease statistics, consumer health information (MEDLINEPlus), images, teaching/learning aids.

Try more than one search engine, since results can differ.

SPECIAL TOPICS Statistics on diseases (especially incidence & prevalence) – Try the following: Textbooks that describe the disease Reference books: "Health United States", "Statistical Abstract of the United States", etc. Internet - for example the National Center for Health Statistics Psychosocial issues Books -- behavioral medicine, transcultural medicine, behavioral pediatrics, psychiatry, etc. Books on family practice, primary care, emergency medicine, etc. may cover social/psychological aspects of disease. Journal articles -- MEDLINE, Psycinfo, CINAHL (nursing and allied health). In MEDLINE select the “Psychology” Subheading after you find the correct MeSH for a disease. Internet -- patient discussion groups and consumer health information can be valuable.

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