Medical Sciences Databases (Medicine § Public Health)

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Key databases for Medical Sciences  
Medline via OvidSP (1946 - present)
The U.S. National Library of Medicine´s premier database covering the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the preclinical sciences, health administration, and the health care system.
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Embase via OvidSP (1974 - present)
A major pharmacological, biomedical and drug information database. The European equivalent of Medline.
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Global Health via OvidSP (1910 - present)
An international public health databases with coverage of communicable, tropical and parasitic diseases, human nutrition, community health and mediciinal and poisonous plants.
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UpToDate temporarily unavailable for technical reasons

Due to licensing restrictions, this will be available on our physical campuses for students and staff; off-campus access will be available for students only. No access via the app.
A comprehensive evidence-based Clinical Decision Support tool for use at the point of care. New medical research is integrated carefully into the UpToDate content, with specific recommendations as to how it should be applied clinically. On the toolbar, What's New lists the most important changes and additions to the content in 22 specialties; PCUs (Practice Changing Updates) show research results with important or immediate implications for how clinicians practice.
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BMJ Best Practice
A point of care decision-support tool. Provides access to reliable, up-to-date information structured around the patient consultation assisting students and clinicians with diagnosis, prognosis, and treatment decisions.
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BMJ Learning
Sign up for access, and create a profile for personalised, accredited learning.
If you have already registered with BMJ Best Practice, use the same login details.

Evidence-based, independent and peer-reviewed learning modules to keep healthcare professionals up-to-date with the latest advancements in medicine. Videos and audio on key Foundational skills, Surgical skills, ECG skills, and Minor Surgery for GPs.
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BMJ Portfolio guide - YouTube or PDF

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BMJ OnExamination - Login (once registered)
Registration required. How do I get access to BMJ OnExamination?   Ask Us Now    |   PDF
Available for University of Sydney Medical School Students only.
Medical exam preparation. Pre-clinical practice questions designed to test and improve your knowledge in the early years of Medical School (Medical Student Years 1-3).
Clinically-rich case problems and questions for Medical Student Years 4 and above.
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All EBM Reviews: Cochrane DSR, ACP Journal Club, DARE, CCTR, CLEED, CLCMR, & CLHTA via OvidSP
This mutifile database allows you to search simultaneously the seven Evidence Based Medicine Reviews databases: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews;   ACP Journal ClubDatabase of Abstracts of Reviews of Effects (DARE)Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CCTR),   NHS Economic Evaluation Database (CLEED),   Health Technology Assessment (CLHTA),   Cochrane Methodology Register (CLMCR)
Note that Mapping is not available in Multifile databases.
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Informit Online - Health
Contains 12 Australian databases of scholarly research, covering a wide range of subjects in health. Major databases include: AMI (Australasian Medical Index) Health Collection (Full-text), Indigenous Collection (Full-text), APAIS-Health (Australian Public Affairs Information Service – Health), DRUG (Drug Database), HIVA (HIV Aids), and Health & Society (Health and Society Database). Other databases cover subjects such Indigenous health, sports medicine, and criminal justice. Databases can be searched individually or simultaneously. Australian content
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Apais-Health via Informit Online (1978 - present)
Covers health and medicine in Australia, in particular the legal, social, economic and ethical aspects of health. Australian content
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Cinahl via Ebsco (1982 - present)
The place to start for nursing and allied health research.
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Web of Science Core Collections
One of the largest Science databases. Provides access to current and retrospective information from high impact research journals. Also provides citation analysis of authors, journals and subject areas.
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Scopus is a large multidisciplinary database covering published material in the humanities and sciences. It also provides citation analysis of authors and subject areas.
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Interactive Tutorials
MIMS Online
Important: please close your browser down to end your MIMS session & enable other users to access MIMS.
An Australian pharmaceutical database. It offers access to information on prescription and non-prescription drugs.

Also try AusDI, a generic-based drug information resource. It covers a very comprehensive range of drugs including many over the counter (OTC) and hospital use only products. Australian content
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Medicines Complete (2006 - present)
Access to several major resources in pharmacy and pharmacology.
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AccessMedicine via McGraw Hill
Core resources for medical education including textbooks, videos, case files, patient education, point of care tools, & interactive self-assessment.
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AccessPharmacy via McGraw Hill (2007 - present)
When finished, please click LOG OUT to enable other users to have access to full text
A comprehensive resource for pharmacy education.
Contains cross-searchable, key resources for the medical sciences. Includes journals, textbooks, reference books, practice guidelines, medical & surgical videos and images.
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Anatomy resources (A-Z)  
Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy
Over 300 detailed video clips of human dissections in their natural colours presenting the head and neck, upper and lower extremity, trunk and internal organs. Explores moving structures from bone to surface anatomy. Each video is accompanied by narration, structure labelling and a PDF transcript. Create a free personal account to complete anatomy self-tests.
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An@tomedia is a comprehensive online anatomy resource enabling the exploration of anatomy by regions and systems as well as the deconstruction of the body with dissection and imaging techniques.
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3D Real-time Dentistry
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Please close the viewer then LOG OFF when finished.
Requires Unity Web Player free plugin to be installed. If you accessing 3D Dentistry on a PC which does not have Unity Web Player installed on it, click RUN instead of install

Access to Dentistry modules: 3D Realtime Dentistry, Dentistry, & Dental Hygiene. Good to improve visual understanding of spatial position and relationships in dental anatomy. Structures such as nerves, veins, muscles, organs, or fascia can be individually added to or removed from the model, which itself can be can be viewed from any direction or angle using the mouse alone.
3D glasses for true three-dimensional viewing are available for loan at the Dentistry Library.
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Thieme Teaching Assistant 2.0
Presents over 4000 high quality illustrations and clinical images from Thieme's key anatomy texts. The Anatomy module guides you through body regions from skeleton to muscles, organs, vessels, nerves and surface anatomy. Features zoom, edit and export along with presentation and labelling functionality for the classroom.
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More databases useful for Medical Sciences (A-Z)  
ABS Census Datapacks
ABS Datapacks 2006
Provides access to Census 2006 Community Profile data &digital boundaries "in bulk". See also CData Online .
ABS DataPacks 2011 (Free)
Access requires registration: Register
Already registered for DataPacks: Login
See ABS Registration Centre for more information.

DataPacks are suitable for experienced Census data users who have their own database or analysis systems. DataPacks contain data for the main Census characteristics of people, families and dwellings for geographic areas ranging from a single Statistical Area Level 1 to the whole of Australia. In addition datapacks include associated Geographic Information System digital boundary files. Australian content
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AgeLine (AARP AgeLine) (1978 - present)

AgeLine provides bibliographic references and original abstracts for materials related to aging and middle age, from an interdisciplinary perspective of psychology, economics, sociology, gerontology, public policy, business, health and health care services, and consumer issues.
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AMED - Allied and Complementary Medicine via OvidSP (1985 - present)
Covers journal articles on allied and alternative health including acupuncture, homeopathy, hypnosis, chiropractic, osteopathy, rehabilitation, herbalism, holistic treatments, Chinese medicine, occupational therapy, physiotherapy, podiatry.
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AMH - Australian Medicines Handbook
A reliable, up-to-date, comparative, practical formulary covering most of the drugs marketed in Australia published on behalf of ASCEPT, the Pharmaceutical Society of Australia and the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners. Australian content
AHNRC TV Health News Database (2005 - present)
Produced by the Australian Health News Research Collaboration, this database includes all health and medical news, current affairs and infotainment items broadcast on the 5 free-to-air Sydney TV channels. More information
Access arranged by request to the AHNRC. Australian content
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ATSIHealth via Informit Online (1900 - present)
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander subset of Apais which includes published and unpublished material on Australian Indigenous health. Australian content
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Important: Logout out of AusDI by closing the browser window.
AusDI provides quick, easy access to the popular AusDI Independent Drug Monographs, pharmaceutical company product information (PI), consumer medicine information (CMI) leaflets, drug product images, a product identifier module with convenient links to your choice of drug interaction system(s). The Australian independent drug monographs include full-text, evidence-based drug and drug-class monographs.
Scroll down on the Product Tour tab to watch the Product Overview or for more help. Australian content
AusportMed via Informit Online (1989 - present)
AusportMed covers all aspects of medical and health issues in Australian sport. A subset of the AUSPORT database.Australian content
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Australian Indigenous HealthInfoNet
All types of material related to indigenous health and well-being. All types of material related to indigenous health and well-being. Useful for people involved in the area of Indigenous health to enhance their knowledge and skills, practice and/or policy work. For students, this resource will improve their understanding of Indigenous health and related areas. Australian content
Biomed Central
Provides free access to more than 180 peer-reviewed open access journals.
BIOSIS Previews via Web of Knowledge (1926 - present)
Covers life sciences and biomedical research worldwide including: journals, meetings, patents, and books.
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BMJ Case Reports
Access over 6000 peer-reviewed case reports across all medical sciences specialties.
An institutional subscription to BMJ Case Reports entitles the users to:
Reuse any of the published material for teaching and personal use without any further permission
Submit an unlimited number of cases (contact your Academic Liaison Librarian)
Overview of BMJ Case Reports | How to write a fulltext case report | How to submit a full text case report
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BMJ Journals
Authoritative journals published by the BMJ (British Medical Journal) Group
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Books@Ovid via OvidSP
Provides key medical, nursing, health sciences and pharmacy online textbooks. (Please Logoff when finished)
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British Pharmacopeia
Click Browse Publications to access current year
Authoritative resource for government official directions for the identification of samples and preparation of medical compounds.
Accessible by staff and currently enrolled students only
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Burger´s Medicinal Chemistry and Drug Discovery via Wiley Interscience
Offers easy access to broad coverage of medicinal chemistry and drug discovery for new, as well as experienced, medicinal chemists, biologists, pharmacologists, and molecular biologists. Burger´s offers a comprehensive, global perspective of drug design and drug development
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CareSearch (1980 - present)
A palliative care resource funded by the Department of Health and Ageing that aims to provide evidence based, quality information to the palliative care community. Australian content
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CData Online 2006
Allows you to create your own tables of Census data on a range of topics such as, age, education, housing, income, transport, religion, ethinicity, occupation and more. Australian content
CINCH - Health
see Health Issues in Criminal Justice
Clinical Evidence via BMJ Best Practice
Clinical Evidence Archive via PubMed Central (2003 - to two years ago)
Reviews the current state of knowledge and uncertainty about the prevention and treatment of clinical conditions, based on thorough searches and appraisal of the literature. Describes the best available evidence from systematic reviews, RCTs, and observational studies where appropriate.
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Cochrane Library via Wiley Interscience
A collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. In addition to Cochrane reviews, provides other systematic review abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations, and individual clinical trials.
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Introduction to Cochrane (3 mins)

Searching & MESH ( 3:40 mins)

Current Contents Connect via Web of Science (1998 - present)
A quick and easy way of keeping up to date. Coverage includes clinical medicine, science, social science, arts and humanities.
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Current Protocols via Wiley Interscience
Access thousands of authoritative, peer-reviewed, easy-to-follow, and frequently updated protocols.
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Counseling and Therapy in Video Vols I and II
A collection of videos for the study of social work, psychotherapy, psychology, and psychiatric counselling
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Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : text revision, DSM-IV-TR
Diagnostic and statistical manual of mental disorders : text revision, DSM-IV-TR Electronic version of 2000 edition published by the American Psychiatric Association.
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Drug Database (DRUG) via Informit Online (1974 - present)
References to works on the psychosocial and treatment aspects of alcohol, drug and tobacco use and misuse. Australian content
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Drugs, Supplements, and Herbal Information
Covers information on prescriptions and medications through two drug resources: USP DI and Advice for the Patient. Information on herbs and supplements are provided by Natural Standard.
A Point of Care (PoC) resource which summarises and synthesizes the evidence-based research for thousands of topics, presenting summaries which are easy to find, read, and apply. Designed to follow the patient consultation from presentation through differential diagnosis, treatment and follow up. It includes detailed drug information, medical calculations, and regular evidence alerts.
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EBM Reviews : ACP Journal Club via OvidSP (1991 - present)
ACP Journal Club (ACP)is part of Ovid's Evidence Based Medicine Reviews collection, selects articles that report original studies and systematic reviews that warrant attention by physicians attempting to keep pace with important advances in internal medicine; these articles are summarized in value-added abstracts and commented on by clinical experts.
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EBM Reviews : Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews via OvidSP
Includes the full text of the regularly updated systematic reviews on the effects of health care prepared by the Cochrane Collaboration.
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EBM Reviews : Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CCTR) via OvidSP (1991 - present)
Includes all controlled trials identified by Cochrane Review Groups and other groups together with references to clinical trials identified in MEDLINE and EMBASE.
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EBM Reviews : Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE) via OvidSP (1991 - present)
Contains critical assessments of systematic reviews from a variety of medical journals. Topics covered include diagnosis, prevention, rehabilitation, screening, and treatment.
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EBM Reviews : Health Technology Assessment database via OvidSP
Produced by the Centre for Reviews and Dissemination (CRD), the Health Technology Assessment database brings together details on ongoing health technology assessments (studies of the medical, social, ethical, and economic implications of healthcare interventions).
EBM Reviews : NHS Economic Evaluation Database Guide via OvidSP
The NHS Economic Evaluation Database contains over 6000 abstracts of quality assessed economic evaluations and provides cost-benefit analyses of healthcare.
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Endocrinology Abstracts 1985-1986
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eTG Complete (Australian Therapeutic Guidelines)
Print copies also available at the SciTech Library
Australian Therapeutic Guidelines summarises current available evidence for the management of patients with specific conditions. The recommendations are based on the latest international literature, interpreted by Australian experts.Australian content
Health Business Elite via Ebsco
Health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management.
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Health & Safety Science Abstracts 1981 - present
Environmental health, occupational safety, pesticides, toxicology, emergency management, security, accidents - journal articles This database is published in association with the University of Southern California's Institute of Safety and Systems Management and provides a comprehensive, timely survey of recent work relating to public health, safety and industrial hygiene.
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Health Collection - search via Informit Online
Health Collection - browse titles
A full-text allied health database. Content includes research articles, reports and case studies of practical support to anyone studying or working in therapeutic, diagnostic and preventative health roles. Australian content
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Health & Society Database (H&S) via Informit
Covers health policy and services and the social, psychological, legal and ethical issues associated with health that are of direct importance to Australian people and families. Australian content
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Health issues in Criminal Justice (CINCH-Health) via Informit Online (1968 - present)
This database focuses on health issues involved in the Australian crimal justice system. Australian content
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HSTM: History of Science, Technology and Medicine via EbscoHost (1975 - present)
Covers journal articles, conference proceedings, book reviews, and dissertations dealing with the history of science and technology.
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HIVA- HIV/AIDS Database via Informit Online (1980 - present)
Deals with the clinical, nutritional, medical, social and psychological aspects of HIV/AIDS - as well as the relationship between alcohol and other drugs to HIV/AIDS. Australian content
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Evidence-based complementary medicine information on a wide range of medical conditions, herbs, supplements and drug interactions. Aims to address the needs of time-poor practitioners, academics and students. Content has been developed by Australian researchers including research specialists from the Faculty of Pharmacy at the University of Sydney.
Index to Dental Literature
See Medline
International Nursing
See Medline
International Pharmaceutical Abstracts via OvidSP
Covers clinical and technical drug information, pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical education, legal aspects of pharmacy and drugs.
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Journal Citation Reports - old version via Web of Science
Journal Citation Reports - new version via Web of Science
For access, click Sign in > Continue without signing in
Discover analytical information on selected journals such as impact factor and citation frequency.
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JOVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments
Video-based visualization of biological techniques and procedures. JOVE aims to solve some of the most difficult problems in life science research: low transparency and reproducibility of biological experiments, time-consuming learning of experimental techniques.
Access to these collections: Bioengineering, Biology, Chemistry, Engineering, Immunology & Infection, Medicine, Neuroscience.
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LWW Health Libraryn
Use for access to core medical textbooks in the basic sciences including including: Bates' Guide to Physical Examination (Bickley), Clinical Epidemiology (Fletcher), Clinically Oriented Anatomy (Moore), Grant's Atlas of Anatomy (Agur & Dalley), Histology : A Text & Atlas (Ross & Pawlina), Neuroanatomy : An Atlas of Structures (Haines), Pathophysiology of Heart Disease (Lilly), & Rubin's Pathology (Rubin & Strayer) .
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Maternity and Infant Care via OvidSP (1971 to present)
This unique database contains over 120,000 references with abstracts to journal articles from over 550 international English language journals, books, and grey literature relating to pregnancy, labor, birth, postnatal care, and neonatal care and the first year of an infant$’s life.
Medicines Complete (2006 - present)
Access to several major resources in pharmacy and pharmacology.
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OLDMEDLINE via OvidSP (1946-1965)
Contains articles published between 1946-1965 without Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)
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Oncogenes and Growth Factors Abstracts 1989 - present
Covers every aspect of oncogene research into the molecular basis of malignant transformations.
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Pre-Medline via OvidSP
Consists of the in-process journal articles that will be put into the Medline database after they have been enhanced with MeSH headings and also includes journal article records from journals found in PubMed but not selected for MEDLINE (these PubMed records will not be added to the Medline database).
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Proquest Central
Offers a number of databases across a range of subject areas including business, general reference, education, science, technology and medicine.
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Psychiatry Online
Includes fully searchable access to DSM-IV-TR® (Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders. 4th ed Text Revision), DSM-IV-TR® Handbook of Differential Diagnosis, DSM-IV-TR®Casebook and its Treatment Companion, the American Psychiatric Association Practice Guidelines in both comprehensive and quick reference formats, Textbook of Clinical Psychiatry, 4th ed., and other textbooks; plus the full text of 5 The American Journal of Psychiatry, Psychiatric Services, Academic Psychiatry, The Journal of Neuropsychiatry and Clinical Neurosciences, Psychosomatics, & Psychiatric News, and the newspaper of the American Psychiatric Association.
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PsycINFO via OvidSP (1806 - present)
Provides access to international literature in psychology and related disciplines. Includes literature from disciplines related to psychology such as psychiatry, education, business, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, law, linguistics, and social work.
9/7/2013: If you are unable to export 999 records from PsycINFO, it is most likely due to the large size of cited references in some of the records. Use the "Select fields to display > Custom fields" option, & exclude the "Cited References" field. It will then export all 999 records.
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PubMed for handhelds
Note: If you wish to email records to yourself from PubMed, this is only available on-campus via this on-campus link
PubMed provides access to around 9 million records drawn primarily from the database MEDLINE and some citations to articles that are not indexed by Medline primarily some general science, general chemistry journals, and some life science journals that submit full text to PubMedCentral® and may not yet have been recommended for inclusion in MEDLINE and some physics journals that were part of a prototype PubMed in the early to mid-1990's. See also Medline (Ovid).
RURAL: Rural and Remote Health Database via Informit Online (1966 - Jan 2006)
Covers rural and remote area health issues and care, and the practice and educational needs of health providers, in particular medical practitioners and nurses and is produced by the Monash University School of Rural Health. Australian content
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SafetyLit: Injury Prevention Literature
A free site which indexes scholarly research about all aspects of injury prevention.
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Sage Research Methods
A tool created to help researchers, faculty and students with their research projects. It focuses on methodology rather than disciplines, so can be used across the social, behavioural, & health sciences, and more. It helps you design and conduct your own research projects, understand and teach research methods, and write up findings. Includes journal, book, & reference content, quantitative & qualitative tools.
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SciFinder Web Version
International chemistry journal articles, conferences, books, reports, patents within the Chemical Abstracts database; Chemical Abstracts from 1907, and Medline from 1966. Subject coverage includes chemical engineering, chemistry, biochemistry, pharmacy, pharmacology, agricultural chemistry, food science and medicine.

Note: New users must register before using the web version. Your UniKey login is required for registration.

This database can only be used by staff and students of the University of Sydney.
Note: Google Chrome not supported. Scifinder System Requirements
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SPORTDiscus with Full Text via Ebsco (1800 - present)
Covers sport, physical fitness, exercise, sports medicine, sports science, physical education and biomechanics.
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Springer Protocols
Contains peer reviewed laboratory research protocols, dealing principally with topics in molecular biology and biomedicine. Also available in the Library catalogue .
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Toxicology Abstracts 1981 - present
Pharmaceuticals, chemicals, contaminants - journal articles This database is the only comprehensive resource for professionals in this field and is specifically focused to meet the needs of toxicologists. The database covers issues from social poisons and substance abuse to natural toxins, from legislation and recommended standards to environmental issues.
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Toxline 1999 - present
Toxicology, chemicals, pharmaceuticals, antidotes - journal articles This database, produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, provides bibliographic citations and abstracts from the core journal literature in all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants and mutagens and teratogens.
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A cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas
Virology and AIDS Abstracts 1982 - present
Virology and AIDS Abstracts provides access to the literature on every aspect of virology in humans, animals, and plants with topics ranging from replication cycles to oncology to AIDS.
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Web of Science - Search all databases
This portal hosts Web of Science, Current Contents Connect, and via the Additional Resources tab, Journal Citation Reports. Its CrossSearch feature enables a "quick overview" search of these databases and also searches Agricola and Pubmed.
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