Emory Report

April 6, 1998

 Volume 50, No. 27

Electronic Library Resources

Electronic resources for health sciences get greenlight

Looking for journal articles on health information? Look no further than OVID, a unique and powerful search engine providing direct access to 11 of the key electronic indexes in the health sciences.

Anyone from the University or Emory Healthcare can access OVID's array of health science journals and electronic indexes quickly and easily from campus or from home with Emory Connect. Just point your browser to <http://gateway.ovid.com>.

If you prefer you also can telnet to the system at <ovid.com> or load special OVID Windows client software on your PC. Both the Web and telnet versions are featured on the Health Sciences Center Library's homepage at <www.emory.edu/WHSCL/WHSCLhome.html>.

Because these databases are heavily used both by researchers and clinicians involved in patient care, the OVID system requires a special password to ensure equitable access. Passwords along with additional information on access, database coverage and OVID training classes are available at the Health Sciences Center Library, Grady Hospital Library and the Hospital Branch Library.

Here are just a few of many electronic indexes now available via OVID:

AIDSLINE, online information on research, clinical aspects and health policy issued related to AIDS dating back to 1980. Includes articles from more 3,000 journals published worldwide as well as government and technical reports, papers and meetings, monographs and special publications;

BioethicsLine, approximately 100 primary sources and some 40 indexes and databases dating back to 1973. Articles relating to all aspects of bioethics in such fields as medicine, nursing, biology, behavioral sciences, law, philosophy and religion;

Cinahl, a cumluative index to nursing and allied health, covers more than 800 journals and related biomedical publications since 1982. Also provides limited coverage of psychology and management literature;

EMBASE, three databases in one and the European equivalent of MEDLINE, it provides access to core biomedical information, drug and pharmaceutical literature, and articles on all aspects of psychiatry, psychology and addiction disorders. Indexes more than 3,500 international journals dating back to 1980;

MEDLINE, produced by the National Library of Medicine, the premier source for medical literature and perhaps the most well-known biomedical and clinical database available. More than 3,600 journals dating back to 1966 as well as selected monographs and symposia. Nearly two-thirds of the citations also have abstracts;

PsycINFO, indexes and abstracts more than 1,300 journals and dissertations in more than 30 languages, and books and book chapters in English published since 1967. Provides comprehensive coverage of the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines. Among other areas included are education, linguistics, medicine, nursing, pharmacology, physiology, psychiatry and sociology.

This column was compiled by the Digital Information Resources Council team at the General Libraries.

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