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General — Databases

AMED (Allied and Complementary Medicine)
Produced by the British Library, Health Care Information Service
Available through online vendors such as Dialog, DataStar, and SilverPlatter. References 400 journals, mostly European titles in English. Broad coverage of alternative/complementary medicine.

CAM Citation Index (Complementary & Alternative Medicine Citation Index)
Produced by the National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine, National Institutes of Health Contains 180,000 bibliographic citations from the Medline database from 1963-present covering all aspects of complementary and alternative medicine.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Evidence Online (CAMEOL) database (UK)
CAMEOL database reviews research evidence of effectiveness of a number of specific therapies within areas of NHS Priority. These include cancer, mental health, coronary heart disease and stroke and chronic conditions such as arthritis, asthma, back pain, diabetes and multiple sclerosis.

Complementary and Alternative Medicine Specialist Library, National Institute for Health Care and Excellence
This unique resource aims to provide access to good quality, up-to-date, relevant information on complementary and integrative medicine. The content of the library is intended primarily for health professionals, CAM practitioners and researchers, but the majority of the information is also accessible to the general public.

The Cochrane Library
Update Software Limited
Subscription available through Update Software at ( and other commercial vendors
An international network of medical researchers who prepare systematic reviews of controlled clinical trials in all areas of medicine. Available on CD-ROM and diskette for Microsoft Windows, on the Internet or Intranet on a network server.

Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL)
CINAHL Information Systems
Internet and CD-ROM subscriptions available through CINAHL and other vendors listed on their Products and Services web page
Provides coverage of over 650 English language journals, books, audiovisual materials, selected conference proceedings, and dissertations in all areas of nursing and allied health, and health education.

Elsevier Science Publishing
Subscription available through Elsevier and other online vendors
A biomedical and pharmaceutical database (Excerpta Medica) covering over 3,500 international journals. Coverage includes medicinal plants and alternative medicine.

Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research Guidelines & Reviews
The site of this non-profit organization founded in 2002 provides reviews and guidelines on Traditional Medicine and Complementary/Integrative Medicine.

Health and Wellness Resource Center (previously Health Reference Center)
The Gale Group
Available through Information Access and other online vendors
Covers health, medicine, fitness and nutrition for both consumers and health professionals.

MANTIS (Manual, Alternative and Natural Therapy)
Previously called CHIROLARS
Available through Action Potential, P.O. Box 50837, Denton, TX 76206
An international bibliographic database covering manual, chiropractic and osteopathic medicine as well as acupuncture, herbal medicine, homeopathy and other practices, with an emphasis on neuromuscular conditions. Covers over 1000 journals from 1880-present. Updated monthly.

Medline Plus
U.S. National Library of Medicine
A consumer health database providing information on diseases, conditions and wellness issues. It can be searched by keyword, by health topics A-Z, or by subject categories. Provides quality information from the National Library of Medicine as well as links to consumer health information from the National Institutes of Health, clinical trials, dictionaries, Spanish and other language information, and more.

The National Women’s Health Information Center (NWHIC)
Produced by the Office of Women’s Health, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
Includes a variety of information such as searches by health topics, FAQ’s, health news, events and legislation, media information and health statistics, information in Spanish, and dictionaries and journals.

NICE searchable database
National Institute for Health and Care Excellence’s authoritative, evidence-based information including care pathways, executive summaries, health technology assessments, systematic reviews and much more from trustworthy and accredited sources.

NIH Reporter
Maintained by the Office of Extramural Research at the National Institutes of Health this is a searchable database of federally funded biomedical research projects at hospitals, universities and other research institutions.

American Psychological Association and subscription available through OVID, Elsevier and other online vendors. International coverage of 1300 journals, book chapters and the book literature in psychology and related disciplines, including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, physiology, linguistics, and more.

U.S. National Library of Medicine
Covers the biomedical literature from over 3,600 international journals with increasing coverage of alternative/complementary medicine topics.

Pubmed Dietary Supplements Subset
ODS and the National Library of Medicine (NLM) partnered to create this Dietary Supplement Subset of NLM’s PubMed. The subset is designed to limit search results to citations from a broad spectrum of dietary supplement literature including vitamin, mineral, phytochemical, ergogenic, botanical, and herbal supplements in human nutrition and animal models.

Current, high quality overviews of health conditions written for the consumer by experts in the field.


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