Major Research Tools

Bioethics

Full-Text, Reference

Encyclopedia covering topics related to bioethics, including genetically modified foods, social justice, sustainability, and chemical warfare.


BioMed Central

Full-Text

Database of peer-reviewed research articles in biology and medicine.


BioOne

Full-Text, Index

Coverage: 2000-present

Access to collection 1 with over 70 peer-reviewed journals in the life sciences. Coverage for most journals begins in 2000.


Encyclopedia of Life Sciences

Full-Text, Reference

Reference database with peer-reviewed articles covering all basic and many applied aspects of the life sciences, with an emphasis on cell and molecular biology.


Google Scholar

Gateway

Search engine for scholarly materials including journal articles. Be sure to use WebBridge to link to Lafayette's resources. Note: if accessing from off-campus, sign in, go to "Settings" and search "Library Links" for "Lafayette." Check "Lafayette College - Lafayette WebBridge" to make WebBridge appear in search results.


MEDLINE via ISI Web of Knowledge

Index

Coverage: 1950-present

The premier index to medical literature for health researchers and professionals. Subject searchers may wish to consult the directory of Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), available at the National Library of Medicine's website. A free search interface for MEDLINE, PubMed, with links to select full-text articles is also available.


Oxford Reference Online: Medicine and Health

Full-Text

Collection of dictionaries and other reference works on health sciences from Oxford University Press.


PubMed Central

Full-Text

Database of biomedical and life sciences journal articles. From the National Institutes of Health.


Other Suggested Research Tools

Abortion Policies and Reproductive Health around the World

Full-Text

United Nations report with information on changes in legal grounds for abortion between 1996 and 2013.


Alan Guttmacher Institute

Data, Full-Text

Data and research reports on sexual and reproductive health issues, including abortion.


Annual Reviews

Full-Text, Index

Index coverage: vol. 1 - present; Full-text coverage: 1996-present

Full text of articles reviewing the scholarly literature for a variety of topics in the physical, biomedical, and social sciences.


Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System

Data

Survey that tracks health conditions and risk behaviors in the U.S. "Provides state-specific information about asthma, diabetes, health care access, alcohol use, hypertension, obesity, cancer screening, nutrition and physical activity, tobacco use, and more."


CDC Wonder

Data, Gateway

Integrated system for accessing a wide variety of public health reports and data systems available from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Includes a directory by topic, an A to Z index, and WONDER online databases for numerical data on Births, Deaths, Cancer, Sexually Transmitted Diseases, Tuberculosis, Vaccine Adverse Events, and more.


Community Health Status Indicators Project

Data

Health status reports on all US counties, offering comparative data on vulnerable populations, preventable diseases, disability and death. Reports were compiled using data collected by the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) and other government agencies.


Complementary and Alternative Medicine on PubMed

Index
Coverage: 1963-present

Index of medical literature relating to alternative systems of medicine and methods of treatment. Duplicates the material in PubMed but makes it easier to find literature specifically about alternative medicine.


Economic Research Initiative on the Uninsured

Data, Full-Text

Includes the "Health Insurance Literature Database," working papers, and links to datasets on the uninsured in the United States. From the University of Michigan.


Encyclopedia of Adulthood and Aging

Full-Text, Reference

Reference work covering all aspects of adult development and aging.


ETHXWeb

Index

From the Kennedy Institute of Ethics at Georgetown, this database indexes a selection of journal articles, book chapters, bills, laws, court decisions, reports, books, audiovisuals, and news articles relating to bioethics and professional ethics.


Global Health Atlas

Data

Data on infectious diseases at country, regional, and global levels. From the World Health Organization.


GlobalHealthFacts.org

Data

Up-to-date and easy-to-access data by country on HIV/AIDS, tuberculosis, malaria and other key health and socio-economic indicators. Data are displayed in tables, charts, and color-coded maps and can be downloaded for custom analyses.


Healthfinder

Gateway

Gateway to selected consumer health and human services information resources provided by U.S. government agencies and other organizations serving the public interest.


HEALTHmap

Full-Text

Tracks infectious disease outbreaks in real-time, allowing you to follow their effect on human and animal health. Integrates data from various reporting sources including the World Health Organization and the International Society for Infectious Diseases.


HIV InSite

Full-Text

Extensive searchable information on the treatment, prevention, and policy of HIV disease from the University of California San Francisco and San Francisco General Hospital. Includes "Knowledge Base," a well-researched online text prepared by health care professionals. Also includes news alerts.


Household Products Database

Full-Text

Health and safety information on hundreds of household products from the National Library of Medicine. Includes auto, pesticides, cleaners, personal care, and pet products. Searchable by brand name, type of product, manufacturer, chemical name, or CAS registry number. Includes links to Material Safety Data Sheets.


Images from the History of Medicine (IHM)

Visual Resource

Includes 70,000 images in the collections of the History of Medicine Division of the U.S National Library of Medicine. The collection includes portraits, photographs, caricatures, genre scenes, posters, and graphic art illustrating the social and historical aspects of medicine dating from the 15th to 21st century.


In Their Own Words

Full-Text

Collection of oral histories, documents, and images related to the National Institutes of Health's early research on AIDS.


Literature, Arts, and Medicine Database

Index

Annotated database of literature, art, and films that deal with issues of health or disease, health care, social medicine, and related topics. From the NYU School of Medicine.


MayoClinic.org

Full-Text

Easy to understand articles on health-related topics, from the Mayo Clinic. (Includes a drug information database.)


Medicine and Madison Avenue

Full-Text, Visual Resource

Images of 600+ health-related advertisements printed in newspapers and magazines from the 1910s to the 1950s. Ads illustrate the variety and evolution of marketing images for a wide range of products, such as: household cleaners, vitamins, pain relievers, and diet aids. Also includes historical documents (i.e. reports, editorials, radio scripts) that relate to the creation and influence of health-related advertisements.


MEDLINEplus

Gateway

Current and reliable health information from the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. Includes information on specific diseases, clinical trials of drugs, directories of hospitals and physicians, and other health information resources. Intended for both consumers and health professionals.


Merck Manual Professional Version

Full-Text

Reference source for health care professionals. Includes drug information, brief overviews of medical topics, and resources for further exploration.


Merck Manuals Consumer Version

Full-Text

Consumer-oriented medical manuals which "transform the language of the professionals' version into commonly used English."


National Cancer Institute

Gateway

Information on cancer and cancer related research including links to statistical data, NCI publications, consumer health information, clinical trial protocols, and the PDQ Cancer Information Database.


National Center for Health Statistics

Data

Extensive collection of statistical reports and publications from the U.S. government. Includes Health United States annual report and chartbook, Healthy People publications, Vital Statistics of the United States, Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report(MMWR), datasets from National Health Interview Survey, and much more.


Nutrient Data Laboratory

Includes USDA National Nutrient Database, which provides detailed information on the nutritional value of foods. Also includes lists of foods that contain a particular nutrient.


PandemicFlu.gov

Full-Text

Provides the latest government-wide information on pandemic influenza and avian influenza with specific instructions for the general public, health and emergency preparedness professionals, policy makers, government and business leaders, school systems, and local communities.


Pennsylvania Department of Health: Health Statistics and Research

Data

Vital statistics, cancer incidence, health risk behavior data, and other health statistics for the state.


POPLINE

Index
Coverage: 1970-present

Indexes journal articles, books, and technical reports on population, family planning, and related issues. In addition, POPLINE focuses on particular developing-country issues including demography and population and the environment.


Statehealthfacts.org

Data

State-level data on health status (including smoking rates); health costs, insurance, and services; women's health (including abortion policies and statistics); minority health; and AIDS/HIV (including sex education policies). From the Kaiser Family Foundation.


Surgeon General Reports

Full-Text

Full text of the reports of the Surgeon General back to 1964. Covers topics such as smoking, nutrition, AIDS, and violence.


TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network)

Gateway

Cluster of databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, and related areas. It includes the Hazardous Substances Data Bank, TOXLINE, the Toxics Release Inventory, ChemIDplus, TOXMAP and more. (See the factsheet for information on database contents.) From the National Library of Medicine.