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Phase 1 (Years 1 & 2) Library Resources

Information Resources for Background Questions

 

Information Resources Alphabetically

Definitions--Medical Dictionaries
Stedman’s Medical Dictionary (Stat!Ref)
Taber's Cyclopedic Medical Dictionary (Available as a 7 day eBook checkout with your EBSCO account)
Google Type "define:" in front of the word you are looking up.

Disease Information (including Diagnostic Tests)
AccessMedicine
Harrison's Online (AccessMedicine)
ClinicalKey
UpToDate
Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy
Metabolic and Molecular Bases of Inherited Disease
Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man (OMIM)
National Guideline Clearinghouse
Google Scholar Use double quotes around phrases to improve relevance.

Drug Information (including Drug Interactions)
Lexi-comp Type drug name in search box in upper left. Click on the link on the left-hand side below the search box. Navigation bar for the monograph is on the left.
Micromedex Type drug name in search box. Default for monographs is Quick Answers. For more detail, choose the In-Depth Answers tab.
ClinicalKey Drug information
ePocrates Essentials Download information available on our mobile resources page

Differential Diagnosis and Normal Values--Laboratory Tests
Clinician's Pocket Reference (AccessMedicine) 
Pocket Guide to Diagnostic Tests (AccessMedicine)
Henry's Clinical Diagnosis and Management
MGH Laboratory Reference Values (N Engl J Med 2004; 351(15):1549-1563)
Merck Manual Normal Laboratory Values
Wallach’s Interpretation of Diagnostic Tests: Pathways to Arriving at a Clinical Diagnosis

Differential Diagnosis--Signs and Symptoms
Diagnosaurus (AccessMedicine): Select a “Browse” category along the left margin. The search function at the top doesn’t include this module.
DeGowin’s Diagnostic Examination (AccessMedicine): To search within this book, choose the "Advanced Search" to the right of the search box, then check the desired book/resource.
VisualDx The best use of this resource is the Differential Builder, used to enter signs, symptoms, and visual findings for possible diagnoses. Can also search for a known diagnosis.

Clinical Calculators
MedCalc 3000 (Stat!Ref)
Lexi-comp Click on the Calculations link in the top menu.
MDCalc Collection of Calculators, arranged by specialty.  
UpToDate Click on the Calculators link at the top right of the page.
Google Include the word “calculator” as part of the search query.

Images
AccessMedicine Change the dropdown option to Images, Video, & Audio
ClinicalKey Multimedia
MedPix originally produced by the Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Informatics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD. Now available through NLM.
Google Image Search
Open-i provided by the National Library of Medicine

Videos
Anatomy /Dissection videos by the U. of Michigan
Anatomy/Dissection videos by the U. of Wisconsin
Histology (available on IUPUI campus only)
Anatomy.TV 

Review Articles
Ovid MEDLINE Select top Ovid MEDLINE link, enter subjects one at a time, choose the best single subject heading and check the "explode" box next to it, repeat the process with other subjects, combine search statement numbers using AND, and limit to human, English, and review articles on the main page.
PubMed Includes MEDLINE and is searched most easily by entering keywords in the search box, clicking on the Limits tab at the top of the main page, and then checking the boxes for Humans, English, and Review on the Limits page.

Style Guides: Citing Resources
AMA Manual of Style
AMA Style Generator
Citing UpToDate
Purdue Online Writing Lab (OWL) for APA Style

Patient Information
MedlinePlus Disease and medical condition information, tutorials, surgery videos, drug and herbal supplement information, and information in 40 languages.
AccessMedicine Patient Education Topics
ClinicalKey Patient EducationTopics
Lexi-comp Patient education topics for disease and procedure, adult medications, and pediatric medications. Information also provided in Spanish.

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