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Descriptions of each resource are taken directly from the home page or "about" page of the resource.


Journal Collections & Databases

BC Centre for Disease Control

BioMed Central
Publisher of 206 peer-reviewed open access journals

Canadian Institute for Health Information
Statistics and reports on health care in Canada

Cochrane Library
The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. The Cochrane Collaboration is an international not-for-profit organization, providing up-to-date information about the effects of health care.

Registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world.

CancerLit (via National Cancer Institute)
Covers all aspects of cancer therapy and research.

Drug Information Portal
US National Library of Medicine

Health Services/Technology Assessment Text (HSTAT)
Free Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making

Health System Performance Research Network
Reports on hospital performance in Ontario

HighWire Press
A division of the Stanford University Libraries, HighWire hosts 1308 journals, books, reference works & other scholarly publications

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS) Database
Provides access to bibliographic citations and abstracts from published, international, and scientific literature on dietary supplements. IBIDS is a collaboration between the US Office of Dietary Supplements of the National Institutes of Health, and the Food and Nutrition Information Center (FNIC) of the United States Department of Agriculture's (USDA) National Agricultural Library (NAL).

JANE (Journal/Author Name Estimator)
From the Biosemantics Group
Free Web-based tool to help you select a suitable journal to submit your manuscript to.

Native Health Database
From the University of New Mexico
See also http://americanindianhealth.nlm.nih.gov
See also http://www.arctichealth.org/

US National Library of Medicine Gateway
A service of the U.S. National Institutes of Health
Multiple retrieval systems from NLM, including MEDLINE/PubMed (journal citations from 1966 to present), OLDMEDLINE (journal citations from 1957 to 1965), MEDLINE plus (consumer health) and much, much more

Popline (Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health)
Reproductive Health Literature

Public Library of Science
Non-profit, open-access medicine and biology journals

Citations and some full-text biomedical articles from MEDLINE and life science journals

PubMed Central Canada
Full-text, peer-reviewed health and life sciences literature based on PubMed Central, the archive developed by the US National Library of Medicine

Project Cork
Substance abuse literature

Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases
see also: http://sis.nlm.nih.gov/enviro/especiallyprofessionals.html

Practice Guidelines
BC Clinical Practice Guidelines and Protocols

CMA Infobase: Clinical Practice Guidelines (Canadian Medical Association)
National Guideline Clearinghouse (US)

National Library of Guidelines (UK)

Guidelines International Network Resource
Links to resources for clinical guidelines around the world


Anatomy of the Human Body (Henry Gray)
The classic 1918 publication online.


Statistics Canada

UK National Statistics Publication Hub

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Fast Stats (US)
Statistics on topics of public health importance

National Library of Medicine Data, Tools, and Statistics (US)
Links to international statistics websites

Australia's Institute of Health and Welfare
Australian Heath Statistics

BC Vital Statistics Agency

Canadian Institute for Health Information
Statists and reports on health care in Canada