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Databases for Clinical Research

Looking for articles on a topic related to Clinical Research? Search in the recommended databases listed below.

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  • BIOSIS Previews

    BIOSIS Previews is the world's most comprehensive reference database for life science research. It covers original research reports and reviews in traditional biological and biomedical areas. It also covers references to primary journal literature on vital biological research, clinical research, medical research findings, and discoveries of new organisms.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Biosis: Introduction

  • PubMED

    Developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), PubMed is the most comprehensive biomedical research database, and a key resource used by scientists. Please see the PubMed Overview Sheet.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   PubMed Online Training

  • ScienceDirect

    Offers access to most of the Elsevier Journal collection covering the sciences, business, child development, computer science, clinical research, economics, history, hospitality, industrial technology, library and information science, physical education and health, psychology, social work, sociology, and tourism.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   ScienceDirect Interactive Tutorials

  • Electronic Journal Service (EJS)

    Search through EBSCO's database of scholarly e-journals.  [Details]

  • Health Source Plus: Consumer Edition

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will be replaced by​ ProQuest Family Health. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

     [Details]

  • LexisNexis Academic

    News, business, communication studies, criminology, foreign languages and literatures, legal and reference information.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   LexisNexis YouTube Channel

  • MedlinePlus Drugs & Supplements

    Guide to prescription and over-the-counter medications.  [Details]

  • PLoS

    Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit publisher that publishes the following titles: PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, and PLoS Clinical Trials. PLoS uses an Open Access model to publish, meaning that all journal issues are available free of charge online from the moment of publication. PLoS Biology has an Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) impact factor of 14.7.  [Details]

  • SpringerLink

    SpringerLink offers online access to over 1400 fully peer reviewed journals and hundreds of ebooks in biomedicine, life science, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, humanities, social work, sociology, and economics.  [Details]

  • Wiley Online Library

    A multidisciplinary collection of academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, social work, sociology, English, computer sciences, creative writing, engineering, psychology, law and criminology, life sciences, and business.

    Note: UNCW only has access to selected content, mostly journals, in Wiley. Look for the unlocked or free icons  lock iconsto identify content available to UNCW.  [Details]

  • BIOSIS Previews

    BIOSIS Previews is the world's most comprehensive reference database for life science research. It covers original research reports and reviews in traditional biological and biomedical areas. It also covers references to primary journal literature on vital biological research, clinical research, medical research findings, and discoveries of new organisms.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Biosis: Introduction

  • PubMED

    Developed by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), PubMed is the most comprehensive biomedical research database, and a key resource used by scientists. Please see the PubMed Overview Sheet.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   PubMed Online Training

  • ScienceDirect

    Offers access to most of the Elsevier Journal collection covering the sciences, business, child development, computer science, clinical research, economics, history, hospitality, industrial technology, library and information science, physical education and health, psychology, social work, sociology, and tourism.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   ScienceDirect Interactive Tutorials

  • Electronic Journal Service (EJS)

    Search through EBSCO's database of scholarly e-journals.  [Details]

  • Health Source Plus: Consumer Edition

    Starting January 1, 2015 this database will be replaced by​ ProQuest Family Health. Please visit 2015 Database Changes for more information.

     [Details]

  • LexisNexis Academic

    News, business, communication studies, criminology, foreign languages and literatures, legal and reference information.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   LexisNexis YouTube Channel

  • MedlinePlus Drugs & Supplements

    Guide to prescription and over-the-counter medications.  [Details]

  • PLoS

    Public Library of Science (PLoS) is a nonprofit publisher that publishes the following titles: PLoS Biology, PLoS Medicine, PLoS Computational Biology, PLoS Genetics, PLoS Pathogens, and PLoS Clinical Trials. PLoS uses an Open Access model to publish, meaning that all journal issues are available free of charge online from the moment of publication. PLoS Biology has an Institute for Scientific Information (ISI) impact factor of 14.7.  [Details]

  • SpringerLink

    SpringerLink offers online access to over 1400 fully peer reviewed journals and hundreds of ebooks in biomedicine, life science, clinical medicine, physics, engineering, mathematics, computer science, humanities, social work, sociology, and economics.  [Details]

  • Wiley Online Library

    A multidisciplinary collection of academic areas of study including social sciences, humanities, education, social work, sociology, English, computer sciences, creative writing, engineering, psychology, law and criminology, life sciences, and business.

    Note: UNCW only has access to selected content, mostly journals, in Wiley. Look for the unlocked or free icons  lock iconsto identify content available to UNCW.  [Details]

  • BIOSIS Citation Index

    Citations from life sciences and biomedical research covering pre-clinical and experimental research, methods and instrumentation, animal studies, and more. Part of Web of Science.  [Details]

    Tutorial:   Web of Science: Citation Sources

  • COS Conference Papers Index

    This database provides citations to papers and poster sessions presented at major scientific meetings around the world. Subject emphasis since 1995 has been in the life sciences, environmental sciences and the aquatic sciences, while older material also covers physics, engineering and materials science. Part of ProQuest Environmental Science Collection.   [Details]

  • Current Contents Connect

    Complete tables of contents and bibliographic information from the world’s leading scholarly journals and books; also includes relevant, evaluated Web sites and documents. Part of Web of Science.  [Details]

  • MEDLINE via Web of Science

    MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) premier life sciences database with over 21 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. Full text linking available. Part of Web of Science  [Details]

  • Nursing Education in Video

    Nursing Education in Video is a unique online collection of videos created specifically for the education and training of nurses, nursing assistants, and other healthcare workers. This current release includes 355 videos.  [Details]

  • Pharmaceutical News Index

    Provides access to the latest information on medical technology, research, and legislative developments. The database contains bibliographic information and indexing for 22 key U.S. and international pharmaceutical, healthcare, biotechnology, medical device, and cosmetic industry newsletters. Part of ProQuest Central.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Central

    This database serves as the central resource for researchers at all levels. Covering more than 160 subjects areas, ProQuest Central is the largest aggregated database of periodical content. This award-winning online reference resource features a highly-respected, diversified mix of content including scholarly journals, trade publications, magazines, books, newspapers, reports and videos. Comparable to EBSCOhost Academic Search Complete.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Health & Medical Complete

    This database offers comprehensive journal coverage of clinical and biomedical topics, consumer health, health administration and more. The journals cover all major clinical and healthcare disciplines, including medical sciences, immunology, pharmacy and pharmacology, nursing, physical fitness and hygiene, surgery, and others. Provides in-depth coverage from over 1,500 publications with almost 1,300 available in full text and of these, over 900 include MEDLINE indexing. Part of ProQuest Central.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Nursing & Allied Health Source

    This database offers comprehensive coverage of the fields of nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine and more. Sources include journals, video, dissertations, reference books and more. Part of ProQuest Central. Comparable to EBSCOhost CINAHL w/Full Text.  [Details]

  • ProQuest Research Library

    A multidisciplinary, general reference database covering covering over 150 academic disciplines. Consists of a diversified mix of over 6,000 titles - over 75% in full text - from 1971 forward, including scholarly journals, trade publications, and magazines. Part of ProQuest Central.  [Details]

  • Summon

    Summon allows you to search for articles from journals to which we subscribe, content from participating databases to which we subscribe, freely available content such as from open access journals or government websites, and books, ebooks, government documents, archival materials, special collection and many other types of items from our library. A simple search of one or two words will return thousands of results; use phrase searching, field searching, and facets to refine your search and return fewer results. Keep in mind that Summon searches many but not all library resources and comprehensive searches should be done in subject specific databases.  [Details]

  • Toxline (via ProQuest)

    This database, produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, provides bibliographic citations and abstracts from the core journal literature in all areas of toxicology, including chemicals and pharmaceuticals, pesticides, environmental pollutants and mutagens and teratogens. Part of ProQuest Environmental Science Collection.  [Details]

  • WorldCat [FirstSearch Interface]

    Our access to the WorldCat FirstSearch interface is ending June 30, 2015. However, this does not mean we will be completely without access to the information contained in WorldCat after this time. By utilizing a combination WorldCat.org and locally produced solutions, we have every intent of providing our faculty and researchers with access to the WorldCat information you need, albeit through different channels. Please visit our news item for more information.

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    Please help us understand how you have used WorldCat FirstSearch by filling out this survey: How do you use WorldCat FirstSearch?  This information will help us provide you with solutions to alleviate the loss of FirstSearch. 

    Books and other materials in libraries worldwide.  [Details]


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