Glendale: Cinahl Information Systems, 1977–. Covers publications related to nursing research and practice, providing references to articles, books and book chapters, pamphlets and other documents, and standards of professional practice and research.
Bethesda: National Library of Medicine, 1948–. The most comprehensive coverage of medical research. Based on the Medline medical database but including current in-process citations, this tool provides over 15 million abstracts of publications in medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care, and the preclinical sciences published from the 1950s to the present. PubMed is available at http://www.pubmed.gov, a public resource provided by the National Library of Medicine.
http://www.cdc.gov. The CDC is the federal government’s lead agency for preventing disease and promoting health. The agency’s Web site provides information on health and safety topics, an index of health information, technical publications such as The Mortality and Morbidity Weekly Report, and current news about health risks.
http://www.cdc.gov/nchs. Provides a wealth of statistical data on health in the United States, including analysis of trends, health reports on specific populations, and leading causes of death. The center is part of the Centers for Disease Control.
http://ninr.nih.gov/ninr. A U.S. government program devoted to clinical and basic research efforts in patient care. Included on the site are many publications and an online course for nurses who wish to conduct research.
http://www.nih.gov. Offers information on current medical research funded by the U.S. government in the areas of cancer, mental health, human genomes, drug and alcohol abuse, and a wide variety of other illnesses and medical specialties. Though much of the information available from the NIH is technical, every subject area contains information written for a nonspecialist audience. The NIH is part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
http://www.vh.org. Offers a tremendous amount of information for health care providers and their patients. A service of the University of Iowa Health Care Program, the site includes the full text of scores of medical textbooks as well as easily accessible patient and provider information arranged by topic.
Ed. Kenneth F. Kiple. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 1993. A scholarly guide to the history of specific diseases across time and in all parts of the world.
Ed. Lee Goldman and Dennis Ausiello. 23rd ed. Philadelphia: Saunders, 2008. A classic general textbook of medicine.
Ed. Robert E. Rackel and Edward T. Bope. Philadelphia: Saunders, annual. A basic guide to current diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries.
Ed. Wilhelm Kirch. 2 vols. New York: Springer, 2008. Offers over 2,500 entries on topics such as disease prevention and health promotion from the perspectives of sociology, demographics, economics, and social work as well as from clinical medicine.
Ed. Jacqueline Longe. 3rd ed. 5 vols. Detroit: Gale Group, 2006. Written in accessible, nontechnical language, this reference covers basic consumer information on hundreds of medical disorders, tests, and treatments.
Ed. Ada Sue Hinshaw et al. Newbury Park: Sage, 1999. Provides a comprehensive review and critique of nursing research.
6th ed. Philadelphia: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins, 2007. Contains brief, illustrated definitions of medical terms. This is an adaptation of Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, the longer classic work for practitioners.