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|Acland's Video Atlas of Human Anatomy||Designed to help students gain a three-dimensional understanding of human structure. It shows images of real, dissected human anatomical specimens, encompassing the upper limb, lower limb, trunk, head and neck, and internal organs.
Two navigation tools, the index and the table of contents, give immediate access to specific content. User's will require an up to date version of Windows Media Player software to view the videos. Internet Explorer is the recommended web browser. Users of the Firefox browser may need to download the videos prior to playing them.
|Cochrane Library - Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews||The Cochrane Collaboration is an international network of individuals and institutions committed to preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews of the effects of health care, thus providing a significant contribution to the advancement of evidence based practice. The full Cochrane Library is available for searching and includes the following databases: - Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews - DARE - the Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness - Cochrane Controlled Trials Register - Cochrane Review Methodology - Health Technology Assessment (HTA) Database - NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHS EED)|
|Embase||Provides access to the bibliographic Excerpta medica database and covers approximately 3,500 international journals from 110 countries. The following subject fields are covered: drug research, pharmacology, toxicology, clinical and experimental human medicine, health policy and management, public health, occupational health, environmental health, drug dependence and abuse, psychiatry, forensic medicine and biomedical engineering and instrumentation. Nursing, veterinary medicine, psychology and alternative medicine are covered selectively. Data goes back to 1980 and is updated weekly.|
|Medline on OvidSP||Produced by the US National Library of Medicine, Medline on OvidSP covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care. Information is indexed from approximately 5,600 journals published world-wide. Data available goes back to 1966 and the database is updated weekly.|
|PsycINFO||PsycINFO (sometimes mistakenly known as PsychINFO) is produced by the American Psychological Association. It is a comprehensive international database covering summaries of journal articles, book chapters, technical reports and citations to dissertations in the field of psychology and psychological aspects of related disciplines. Coverage is from 1806 onwards.|
|PubMed, including Medline||A service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes millions of citations from Medline and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to 1948. PubMed includes links to full text articles and other related resources, including: - records from in Medline In Process (which is searchable through OvidSP - records move to the main Medline database after a week, when indexed with MeSH) - some chemistry and other non-medical science titles which do not have MeSH subject headings - many open access, full-text publications funded by the National Institute for Health.|
|Scopus||A large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature: scientific journals, books and conference proceedings. Scopus has journal coverage in many subjects across the fields of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, and arts and humanities.|
|Web of Science - Core Collection||The databases available within the Web of Science - Core Collection are:
Entries prior to 1981 do not include abstracts.
|Allied and Complementary Medicine Database (AMED)||A unique bibliographic database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library. Subject coverage includes: complementary medicine, physiotherapy, occupational therapy, rehabilitation, podiatry, and palliative care.|
|CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health)||Provides authoritative coverage of the literature related to nursing and allied health. Virtually all English-language publications are indexed along with the publications of the American Nurses Association and the National League for Nursing. In total, more than 1200 journals are regularly indexed; online abstracts are available for more than 800 of these titles. Many records are provided with associated full-text and images. The database also provides access to healthcare books, nursing dissertations, selected conference proceedings, standards of professional practice, educational software and audiovisual materials in nursing. Covers 1982 to date.|
|Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (DUETS)||The Database of Uncertainties about the Effects of Treatments (DUETs) has been established in the UK to publish uncertainties that cannot currently be answered reliably by referring to up-to-date systematic reviews of existing research evidence. Systematic reviews are based on worldwide searches for reliable, relevant evidence, analysed using methods to reduce biases and the play of chance. DUETs draws on three main sources to identify uncertainties about the effects of treatments: - patients', carers' and clinicians' questions about the effects of treatments - research recommendations in reports of systematic reviews and clinical guidelines - ongoing research, both systematic reviews in preparation and new 'primary' studies DUETs does not include unanswered questions about the frequency, causes and diagnosis of health problems.|
|MIT CogNet||An online resource for the brain and cognitive science community's scientific research, published through MIT Press. The full text of more than 650 MIT Press ebooks are included, as are the complete text of their major cognitive science reference works. MITCogNet also provides access to 6 MIT Press online journals. The resources included in MITCogNet are also discoverable through Library Search.|
|British National Formulary (BNF)||
The BNF is a joint publication of the British Medical Association and the Royal Pharmaceutical Society of Great Britain, in consultation with the UK Health Departments and the British Dental Association. The BNF aims to provide healthcare professionals with sound up-to-date information about the use of medicines. Medicines that are generally prescribed in the UK are covered and those considered less suitable for prescribing are clearly identified. Little or no information is included on medicines promoted for purchase by the public. Also, less detail is given on areas such as obstetrics, malignant disease, and anaesthesia since it is expected that those undertaking treatment will have specialist knowledge and access to specialist literature. Biannual publication allows the BNF to reflect promptly changes in product availability as well as emerging safety concerns and shifts in clinical practice. The more important changes for this edition are listed under the "Changes" section.
To search BNF on the Web you will need to register with MedicinesComplete first. To get free online access members of the University can select the “NHS or Non-commercial Access” option to register.
|EThOS (Electronic Theses Online Service)||The UK’s national thesis service. EThOS aims to provide an aggregated record of all doctoral theses awarded by UK Higher Education institutions and free access to the full text of as many theses as possible for use by all researchers to further their own research. The year range of the included theses depends on the participating institutions. The database is updated at least weekly with new records from UK Higher Education Institutions and theses harvested from UK HEI Repositories. Theses are also digitised when ordered by users and these are loaded on a daily basis.
Please note: UK theses not available on EThOS can be requested via the Inter-Library Loan service
|NHS Evidence||NHS Evidence, from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE), is a portal providing access to clinical and non-clinical evidence and best practice for healthcare, public health and social care. It includes: clinical guidance and guidelines; drug and device information; and public health and social care information. University of Bristol medical students in Years 3-5 and University of Bristol staff with joint NHS/University appointments can also access NHS Core Content medical databases through the portal using their NHS login.|
|Turning Research into Practice (TRiP)||Searches simultaneously across over 75 evidence-based practice oriented web resources and presents the results in categories.|
Guides to searching databases
A number of guides to searching individual databases and to literature searching in general, produced by the Medical Librarians, together with some externally produced, are available here. The Medical Librarian team are also able to give help and advice about searching databases.
The following tutorials are provided by the Virtual Training Suite. Written by a team of UK university lecturers and librarians they will help you to use the Internet effectively:
The Medical Library contains a wealth of such material in either print or electronic format.
Consider titles starting with:
Look for others that end with the term 'reviews', for example:
Examples of other titles include:
The Medical Subject team run a programme of training in finding and using information by arrangement with your department.
There is no single way of writing references, however you should cite references in a consistent style. Biomedical journals mostly use either the Harvard or Vancouver formats for citing references.
The Vancouver Group - now known as the International Committee of Medical Journal Editors - first published its Uniform Requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals in 1979. The current version of Uniform requirements for Manuscripts Submitted to Biomedical Journals is available online. For samples of reference citation formats, consult the National Library of Medicine.
Other useful resources include:
Literature references are often written with abbreviated terms. Abbreviated journal titles can make finding a journal difficult. It is often necessary to know the full title in order to locate the journal. To find journal title abbreviations you could use:
If you are unable to find the abbreviation you are looking for, please ask a member of the Library staff for assistance.
Sometimes very short unofficial abbreviations are employed in reference books or journals. Here are some examples that you may encounter:
Please note: these should not be used in the references that you write, unless they are stipulated by the body or journal that you are submitting your work to.
EndNote is the University of Bristol's recommended bibliographical management software, which can be used to collect, store, organise and manage references, and to output them as reference lists or bibliographies. A particularly useful function is 'Cite While You Write', enabling you to format Word documents, producing bibliographies and adding references within the text.
Updated 25 June 2015 by the University Library
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