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Key databases

Access Medicine provides you with thousands of online resources that are updated weekly with the newest research and emerging trends across a number of healthcare professions. You might want to select this database if you are focusing on an emerging trend, or current event within the health field.

Alt HealthWatch focuses on the multiple perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care. Full-text content comes from more than 180 international peer-reviewed and professional journals, magazines, reports, proceedings, and association and consumer newsletters, plus hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research, and book excerpts. You might select this database if you are looking for multiple perspectives, or a discussion, on a specific treatment or method.

AMED – The Allied and Complementary Medicine Database is an alternative medicine database designed for students, researchers and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative treatments. It contains details of relevant journal articles from over 500 journals many of which are not indexed elsewhere. It is a bibliographic database produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library

CINAHL with Full Text – Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature* CINAHL, the Cumulated Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature, is a comprehensive nursing & allied health research database, providing full text for more than 760 journals. CINAHL with Full Text also contains searchable cited references for more than 1,150 journals and provides full text for 329 journals, plus legal cases, clinical innovations, critical paths, drug records, research instruments and clinical trials. PDF backfiles to 1982 are also included.

The Cochrane Library is a collection of three databases that contain different types of high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making, and tool you can use to get quick answers to clinical questions.

Includes: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR) – Cochrane Reviews, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) – Clinical Trials, Epistemonikos – “Other Reviews,” Clinical Answers.

HerbMedPro is an interactive, electronic herbal database provides hyperlinked access to the scientific data underlying the use of herbs for health. It is an evidence-based information resource for professionals, researchers, and general public.

Natural Medicines a resource which provides information about specific herbs and supplements and their effects, as well as citation for effects for further research.

PubMed: Grants access to MEDLINE (which contains citations and abstracts, and provides access to a broad range of biomedical and health literature). This could lead you to find articles you might need an ILL request for. New reference items for not yet indexed in MEDLINE are included in PubMed. Alternative Medicine, Acupuncture, and Chinese Medicine journals are included

ScienceDirect provides access to more than 18 million articles and book chapters from over 2,650 peer-reviewed journals and 42,000 e-books, including books, book series and major reference works, and digital archives that reach as far back as 1823 to help users discover more science, use their time efficiently and make decisions with the highest-quality scientific information.

Selected ejournal titles

  • Journal of Herbal Medicine – Available from 2011. You can access this journal through ScienceDirect. The content areas of the journal reflect the interests of Medical Herbalists and other health professionals interested in the clinical and professional application of botanical medicines.
  • Frontiers in Pharmacology – Available from 2009. Available through the Directory of Open Access Journals. Focuses on basic and clinical pharmacology, medicinal chemistry, pharmacy and toxicology.
  • Herbalgram –Available from 1990. Available through AltHealthWatch. Focuses on the use of Herbs and their usage. The articles have a variety of subjects that range from market trends, usage, to focusing on specific items such as pomegranates, as well as quality control.
  • The herb, spice, and medicinal plant digest –Available from 1990-1997. Available through AltHealthWatch. This journal was formally discontinued in 1997. It focuses on various herbs and medicinal plants, if you are writing about something with that focus, you could search for your specific topic.
  • 中草(英文版) = Chinese Herbal Medicines – Available from 2012. Available through the Directory of Open Access Journals. Focuses on herbal medicines from different countries or regions and providing a forum for the theoretical and clinical studies on traditional medicines, herbal medicines and natural products. Includes the subject of pharmacology, toxicology.

Browse print books

Find shelves on 3rd floor with call number ranges below.
Books within these call number ranges are organized by subject, so you can find other related books.

Keyword Call # range
Botanic Medicine RV 1-431


ebook Central: The linked search will bring you to the search term of “Acupuncture”. The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.


eBook Collection: The linked search will bring you to the search term of “Acupuncture”. The texts available you can view on your devices, and you can find more modern texts on this resource as well. You might need to log into your BU account to be able to access the text after following the link.


 Hathi Trust: This is a digital library with the mission of research, scholarship, and the common good by collaboratively collecting, organizing, preserving, communicating, and sharing the record of human knowledge. This resource has information about Acupuncture available, what is unique about this resource is there are resources multiple languages, as well as older articles as well.



In addition to the previously mentioned eBook Databases, as a student of University of Bridgeport, you are also granted access to the following textbook:

Handbook of Traditional Chinese Medicine this gives you access to three volumes of this textbook. This textbook, based on the unique characteristics of TCM, discusses its principle theories and presents a comprehensive daily practice guide for health maintenance and disease treatment.

Additional Websites and Databases: – A searchable database, run by the National Library of Medicine, of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world.

The National Institute of Health’s Herb List – This resource is an app you can download to either iOS or Android. It was created by the National Institute of Health, and contains information on potential safety problems, side effects, and herb-drug interactions with additional links to resources for more information. They can also mark favorite herbs for quick recall and offline accessibility.

The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Care, Herbs at a Glance–Herbs at a Glance is a series of brief fact sheets that provides basic information about specific herbs or botanicals—common names, what the science says, potential side effects and cautions, and resources for more information.

Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center, About Herbs, Botanicals and Other Products– This website has a public databases which focuses on herbal remedies and their effectiveness, usual doses, and drug interactions. It is important to note that the focus is on Cancer treatment, though other information is available.

A Modern Herbal by Mrs. M. Grieve – Hypertext version hosted by This is an index of herbs, it is important to note that this resource would be useful if you needed the historical perspective for your assignment. The resource was written with the conventional wisdom of the early 1900’s.

American Herbal Products Association – National trade association, focusing on herbs, botanicals and herbal products.

Henriette’s Herbal Homepage – Many articles, images, and hypertexts compiled by Finnish Herbalist Henrietta Kress. There are information on Medical Herbs as well as Culinary Herbs, including an FAQ section. You need to register to the site to browse, but it is free to register.

Herb World News Online – World’s oldest source of science-based information on the health benefits and safety of medicinal plants.

Medline Plus: Herbs and Supplements – This database focuses on herbal remedies and their effectiveness, usual doses, and drug interactions. The information comes from the National Center of Complementary and Integrative Health and the Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database.

Native American Ethnobotony – A database with a focus on plant-derived Foods, Drugs, Dyes and Fibers of Native American Peoples.

American Botanical Council –Operating since 1988, the American Botanical Council provides education and promotion of the responsible use of herbal medicine using information derived from traditional resources as well as scientific studies. If you are visiting Austin, Texas you can schedule a tour of their facilities and gardens as well.

Student Involvement:

There are ways that you can get involved and build experience and familiarity with your field on campus. You can join, or start a student chapter of a Professional Organization, of which a few are linked and listed below. To start a club or organization, contact or drop by the Office of Student Activities. You can also volunteer your services as well to gain experience as a professional.

In addition to student organizations, there is also UB’s Clinic. You can ask your professor about further information on how or when you will be able to be involved.

Joining Established Student Organizations:

Student Organizations: To get involved on campus, you can participate in events. Information about student organizations is listed in the previously linked page. If you click on the name of an organization you are interested in you can see if they have any upcoming events, as well as any other organization that is co-hosting or co-chairing their event. Below are some relevant student organizations to your field you might be interested in.

An example of an active student organization on campus that is related to your field is the The Society of Minority Health Professionals. The Society of Minority Health Professional’s mission is to create a positive and motivational atmosphere for minorities working toward becoming our future health care providers. They aim to encourage a movement of leaders to fulfill the need of diversity in the health field. They host, and co-chair many events and are an active group.

Biology Club: The biology club’s primary purpose of this organization shall be to foster and promote understanding of important biological issues among members of the Biology Club and the campus community. They host a variety of events, and promote career awareness for students interested in Biology as a career.

Volunteering Opportunities:

Office of Civic Engagement: You can connect with University of Bridgeport’s Office of Civic Engagement to find further information about volunteer work. Their mission is to serve as a catalyst for students, staff, faculty, and administrators to connect with, build, and sustain meaningful service initiatives in the greater Bridgeport area.

Connecticut Government Volunteering: There are a variety of projects that the Connecticut Government is seeking volunteers for assistance with. An example of a project that might be interesting would be the “iNaturalist Project- Discover Outdoor Connecticut”. This project would have you track, and share your observations of Connecticut’s wildlife alongside our DEEP Wildlife Division biologists, Master Wildlife Conservationists (MWCs), and other dedicated volunteers to help identify as many plants and animals as possible from across the State.

Professional Societies:

To further your involvement in your field, you might want to join a professional organization. A professional organization would assist you in research, networking, mentorship, and much more. You can read about the specific organizations on their individual websites listed below. As a student of the University of Bridgeport, you would qualify for the Student Membership rate, which is either free or at a reduced cost.

American Holistic Nurses Association: Their goal is to illuminate holism in nursing practice, community, advocacy, research and education. They have scholarships and research grants that are available to members. There is a local chapter of this organization established in Bridgeport as well.

Academy of Integrative Health & Medicine– (AIHM) – An emphasis is put on treating the mind, body, and spirit, members are dedicated to integrative health and want to transform the health systems globally to include traditional, complementary and integrative health in universal healthcare for all. They allow for student chapters, and you could start one at UB!

Connecticut Botanical Society: This society is based out of New Haven, they focus on the flora of Connecticut. They have annual meetings, and seek contributions to their newsletter from members.

The International Association for the Study of Traditional Asian Medicine (IASTAM) – Promotes and encourages the study of traditional Asian medicine, including both the ‘classical’ systems and local traditions, in all their aspects – historical, philosophical, philological, anthropological, sociological, and scientific.

American Association of Acupuncture & Oriental Medicine– (AAOM) –The AAOM focuses on Practitioners of Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine. There is networking, volunteering opportunities, and events, as well as discounts available to members as well as some job postings. The University of Bridgeport pays for your admission to this organization, you would need to contact your faculty member to find out how to be registered.

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