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Health Sciences (Doctorate)

Health Science Databases

ABI/INFORM–This database focuses puts an emphasis on business trends, but this could be applicable to trends and newer strategies in place in the pharmaceutical or care industry as well.

Academic Search Premier–This is a multi-disciplinary database, using it would be a good place to conduct a general search of your topic. It would also be especially useful if your research topic crosses multiple disciplines. This database includes full text for nearly 9000 academic journals, including full text for more than 7000 journals.

Access Medicine– This database focuses on 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.

CINAHL with Full Text – Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature*– CINAHL is the abbreviation for the Cumulated Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature. It is a comprehensive nursing & allied health research database and provides full text versions of more than 760 journals. This database 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.

The Directory of Open Access Journals– is a collection of freely available Academic Journals. This database includes more than 17,000 journals, and more than 7,000,000 articles available covering all areas of science, technology, medicine, social sciences, arts and humanities. They have journals that focus specifically on a variety of sciences and health sciences within their holdings.

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.

JSTOR– is a general resource and would be a good place to start a general search. This database contains full-text scholarly journals from the Arts & Sciences I, III & VIII collections which include archaeology, arts & art history, classical studies, history, humanities, language & literature, music, philosophy, and social sciences.

PsycARTICLES– Covers the professional academic literature focusing on psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, linguistics, and other areas.

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 also included in this resource as well.

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.

UpToDate–this database focuses on patient care, it uses current evidence to answer clinical questions quickly and easily. The goal is to save clinicians’ time, while improving outcomes, and lowering health care costs.

Selected ejournal titles

  • The New England Journal of Medicine – Available from 1990. You can access this journal through the Massachusetts Medical Society. This journal focuses on research, clinical insights, and medical breakthroughs.
  • PLoS Medicine – Available from 2004. You can access this journal through the Academic Search Premier. This journal publishes outstanding human studies that substantially enhance the understanding of human health & disease.
  • Family Medicine – Available from 1998. You can access this journal through EBSCO Open Access Journals. The works included in this journal focus on the discipline of family medicine, particularly focusing on primary care medical education, health workforce policy, and health services research.
  • Preventive Medicine – Available from 1972. You can access this journal through ScienceDirect. Preventive Medicine is an international scholarly journal that publishes original articles on the science and practice of disease prevention, health promotion, and public health policymaking.
  • International Journal of Women’s Health – Available from 2009. You can access this journal through EBSCO Open Access Journals. This is an international peer-reviewed open access journal that focuses on all aspects of women’s healthcare including gynecology, obstetrics, and breast cancer.
  • Women’s Health Issues – Available from 1995. You can access this journal through ScienceDirect. Women’s Health Issues (WHI) is a peer-reviewed, bimonthly, multidisciplinary journal that publishes research and review manuscripts related to women’s health care and policy.
  • Journal of Military, Veteran and Family Health – Available from 2015. You can access this journal through EBSCO Open Access Journals. The Journal aims to maximize the mental, physical and social health and well-being of military personnel, Veterans and their families.
  • Men’s Health Journal – Available from 2018. You can access this journal through EBSCO Open Access Journals. Men’s health journal (MHJ) is an international, peer-reviewed open access journal. This is an international peer-reviewed open access journal that focuses on all aspects of men’s healthcare.

Print Resources:

The Wahlstrom Library has a print collection of resources which are located on the 3rd Floor. The texts are organized by the Library of Congress System, which means they are organized in a system that focuses on the subject or content of the book rather than the author’s last name.

Below are a list of call numbers that might be of interest in your research:

Search Term Call Number/Range
Dermatology RL 1-803
Gynecology and Obstetrics RG 1-991
Human Anatomy QM
Human Physiology QP
Internal Medicine RC 31-1245
Pathology RB 1-214
Pediatrics RJ 1-570
Surgery RD 1-811
Therapeutics RM 1-950

You can also use the library’s homepage to search the catalog for a specific search term. You can search for your research topic, or for a specific item, academic journal, or author. When you search the library’s catalog, you can also see if a print item is checked out, or could be available online.


In addition to the previously mentioned eBook Databases, the DSM-5 is accessible to you through your University of Bridgeport account.

DSM Library (Fifth Edition)


R2 Digital Library: This is a digital library that contains medical texts. There are a variety of subjects covered within this collections from psychiatry to alternative medicine.

ebook Central: 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 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 Dentistry available, what is unique about this resource is there are resources multiple languages, as well as older articles as well.

Web Pages:

Medical Searches:

MedNar is a federated search that focuses on medical information. This service searches commercial sites as well as government sites, and allows you to limit results by type. MedNar also suggests medical subject headings (MeSH) for searches, as well a medical dictionary.

TRIP is a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care. The site also allows clinicians to search across other content types including: images, videos, patient information leaflets, educational courses, and news.

Additional Web Resources:

American Medical Informatics Association – Promotes the science, education and profession of health care Informatics.

American Public Health Association – Advocates for science-based public health information, working to influence federal public health policies.

Association for Career and Technical Education – Health Science Education Division – Instructors, administrators, applied academics instructors, local and state supervisors, teacher educators and others who are dedicated to educating tomorrow’s health care workers.

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention – Works to protect America from health, safety and security threats.

Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine’s EBM Tools – Develops, teaches and promotes evidence-based health care through a variety of methods.

Clinical – Maintained by the National Library of Medicine, this site provides patients, their family members, health care professionals, researchers, and the public with easy access to information on publicly and privately supported clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Connecticut Department of Public Health – Promotes public health initiatives in CT.

Health Resources and Services Administration – The primary Federal agency for improving health care to people who are geographically isolated, economically or medically vulnerable.

National Consortium for Health Science Education  – A national partnership of individuals and organizations with a vested interest in health science education.

World Health Organization – Directs and coordinates international health within the United Nations’ system, supporting government’s public health policies and strategies.

Selected Health Science Statistics Sources

National Center for Health Care Statistics – A rich source of data for researchers, teachers, and students who want to perform data analysis.

CDC Data & Statistics – Statistics organized by topic.

United States Census Health Statistics – Provides up-to-date statistics—covering people and business—relating to health in America.

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Program Statistics – Detailed summary statistics on national health care, Medicare populations, utilization, and expenditures, as well as counts for Medicare-certified institutional and non-institutional providers.

U.S. Data and Statistics – General government statistics portal.

Institute of Education Sciences – A leading source for rigorous, independent education research, evaluation and statistics.

U.S. Department of Education – Data and Statistics from the U. S. Department of Education.

Bureau of Labor Statistics – The Occupational Outlook Handbook’s job descriptions and outlook for Medical and Health Services Managers

Agency for Health Research and Quality – “The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) is the lead Federal agency charged with improving the safety and quality of America’s health care system.”

U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, Injuries, Illnesses, and Fatalities Statistics – US Government source for important statistics on workplace related injuries.

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