Alberta Complementary and Alternative Medicine Research Network

Literature Searching Workshop


Free Research Databases Free Journals Professional & Research Organizations
Subject Directories to CAM Information Search Engines Alerting Services & Listservs
Table of Contents Services Health News Consumer/Patient Information

Free Research Databases

PubMed/Medline
Help Guide: University of Calgary PubMed QuickGuide
Help Guide: PubMed Online Help

CAM on PubMed
A subset of the PubMed Medline database

DARE Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (CRD)
Help Guide: CRD Database Help

NHSEED Economic Evaluation Database (CRD)
Help Guide: CRD Database Help

Health Technology Assessment Database (CRD)
Help Guide: CRD Database Help

AGRICOLA
A bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the U.S. National Agricultural Library and its cooperators.

CancerLit
A bibliographic database produced by the U.S. National Cancer Institute
Help Guide: Cancer.gov Help

ClinicalTrials.gov
A database of ongoing and closed clinical trials developed and maintained by the U.S. National Institutes of Health

Cochrane Library Abstracts of Systematic Reviews
A searchable database of the most up to date Cochrane Systematic Reviews. Includes reviews of CAM therapies

HerbMed
A searchable database which 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.

HOM-INFORM
The British Homeopathic Library indexes homeopathic literature in this free database.
Help Guide: Hom-Inform Database Help

The International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS)
A database of published, international, scientific literature on dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, and botanicals.

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Free Journals

ACP Journal Club
Abstracts and reviews of research articles published in select health and medical journals.

Alternative Medicine Review (Free after 2 years)

Bandolier Evidence Based Health Care

British Medical Journal Complementary Medicine Collection

Canadian Medical Association Journal

Effective Health Care Bulletins
Reports on health care interventions produced by the UK NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination

Health Policy and Planning (Free After 2 Years)

Health Technology Assessment

International Digest of Health Legislation
Published by the World Health Organization

Medical Journal of Australia

Locating More Free Journals

PubMed Central
An archive of free medical journals indexed in PubMed. They are accessible through this site or via direct links from within the PubMed database.

BioMed Central
A database of open-access Internet-based biomedical journals.

Free Medical Journals.com
A guide to freely available online journals.

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Professional & Research Organizations

Acupuncture Foundation of Canada Institute

AIMS Alternative and Integrative Medicine Society

CamLine
An evidence-based website on complementary and alternative medicine for healthcare professionals and the public.... with a Canadian perspective

Canadian Chiropractic Association

Canadian College of Naturopathic Medicine

Canadian Complementary Medical Association

Canadian Federation of Aromatherapists

Canadian Massage Therapist Alliance

Canadian Naturopathic Association

Canadian Reiki Association

Health Canada. Health Human Resource Strategies Division
Provides links to a variety of policy and issue documents

Health Canada. Natural Health Products Directorate

Herb Research Foundation

Homeopathic Medical Council of Canada

Integrative Health Institute of Calgary

National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (US)
Links to clinical trials of CAM therapies

Research Centre for Alternative Medicine

Research Council for Complementary Medicine (UK)

Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (US)

Therapeutic Touch Network Alberta

Tzu Chi Institute for Complementary and Alternative Medicine

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Subject Directories to CAM Information

Alternative Medicine Homepage (US)
Lists of Internet sources, databases, organizations and government sources online

Health Care Information Resouces for Alternative Medicine
List of links to quality information prepared by Tom Flemming at McMaster University

Rosenthal Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (US)
Includes directories of databases and organization links

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Search Engines

Excite
Good search engine for locating news articles
Google
A general search engine that generally produces results of high relevance
MDchoice.com
A medical search engine that links to preselected sites
Northern Light
Organizes search results in information folders for easier use.
Profusion
Allows for searching of specific subject directories. Includes an Alternative Medicine subject directory

Which Search Engine to Use?
Includes reviews of search engines and searching tips.

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Alerting Services & Listservs

AIMS Alternative & Integrative Medical Society News & Research

Alternative Health News Online
A biweekly email newsletter of reports on recent news and research in complementary and alternative health

Health Canada News Digest
Subscribers receive a summation of news headlines, advisories and health warnings released by Health Canada in the previous month.

Health Edition-Canada’s Weekly Health Newsletter
Includes Hansard reports, and information on government initiatives and reports.

HSURC Daily Health Clips
Health Services Utilization and Research Commission Saskatchewan daily report on Canadian and international health services and policy research and news.

University of Laval E-Watch Bulletin
Weekly bulletin of information on relevant events for health services professionals and decision-makers, smart practice innovations and links to online publications promoting knowledge utilization in the health services.

UK Health News Daily Alerts

U.S. Food and Drug Administration News Digest

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Table of Contents Services

Elsevier Contents Direct
Free Registration Required. Choose Medicine General and Internal to view and subscribe to a selection of CAM journals.

Annals of Internal Medicine
A good source for articles on CAM

Canadian Medical Association Journal E-Toc

British Medical Journal Customized Alerts

New England Journal of Medicine

The Lancet
Register for free TOC service and free access to select journal articles online

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Health News

American Medical News

C-Health
News from Canadian Newspapers

Globe and Mail

Health Canada News

Health On the Net Foundation Daily News

Medical Post

National Post

Reuters Health

UK Health News

U.S. Food and Drug Administration News Digest

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Consumer & Patient Information

CamLine
An evidence-based website on complementary and alternative medicine for healthcare professionals and the public.... with a Canadian perspective

Canadian Health Network
Provides links to quality professional and patient/consumer oriented information on CAM

Health Insite (AU)
Australia’s consumer health information web site

HealthFinder.Gov (US)

Integrative Health Institute of Calgary

Medline Plus
Links to quality patient/consumer oriented information on CAM

NHS Direct (UK)
UK Guide to consumer health information

QuackWatch (US)

Checkist for Evaluating Health Websites

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Last updated October 2002.
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