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Online Encyclopedias

Key Databases

  • AccessMedicine
    AccessMedicine is a comprehensive online medical resource that provides a complete spectrum of knowledge from the best minds in medicine.
  • ProQuest Research Library: Health & Medicine
    Search the health and medical journals within ProQuest databases, including Research Library, Physical Education Index, and Dissertations & Theses
  • Science Direct
    "World's leading full-text scientific database." Includes articles/chapters from 2,500+ peer-reviewed journals and 10,000+ books. Coverage from 19th century to present.

Key Journals

  • JAMA: The Journal of the American Medical Association
    Peer-reviewed medical journal published 48 times a year by the American Medical Association. Contains original research, reviews, and editorials covering all aspects of the biomedical sciences.
  • Journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (JAAPA)
    JAAPA is the peer-reviewed clinical journal of the American Academy of Physician Assistants (AAPA). It supports the ongoing education and advancement of physician assistants (PAs) by publishing current information and research on clinical, health policy, and professional issues.
  • The Lancet
    The Lancet strives to make science widely available so that medicine can serve, transform society, and positively impact the lives of people. 1992 - Present (three month delay in coverage).
  • New England Journal of Medicine
    A leading medical journal published continuously for over 200 years, NEJM delivers high-quality, peer-reviewed research and interactive clinical content to physicians, educators, and the global medical community. 1980 - Present (three month delay in coverage). 
  • Physician Assistant Clinics
    Aims to provide an authoritative and continuously updated clinical information resource that covers all of the relevant PA specialties. Gives PAs deep insights into the latest advancements in their fields and addresses the key points, diagnosis, prognosis, clinical management, and complications of disease and techniques, evidence, and controversies in the field. 2016 - Present.

National Library of Medicine

World’s largest biomedical library, NLM produces electronic information resources, supports and conducts research, development, and training in biomedical informatics and health information technology. Three databases available to the public are:

    Oldest and still active citation database with links to full text, when available. MEDLINE can be accessed through Ebsco and shares the same searching format as other databases such as CINAHL. The database is notable for the careful journal screening process and the use of, Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®), to index citations.
  • PubMed
    Builds out from MEDLINE, offering a broader range of coverage with more records, including additional full text coverage. You may limit your PubMed search retrieval to MEDLINE citations only by restricting your search to the MeSH controlled vocabulary or by using the Journal Categories filter called MEDLINE.
  • PubMed Central (PMC)
    Full-text archive for full-text biomedical and life sciences journal articles. It is a repository for journal literature deposited by participating publishers, as well as for author manuscripts that have been submitted in compliance with the NIH Public Access Policy and similar policies of other research funding agencies. Some PMC journals are also MEDLINE journals.

For a complete understanding of these three databases go to the MEDLINE, PubMed, and PMC (PubMed Central): How are they different? Fact Sheet.

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Other Resources

  • CINAHL with Full Text
    Search nearly 3,000 journals in allied health. Contains full text for approximately 600 journals, though additional full text may be available in other databases.
  • Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition
    Database designed for researchers, allied health professionals, nurses and medical educators with access to 330 full-text journals, 260 which are full-text and peer-reviewed, focusing on wide range of medical topics.


LibGuides are resources that are built by scholarly professionals with content specifically related to a given subject.

  • Health in Credo (LibGuide)
    Academically and professionally curated information around this particular subject area that is expansive, citable, and accurate.

Citing Sources

  • American Medical Association (AMA)
    Manual of Style, 11th ed.
    Reserves 808.06661 A479
    Ask at the front desk.
  • Zotero
    A citation generator and management tool, Zotero can help you keep all of your citation information together and generate a bibliography for you.


Books on Physician Assistants, health, and medicine have call numbers in the 610-619 range.

Legal Resources

  • Google Scholar Case Law
    Free case law library includes state cases from 1950; federal, appellate, tax, and bankruptcy cases from 1923; and US Supreme Court opinions from 1791.