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National Center for Biotechnology Information

Popular NCBI Resources

  • BLAST: BLAST finds regions of similarity between biological sequences. The program compares nucleotide or protein sequences to sequence databases and calculates the statistical significance

  • Bookshelf: Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare. Search, read, and discover.

  • Gene: Gene integrates information from a wide range of species. A record may include nomenclature, Reference Sequences (RefSeqs), maps, pathways, variations, phenotypes, and links to genome-, phenotype-, and locus-specific resources worldwide

  • Genome: This resource organizes information on genomes including sequences, maps, chromosomes, assemblies, and annotations.

  • Nucleotide: The Nucleotide database is a collection of sequences from several sources, including GenBank, RefSeq, TPA and PDB.

  • OMIM®: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man®, is a comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes.

  • Protein: The Protein database is a collection of sequences from several sources, including translations from annotated coding regions in GenBank, RefSeq and TPA, as well as records from SwissProt, PIR, PRF, and PDB.

  • PubChem:

  • PubMed: PubMed comprises more than 26 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

  • PubMed Central: PubMed Central® (PMC) is a free full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM).

  • PubMed Health: PubMed Health specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.

  • SNP: Database of single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) and multiple small-scale variations that include insertions/deletions, microsatellites, and non-polymorphic variants.

National Library of Medicine

Disaster Databases

  • Chemical Hazards Emergency Medical Management (CHEMM): Enables first responders and other healthcare providers and planners to plan for, respond to, recover from, and mitigate the effects of mass-casualty incidents involving accidental or terrorist chemical releases.

  • Disaster and Emergency Response Tools from the National Library of Medicine.

  • Disaster Information Management Research Center: The DIMRC provides health information resource and informatics research related to disasters of natural, accidental, or deliberate origin.

  • Disaster Lit®: the Resource Guide for Disaster Medicine and Public Health is a database of links to disaster medicine and public health documents available on the Internet at no cost. Documents include expert guidelines, research reports, conference proceedings, training classes, fact sheets, websites, databases, and similar materials selected from over 700 organizations for a professional audience.

  • Radiation Emergency Medical Management (REMM): Designed for health care providers, primarily physicians, without formal expertise in radiation safety or radiation medicine who may provide medical care during an accidental or non-accidental radiation event.

  • ReUnite: is a post-disaster family reunification tool. After a disaster, the U.S. National Library of Medicine's PEOPLE LOCATOR (R) Web site, (http://pl.nlm.nih.gov) opens an event. The app can be used for reporting and searching missing or found person information within those disaster events.

  • Wireless Information System for Emergency Responders (WISER): WISER is a system designed to assist emergency responders in hazardous material incidents. WISER provides a wide range of information on hazardous substances, including substance identification support, physical characteristics, human health information, and containment and suppression advice.

Drug, Dietary Supplement Labels and Toxicology Databases

  • AIDSInfo: A resource providing information on HIV/AIDS clinical trials and federally approved HIV treatment and prevention guidelines, information on HIV/AIDS treatment, clinical trials, and other HIV/AIDS-related research information for health care providers, researchers, people affected by HIV/AIDS, and the general public.

  • Dietary Supplement Label Database: A free source of information, created via a collaboration of the NIH Office of Dietary Supplements with the National Library of Medicine, from the labels of dietary supplements marketed and sold in the United States.

  • Drug Information Portal: Information for over 55,000 drugs. Names, usage, and structures are displayed, as well as search links to key NLM and government sites.

  • DailyMed: Vehicle for access to the labels as well as to other sources and types of information about medications.

  • DART: Developmental and Reproductive Toxicology Database. DART provides more than 200,000 journals references covering teratology and other aspects of developmental and reproductive toxicology.

  • Haz-Map: Links jobs and hazardous tasks with occupational diseases and their symptoms.

  • Hazardous Substances Data Bank (HSDB): Comprehensive, peer-reviewed toxicology data for about 5,000 chemicals.

  • Household Products Database: Potential health effects of chemicals in more than 10,000 common household products.

  • LactMed: Drugs and Lactation Database. Drugs and other chemicals to which breastfeeding mothers may be exposed.

  • RxNorm: Normalized names for clinical drugs and links its names to many of the drug vocabularies commonly used in pharmacy management and drug interaction software, including those of First Databank, Micromedex, MediSpan, Gold Standard Drug Database, and Multum. By providing links between these vocabularies, RxNorm can mediate messages between systems not using the same software and vocabulary.

  • TOXNET (Toxicology Data Network ): A cluster of databases covering toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health and related areas.

Genetic Resources

  • GeneEd: Links to teacher and student resources.

  • Genetic Testing Registry (GTR): Information about conditions and phenotypes by searching for disease names, traits, drugs, proteins, and analytes (the sample analyzed).

  • Genetics and Genomics: An online subject guide linking to a selection of introductory resources.

  • Genetics Home Reference: A guide to understanding effects of genetic variations on human health and links to more resources.

  • Genome.gov: Provides links to a variety of health, education, research, news, and grants resources.

  • Health Information for Genetic Disorders: search for "genetics" to see several pages of interest.

  • Office of Rare Diseases Research (ORDR): This page links to many genetic and rare disease information resources, including the Genetic and Rare Disease Information Center with specialists who answer questions and suggest sources for more information.

  • OMIM®, Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man®: A comprehensive, authoritative compendium of human genes and genetic phenotypes.

Health Services Research and Health Care Technology

  • National Information Center on Health Services Research and Health Care Technology (NICHSR):

  • Health Services/Technology Assessment Texts (HSTAT): A Web-based resource of full-text documents that provide health information and support health care decision making. HSTAT's audience includes health care providers, health service researchers, policy makers, payers, consumers and the information professionals who serve these groups. It includes Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) evidence reports, guideline documents, and technology assessments, NIH Consensus Development Conference Statements and Technology Assessment Workshop Reports, the U.S. Task Force on Preventive Services' Guide to Clinical Preventive Services, HIV/AIDS Treatment Information Service (ATIS) approved guidelines, and Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) treatment improvement protocols.

  • Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce: A collaboration of U.S. government agencies, public health organizations, and health sciences libraries which provides timely, convenient access to selected public health resources on the Internet.

MEDLINE Citations and Terminology Databases

  • MEDLINE via PubMed (NLM) with Linkout: MEDLINE contains >20 million references to articles published in >5,500 current biomedical journals from the United States and 80 other countries. This specific link will direct you to IU Health holdings for full-text. PubMed Tutorials.

  • (ALTBIB) Alternatives to Animal Testing Bibliography: Bibliography on alternatives to the use of live vertebrates in biomedical research and testing.

  • PubMed Clinical Queries: A specialized PubMed search form targeted to clinicians and health services researchers. The page simplifies searching by clinical study category, finding systematic reviews and searching the medical genetics literature.

  • PubMed Health: PubMed Health provides information for consumers and clinicians on prevention and treatment of diseases and conditions.It specializes in reviews of clinical effectiveness research, with easy-to-read summaries for consumers as well as full technical reports. Clinical effectiveness research finds answers to the question “What works?” in medical and health care.

  • PubMed Healthy People 2020 Structured Evidence Queries: One-click PubMed search strategies related to Healthy People 2020 public health objectives.

  • PubMed Special Queries: Directory of topic-specific PubMed queries including AIDS, Bioethics, Cancer, Space Life Sciences as well as Clinical Queries along with many other search strategies.

  • MEDLINE®/PubMed® Resources Guide

  • PubMed Help and Tutorials

  • MeSH Subject Headings: MeSH is the National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary thesaurus.

  • MeSH Browser: A Medical Subject Heading search tool.

  • Mesh Tutorials

  • Nursing Resources for Standards and Interoperability: A nursing terminologies resource for systems development. Describes the role of SNOMED CT and Laboratory Observation Identifiers Names and Codes (LOINC) in implementing Meaningful Use in the U.S., specifically for the nursing and care domain.

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