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Free, Reliable Internet resources in Medicine. Fred Pond, MLS Vice Rector, Library & Internet Medical Resources Dartmouth Medical School USA. Free, Reliable Internet Resources in Medicine. Where can you find them?. The Internet is:. Big, but is usually overwhelming

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free reliable internet resources in medicine

Free, Reliable Internet resources in Medicine

Fred Pond, MLS

Vice Rector, Library & Internet Medical Resources

Dartmouth Medical School


the internet is
The Internet is:
  • Big, but is usually overwhelming
  • Powerful, but requires effort & patience
today s presentation
Today’s Presentation
  • Focuses on three types of information on the Internet
  • Identifies methods to find exactly and specifically what you want to find
internet resources in medicine
Internet Resources in Medicine
  • Internet Directory
  • Internet Textbook
  • Internet Database of Journal Articles
internet directory
Internet Directory
  • Medical Matrix
medical matrix www medmatrix org
“Full content, unrestricted access, Internet clinical medicine resources.“

Medical Matrix assigns ranks to Internet resources based on their utility for point-of-care clinical application.

Quality, peer review, full content, multimedia features, and unrestricted access are emphasized in the rankings.

Free, requires registration.

internet textbook
Internet Textbook
  • eMedicine
emedicine http www emedicine com
Peer-reviewed online medical references and textbooks-- as emergency medicine, dermatology, wilderness, medicine, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, and radiology.

Searchable. Also includes consumer level texts.

Free, requires registration.

internet database of journal articles
Internet Database of Journal Articles
  • PubMed/Medline
pubmed medline http www pubmed gov
Contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals in 70 languages.

Free, no registration.

Comprehensive, 11 million citations dating back to the mid-1960\'s

Offers web access to reliable free journals.

pubmed medline



how to search pubmed
How to Search PubMed
  • Use MeSH Browser
  • Consider subject term subheadings
  • Use Limits to reduce retrieval
  • Combine terms to find references on two or more topics
mesh browser
MeSH Browser
  • Helps identify correct subject heading
    • ‘Translates’ our clinical terms to ‘academic’ terms
    • e.g.. Use Neoplasm instead of Cancer
    • e.g Use Cross Infection instead of Nosocomial infection
  • Located under MeSH Browser, click on ‘detailed’ display after searching term
  • Choose correct subheading relating to the focus of your search
    • Drug therapy, rehabilitation, therapy
    • Blood, diagnosis, epidemiology, etiology
    • Adverse effects, contraindications, poisoning
  • Subheadings differ with the different terms
limit your search
Limit Your Search
  • Human
  • Language
  • Years; e.g. 1995-2001
  • Patient age
  • Abstracts
patient age groups
Infant, <30 days

Infant, >30 days to 2 yrs

Child, preschool,2-5

Child, 5-12 yrs

All Child, 0-18 yrs

Adolescent, 13-18

Adult, 18-44 yrs

Adult, middle age 45-64 yrs

Aged, 65-79 yrs

Aged, over 80 yrs

Adult, all years

Patient Age Groups
combine subject terms
Combine subject terms
  • Use to combine two or more subject terms
  • For Example: penicillins & urinary tract infections
finding full text articles
Finding full text articles
  • Display abstract to see publisher icon
  • Visit publisher web site
full text journals on pubmed
Full Text Journals on PubMed

BMJ 2000;321:1103 ( 4 November )Bleeding and pneumonia in intensive care patients given ranitidine and sucralfate for prevention of stress ulcer: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials

A Journal list of free full text articles in PubMed is available at: (fill in)

User registration, a subscription fee, or some other type of fee may be required to access the full text of articles for some journals. Policies vary by provider and by journal.

more search methods
More Search Methods
  • Author searching
  • Journal searching
  • Finding complete references
  • Saving searches
author search
Author Search
  • Family name, first & second initials
  • No first names
  • For example.. IVANOV SJ
journal search
Journal Search

Click on Journal browser

Enter journal title or abbreviation, e.g.


>British Medical Journal

finding complete references
Finding complete references

Find the abstract to a journal reference you want to know more about.

saving searches
Saving Searches
  • Save a complicated search to conduct at a later time
  • Requires free registration
  • Can be customized to your needs.
for more information
For More Information
  • Overview
  • HELP/FAQ (frequently asked questions)
  • Tutorial
  • News/Noteworthy
internet directory1
Internet Directory
  • Medical Matrix
internet textbook1
Internet Textbook
  • eMedicine
free books on the internet

Free Books on the Internet