Most of the key literature pertaining to the pharmaceutical sciences is indexed in one or more of the following databases. With few exceptions, these electronic resources correspond to printed publications; however, these days they are almost exclusively accessed online.
Biological Abstracts®. 1969- . Philadelphia, PA: BIOSIS®. Quarterly. Covers 4000 life science journals with over 370,000
new citations added each year. Subject coverage encompasses a wide range of topics, such as Agriculture, Evolution, Microbiology, Pharmacology, and Zoology. Specialized indexing includes taxonomic, medical, and chemical data, with registry numbers and MeSH disease names provided to facilitate cross-database searching. Gene names are also referenced. Recent database records include author abstracts and links to full-text articles (if available). Available online.
BIOSIS Previews®. 1969-. Philadelphia, PA: BIOSIS. Weekly. This database is a combination of Biological Abstracts and Biological Abstracts/Reports, Reviews, Meetings, with information from more than 5500 sources worldwide. Over 560,000 new citations are added each year. Available online.
Current Contents®/Clinical Medicine. Philadelphia, PA: Thomson ISI. Provides tables of contents and bibliographic information from recently published editions of over 1120 medical journals. Current awareness is the main focus of this resource, so it is an especially good source for finding recent publications. The database is updated weekly and is available in a variety of different formats and platforms. Other relevant subject editions include Current Contents/Agriculture, Biology and Environmental Sciences, and Current Contents/Life Sciences. Available online.
Drugdex®. Greenwood Village, CO: Thomson Micromedex. Provides in-depth drug evaluation monographs for FDA-approved, investigational, nonprescription and non-US preparations. Monographs contain dosage, pharmacokinetic/ pharmacodynamic data, interactions, indications, adverse effects, efficacy, clinical applications, and off-label usage. The product index includes international trade names, dosage forms, packaging information, excipients, imprint codes, and manufacturer contact information. Available online.
EMBASE®. [database online] 1974- . Amsterdam: Elsevier. Weekly. The online version of Excerpta Medica, providing worldwide coverage in the area of human medicine. EMBASE includes citations from approximately 4000 journals, 350 of which are specially screened for drug-related articles. All articles are added to the database within 15 days after receipt of the original journal, and English language abstracts are provided for 80% of all citations. A key feature of the database is the EMTREE thesaurus, providing a controlled search vocabulary of over 45,000 terms and 190,000 synonyms. 450,000 records are added annually. Available online.
International Pharmaceutical Abstracts®. 1970- . Bethesda, MD: American Society of Health-System Pharmacists. Semi monthly. Bibliographic coverage of over 700 worldwide pharmaceutical, cosmetic, and related health journals, plus all U.S. state pharmacy journals. Content unique to this database includes state pharmacy regulations and guidelines, pharmaco- and socio-economics, pharmaceutical care, alternative and herbal medicines, and pharmacy meeting abstracts. Another key feature is the reporting of dosage and dosage forms in clinical study abstracts. Available online.
MEDLINE®. 1966- . Washington, DC: National Library of Medicine. MEDLINE is the electronic version of Index Medicus, and is often considered the premier source for searching biomedical literature. Coverage includes citations from approximately 4600 worldwide journals in 30 languages. In addition to medical and clinical research, the database also covers the fields of nursing, dentistry, veterinary, and pharmacy sciences. The database is indexed using the National Library of Medicine's own medical subject headings (MeSH). MEDLINE is updated daily and currently contains approximately 12 million records. It may be searched for free on the NLM Website and is also available through a variety of other database vendors. Available online.
Science Citation Index®. Philadelphia, PA: Thomson ISI. The unique feature of this multidisciplinary index is that it allows users to search for cited references, and thus track the literature forward and backward and across subject areas. Content is included from 4,500 scientific and technical journals.
SciSearch, the online version, includes coverage from 1974 forward and is updated weekly. Available online.
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