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Guide to Academic Research Online

Subscription Databases

Medicine Databases:

Alt HealthWatch – EBSCO host

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.

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Academic OneFile – Gale OneFile 

Easily search over 17,000 publications from scholarly journals and other authoritative sources covering biology, chemistry, criminal justice, economics, environmental sciences, history, marketing, political sciences, and psychology. Access articles from Nature, the Economist, the New York Times, and thousands of podcasts and transcripts from NPR and CNN as well as videos from BBC Worldwide Learning.

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Health and Wellness – Gale OneFile

Search a full range of health-related issues, from current disease and disorder information to alternative medical practices.

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Medline with Full Text – EBSCO host

MEDLINE with Full Text provides the authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and pre-clinical sciences found on MEDLINE, plus the database provides full text for more than 1,470 journals indexed in MEDLINE. Of those, nearly 1,450 have cover-to-cover indexing in MEDLINE. And of those, 558 are not found with full text in any version of Academic Search, Health Source or Biomedical Reference Collection.

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Business Databases:

Business Insights: Essentials – Gale

Find information on companies, industries and more in the context of timely news, statistical data, and in-depth reports.

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Entrepreneurship – Gale Business

 Gale Business: Entrepreneurship is a comprehensive database that covers all aspects of starting and operating a business, including accounting, finance, human resources, management, marketing, tax, and more. It combines authoritative periodical and reference content to support prospective and current entrepreneurs as well as business students. Experience an easy-to-browse interface mapped to four key stages—plan, fund, start, and manage—to fit your research needs at any point in your business’s development.

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ABI/INFORM Global (ProQuest)

This database delivers over 1,800 journals, with more than 1,200 available in full-text. It covers a variety of business-related subject areas including financial, pharmaceuticals, manufacturing and more.

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eBooks – EBSCO host

A collection of eBooks is available online from EBSCOhost eBooks. To read eBooks online, simply select a book and click “PDF Full Text” or navigate to a section in the table of contents tab. To read eBooks offline, open the tools tab by clicking on the gear-shaped icon and select “Save Pages to PDF.” EBSCO will only allow users to download a fraction of the eBook. 

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Free Databases

Academic Commons

Academic Commons is a freely accessible digital collection of research done at Columbia University or one of its affiliate institutions, including Barnard College, Teachers College, Union Theological Seminary, and Jewish Theological Seminary. It is a place where Columbia-affiliated students, faculty, staff and anyone participating in Columbia events or groups can archive the digital results of their research or scholarly works and share them with the world at large. Academic Commons is one of a suite of services provided by the Center for Digital Research and Scholarship (CDRS) at Columbia University Libraries and Information Services.


Produced by the National Agricultural Library, this database includes journal articles, book chapters, reports and reprints. Useful for finding information on herbs and medicinal plants. Indexes HerbalGram, a peer-reviewed herbal journal.

BIOMED Central Complementary and Alternative Medicine

BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine is an open access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on interventions and resources that complement or replace conventional therapies, with a specific emphasis on research that explores the biological mechanisms of action, as well as their efficacy, safety, costs, patterns of use and/or implementation.

Biology Online

This is a completely open and editable dictionary which utilizes a WiKi concept, so that everybody can make a contribution. is run by enthusiasts from all around the world and visited by over 25,000 people every day.

CAM on PubMed

Preset subject search for Complementary and Alternative Medicine in PubMed.

Cochrane Journal Club

Cochrane Journal Club is a free, monthly publication that introduces a recent Cochrane review, together with relevant background information, a podcast explaining the key points of the review, discussion questions to help you to explore the review methods and findings in more detail, and downloadable PowerPoint slides containing key figures and tables.  You can even contact the review authors with your questions.

Center for Disease Control and Prevention

Online portal for the CDC, covering a wide range of health, safety, and environmental topics.

ChemIDplus Advanced

From the National Library of Medicine, a powerful database of thousands of chemicals, structures, and regulatory information.

China Knowledge Resource Integrated Database (Chinese & English)

  • Online publishing platform for achievements of CNKI project
  • The most comprehensive gateway of knowledge of China
  • Over ten service centers located in Beijing, North America, Japan, Korea, Taiwan and Hong Kong
  • A sales network composed of 13 agents and offices outside mainland China
  • Over 1,200 institutional customers from 38 countries and regions
  • Loyal subscribers ranging from top universities, research institutes, government think-tanks, enterprises, hospitals to public libraries

Clinical Trials

Global registry of federally and privately funded clinical trials, made available by the National Institute for Health. Provides information about a trial’s purpose, sponsor, locations, and contact information.

Dietary Supplements Labels

Label information for thousands of dietary supplements, allowing comparison of ingredients across brands.  Also contains recall and FTC action information.

Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID)

The Dietary Supplement Ingredient Database (DSID) provides estimated levels of ingredients in dietary supplement products sold in the United States. The DSID was developed by the Nutrient Data Laboratory, US Department of Agriculture, in collaboration with the Office of Dietary Supplements at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and other federal agencies. DSID-4 reports national estimates of ingredient content in adult, children’s and non-prescription prenatal multivitamin/mineral (MVMs) and omega-3 fatty acid supplements. The DSID is intended primarily for research applications. These data are appropriate for use in population studies of nutrient intake rather than for assessing content of individual products.

Free Medical Journals

The Free Medical Journals Site was created to promote the free availability of full text medical journals on the Internet. It can be used to find free full-text journal articles and is especially useful for finding foreign language journals.

Google Scholar

Google Scholar is a freely accessible web search engine that indexes the full text of scholarly literature across an array of publishing formats and disciplines. Released in beta in November 2004, the Google Scholar index includes most peer-reviewed online journals of Europe and America’s largest scholarly publishers, plus scholarly books and other non-peer reviewed journals. Its advertising slogan – “Stand on the shoulders of giants” – is a nod to the scholars who have contributed to their fields over the centuries, providing the foundation for new intellectual achievements.

Go Pub Med

GoPubMed is a knowledge-based search engine for biomedical texts. The Gene Ontology (GO) andMedical Subject Headings (MeSH) serve as “Table of contents” in order to structure the millions of articles of the MEDLINE database. The search engine allows its users to find relevant search results significantly faster than Pubmed. MeshPubMed was at one point a separate project, but now the two have been merged.

Highwire Free Online Full-Text Articles

HighWire Press is the largest archive of free full-text science on Earth! As of 12/4/14, we are assisting in the online publication of 2,435,668 free full-text articles and 7,522,461 total articles. There are 37 sites with free trial periods, and 111 completely free sites. 288 sites have free back issues, and 1379 sites have pay per view!

Information Bridge: Department of Energy Scientific and Technical Information

The Information Bridge: Department of Energy Scientific and Technical Information database provides free public access to over 298,000 full-text electronic documents of Department of Energy (DOE) research report literature.

Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (Chinese & English)

Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine (IITCM), China Academy of Chinese Medical Sciences(CACMS), celebrated its 25th Anniversary in 2006. Since day one ( May, 1981), IITCM has been the unique national institution of information on TCM in China, it is one of the 14 major operating components of the CACMS.

International Bibliographic Information on Dietary Supplements (IBIDS)

Produced by NIH Office of Dietary Supplements in conjunction with the National Agricultural Library, IBIDS contains abstracts from consumer publications and international scientific journals on the general topic of dietary supplements, including vitamins, minerals, herbal and botanical items.

Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA)

The Journal of the American Medical Association is a weekly peer-reviewed medical journal published by the American Medical Association. The journal was established in 1883, with Nathan Smith Davis as the founding editor. It publishes original research, reviews, commentaries, editorials, essays, medical news, correspondence, and ancillary content . The journal covers all aspects of the bio-medical sciences.

MEDLINEplus: Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine and geared toward consumers, this site includes general news and information, clinical trials and research, reference resources, directories, and multimedia content.


Mendeley is a desktop and web program for managing and sharing research papers, discovering research data and collaborating online. It combines Mendeley Desktop, a PDF and reference management application (available for Windows, Mac and Linux) with Mendeley Web, an online social network for researchers.


Contains reviews, journal articles, and much more on clinic management, conferences, medical news, and expert commentary.

National Cancer Institute

Comprehensive cancer information from the U.S. National Institutes of Health, including Complementary and Alternative Medicine treatment.

National Library of Medicine Catalog

The NLM Catalog provides access to NLM bibliographic data for journals, books, audiovisuals, computer software, electronic resources and other materials. Links to the library’s holdings in LocatorPlus, NLM’s online public access catalog, are also provided.


PubChem is the world’s largest collection of freely accessible chemical information. Search chemicals by name, molecular formula, structure, and other identifiers. Find chemical and physical properties, biological activities, safety and toxicity information, patents, literature citations and more.


PubMed is a free database accessing primarily the MEDLINE database of references and abstracts on life sciences and biomedical topics. The United States National Library of Medicine (NLM) at the National Institutes of Health maintains the database as part of the Entrez system of information retrieval.

Science Direct – Medical Research Database

ScienceDirect is a leading full-text scientific database offering journal articles and book chapters from more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. There are currently more than 11 million articles/chapters, a content base that is growing at a rate of almost 0.5 million additions per year. Elsevier has digitized as much of the pre 1995 journal owned-content as possible, bringing articles from as far back as 1823 (The Lancet) to the desktop. Never has in-depth literature searching been so comprehensive and easy to find.

Science Domain International

Science Domain is a database that publishes high quality, open peer-reviewed, open access international journals. Topics range from science, technology and medicine. Fast and Open access principle of SDI help to promote rapid propagation of most up-to-date research findings to the researchers worldwide without any financial barrier.

SciELO (Spanish)

SciELO (Scientific Electronic Library Online) is abibliographic database and a model for cooperative electronic publishing in developing countries originally from Brazil, supported by the Foundation for Research Support of theState of São Paulo (Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de São Paulo, FAPESP) and the National Council of Scientific and Technological Development (Conselho Nacional de Desenvolvimento Científico e Tecnológico, CNPq), in partnership with the Latin American and Caribbean Center on Health Sciences Information. is a web portal and specialized search engine. Using federated search technology, serves as a gateway to United States government scientific and technical information and research. Currently in its fifth generation, provides a search of over 38 databases from 14 federal science agencies and 200 million pages of science information with just one query, and is a gateway to 1,900+ scientific websites.

TCM Online (Chinese & English)

Traditional Chinese Medical Database System, a series of databases of traditional Chinese medicine, set up by the Institute of Information on Traditional Chinese Medicine, China Academy of Traditional Chinese Medicine, has some new functions available recently.

World Wide Science is a global science search engine (Academic databases and se0arch engines) designed to accelerate scientific discovery and progress by accelerating the sharing of scientific knowledge. Through a multilateral partnership, enables anyone with internet access to launch a single-query search of national scientific databases and portals in more than 70 countries, covering all of the world’s inhabited continents and over three-quarters of the world’s population. From a user’s perspective, makes the databases act as if they were a unified whole.