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FIG - Molecules & Medicine 2008
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Other specific databases to try:
Academic Search Premier
- Good for its mix of popular, news, and scholarly articles. You have to exercise your critical evaluation skills to help determine what's what. (Do NOT rely solely on their limit to peer-reviewed feature--it is not reliable.)
- This is your best source for economic studies of healthcare systems -- e.g. insurance issues, state-run systems, etc.
- Having essentially the same content, these databases index the biomedical literature, including articles on physician compensation, health insurance issues, etc.
- Interdisciplinary science database, a heavily-used source for science (and social sciences) literature. Highly recommended.
- Google for academics.
Statistical Sources on the Web (from the University of Michigan)
- This is a good place to start: well organized by subject, with links to many freely available statistical databases.
- This will give you access to a lot of data about the Canadian health care system.
- An online statistical database (available only to UO students, faculty and staff) that has two modes: directly search and display online statistical tables, or search the abstracts of statistics-containing publications (we will have access to some of these publications in the UO Libraries.)
- Information produced by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development. Information includes a variety of statistical databases and the full texts of many OECD books and periodicals, in the fields of economics, labor, energy, social issues, and international trade and development.
Sources on Medicine and Healthcare
Encyclopedia of Health and Behavior
- This excellent source includes social and cultural factors, policies and organizations, etc.
Gale Virtual Reference Library
- Included here are 3 medical encyclopedias: Gale Encyclopedia of Medicine, Gale Encyclopedia of Alternative Medicine, and Gale Encyclopedia of Genetic Disorders; also Chemistry: Foundations and Applications, Encyclopedia of Bioethics, and the Encyclopedia of Science, Technology, and Ethics (which includes medical ethics.)
- An excellent consumer information source on conditions, diseases, and wellness.
- Contains many dictionaries, including scientific, medical, economic, and statistical.
- A more advanced, clinical medical reference.
- Do the articles have identified authors? Are the authors credentials and affiliations available? Do the articles have references or bibliographies? If so, are there differences in the kinds of references given?
- Wikipedia is a very handy, free Internet source, but it is not always reliable or the best source. For a humorous demonstration of this phenomenon, watch this excerpt of the Colbert Report on Comedy Central. (Some improvements have been made to Wikipedia since this segment aired.)
This web page contains a wealth of information on evaluating information sources both in print and on the Web: Critical Evaluation of Information Sources
To determine whether a particular periodical (magazine, journal) is scholarly (peer-reviewed, refereed) or popular, see these pages:
What is "peer-review"?Here are a couple of pdfs that provide good explanations of what it is (and is not), and why it's particularly important in the sciences:
How to read a scientific journal article