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Databases for Finding Journal Articles

  • PubMed
    One of the largest biomedical databases, PubMed includes both clinical and basic research. Use the USciences link to PubMed so that you can access the library’s journal holdings.
  • International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (via Ovid)  
    Index to over 700 pharmacy journals, many not included in PubMed. IPA is searched through Ovid which includes other databases and full-text journals.
  • CINAHL: Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (via EBSCOhost)
    Index to journals in nursing, medical technology, occupational therapy, physical therapy, physician assistant studies, and other allied heath disciplines. Also includes a selection of pharmacy and pharmacology titles, many with coverage beginning in 2008.

Drug Information Resources (available through library subscriptions)

  • AccessPharmacy
    Pharmacy textbooks, case studies, drug reference, calculators and more.
  • AHFS Drug Information (via STAT!Ref)
    Federally designated drug compendium issued by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists.
  • Facts and Comparisons
    Content includes Drug Facts and Comparisons, Drug Interactions Facts, Nonprescription Drug Therapy, Review of Natural Products, and more.
  • Lexicomp
    Drug information. Includes the King Guide to Parenteral Admixtures.
  • Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
    The USciences subscription also includes access to:
    • Handbook of Antimicrobial Therapy
    • Treatment Guidelines from the Medical Letter
    • Adverse Drug Reactions database
  • Micromedex  
    A collection of pharmaceutical resources that include:
    • DrugDex: drug monographs with extensive reference lists;
    • Martindale: information on worldwide drugs and related substances;
    • Index Nominum: international drug directory;
    • Red Book: drug product and pricing data.
    *Note: Micromedex is licensed for educational purposes only; access is for current students and university employees. Micromedex may not be used at an affiliated hospital or patient care facility.
  • PharmacyLibrary
    PharmacyLibrary features content from the American Pharmacists Association's (APhA) textbooks, an interactive NAPLEX review, a collection of Active Learning Exercises, case studies, article abstracts from the Journal of the American Pharmacists Association, and a variety of news sources.
  • Pink Sheet
    Online version (current 18 months) of the weekly publication that covers the prescription pharmaceutical industry.
  • Remington: The Science and Practice of Pharmacy - 22nd Ed.
    Online version of the classic reference book.
  • USP Dictionary of USAN and International Drug Names
    The USP Dictionary of United States Adopted Names (USAN) and International Drug Names is the leading reference for nonproprietary drug names and chemical structures.
    • This resource allows access for 1 user at a time. To help ensure timely access for all users, please click the blue LOGOUT button (toward the top right) at the end of your session.
    • If you cannot access this resource, please try again in one hour.
  • USP-NF: United States Pharmacopeia and The National Formulary  
    Monographs for drug substances, dosage forms, and compounded preparations.

Other Resources (available through library subscriptions)

  • MedAbbrev
    Dictionary of medical abbreviations. Based on "Medical Abbreviations: 32,000 Conveniences at the Expense of Communication and Safety, 15th ed." by Dr. Neil M. Davis. Contains "over 37,000 possible meanings for the acronyms, symbols, abbreviations, and slang terms listed."
    National Association of Boards of Pharmacy’s database of state’s pharmacy laws.
    • NABPLAW requires a special username and password, both on and off-campus. Just click the link above to access these credentials.
  • NAPLEX Easy
    Test preparation for the NAPLEX exam. Currently available through May 31, 2016.
  • R&D Insight
    Clinical and financial information about drugs in the pipeline.
    • R&D Insight requires a special username and password, both on and off-campus. Just click the link above to access these credentials.

Drug Information & Other Resources (available free on the Internet)

Medical eBooks

Find Journals/Articles by Title

The J.W. England Library maintains both print and electronic subscriptions to many journals. The best way to determine if we subscribe to a specific journal (and to look up articles within it) is to search Our Journal List/e-Book List. Here is how to proceed:

1.    Make sure the Journals tab is selected (blue) before you search, to ensure you are searching journals and not e-books.

2.    Enter all or part of the journal title in the Quick Search box and click Search. Make sure you enter a journal title and not an article title.

3.     Titles matching your search will be displayed. Note the Online Coverage column which shows the date range of full text online holdings for each title.

4.    Look for the journal title you need and note whether the title is available through full text (online) access and/or if the library has print holdings. This will be indicated if there is a checkbox under the appropriate column.

5.    Online Journals - To see a journal that is available online, click on its checkmark (fulltext and print checkmark) under Full Text Access. The link should take you directly to the online journal located within a database or collection. Once inside, you can navigate to your article.  If you are off-campus, you will need a valid username and password to view most online articles.  Some online journal articles are not available from off-campus due to vendor or technical barriers.

6.    Print Holdings - To see which volumes of a journal the library holds, click on the checkmark (fulltext and print checkmark) under Print Holdings. The link will take you to the journal's entry in Our Catalog (cataLyst). Sometimes instead of a single entry, a results list will appear. Choose your journal from the results list. Scroll down through the entry to find the location of the journal and the library's holdings. Most bound and unbound journals are on the library's second floor.

      (View tutorials including "Basic Searching", "More on Using the Search Button" and more)


What if the Library Doesn't Have a Journal?

  • If you need an article from a journal that we do not subscribe to, you can request the article via ILLiad, our free interlibrary loan service. Learn more about ILLiad and other interlibrary loan options here.
  • If you need the article right away, you may be able to visit another library and access it there. There are many other libraries in the city, several of which are located close to USciences. Learn more about using other libraries.

    Search Google Scholar

    Google Scholar is Google’s tool for searching scholarly literature.

    • Just search using the field below. In your search results, look for the Find Full Text at USciences link next to individual results and click it to access full text via our e-resource subscriptions. (The link should only appear next to full text items in our collection.)
    • If you do not see the Find Full Text at USciences link next to an item you would like to read, look beneath the citation for a link that reads All (#) versions. If present, click this link to see all the locations the item is hosted online. In some instances, free access to the item may be available through one of these locations. If not, consider placing a request via ILLiad for the item.

    Important Note: Google Scholar's search results are not exhaustive, so do not assume that you have found "everything" on your topic via Scholar. It is just one tool to employ in your searches.

    Books & e-Books

    There are several ways to search for books and e-books:

    • Library Catalog (cataLyst)
      Search the library catalog for books on your topic. Use this link to enter the full catalog interface, or use the Search field at the top of this guide to do a quick search (make sure to choose "Library Catalog (cataLyst)" from the drop-down menu first).
    • E-ZBorrow
      If you don't find what you're looking for in the Library Catalog, use E-ZBorrow to borrow books from other libraries, free of charge.
    • Our e-Book List
      Use our e-Book List to search for e-books owned by USciences. Be sure to click the e-Books tab to highlight it before searching.
    • eBook Collection (via EBSCOhost)
      If you don't find what you need in Our e-Book List, use EBSCO's eBook database to search for and access e-books in a variety of subjects.

    How to Write a Reference

    Citing Medicine: The NLM Style Guide for Authors, Editors, and Publishers. 2nd ed.
    This style guide provides rules and examples for creating references for sources.  It does not discuss creating superscript citations or writing style.  The National Library of Medicine (NLM) created and maintains this guide.  It is available free and no log in is required.  This is the reference style used by the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy.

    AMA Manual of Style. 10th ed.
    This style guide from the American Medical Association (AMA) provides guidance on creating superscript citations and other aspects of writing in the health and medical fields.  USciences username and password are required to use this link.  Note: the AMA Manual of Style reference format is NOT the same as that from Citing Medicine and should not be used by Philadelphia College of Pharmacy students. 


      Featured Books from Our Collection

      Click a title/author link to check availability in the library catalog (cataLyst)A status of Not Charged indicates the book is available.

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      Social and Cognitive Pharmacy - Parastou Donyai
      Call Number: QV 704 D688
      ISBN: 9780853698999
      Publication Date: 2012-09-21
      "Social and Cognitive Pharmacy" is a practical handbook for learning and teaching sociology and psychology, and applying this to pharmacy practice. It will be of great benefit to students of pharmacy, postgraduate pharmacists and academics. This book explains the relationship between the principles, methodologies and theories of the social and behavioural sciences and their application to pharmacy practice. The theories and methodologies outlined in the first six chapters are related to pharmacy practitioners' efforts to counter prescribe, promote good health, and to help patients with prescribed medicines through effective use of communication. Pharmacists powered with relevant behavioural know-how can be reasonably expected to contribute to improving people's experience of health and illness through behavioural-change interventions. This book is written using an outcomes-based approach and contains 15 case studies and a glossary. Throughout the book and in particular with the case-study chapters, the text begins by describing what a student or practitioner should know, understand and be able to demonstrate after working through the chapter. "Social and Cognitive Pharmacy" is an easy-to-use textbook for students and lecturers to understand how to apply the relevant psycho-social knowledge to everyday pharmacy issues.

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      Pharmaceutical Care Practice - Linda M. Strand; Robert J. Cipolle; Peter C. Morley
      Call Number: QV 21 C577 2012
      ISBN: 9780071756389
      Publication Date: 2012-03-20
      Pharmaceutical Care Practice, 3e provides the basic information necessary to establish, support, deliver, and maintain medication management services. This text explains how a practitioner delivers pharmaceutical care services and provides a vision of how these services fit into the evolving healthcare structure.
      Whether you are a student or a practicing pharmacist seeking to improve your patient-care skills, Pharmaceutical Care Practice, 3e provides the step-by-step implementation strategies necessary to practice in this patient-centered environment. This practical guide to providing pharmaceutical care helps you to:
      • Understand your growing role in drug therapy assessment and delivery
      • Learn an effective process for applying your pharmacotherapeutic knowledge to identify and prevent or resolve drug therapy problems
      • Establish a strong therapeutic relationship with your patients
      • Optimize your patients’ well-being by achieving therapeutic goals
      • Improve your follow-up evaluation abilities
      Documents your pharmaceutical care and obtain reimbursement
      • Work collaboratively with other patient care providers

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      Patient-centered care for pharmacists - Galt, Kimberly A.
      Call Number: QV 737 G144
      ISBN: 1585282529
      Publication Date: 2012-2-20
      "Patient-centered care is at the heart of today's pharmacy practice, and ASHP's Patient-Centered Care for Pharmacists gets to the heart of the subject. Formerly Developing Clinical Practice Skills for Pharmacists, this revised resource has been redeveloped to compliment the changing emphasis in pharmacy practice to patient-centered care and the contemporary context of healthcare delivery. To understand and treat the whole person and learn to use a realistic approach to time and resources, students must connect their drug science knowledge to actual practice. In P1, P2, and P3 courses in areas from clinical skills to communications, students can follow realistic case studies through typical processes to witness patient centered care in action. Strong, well-developed case studies provide insight into today's vital topics: Cultural differences among patients, Documentation and health records, Patient care plan development and Effective patient communication."

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      Applied therapeutics: The Clinical Use of Drugs
      Call Number: WB 330 A652 2013
      ISBN: 9781609137137
      Publication Date: 2012-02-13
      This widely used text uses a case-based approach to help students master the fundamentals of drug therapeutics. Students will learn the basics of common diseases and disorders and develop practical problem-solving skills for devising and implementing successful drug treatment regimens. Case studies integrated into each chapter illustrate key concepts and principles of therapeutics and give students practice in developing their own evidence-based therapeutic plans.

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