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General resources for medical dictionaries, encyclopedias, practice guidelines, and information about the NIH Public Access Policy.
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Reference Desk

Shiffman Medical: 313-577-1094


Reference by Appointment

Librarians from the Shiffman Medical Library are pleased to offer reference and research consultations by appointment.

To set up an individual appointment with a librarian, please email us at


NIH Policy


Information about the NIH Public Access Policy is available here.

Learn more about Scholarly Communications@WSU.


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About this Guide

  • This guide consists of several pages (tabs) featuring frequently used medical Reference resources in the following areas:
  • Citation Guides
  • Dictionaries
  • Encyclopedias
  • License Look-Up (verify health provider credentials, etc.)
  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Statistics
  • Tools for tracking citations
  • Information about the NIH Public Access Policy


We are here to help: either online, by phone, or in person!


By Phone

  • Call us at (313) 577-1094 to speak with a librarian. 


By Email

  • Please email us at
  • Email is checked throughout the day between 9am and 6pm, Monday through Friday.
  • While we respond to most questions within 24 hours, response time will depend on the nature of the question.


By Appointment

  • Need help with a more complex research question or database search?
  • Individual consultations are available by appointment, please contact us via email at to schedule a consultation.


  • TIP: Use PubMed@Wayne
    To access full-text articles licensed to Wayne State University, always use the PubMed@Wayne link on the Shiffman homepage.

Reliable Health Information


Free resource for the general public maintained by the National Library of Medicine, a part of the National Institutes of Health, which includes:

  • Information on over 800 health topics
  • Illustrated medical encyclopedia
  • Information about drugs
  • Interactive patient tutorials
  • Latest health news

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