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Shiffman - Medical Reference Tools and Services: Getting Started

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

Medical Library Help?


Reference Desk

Shiffman Medical: 313-577-1094
320 E. Canfield St
Detroit, MI

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.

Mobile Access

Scan to access the mobile version of this guide with your Smartphone.


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.


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