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Shiffman - Retirees & Alumni Research Guide: School of Medicine & College of Pharmacy

Free Research Databases

The databases below are free to search. Retrieve full-text articles in PubMed Central. 

  • PubMed Central 

    Access full-text articles freely in PubMed Central® (PMC), a full-text archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature at the U.S. National Institutes of Health's National Library of Medicine (NIH/NLM. PMC makes all content free to read as NLM believes that the best way to ensure the accessibility and viability of digital material over time is through consistent and active use of the archive.

  • PubMed
    A premier biomedical database. Twenty million+ citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher websites. Apply the Nursing Journals Subsets limit to restrict your search to nursing journals.
  • ClinicalTrials.Gov
    ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world.

  • ERIC (Education Resources Information Center)
    Ready access to education literature to support the use of educational research and information to improve practice in learning, teaching, educational decision-making, and research. Contains some full text

  • Google Scholar
    Search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts, and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities, and other websites.

  • TOXNET
    Provided by NLM. A starting point for finding reliable information on toxicology, hazardous materials, environmental health, and toxic releases.

  • TRIP Database
    Clinical meta-search engine for evidence-based resources, including evidence-based synopses, systematic reviews, clinical guidelines, and primary research articles.

Free Drug Information

  • DailyMed
    Provides information from FDA-approved package inserts and new information from the FDA.
  • Drug Information Portal
    Quick access to quality drug information. National Library of Medicine.
  • Drugs.com
    A-to-Z drug list; drugs by condition; pill identifier; and more. Advertising enables drugs.com to remain free of charge, but the drug monographs on the site are from Micromedex, Facts & Comparisons, and the FDA.
  • Medscape
    Free but registration is required.
  • Orange Book
    FDA-approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. Search by active ingredient, proprietary name, patent, applicant holder, or application number. Includes a current listing of approved generic products.
  • Pillbox
    The National Library of Medicine in partnership with the Food and Drug Administration is beta testing Pillbox, a reference system for tablet and capsule medications. The site currently contains 5,693 records - 779 of which have images.
  • RxList
    Includes pill identifier. Unique feature: top 200 drugs prescribed in U.S. based on number of prescriptions dispensed.

Free Reference Manager Tools

Use reference management tools to help capture, save and organize your biographic citations and references.