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Research Guides

Free and Sponsored Medical/Health Resources

Free Biomedical Literature Resources

PubMed and PubMed Central

  • PubMed will search the medical literature and provide citations, some to free articles, but mainly to articles that must be purchased or acquired from a library.
  • PubMed Central is where the free articles in PubMed are located. This can searched directly or found by searching PubMed.


Google Scholar

  • Google Scholar searches the professional literature in medicine, nursing, business and sciences. It will link to some free articles, but primarily to articles that must be purchased or acquired. Many libraries link their paid subscriptions to Google Scholar so it will also search library resources if the link has been established.

 Other Journal Resources



International Resources

Biomedical Resources for Libraries Outside the United States - National Library of Medicine

HINARI Access to Research in Health Programme - enables low- and middle- income countries to gain access to collections of biomedical and health literature. Up to 14,000 journals (in 30 different languages), up to 46,000 e-books, up to 100 other information resources are now available to health institutions in more than 100 countries.

African Journals Online - African Journals OnLine (AJOL) is the world's largest and pre-eminent collection of peer-reviewed, African-published scholarly journals. Includes many open access journals.

Free Databases


Clinical Trials (National Cancer Institute)

Hazardous Substances Databank -  Peer-reviewed toxicology data for over 5,000 hazardous chemicals                 

National Center for Biotechnology Information - Access to biomedical and genomic information

National Guideline Clearinghouse

OMIM - Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man - Online catalog of human genes and genetic disorders

TOXNET (National Library of Medicine) -  Includes TOXLINE, a bibliographic database of specialized journal articles and other sources.

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