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  • AccessAnesthesiology*

    AccessAnesthesiology includes anesthesiology ebooks, videos, interactive self-assessments, case studies, practice guidelines, drug database, curriculum development tools and more.

  • AccessEmergency Medicine*

    AccessEmergency Medicine includes emergency medicine ebooks, videos, interactive self-assessments, images, drug database, curriculum development tools and more.

  • AccessMedicine*

    AccessMedicine includes medical ebooks, videos, interactive self-assessments, diagnostic tests, practice guidelines, drug database, curriculum development tools and more.

  • AccessPharmacy*

    AccessPharmacy includes pharmacy ebooks, videos, interactive self-assessments, drug therapy cases, practice guidelines, drug database, curriculum development tools and more.

  • AccessPhysiotherapy*

    AccessPhysiotherapy includes physiotherapy ebooks, interactive videos, NPTE review, interactive self-assessments, practice guidelines, drug database, curriculum development tools and more.

  • AccessSurgery*

    AccessSurgery includes surgical ebooks, videos, interactive self-assessments, board review, drug database, curriculum development tools and more.

  • Anatomy.tv*

    Anatomy.tv allows you to explore human anatomy in a 3D interactive model.

  • Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation* (AAMI) Standards

    AAMI Standards provide international standards, recommended practices, technical information reports, and other resources covering sterilization, dialysis, biological evaluation of medical devices, quality systems, and medical equipment
    No remote access via Athens - Available only at a VA facility

  • CINAHL Plus with Full Text*

    CINAHL Plus with Full-Text is a database of nursing journals and publications from the NLN and ANA. Subject coverage includes nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines.

  • ClinicalKey*

    ClinicalKey is a clinical medicine search engine of Elsevier-published full-text ebooks, journals, guidelines and multimedia.
    Link for access when offsite/requires Athens account

  • Cochrane Library*

    The Cochrane Library is a systematic reviews resource, including the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews (CDSR), Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE), Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR), Health Technology Assessment (HTA) and NHS Economic Evaluation Database (EED).
    See these instructions for remote access via Athens.

  • Corporate Executive Board (CEB)
    CEB provides research and executive education for IT professionals, including quantitative databases, best practices case studies, on-demand customized research, interactive member networking events, and online benchmarking data, issue-specific resource centers, and diagnostic tools and templates. OI&T has subscriptions for the following topics: Requires a personal account.Initial registration must be completed on-site at VA.

  • Disability Guidelines*

    Disability Guidelines provides disability return-to-work and treatment guidelines.
    No remote access via Athens - Available only at a VA facility

  • eNCPT Electronic Nutrition Care Process Terminology (formerly IDNT)*

    eNCPT is a comprehensive guide for implementing the Nutrition Care Process using a standardized language for assessment, diagnosis, intervention, and monitoring and evaluation. Click on the eNCPT tab then click on Launch Publication.

  • Exam Master*

    ExamMaster offers practice tests for USMLE 3, NCLEX-RN, PSNCE/PANRE, ABFM Family Medicine, ABIM, FNP, ABP and ABS certification exams. NOTE: A free, one-time registration for a personal account is required.
    Remote access with username and password. See Remote Access page for further instructions.

  • First Consult*

    First Consult is a clinical decision support resource that leverages evidence-based medical information to deliver answers to clinical questions.

  • International Dietetics & Nutrition Terminology Reference Manual (IDNT)*

    Title changed to eNCPT.

  • JAMAEvidence*

    JAMAEvidence is an evidence-based clinical practice resource, including guides to the systematic consideration of the validity, importance and applicability of claims about the assessment of health problems and the outcomes of health care.

  • Joint Commission Manual E-dition 2014

    Joint Commission E-dition provides all standards and requirements for Joint Commission accreditation and certification programs
    No remote access via Athens - Available only at a VA facility

  • Lexicomp Online for Dentistry*

    Lexicomp Online for Dentistry provides dental-specific pharmacology information and drug interaction analysis tools.

  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts (LISTA)*

    LISTA is a citation database covering librarianship, classification, cataloging, bibliometrics, online information retrieval, information management and more.

  • McGraw-Hill Medical*

    McGraw-Hill Medical allows you to search across all 6 Access databases at once. The Access databases include AccessMedicine, AccessAnesthesiology, AccessEmergency Medicine, AccessPharmacy, AccessPhysiotherapy, AccessSurgery.

  • McKesson InterQual Book View (2010 through 2014)

    InterQual evidence-based clinical decision support criteria.
    No remote access via Athens - Available only at a VA facility

  • MDConsult*

    Offers access to full-text articles from over 80 medical journals and Clinics, 50 leading medical references across a wide range of specialties, clinically relevant drug information, and over 10,000 patient handouts. MDConsult may be searched directly or through a search conducted in Clinical Key.

  • Mosby's Nursing Consult*

    Mosby's Nursing Consult offers drug information, patient education, professional journals, reference ebooks, current news, clinical practice, evidence-based content and care planning tools.

  • Mosby's Skills*

    Mosby's Skills provides evidence-based skills and procedures for nurses.

  • National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)*

    The National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC) is a comprehensive database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents.

  • Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database*

    Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database provides information about dietary supplements and alternative therapies, including supplements safety, benefits, side effects, drug interactions and more.
    Remote access with CE ID. See Remote Access page for further instructions.

  • Natural Standard*

    Natural Standard provides evidence-based information about complementary and alternative medicine, including dietary supplements and integrative therapies.
    No remote access via Athens - Available only at a VA facility

  • Nutrition Care Manual*

    The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics' Nutrition Care Manual (NCM) is a diet and professional practice manual, featuring evidence-based nutrition care information for 100+ diseases, conditions and topics. Included are patient education handouts, meal plans and calculators.
    Remote access with username and password. See Remote Access page for further instructions.

  • oneSOURCE Document Site*

    oneSOURCE offers manufacturers’ instructions for processing of surgical instruments and devices. The database may be searched via a catalog number, the manufacturer, description and more.
    No remote access via Athens - Available only at a VA facility

  • OvidMD*

    OvidMD is a clinical, evidence-based tool that combines content from UpToDate, MEDLINE, and Ovid journals. Quickly access current journal research, evidence–based guidelines, and ebooks with full-text links.

  • PILOTS (Published International Literature on Traumatic Stress) Database

    PILOTS is a citation database of worldwide literature on posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and other mental-health consequences of exposure to traumatic events.

  • Procedures Consult*

    Procedures Consult is a procedure reference tool that offers complete details on how to prepare for, perform and follow up on the most common medical procedures.

  • PsycARTICLES*

    PsycARTICLES is a database offering complete access to the full text of more than 80 landmark journals in behavioral science and related fields ranging from education, to nursing, to business, to neuroscience.

  • PsycBOOKS*

    PsycBOOKS is a full-text database that provides electronic access to thousands of scholarly and professional titles published by APA, including recent titles in psychological and behavioral science, plus a substantial backfile of classic and historic works.

  • PsychiatryOnline*

    PsychiatryOnline is a web-based research portal from the American Psychiatric Publishing, Inc. providing online access to major print reference materials and journals in the area of psychiatry. Included are the DSM® Library featuring the popular Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders - DSM-5®, and the American Journal of Psychiatry.

  • Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection*

    Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world's largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for nearly 400 journals.

  • PsycINFO*

    PsycINFO is an expansive abstracting and indexing database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health, making it an ideal discovery and linking tool for scholarly research in a host of disciplines.

  • PsycTESTS*

    PsycTESTS is a research database that provides access to psychological tests, measures, scales, surveys, and other assessments as well as descriptive information about the test and its development and administration.

  • PubMed*

    PubMed provides over 23 million citations for biomedical literature, including MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. By selecting your medical center’s unique link from the drop-down below, you will be provided links to full-text articles, when available.

  • Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source*

    Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source provides broad content coverage in the rehabilitation and sports medicine fields. Content is included from orthopedics, physiology, nutrition, sports exercise, physical therapy, and more.

  • Rehabilitation Reference Center*

    Rehabilitation Reference Center is an evidence-based clinical reference tool for use by rehabilitation clinicians at the point-of-care. RRC provides therapists and students with the best available evidence for their information needs in the areas of: Physical Therapy, Occupational Therapy, Speech Therapy, and more. RRC is designed to deliver current valid and relevant information at the point-of-care so that rehabilitation specialists can build customized treatment regimens for patients, using the best available evidence.

  • Reprotox*

    Reprotox contains summaries on the effects of medications, chemicals, infections, and physical agents on pregnancy, reproduction, and development.
    Remote access with username and password. See Remote Access page for further instructions.

  • Sanford Guide Web Edition*

    Focused, evidence-based treatment recommendations for bacterial, fungal, mycobacterial, parasitic and viral infections with comprehensive anti-infective drug information, immunization recommendations, prophylactic antimicrobial therapy and comparative tabular data. Fully searchable content and browse-able disease topic outlines, updated regularly.
    Remote access with username and password. See Remote Access page for further instructions.

  • Social Work Reference Center*

    A social work reference tool designed for clinical professionals dedicated to improving patient quality of life. This resource includes care sheets, patient information, and images usable in all clinical settings - including hospitals, elder-care centers, and mental healthcare facilities. All evidence is rigorously evaluated and topics are updated as evidence changes.

  • SocIndex with Full Text*

    This research database provide users with a wealth of professional and scholarly tools encompassing the broad spectrum of sociological study. This trusted database features more than 2.1 million records with subject headings from a 20,000+ term sociological thesaurus designed by subject experts and lexicographers and contains abstracts for more than 1,300 "core" coverage journals dating as far back as 1895.

  • STATdx*

    STATdx is a point-of-care diagnostic decision support system for radiologists. NOTE: A free, one-time registration for a personal account using your VA email address is required. There are a limited number of concurrent seats, so please remember to log off.
    Remote access with username and password.

  • UpToDate*

    UpToDate® is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource which clinicians trust to make the right point-of-care decisions.
    Not part of the National Core Collection. UpToDate is either a local or VISN level purchase.

  • VA/DOD Clinical Practice Guidelines*

    Recommendations for the performance or exclusion of specific procedures or services derived through a rigorous methodological approach.

  • VisualDX*

    VisualDX is an image-based differential diagnosis tool that is designed to help quickly identify dermatological diseases or conditions at the point of care. Includes more than 16,000 images of over 900 visually identifiable diseases, drug reactions, and infections.