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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.

  • AccessMedicine – Hematology Oncology Collection*

    AccessMedicine – Hematology Oncology Collection includes hematology oncology ebooks, quick reference, interactive review questions, case studies, calculators, 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.

  •* allows you to explore human anatomy in a 3D interactive model. For access, must view in Chrome, Windows Edge, or Firefox. Internet Explorer or Safari will not work . 

  • AORN Facility Reference Center*

    The Facility Reference Center is a one-stop online site where hospital, ASC, and health system subscribers can easily access the Guidelines, plus other integrated resources and tools that can help facilities and individuals more effectively implement evidence-based patient care.
    For remote access: Create an account by clicking on Login at the top right of page and then Login or Create an Account

  • APIC Text of Infection Control and Epidemiology*

    APIC is the most comprehensive reference for infection prevention and control. The Text covers everything from infection control program elements to best practices to prevention measures for specific patient populations and practice settings

  • 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.
    Username and password available on the VA Intranet website link above

  • CARF (Commission on Accreditation of Rehabilitation Facilities) Manuals

    CARF serves as the preeminent standards-setting and accrediting body for rehabilitation programs and services.
    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. ClinicalKey incorporates content from FirstConsult.

  • ClinicalKey for Nursing*

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

  • Clinical Skills and Preceptor Course*

    Clinical Skills provides evidence-based skills and procedures for nurses.

  • Evidence Analysis Library (EAL)

    Evidence Analysis Library (EAL) contains research on nutrition, nutrients, and foods used to promote health throughout the human life cycle, including evidence-based nutrition guidelines to treat diseases and conditions. Use together with the Nutrition Care Manual (NCM).

  • Exam Master PA*

    ExamMaster PANCE/PANRE offers practice exams, questions and explanations to help prepare for the Physician Assistant board review. NOTE: Accounts are only available to individuals whose PA Certification test date is within 12 months. Request an Account

  • Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (AORN)*

    Guidelines for Perioperative Practice (AORN) is an essential resource that provides 32 evidence-based guidelines for all perioperative and invasive procedures.
    For remote access: Register for an account at the login page

  • Health Business Elite*

    Health Business Elite provides comprehensive fulltext journal content detailing all aspects of health care administration and other non-clinical aspects of health care institution management.

  • Health Policy Reference Center*

    Health Policy Reference Center is a full-text research database providing full-text publications and journal articles covering all aspects of health policy.

  • HeinOnline

    HeinOnline is a legal research collection that features full-text searching of laws and regulations, case law, treaties and agreements, scholarly legal and criminal justice periodicals, and related materials.

  • Joanna Briggs Institute Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Database

    The Joanna Briggs Institute EBP database is a comprehensive range of resources including evidence summaries, evidence-based recommended practices, best practice information sheets, systematic reviews, consumer information sheets, systematic review protocols, and technical reports

  • Joint Commission Manual E-dition

    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, AccessMedicine – Hematology Oncology Collection, AccessPharmacy, AccessPhysiotherapy, AccessSurgery.

  • Natural Medicines*

    Natural Medicines (formerly Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database) provides information about dietary supplements and alternative therapies, including supplements safety, benefits, side effects, drug interactions and more.
    For remote access: Register for a CE ID on the sign-up page.

  • NEJM Catalyst*

    NEJM Catalyst brings health care executives, clinician leaders, and clinicians together to share innovative ideas and practical applications for enhancing the value of health care delivery.

  • NEJM LibraryHub*

    NEJM LibraryHub is your source for ideas, information, and tools that enable you and your institution to make full use of the rich content and multimedia available with your site license. Learn how other librarians are using NEJM Group products to support research, clinical learning, and teaching.

  • NEJM Resident 360*

    NEJM Resident 360 is a website and discussion platform for residents featuring rotation prep materials, educational and interactive tools, and a Resident Lounge with professional growth and discussion opportunities.
    To participate in discussion forums you will need to create a free NEJM Resident 360 account.

  • 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.
    For remote access: Email Library Network Office to request a username and password.

  • 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.
    For remote access: Email Library Network Office to request a username and password.

  • Open Dissertations*

    EBSCO Open Dissertations now includes the content from American Doctoral Dissertations. It is a free database with records for more than 800,000 electronic theses and dissertations from around the world.

  • 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.

  • Ovid MEDLINE*

    Ovid MEDLINE covers the international literature on biomedicine, including the allied health fields and the biological and physical sciences, humanities, and information science as they relate to medicine and health care.

  • Preceptor Course*

    This is a blended learning course intended to provide the comprehensive foundational knowledge and skill needed today by a preceptor whose role is to assess and promote nursing knowledge, critical thinking, and competency. The course includes online lessons, Preceptor Activities for the learner to complete offline independently, and the Preceptor Knowledge Inventory Tool (Kit). The course has been integrated into Clinical Skills.

  • 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 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.

  • PTSDpubs (formerly PILOTS)

    The PTSDpubs Database (formerly PILOTS) is an extensive PTSD resource produced by the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs although it is not limited to literature on PTSD among Veterans.

  • PubMed*

    PubMed contains citations and abstracts 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.

  • Reprotox*

    Reprotox contains summaries on the effects of medications, chemicals, infections, and physical agents on pregnancy, reproduction, and development.
    For remote access: Register for an account at the login page

  • Sage Video – Counseling and Psychotherapy Collection*

    Counseling and Psychotherapy Collection contains research-oriented videos within the social science of Counseling and Psychotherapy. This collection includes a breadth of video types and lengths to support users such as case studies, tutorials, interviews with leading researchers, documentaries, footage of real-life professional contexts, quick reference definitions, and more. PDF with more information

  • Sage Video – Psychology Collection*

    Psychology Collection contains research-oriented videos within the social science of Psychology. This collection includes a breadth of video types and lengths to support users such as case studies, tutorials, interviews with leading researchers, documentaries, footage of real-life professional contexts, quick reference definitions, and more. PDF with more information

  • 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.
    For remote access: While off the VA network visit click the "Register" option next to "Login" and complete the registration form using a valid email address.

  • Skillsoft Books*

    Skillsoft Books (formerly Books 24x7) includes thousands of text books, as well as audio books, which can be viewed online or downloaded for later use. A free account is required or you can access via TMS.

  • 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.

  • UpToDate (use if on the VA computer network)

    UpToDate is a guided evidence-based, clinical decision-making solution with dynamic and interactive algorithms as well as lab monographs. UpToDate Pathways is comprised of interactive algorithms that provide clinical recommendations tailored to each patient, and address common, chronic, and sometimes complex conditions with multiple management, diagnoses, or treatment options. UpToDate Lab Interpretation contains monographs and algorithms that guide you to more quickly and accurately interpret and decide on next steps for lab results out of the normal range.
    For remote access use with your UTD username/password. Tip Sheet for CME/Remote Access Registration

  • 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 visual-based differential diagnosis tool designed for the point of care. Search by disease or quickly build a differential based on chief complaint, medication, or travel finding. Includes more than 40,000 images and 2,700 diseases across general medicine. The national subscription now includes DermExpert which allows a clinician to take a photo of a skin condition and immediately analyze the patient’s skin lesion type to assist in making an accurate diagnosis at the point of care.

External Link Disclaimer: The tools marked with an * are External links. By clicking on these links, you will leave the Department of Veterans Affairs website. VA does not endorse and is not responsible for the content of the linked website.