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Six NEW Science, Health & Medicine Databases

Rutgers University Libraries are pleased to announce the online availability of several new databases, with OVID interfaces which allow multi-file searching of up to five (5) databases. These databases include:

AIDSLINE(AIDS Information Online), produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is a collection of bibliographic citations focusing on research, clinical aspects, and health policy issues related to AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome). This database includes articles from over 3,000 journals published worldwide, as well as government reports, letters, technical reports, meeting abstracts and papers, monographs, special publications, theses, books, and audiovisual materials. Information in the AIDSLINE database is derived from the following sources: MEDLINE, Health Planning and Administration, meeting abstracts from the International Conferences on AIDS, the Symposia on Non-human Primate Models of AIDS, and AIDS-related abstracts from the Annual Meetings of the American Society of Microbiology.

BioethicsLine, produced jointly by the Kennedy Institute of Ethics and the U.S. National Library of Medicine, includes English-language materials on bioethics. Documents are selected from the disciplines of medicine, nursing, biology, philosophy, religion, law, and the behavioral sciences. Selections from popular literature are also included. Covered document types include journal and newspaper articles, monographs, court decisions, bills, laws, and audiovisual materials. Approximately 100 primary sources and 40 indexes and databases are scanned for citations.

CancerLit, produced by the U.S. National Cancer Institute, is an important source of bibliographic records (most with abstracts) pertaining to all aspects of cancer therapy, including experimental and clinical cancer therapy; chemical, viral and other cancer causing agents; mechanisms of carcinogenesis; biochemistry, immunology, and physiology of cancer; and mutagen and growth factor studies. Some of the information in CancerLit is derived from the MEDLINE database. Approximately 200 core journals contribute a large percentage of the records. In addition, other information is drawn from proceedings of meetings, government reports, symposia reports, theses, and selected monographs. Indexed materials include articles from journals, abstracts of papers presented at professional meetings, government and technical reports, dissertations, and monographs.

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI) provides ready access to information on measurement instruments (i.e., questionnaires, interview schedules, checklists, index measures, coding schemes/manuals, rating scales, projective techniques, vignettes/scenarios, tests) in the health fields, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science. HAPI assists researchers, practitioners, educators, administrators, and evaluators, including students, to identify measures needed for research studies, grant proposals, client/patient assessment, class papers/projects, theses/dissertations, and program evaluation.

HealthSTAR contains citations to the published literature on health services, technology, administration, and research. It focuses on both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery. The following topics are included: evaluation of patient outcomes; effectiveness of procedures, programs, products, services and processes; administration and planning of health facilities, services and manpower; health insurance; health policy; health services research; health economics and financial management; laws and regulation; personnel administration; quality assurance; licensure; and accreditation. HealthSTAR is produced cooperatively by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the American Hospital Association. The database contains citations and abstracts (when available) to journal articles, monographs, technical reports, meeting abstracts and papers, book chapters, government documents, and newspaper articles from 1975 to the present. Citations are indexed with the National Library of Medicine's Medical Subject Headings in order to ensure compatibility with other NLM databases. Information in HealthSTAR is derived from MEDLINE, the Hospital Literature Index, and selected journals. Additional records specially indexed for this database do not appear in any other NLM database. HealthSTAR replaces the former Health Planning and Administration database.

PreMEDLINE (PREM), the National Library of Medicine's (NLM) in-process database for MEDLINE, provides basic information and abstracts before a record is indexed with MeSH heading(s) and added to MEDLINE. PreMEDLINE, like MEDLINE itself, encompasses information from Index Medicus, Index to Dental Literature, and International Nursing, as well as other sources of coverage in the areas of allied health, biological and physical sciences, humanities and information science (as they relate to medicine and health care, communication disorders, population biology, and reproductive biology). New records are added daily* to PreMEDLINE, appearing when the content of the record meets the scope of the PreMEDLINE database. After MeSH terms, publication types, GenBank accession numbers, and other indexing data are incorporated into a PreMEDLINE record; the completed citation is added to MEDLINE. Completed PreMEDLINE records are added as citations to MEDLINE on a weekly basis. (*Ovid downloads records from NLM daily, but is dependent upon the National Library of Medicine's update schedule.)

Each of these new databases can be accessed from the front page of the Libraries website, either through IRIS or by following the path Indexes / [Name of Database].

For instructions on how to use the OVID interface to perform multi-file searching, with the capability to eliminate duplicate records from the search results, please use the small blue [ ? Help ] button located in the top right corner of each database's homepage.

Posted Sept. 19, 2000