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Open Access Indexes, Databases, Electronic Journals and Electronic Books Print Page

Key Resources

The purpose of this page is to provide key information on open access resources for non-alumni.  


Open Access Electronic Journals

BioMed Central - This is a searchable database of 264 open-access, peer-reviewed science, technology, and medical journals, or you can browse articles by subject.

Free Medical Journals - Has links to over 500 open access medical journals around the world arranged by specialty.  Each journal must be searched separately.

Highwire - With over 3000 journals and reference works available, Highwire may be searched across all their resources, or browsed by specialty.  Not all of their articles are free; sometimes there is a waiting period before the article is available open access.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals is a searchable database of over 1,500,000 articles from peer-reviewed, open access scientific and scholarly journals.

OAJSE - Open Access Journals Search Engine is a database of 4775 free, full text, quality-controlled journals worldwide published in English.  These are searchable at the article level and across journals with their Google Custom Search. 

PLOS - Public Library of Science is a database of open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journals. It is searchable by specialty, such as biology or medicine.

Wiley Open Access - a group of open-access, peer-reviewed journals in the science and biomedical fields.  It is searchable by journal title or across all journals.

PubMed Central - This contains all free full-text articles in biomedicine and life sciences from the PubMed database.


Open Access Databases and Indexes

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) - a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library.  It covers materials in all formats, including print books back to the 15th century. - This is a registry and results database of approximately 170,000 clinical studies involving human participants conducted around the world.  Studies can be searched by topic or location.

ERIC - The Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC) database contains approximately 1.5 million articles and documents relating to educational topics and research.  Full-text of these documents is also freely available.

HISTLINE - An index to the secondary literature on the history of medicine and related fields from antiquity.  Also includes images and entries for manuscripts and rare books.

HSRProj - This database prvides access to ongoing grants and contracts in health services research

Index to Chiropractic Literature - The only exclusively chiropractic database, ICL covers the 1984-present chiropractic literature.  Photocopies of journal articles may be ordered from the library's document delivery service.

MedlinePlus  - Published by the National Institutes of Health, this is a searchable database of health conditions, diseases, and wellness issues intended for the consumer

NCCIH - The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health contains information for researchers, links to other complementary and alternative resources, and evidence-based information on health conditions and alternative therapies with a searchable interface.

Open Access Library - Search Engine that provides free access to over 2,000,000 academic articles.

OSTMED Osteopathic Literature Database - searchable database of full-text articles from the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association. 

PubMed - Contains over 23 million biomedical citations from over 6000 journals world-wide.  Many of their articles are also open access, and those that are not can be ordered from the publisher for a fee.

PEDro - The Physiotherapy Evidence Database consists of over 27,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews, and practice guidelines in physiotherapy.  Besides the abstract, PEDro provides a link to the full-text, where possible.

TOXNET - This is a group of databases from the National Library of Medicine comprised of literature on toxicology, hazardous substances and their chemical make-up, hazardous jobs and processes, and related areas.  You may search across all databases or search each database separately.

TRIP - The TRIP database contains high-quality, clinically-relevant research articles.  The user can view the abstracts of the articles, or link to the full-text if the article is linked from PubMed Central, the National Library of Medicine's free full-text database.


Open Access Electronic Books

Digital Book Index

Digital Book Index provides access to more than 72,000 titles' records from over 1,800 publishers.

Early American Manual Therapy

This collection includes texts from the formative years of osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, neuropathy, massage, mechanical vibration, and magnetic healing in America.

Free access to more than 650 medical books sorted by specialty.

The Internet Public Library's Online Book Collection

"The Internet Public Library Online Texts Collection contains over 15,000 titles that can be browsed by author, by title, or by Dewey Decimal Classification." - A Digital Library of Authoritative Information

"The goal of is to provide a starting point for entry into medical places of enlightenment, entertainment and education on the Internet."

National Academies Press

"The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy." There are over 3,000 free books available.

The Online Books Page

Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library, The On-Line Books Page was founded in 1993 as "a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet."

Project Gutenburg

Begun in 1971 on the campus of the University of Illinois, "the Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search."  Most of these books are in the humanities, including some historical medical books.

Homeopathy Collection

The Digital Library Production Service and Taubman Medical Library are pleased to announce the availability of the Homeopathy Collection. A project is currently underway to scan 500 books in the Homeopathy Collection of Taubman Medical Library and make their full text available online. The collection contains items dating from the mid-1800s to the present day.

NCBI Bookshelf

The NCBI Bookshelf is produced by the National Library of Medicine and provides online access to a number of biomedical textbooks. Relevant titles include "Alternative Medicine and Rehabilitation: a Guide for Practitioners," "Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors," and "Health, United States." Full-text is available through keyword searches, but the collection cannot be browsed.  This database is also accessible through PubMed.



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