Clinical and Primary Care Databases

Featured Sites:

BadgerLink is a project of the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI), Division for Libraries, Technology, and Community Learning. Its goal is to provide access to quality online information resources for Wisconsin residents in cooperation with the state's public, school, academic, and special libraries and Internet Service Providers. ONLY WI RESIDENTS CAN GAIN ACCESS TO Badgerlink. You can link with your library card:

Alternative Health Watch
This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers libraries full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Full text titles include American Journal of Chinese Medicine, American Journal of Homeopathic Medicine, California Journal of Oriental Medicine, European Journal of Clinical Hypnosis, International Journal of Medicinal Mushrooms, Journal of Alternative & Complementary Medicine, Journal of Asian Natural Products Research, Journal of the Australian Traditional-Medicine Society, Journal of the Canadian Chiropractic Association and many others. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine.

Consumer Health Complete
Consumer Health Complete is a comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content. It is designed to support patients' information needs and foster an overall understanding of health-related topics. Consumer Health Complete provides content covering all areas of health and wellness from mainstream medicine to the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated medicine. In addition, Consumer Health Complete includes the Clinical Reference System and the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which provides access to up-to-date, concise and clinically relevant drug monographs. The database is updated on a weekly basis and includes evidence based reports.

Health Source Consumer Edition
This database is the richest collection of consumer health information available to libraries worldwide, providing information on many health topics including the medical sciences, food sciences and nutrition, childcare, sports medicine and general health. Health Source: Consumer Edition provides access to nearly 80 full text, consumer health magazines.

Health Source Nursing and Academic Edition
This database provides nearly 550 scholarly full text journals focusing on many medical disciplines. Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition also features the Lexi-PAL Drug Guide, which covers 1,300 generic drug patient education sheets with more than 4,700 brand names.

AHFS Consumer Medication Information
AHFS Consumer Medication Information is a trusted source and recognized standard for patient drug information, available in both English and Spanish. Published by the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, AHFS includes more than a thousand drug information monographs written in lay language for consumers and has been a Top Ten Award Winner in the Department of Health and Human Services National Consumer Education Materials Contest. This content is updated monthly.
MEDLINE provides authoritative medical information on medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, pre-clinical sciences, and much more. Created by the National Library of Medicine, MEDLINE uses MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) indexing with tree, tree hierarchy, subheadings and explosion capabilities to search citations from over 4,800 current biomedical journals.


Biomedical Central
All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. BioMed Central views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings.

Journal A-Z List
Journals by subject list

CDC (Center of Disease Control and Prevention)

CDC for Health Care Providers
Organized top resources. Information includes immunizations, safety, oral health reproductive and sexual health, physical activity, and international travel.

CDC for Public Health Professionals
Organized top resources. Information includes preventive services, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgendered resources, national disasters, nutrition and physical activity, travel health, and the flu.

Community Health Guide
The Guide to Community Preventive Services is a free evidence-based resource to help you choose programs and policies to improve health and prevent disease in your community. You can use the guide by searching topics, policies, research, programs and services, education, funding, or general. You can also find information on community guide publications, the guide to clinical preventive services, and promotional materials.

Community Health Resources
Search or browse through CDC's best resources to help you plan, implement and evaluate community health interventions and programs to address chronic disease and health disparities issues. You'll find links to hundreds of useful planning guides, evaluation frameworks, communication materials, behavioral and risk factor data, fact sheets, scientific articles, key reports and state and local program contacts

Data & Statistics
CDC has top statistic links and highlights. Information is arranged by topic, interactive tool, surveys, surveillance, publication and products, and vital signs.

MMWR (Morbidity & Mortality Weekly Report)
Here you will find the MMWR including Table of Contents, RSS feed, podcasts, Continuing Education credits, State Health Statistics, and more. You can also sign up to receive a free electronic subscription.

PHIL (Public Health Image Library). You can use these photos for free and search by photos, illustrations, and video.

You can search by featured podcasts, browsing by series or topic, or searching by title or transcript. You can also subscribe to podcasts here.

You can find featured publications include Emerging Infectious Diseases, MMWR, and Preventing Chronic Disease. You can also search via topic, top publications, or A-Z topic index.

Ebling Library
The University of Wisconsin-Madison Health Sciences Library engages people in the discovery, translation, and management of information in support of research, education, scholarship, and health care.

Citation Management and Style Guide

Classes and Tutorials
The Ebling Library supports, facilitates, and fosters information literacy for all of our patrons and promotes self-sufficiency (life long learning) in an ever-changing information environment.

Databases A to Z
Browse health sciences databases by title. Usage to specific databases may be restricted to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Off campus users: you may be prompted to log in with your NetID.

Databases by Topic
Browse health sciences databases by topic. Usage to specific databases may be restricted to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Off campus users: you may be prompted to log in with your NetID.

E-Books A to Z
Browse health sciences books by title. Usage to specific journals may be restricted to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Off campus users: you may be prompted to log in with your NetID.

E-Books by Topic
Browse a selection of health sciences E-Books by topic. This list is growing, but is not comprehensive. Usage may be restricted to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Off campus users: you may be prompted to log in with your NetID.

E-Journals A to Z
Browse health sciences journals by title. Usage to specific journals may be restricted to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Off campus users: you may be prompted to log in with your NetID.

E-Journals by Topic
Browse a selection of health sciences E-Journals & RSS Feeds by topic. This list is growing, but is not comprehensive. Usage may be restricted to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Off campus users: you may be prompted to log in with your NetID.

Resource Portal and Subject Guide
Information includes Evidence-based medicine/clinical resources, images, biotechnology, and cultural competency. Usage may be restricted to UW-Madison faculty, staff, and students. Off campus users: you may be prompted to log in with your NetID.

Google Scholar
Google Scholar provides a simple way to broadly search for scholarly literature. From one place, you can search across many disciplines and sources: articles, theses, books, abstracts and court opinions, from academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites. Google Scholar helps you find relevant work across the world of scholarly research. You will not always find free full-text.

The Medpedia Project is a long-term, worldwide project to evolve a new model for sharing and advancing knowledge about health, medicine and the body among medical professionals and the general public. This model is founded on providing a free online technology platform that is collaborative, interdisciplinary and transparent. Users of the platform include physicians, consumers, medical and scientific journals, medical schools, research institutes, medical associations, hospitals, for-profit and non-profit organizations, expert patients, policy makers, students, non-professionals taking care of loved ones, individual medical professionals, scientists, etc. In association with Harvard Medical School, Stanford School of Medicine, Berkeley School of Public Health, University of Michigan Medical School and other leading global health organizations, Medpedia will be a commons for the gathering of the information and people critical to health care. Only physicians and PhDs can edit articles.

Users of this site must register. The user then selects a subject site. There is no "homepage" but users can select other subjects or search. Free MEDLINE is available as well as value added news and reviews and full text of selected journal articles and textbooks.

Continuing Medical Education for physicians. You can search a specific topic and choose “MedscapeCME”. CMEs are labeled in red after the title. There is a quiz at the end.

You must search a specific drug in the Medscape search engine and then choose “drug”. You will then find “dosage, usage, and warnings, prices, brands, and images, detailed monograph, and patient education materials

Drug Interaction Calculator

Emedicine (specialties)

Journal List

Resource Center
Overview, diagnosis, treatment, follow-up, pictures, and CME credit for certain topics.

Old Medline
The OLDMEDLINE subset in PubMed® represents journal article citations from two print indexes: Cumulated Index Medicus (CIM) and the Current List of Medical Literature (CLML). Created by the National Library of Medicine® (NLM®), there are approximately 1,952,000 article citations from international biomedical journals that cover the fields of medicine, preclinical sciences and allied health sciences from 1947 through 1965. OLDMEDLINE records, most of which are included in the MEDLINE® database, can be searched via PubMed or the NLM Gateway.

Public Library of Science
The Public Library of Science is a nonprofit organization that publishes freely available open access journals covering all aspects of life science and medicine. PLoS publishes peer-reviewed scientific and medical journals that include original research as well as timely feature articles.

PubMed comprises more than 20 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.

Clinical queries
Find citations that correspond to specific clinical study category.

Journals database
Search by topic, abbreviation, ISSN, or subject terms. You can also find a list of journals with full text links.

Full text articles
This is a link to a direction sheet on how you can find free full text articles. Options include using limits or clicking on Pubmed Central. 

Journal list

Online Tutorials
Brief tutorials for searching Pubmed, MESH, managing results, saving searches, collections & bibliographies, preference and filters, and links to full text.  

Pubmed Central
PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.

MESH Database
MeSH is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's controlled vocabulary used for indexing articles for MEDLINE/PubMed. MeSH terminology provides a consistent way to retrieve information that may use different terminology for the same concepts.

Use My NCBI to save your searches and data, and to set NCBI Web site preferences.

A unique method of searching for evidence. Automates the process by simultaneously searching multiple Internet sites and collating the results into one page. SUMSearch allows the healthcare professional to enter a query one time, and then select the best Internet sites to search, format the query for each site, execute contingency searches, then return a single document to the practitioner. SUMSearch removes the burden of remembering details such as which Internet site truncates with the dollar sign and how to execute a limit for the AIM journals if too many articles are found at MEDLINE.