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About this Guide

This guide will help you find relevant databases, books, journals, websites and specialist resources for your research in medicine. Please explore the tabs along the top for tips on finding specific types of resources. You can also make an appointment to see us, your subject specialist librarians, if you'd like some support with your research. The guide is always a work in progress, so we welcome suggestions for additional content.

Books on Prescription

Southern PHO and participating public libraries in the Otago, Central, Waitaki and Southland areas have joined together to offer the Books on Prescription programme.

GPs or other health professional in the programme may prescribe a book to a patient that addresses a particular problem. The patient then borrows the book from their local library. Students may encounter the scheme while on clinical placement in the community.

The University of Otago Health Sciences Library holds a collection of these books for the teaching, learning and wellbeing of staff and students.

Find out more about our Books on Prescription collection.

Featured resource. BMJ OnExamination

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Dunedin School of Medicine (and University of Otago Wellington) students have joined their classmates from University of Otago Christchurch with access to BMJ OnExamination.

BMJ OnExamination is "the world's leading provider of online medical exam preparation." It provides exam revision resources, self assessment modules and clinical video tutorials. 4th and 5th year students should have been supplied with a voucher code and URL, enabling free registration.

Featured resource : BrowZine

Browzine logoBrowZine is a service that will allow users to quickly access current issues of their favourite journals from the library’s holdings through an application on their iPad or Android device.
  • Browse, read, and follow journals: browse scholarly journals by subject, easily review tables of contents, and download full articles.
  • Add journals to your personal bookshelf and receive notification when new articles are published.
  • Save and export articles: Save articles for off-line reading or export to services such as DropBox, Papers, Mendeley, RefWorks, Zotero, Atlas.ti and more.

To learn more, please take a look at this short two-minute video:

Get started in three easy steps:

  • From your iPad or Android tablet, go to your app store (Apple App Store, Google Play or Amazon), search for “BrowZine” and download it for free
  • Open BrowZine and select University of Otago from the list
  • Enter your username and password (these will be the same that you use to access Library resources from off-campus)

Start browsing and reading your scholarly journals!

UpToDate: now available to ALL students off campus

UpToDate is an evidence-based, physician-authored clinical decision support resource for use at the point-of-care. More than 6,000 world-renowned physician authors, editors, and peer reviewers use a rigorous editorial process to synthesize the most recent medical information into trusted, evidence-based recommendations that are proven to improve patient care and quality.

UpToDate is now available to ALL students off-campus through the new student desktop. To connect to the new desktop from off campus, go to

You can find links to UpToDate on either the article databases list, the Medicine subject guide or the EBM for General Practice subject guide


DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use at the point-of-care.

DynaMed editors monitor the content of over 500 medical journals on a daily basis, with clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,400 topics. Each article is evaluated for clinical relevance and scientific validity. The new evidence is then integrated with existing content, and overall conclusions are changed as appropriate, representing a synthesis of the best available evidence.

DynaMed now has a new mobile app! Watch the video and download the app today


Featured Resource: ClinicalKey

See also the separate tab of information on ClinicalKey

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Divisional Librarian, Health Sciences

Richard German
Medical Library, Sayers Building
290 Great King Street / PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
phone (0064 3) 479 7403
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Subject Librarian | Kaitiaki Pukapuka Whaiora

Sarah Gallagher
Medical Library, Sayers Building
290 Great King Street / PO Box 56
Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
phone (0064 3) 479 7237
Website / Blog PageSkype Contact