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Medicine: Home

About this Guide

This guide will help you find relevant databases, books, journals, websites and specialist resources for your research in medicine. There is a linked guide that will also help you find relevant evidence-based clinical resources.

You can also make an appointment to see one of us, your subject specialist librarians, if you'd like some support with your research. This guide is always a work in progress, so we welcome suggestions for additional content.

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LWW Health Library (trial)

The LWW Health Library platform provides authoritative texts, multimedia resources, and teaching & learning tools for medical education and the health professions. Access is available at this stage through to the end of 2020.

You have access to texts, cases, self-assessment tools, procedure videos and audio files covering 12 specialist subject collections: Advanced Practice Nursing, Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Exercise Science, Medical Education, Occupational Therapy, Oncology, Orthopaedic Surgery, Physiotherapy, Pharmacy, Speech Language Hearing, and Surgery.

All collections can be searched through a single search box, or each collection can be searched individually.

There is a separate page for staff members wishing to make use of LWW Health Library content.

New resource: AccessMedicine

AccessMedicine delivers indispensable support and invaluable online solutions in medical education and clinical practice through these interactive features:

Leading medical textbooks – More than 100 references help students succeed throughout their medical education, including the latest editions of the world’s most respected medical texts such as Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine and CURRENT Medical Diagnosis & Treatment.

Extensive multimedia library – A unique collection of  examination and procedural videos, patient safety modules, audio files, and animations that feature complicated concepts presented in terms students can understand are available, including videos illustrating fundamental medical concepts drawn from the world’s most trusted medical textbook, Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine.

Differential Diagnosis Tool – Connect to more than 1,000 diagnoses through Diagnosaurus®, a tool that saves you time by allowing you to browse by symptom, disease, or organ system at the point of care.

There is a separate guide (maintained by McGraw-Hill) with very useful information on this resource.


Coronavirus Information

Sites with clinical information on Covid-19:

There is information available on the NZ Ministry of Health web site and the Ministry of Business, Innovation & Employment has developed a database of New Zealand research on Covid-19.

LitCovid is a curated literature hub for tracking up-to-date scientific information about the 2019 novel Coronavirus. It is the most comprehensive resource on the subject, providing a central access to relevant articles in PubMed.

DynaMed and BMJ Best Practice have information pages about COVID-19 (the disease caused by the virus now known as SARS-CoV-2). Elsevier's Covid-19 Hub has gathered some front-line clinical tools and resources to help you deliver excellent care and information to your patients.

A review article, which will be updated weekly, has been published on PubMed.

The BMJ has a landing page for COVID-19 information, as do the New England Journal of Medicine, Lancet and JAMA Wolters Kluwer (another publisher) has also created a landing page, which includes a list of MEDLINE articles on COVID-19 as well as search strategies. Another publisher, McGraw-Hill, has launched their Covid Central pages and another of our database suppliers, ProQuest, has curated a searchable Coronavirus Research Database.

There is further information available from the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the World Health Organization and the OECD

Johns Hopkins University in the US provides a very useful map showing the global spread of COVID-19.

Digital Science is supporting the global research effort by providing all relevant content on COVID-19 from their application Dimensions as a single export file, updated daily, to make sharing and distributing research information easier. The file is openly available as a csv file hosted on Figshare

Featured resource. BMJ OnExamination

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Otago Medical School funds access to BMJ OnExamination for Dunedin School of Medicine, University of Otago Wellington and University of Otago Christchurch students.

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 through Moodle, enabling free registration.


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