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These databases are recommended for the College of Health Science and Human Performance.

VU students, faculty and staff:

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Bandolier:   An independent journal about evidence-based health care.

Bentham Open Access:  Publishes over 230 open access journals covering the sciences, technology, and medicine.

BioMed Central:  Includes 220 open access, online, peer-reviewed journals covering all areas of biology and medicine.

Biomedical Reference Collection: Basic (EBSCO):  Access to over 100 full-text peer reviewed journals on topics like clinical medicine, dentistry, veterinary medicine, pre-clinical sciences, and the health care system.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.



Career and Technical Education Collection (ProQuest):  Access to over 500 full-text journals and trade publications on topics including: computer science, healthcare, building trades, auto mechanics, sales & retail, accounting, graphic design, photography, and more.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Key source for demographic, economic, and health data about the United States.

Centers for Disease Control:  United States government public health agency website.

CINAHL Plus with Full Text (EBSCO):  Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature including access to 770 full-text journals, 275 books and monographs, evidence-based care sheets, quick lessons, and more.  MyVU login required for off campus access. 



Department of Health and Human Services (HHS): A subsite of HHS, the Prescription Drug and Heroin Overdose Epidemic covers strategies for prevention, treatment, and recovery for health professionals and families, organized through and using government resources.



eBooks on EBSCOhost (INSPIRE):  Collection of over 9,000 eBooks on topics including: the arts, business, computer science, education, engineering & technology, health & medicine, history, law, literature & criticism, mathematics, philosophy, political science, psychology, sciences, study aids, and language learning.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

eBooks on EBSCOhost (VU):  MyVU login required for off campus access.

EBSCO eBook Community College Collection:  The Ebsco eBook Community College Collection offers over 40,000 books from a variety of publishers. These books are non-fiction, selected to help students do research for school work or personal interest. There are books on most subjects, including art, history, nursing, psychology, zoology, and much more.  MyVU login required for off campus access.

EBSCO Electronic Journals Service: This resource provides users with access to the Library's e-journals subscriptions via the EBSCOhost interface.



Florence Nightingale Digitization Project: A collaborative effort between the Florence Nightingale Museum in London, England, the Boston University Howard Gotlieb Archival Research Center, the Royal College of Nursing and the Wellcome Library which compiles their holdings into a collaborative database consisting currently of more than 2,300 letters handwritten or narrated by Florence Nightingale that are now available to researchers through a single source.  Free access to 3,316 scholarly journals covering all medical topics.



Gale Virtual Reference Library:  Collection of Reference eBooks on topics including: the arts, biographies, business, education, environment, history, law, literature, medicine, multicultural studies, nation & world, religion, social sciences, science, and technology.  MyVU login required for off campus access.



Health and Wellness Resource Center and Alternative Health Module (Gale):   Includes over 1,000 full-text medical journals, magazines, newspapers, reference works, and multimedia.  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE. 

Health Business FullTEXT (EBSCO):  130 publications covering topics such as staffing, health care regulation, health care facilities management, marketing, finance, and more. MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Health Reference Center Academic (Gale):  Access to 1,700 full-text sources and hundreds of videos demonstrating medical procedures and live surgeries.  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE. 

Health Source: Consumer Edition (EBSCO):  Includes 80 full-text magazines, 130 full-text reference books, 9,900 Clinical Reference Systems reports, and Merriam-Webster's Medical Desk Dictionary.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Health Source: Nursing/Academic Edition (EBSCO):  Includes full-text of nearly 550 peer-reviewed full text scholarly journals on many medical disciplines.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.



MEDLINE with Full Text (EBSCO):  Full-text database providing access to top-tier biomedical and health journals. Covering a wide range of subjects, it is an essential resource for doctors, nurses, health professionals and researchers engaged in clinical care, public health and health policy development.  MyVU login required for off campus access.  Also available to Indiana residents through INSPIRE.

Merck Manuals:  Free access to the professional and consumer versions of this medical information resource.



National Center for Biotechnology Information:  The National Center for Biotechnology Information advances science and health by providing access to biomedical and genomic information. Includes GeneBank, Entrez, Cancer Genome Database, Human Genome Database, etc.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Website of the government agency that supports research on the health aspects of drug abuse and addiction. NIDA's mission is to advance science on the causes and consequences of drug use and addiction and to apply that knowledge to improve individual and public health.

Nursing & Allied Health Database (ProQuest):  Abstracting and indexing for over 850 journals, with over 715 titles in full text and more than 12,000 full-text dissertations on topics including: cytology, nursing, nutrition, oncology, pediatric care, pharmacology, public health, and radiology.  MyVU login required for off campus access.

Nursing Resource Center with Nursing and Allied Health Collection (Gale):  Designed for nursing students, brings together in an easy-to-use interface disease and drug overviews, care plans, relevant journal results and animated anatomy and physiology diagrams to complement the core encyclopedia texts. Written in accessible language for students completing class assignments and preparing for clinicals as they learn how to care for and treat patients. Search results are returned in tabs that correspond to steps in the nursing process.  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE. 



ProQuest Research Library:  A good starting point for research on any topic.  Provides access to over 3,600 full-text journals on topics including: the arts, business, education, health and medical, humanities, law, military, multicultural studies, psychology, sciences, social sciences, and women's studies.  MyVU login required for off campus access.

Public Library of Science (PLoS):  Free access to journals, some peer-reviewed, on topics like biology, medicine, genetics, computational biology, pathogens, neglected tropical diseases, and more.

PubMed Central:  Free access to over 1,700 scholarly biomedical and life science journals.



R2 Library:  Collection of eBooks covering topics including medicine, nursing, allied health, and consumer health.  MyVU login required for off campus access.

Recovery Resource Hub: Provides direct access to one of the largest database systems in the United States using the Capicitype platform to curate resource data from all communities to assist those seeking pathways to recovery with mental health or substance use problems. This includes resources specific to prevention, early intervention, treatment, and recovery support efforts in communities across the country.


S  U.S. government information and research results from the Departments of Agriculture, Commerce, Defense, Energy, Health and Human Services, Homeland Security, the Interior and Transportation, Environmental Protection Agency, Library of Congress, National Aeronautics and Space Administration, the National Archives and Records Administration, and the National Science Foundation.

Stats Indiana:  Indiana statistical information provided by more than 100 federal and state agencies, commercial, and private data sources.  Topics include: economics, demographics, industry, education, health care, population, taxes, workforce and unemployment, agriculture and more.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA): Website of the public health agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that works to support the behavioral health of the country. Incorporates information on health initiatives, current statistics, grant opportunities, and links to where to find help and treatment.



Testing and Education Reference Center:  Contains career information and hundreds of practice tests and study materials.  Test preparation and information topics include: ASE Automotive, ASE Collision/Refinish, ASE Medium/Heavy Truck, Cosmetology, Fire Fighter, EMT-Basic, Law Enforcement, Medical/Nursing, Military (ASVAB and AFOQT), Social Work, and Teaching (PRAXIS).  Free to Indiana residents through INSPIRE. 



United States Department of Health and Human Services:  U.S. government agency dealing with health, social services, and laws such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) and the Affordable Care Act (ACA).