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- 3 June 2013
See also Drug Information - print & online sources | Pharmacy informatics | UBC Pharmacy Handout
This UBC Pharmacy Handout 2012 is part of a handbook created for pharmacy students and residents seeking pharmaceutical information while affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Any hospital-based pharmacist requiring assistance with access to UBC Library resources or with their research should contact Dean Giustini, UBC biomed librarian.
See also James McCormack's Pharmacy resources list
The UBCCard (which functions as a library card also) can be obtained from the UBC Carding Office located on the Point Grey Campus, UBC Bookstore. For information about getting a library card, see How to Get a Library Card.
Pharmacy databases, journals and e-books
- See also Pharmacy subject guide
- UBC library's resources -- such as pharmacy databases, journals and e-books -- are subscription-based (i.e. the library pays hundreds of thousands for access each year), so you must authenticate as a UBC user when at home or at a non-UBC computer.
How To Search
- This handout provides an overview of how to search pharmacy-related databases. It is aimed at those who already have a basic understanding of search principles and how to use common indexes and databases such as EMBASE and PubMed.
- For a review, see the OvidSP Tutorial, a series of viewlets on database searching. The modules are based an older version of OvidSP but the content remains valid.
- If you are off-campus, you must authenticate as a UBC user in order to get into our databases and online journal collections.
- The two ways of authenticating are by 1) myVPN and 2) EZProxy. MyVPN requires a change of settings on your computer whereas EZProxy prompts you to log in using your CWL or library barcode/PIN when trying to access a resource.
- For more detail, see Connecting from home.
- Before you buy print versions of textbooks, it's worthwhile to see if the UBC library has an online version.
- Many classic titles are available:
- Titles include:
- Harrison’s Principles of internal medicine (Harrison’s online)
- Goodman and Gilman’s Pharmacological basis of therapeutics
- Tintinalli’s Emergency medicine
- Lange educational library, including Olson’s Poisoning & drug overdose
- Briggs’ Drugs in pregnancy and lactation
- Therapeutics: online version of Therapeutic Choices
Knovel Basic Academic: Click on the "Safety & Industrial Hygiene" link, and then "Toxic Substances" for good toxicology titles.
- Titles include:
- Goldfrank’s Toxicologic emergencies
- Casarett and Doull’s Toxicology
- Proctor and Hughes’ Chemical hazards of the workplace
- Cecil Medicine (Textbook of Medicine)
- Harriet Lane Handbook ; Nelson Textbook of pediatrics
- Haddad and Winchester’s Clinical management of poisoning and drug overdose
- AAFP Conditions A to Z (patient-friendly Q&A references on a variety of conditions)
- Review of Natural Products
- Red Book
- Stedman’s Medical dictionary (under the Resources tab)
Online journal articles
- Many scholarly pharmacy journals are available as online journals. If you are searching in a database, UBC's eLinker will find an online version for you if we have it.
- In most cases, we will have the online journal you need. Sometimes, if full-text is not available, see whether we have a print copy.
- If we have a print copy, at Woodward Library, find the item in the stacks and photocopy it. If we have a print copy at an offsite location (at St. Paul's Hospital Library), use DocDel to order a copy of the article to be sent to your library. If we cannot provide an electronic or print copy, order the article via the Interlibrary Loan (ILL) Order page (free to UBC students, faculty and staff)
Clinical practice guidelines
North American (and beyond)
There are numerous ways to keep up to date with current literature, including subscribing to electronic bulletins and newsletters, setting up RSS feeds for tables of contents from key journals, creating alerts for specific database searches, and participating in a journal club. Here are some ideas for you to explore as you customize your strategy for keeping up with current evidence.
- Bulletins, newsletters, etc.
- RSS stands for Really Simple Syndication or Rich Site Summary
- RSS reader = aggregator = feed reader
- Feed = web feed = channel
- Alternatively, you can also set up RSS feeds to customized searches (including searches by journal title) in PubMed and in OvidSP.