TIPS- Useful terms/phrases for locating pharmacy resources in the databases, catalog, or on the Internet:

Pharmacy technicians, drugs—dosage, drug interactions, drug stability, drugs—administration, drugs—side effects, compounding, prescription management, pharmaceutical calculations, medication

Hint** Use an asterisk (*) with the word root to expand your book and article searches.  For example, entering pharma* will retrieve pharmacy, pharmacist, pharmaceutical, pharmacology, etc.


Journal, Newspaper and Magazine articles in databases:

(use Ebsco A-Z to search for specific titles in the databases)

Most Useful:


Complete and medically accurate 3D model of the human anatomy.

§  CINAHL Plus with Full Text 

Nursing & allied health journals, providing full text for more than 560 journals indexed in CINAHL.

§  Health Reference Center Academic 

Includes the full text of 550 medical journals, as well as Mosby’s Medical, Nursing and Allied Health Dictionary, PDR Family Guide to Over-the-Counter Drugs, PDR Family Guide to Prescription Drugs, and the USPDI: Volume 2, Advice for the Patient.

§  Health Source: Nursing Academic

Features integrated access to the full text and images of nursing, allied health and medical journals; consumer health magazines; newsletter; pamphlets; newspaper articles; topical overviews, and reference books.

§  Micromedex HealthCare Series and CareNotes

Provides integrated searching of 10 clinical information resources on drugs, toxicology, diseases, laboratory tests, patient education and care.  Database includes DRUGDEX System, Detail Drug Information for the Consumer, PDR, Index Nominum, P&T Quick Reports, and POISINDEX Managements.

§  Natural and Alternative Treatments

The A-to-Z Herbs & Supplements Guide offers the latest scientific information and evidence on over 300 herbs, vitamins and supplements.

§  STAT! Ref

Provides the complete contents of the current editions of 35 leading medical reference titles focusing on diagnosis, treatment and patient care.  Also includes Stedman’s Medical Dictionary, MedCalc2000, and guidelines for evidence-based medicine.


Also Try:

§  Academic Search Complete

Articles from journals, magazines and newspapers on many subjects.

§  Consumer Health Complete

Comprehensive resource for consumer-oriented health content.

§  Health & Wellness Resource Center

Full-text articles from journals, pamphlets, reference books and reviewed web sites.  Drug and herb information sources include the PDR Family Guide to Natural Medicines and Healing Therapies, PDR for Herbal Medicines, and the PDR for Nutritional Supplements.

§  Health Source: Consumer Edition

Full-text consumer health periodicals, pamphlets, and reference books, including the LexiPAL Drug Guide.


Books, Videos and More:

available from the Library website

Search for materials in the Library Catalog.

Search STAT!Ref and NetLibrary for full-text electronic books.


Internet Resources

·       MedlinePlus (National Institutes of Health)

Contains extensive information on over 740 diseases/conditions and prescription and nonprescription drugs.  Other key features are a medical encyclopedia, a medical dictionary, and hundreds of videos of actual surgical procedures performed at U.S. medical centers in recent years

·      Center for Disease Control

            Extensive information about health and disease from the national Center.

·       DrugTopics.Com:  The Online News Magazine for Pharmacists

Articles about the pharmacy industry, including new medications, continuing education and career information.

·          Food and Drug Administration

Extensive information for health professionals and patients regarding new drug approvals, drug safety, and the National Drug Code Directory.

·         Merck Manual of Diagnosis & Therapy

Online version of the 18th edition (2006).

·         National Institutes of Health

General information about health and medical research.

·         Pharmacy Times  

News, feature articles from the print version of this journal; drug updates, patient information, continuing education.  Full-text articles published since 2007 available in Academic Search Complete.

·         SafeMedication.Com

From the American Society of Health-System Pharmacists, a searchable database of drug information.

·         U.S. Pharmacist

Online journal of monthly print publication offering current, authoritative information on issues of importance to pharmacy practice.

·         United States Pharmacopeia

The USP establishes national standards to ensure the quality of medicines for human and veterinary use.


Professional Associations & Organizations

·         American Association of Pharmacy Technicians

Association information, conference announcements, CE links, and certification prep sites for pharmacy technicians.

·         American Pharmacists Association (link for pharmacy technicians)

Association website for professional pharmacists, including drug updates, recalls and news.

·         American Society of Health-System Pharmacists (see link for pharmacy technicians)

National association website for hospital and health-system pharmacy professionals, offering continuing education and conference programs;  drug information through its  suite of AHFS (American Hospital Formulary Service) information products; monthly publication, American Journal of Health-System Pharmacy, and pharmacy technician accreditation support.

·         National Pharmacy Technician Association

Largest professional organization for pharmacy technicians.

·         Pharmacy Technician Certification Board

Offers certification and recertification programs for pharmacy technicians.

·         Texas Pharmacy Association

State agency advocating for pharmacy professionals.


Citation Help

·         APA Reference List

·         APA Sample Research Paper (from Diana Hacker, former English faculty member at Prince George's Community College in Maryland)           


Evaluating Information

When answering a drug information question or making drug recommendations, be sure to consider the following:

·         Compliance with national pharmacy standards/best practices guidelines as established in the United
      States Pharmacopeia or the best practices for pharmacy technicians provided by the
      Pharmacy Technician Certification Board;

·         Compliance with treatment protocols/standards of the medical community;

·         Authority of the information source – a reviewed article or website supported by a professional


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