The Eskind Biomedical Library would like to extend a warm welcome to all of the new medical and nursing students entering Vanderbilt for the fall semester. Below are a few of the many helpful resources we provide to get you off to a good start. You can also get helpful updates and resources from us on Facebook and Twitter, get help via live chat, or get help with just about anything else by visiting us in person or making a request online.
Important General Resources:
Digital Library – provides access to online resources selected for Vanderbilt’s biomedical community and reviewed by library staff members, including library subscriptions and freely available online tools. These include peer-reviewed journals, citation databases, specialized databases such as those providing information about genetics and molecular biology and other topics, online textbooks, links to government resources and data sources, sources of images for use in presentations, tools for research and education, and many others.
You can use this site not only to access resources you know about (UpToDate, JAMA, etc.), but also use the browse and advanced search features to find resources on your topic of interest. See the help to learn more.
PubMed – containing millions of citations from medical fields, with links to full-text articles provided through the library’s journal subscriptions, this database is the recommended starting point for topics including biomedicine, nursing, health administration, public health, and related topics. We suggest learning how to use the MyNCBI feature to save your work and MeSH for thorough searching.
OMIM – this is a good starting point for some information on genes related to health and diseases. For expert help with other genetics, biochemistry, and structure information and resources, drop in for our Tuesday afternoon office hours.
At the library:
We have full services hours when staff members are available to help with your research questions, and limited services hours in the morning and evening when the building is open for study and research, staffed by security guards (Vanderbilt ID is required for entry during limited services).
Study rooms are available for group collaboration.
Request training to learn tips & tricks for making better use of resources like OMIM, PubMed, CINAHL, and other genetics and citation/article databases.
Online tutorials are listed for help with key resources any time, including when the library is closed.
Our online section of resources for authors, researchers and grant writers of all levels includes information on starting points for finding articles, finding and using images, citation management tools, NIH public access policy compliance, understanding medical evidence, places to look for funding, and more.
For new medical students:
Clinical Key – this site has many popular textbooks as ebooks, patient education materials in English and Spanish, clinical guidelines, and other resources
New England Journal of Medicine – aside from being one of the most respected medical journals, test yourself with the Images Challenge (see a picture, guess the diagnosis) or review how-to videos of common procedures with Videos in Clinical Medicine. The library’s subscription to online issues of the journal go back to 1812!
Need online books or other resources on a specific topic you’re studying? Try the Advanced Search in our Digital Library. There, you can search for every online book we have on anatomy, specific specialties, and other topics.
For new nursing students:
New Students – see this site for important information and updates from the School of Nursing.
CINAHL – the premier resource for nursing and allied health topics, this database is a key resource for literature searches related to clinical care provided by nurses and professional, occupational, and educational issues in nursing
Mosby’s Nursing Skills – how-to guides, checklists, quizzes, and illustrations/video for numerous nursing procedures.
Nursing Consult – see this site for popular textbooks (in the “Reference” section), synopses of evidence-based nursing practice for many common conditions, patient education materials in English and Spanish, dosage calculators, and other tools.