Database Descriptions

Academic Search Premier

This multi-disciplinary database provides full text for more than 6,000 journals in nearly every area of academic study including: computer sciences, engineering, physics, chemistry, education, language and linguistics, arts & literature, medical sciences, ethnic studies, and many more. In addition to the full text, this database offers indexing and abstracts for more than 8,500 journals.


AccessMedicine from McGraw-Hill Medical is the world’s most comprehensive online medical resource. It provides Students with the references needed to excel in basic science studies and clerkships; gives residents access to videos, self-assessment, and leading textbooks that facilitate decision-making at the point of care; enables faculty to create, track, and report their students’ progress through a curriculum tool that eases workflow; and helps practicing physicians brush up on their medical knowledge to ensure the best patient outcome.

Alt HealthWatch

This database focuses on the many perspectives of complementary, holistic and integrated approaches to health care and wellness. It offers full text articles for more than 180 international, and often peer-reviewed journals and reports. In addition, there are hundreds of pamphlets, booklets, special reports, original research and book excerpts. Alt HealthWatch provides in-depth coverage across the full spectrum of subject areas covered by complementary and alternative medicine. This database features indexing and abstracts going back as far as 1984, and full text going back as far as 1990.

AMED: Allied and Complementary Medicine Database

AMED provides an alternative medicine database for physicians, therapists, medical researchers and clinicians looking to learn more about alternative treatments. AMED contains basic bibliographic records for relevant articles from over 500 journals, with the scope of coverage being mainly European. AMED is produced by the Health Care Information Service of the British Library. AMED is linked to Western States’ full text subscriptions.

The Chronicle of Higher Education

The Chronicle of Higher Education has the nation’s largest newsroom dedicated to covering colleges and universities. It allows faculty, staff and administrators to keep on top of the latest news, trends, data and discussions impacting academia.

CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature)

CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is the authoritative resource for nursing and allied health professionals, students, educators and researchers. This database provides indexing for 2,960 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health which includes physical therapy and massage. The database contains more than 1,000,000 records dating back to 1981. CINAHL is linked to Western States’ full text subscriptions.

Cochrane Clinical Answers

Cochrane Clinical Answers (CCAs) provide a readable, digestible, clinically focused entry point to rigorous research from Cochrane systematic reviews. They are designed to be actionable and to inform decision making at the point of care. Each Cochrane Clinical Answer contains a clinical question, a short answer, and an opportunity to ‘drill down’ to the evidence from relevant Cochrane reviews. The evidence is displayed in a user friendly format, mixing narrative, numbers and graphics.

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews contains full text articles, as well as protocols focusing on the effects of healthcare. Data is evidence-based medicine and is often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies, each too small to produce reliable results individually.

Cochrane Methodology Register

The Cochrane Methodology Register (CMR) is a bibliography of publications which report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books and conference proceedings; these articles are taken from the MEDLINE database and from hand searches. The database contains studies of methods used in reviews and more general methodological studies which could be relevant to anyone preparing systematic reviews. CMR records contain the title of the article, information on where it was published (bibliographic details), and in some cases, a summary of the article. CMR is produced by the UK Cochrane Centre, on behalf of the Cochrane Methodology Review Group.

Cochrane Register of Controlled Trials

Cochrane Controlled Trials Register is a bibliography of controlled trials identified by contributors to the Cochrane Collaboration and others, as part of an international effort to hand search the world’s journals and create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews.

Consumer Lab

Consumer Lab is the leading provider of independent test results and information to help consumers and healthcare professionals evaluate health, wellness, and nutrition products.


DynaMed is a clinical reference tool created by physicians for physicians and other health care professionals for use primarily at the ‘point-of-care’. Includes clinically-organized summaries for more than 3,000 topics.

Easy Auscultation

Free auscultation training and reference website. The auscultation courses feature audio, waveforms, animations, text and quizzes. The heart and lung sound reference guides provide ready access to over 160 real and simulated auscultations along with listening tips and waveforms.

Educator’s Reference

Educator’s Reference Complete is a selection of more than 450 full-text academic journals, hundreds of full-text reports, and many premier reference sources. Included content focuses on educational principles, child development and psychology, and best practices in education. Majority of the full-text titles included are also found in the ERIC database.


The Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) is an internet-based digital library of education research and information sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the U.S. Department of Education. ERIC provides access to bibliographic records of journal and non-journal literature from 1966 to the present.

Functional Medicine Update

Jeffrey Bland’s Functional Medicine Update Database features access to the entire archive of FMU MP3 audio files, which dates from 1997-2016. Users may search for, download and save files for use on mobile devices. In addition to the MP3 archive, a searchable transcript database is included.

Health and Medicine Streaming Films

Films Media Group is the leading source of high-quality video and multimedia for academic, vocational and life-skills content. Films Media Group serves the education community through its four brands: Films for the Humanities and Sciences, Cambridge Educational, Meridian Education, and Shopware.

Health Reference Center Academic

Health Reference Center Academic is a multi-source database provides access to the full text of nursing and allied health journals, plus the wide variety of personal health information sources in InfoTrac’s award-winning Health Reference Center. All in a single, easy-to-use database, the material contained in this database is intended for informational purposes only.


HerbalGram is home to five databases created by the American Botanical Council, one of the world leaders in traditional herbal education. These databases include a series of monographs on well known western and eastern medicinal herbs, traditional and common uses, as well as contraindications.

Index to Chiropractic Literature

The primary goal of the Index to Chiropractic Literature is to provide indexing of the peer-reviewed literature produced by chiropractic publishers. ICL provides full bibliographic records, and abstracts are reproduced with publishers’ permissions. The Index to Chiropractic Literature is a free and publicly available web site. There is NO direct linking to UWS resources from citations found on the ICL.

JAMA Network

Building on a tradition of editorial excellence, The JAMA Network brings JAMA together with the nine JAMA specialty journals to offer enhanced access to the research, reviews, and perspectives shaping the future of medicine. Through a variety of innovative tools, The JAMA Network provides the insights that matter most to medical research and practice.

MEDLINE Complete

MEDLINE Complete is a highly comprehensive database created by the National Library of Medicine. It houses bibliographic information and full-text journals pertaining to research on biomedicine, pre-clinical sciences, behavioral sciences, bioengineering, health policy development, and life science. MEDLINE uses the controlled vocabulary of MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) to systematically index, catalogue, and search citations. This database is also linked to the UWS Library’s full text subscriptions.

Natural Medicines

Natural Medicines is an authoritative resource on dietary supplements, natural medicines, and complementary, alternative, and integrative therapies. This newly enhanced product provides the best features and functionality from both Natural Standard and Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, as well as new clinical features that weren’t available before.

Netter Presenter

View and download any of the Plates from the 25th Anniversary edition Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy, 6e. Fifty additional Plates from previous editions of the Atlas, videos, and other supplementary such as 3D models and dissection videos can be found under “Videos and More.”


PEDro is the Physiotherapy Evidence Database. PEDro is a free database of over 19,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy. For each trial, review or guideline, PEDro provides the citation details, the abstract and a link to the full text, where possible.

Physical Therapy and Sports Medicine Collection

The Gale Physical Therapy & Sports Medicine Collection includes over 100 titles covering the fields of physical therapy and sports medicine, providing researchers with access to topics discussed in the field, including proven treatment techniques, experimental research theses, and many more.

Primal Pictures Interactive Anatomy

Primal Pictures is the ultimate online anatomy reference— a comprehensive selection of dynamic, interactive modules featuring more than 6,500 highly accurate, three-dimensional anatomy models. Modules focus on individual organs, regions of the body, or anatomical systems.

Probiotic Advisor

Probiotic Advisor provides independent, unbiased, evidence-based information on probiotics, their potential risks, and documented benefits to provide health professionals and consumers with the background knowledge needed to become more critical consumers of probiotic products and to help clinicians prescribe probiotics in a more evidence-based manner.


PsycARTICLES®, from the American Psychological Association (APA), is a definitive source of full text, peer-reviewed scholarly and scientific articles in psychology. It contains more than 153,000 articles from nearly 80 journals published by the American Psychological Association (APA), its imprint the Educational Publishing Foundation (EPF), and from allied organizations including the Canadian Psychological Association and the Hogrefe Publishing Group. Coverage spans 1894 to the present.

Psychology and Behavioral Sciences Collection

Psychology & Behavioral Sciences Collection is a comprehensive database covering information concerning topics in emotional and behavioral characteristics, psychiatry & psychology, mental processes, anthropology, and observational & experimental methods. This is the world’s largest full text psychology database offering full text coverage for over 500 journals.


PubMed is a free bibliographic database that provides citations for millions of articles including those indexed in MEDLINE and other life science-related journals. Citations for books on the NCBI Bookshelf are also available. Entries may contain links to full-text articles from PubMed Central, open access journals, the original publishers’ websites, and/or the UWS Library’s subscriptions.


RefWorks — an online research management, writing and collaboration tool — is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies.

Rehabilitation and Sports Medicine Source

Designed for rehabilitation clinicians in a hospital setting, the database contains over 174,000 records dating back to 1963. Rehabilitation & Sports Medicine Source includes access to more than 180 full-text scholarly titles in the discipline, and covers such domains as orthopedics, physiology, nutrition, sports exercise, and physical therapy.

Small Business Resource Center

Search this database to learn how to start, finance or manage your small business. Resources include sample business plans, how to guides, articles and websites.


SPORTDiscus with Full Text is the world’s most comprehensive source of full text for sports & sports medicine journals, providing full text for more than 490 journals indexed in SPORTDiscus. This authoritative file contains full text for many of the most used journals in the SPORTDiscus index – with no embargo. With full-text coverage dating back to 1985, SPORTDiscus with Full Text is the definitive research tool for all areas of sports & sports medicine literature. SPORTDiscus is linked to Western States’ full text subscriptions.

Turning Research Into Practice

The TRIP Database is a clinical search tool designed to allow health professionals to rapidly identify the highest quality clinical evidence for clinical practice. TRIP is a free and publicly available website.

UWS Library Catalog

This is the library catalog that belongs to the university.

WorldCat Discovery

WorldCat Discovery lets you search the collection at UWS Library and thousands more libraries around the world. Students and Faculty at UWS can link to full text articles and ebooks, request physical materials from the UWS Library, and borrow from other libraries via Interlibrary Loan.