For health professionals researching for the latest information, best practice, or accurate and thorough information on a given subject it can be hard to know where to start. Google is where we search for everything else, but that isn’t always the best place to search for medical literature. It’s even harder to find information without having to pay for it. I love books, but medical books are expensive! So where do you go to find information? This is a list I made for myself to research anything related to obstetrics, obstetric nursing, midwifery, and lactation consulting. If you have any resources not listed below, please comment. I will look into it and maybe add it to the list. If you are a health professional, where do you turn to for research and personal interest studies?
I have the following categories: scholarly research engines, journals, and organizations (in general, regarding pregnancy and birth, and regarding infant care).
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Scholarly research engines
ESCBOhost www.ebscohost.com This is free through my college (Sinclair) and free through some libraries. Check your college or your local libraries. I have found this resource very helpful.
Biomed Central http://www.biomedcentral.com/
The Lancet www.thelancet.com
Cochrane Library http://www.cochranelibrary.com/
Pubmed Central http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/
PubGet www.pubget.com takes you straight to the PDFs of PubMed (It’s not all free, but go under search tools and click on open access)
PubMed Clinical Queries http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/clinical
U.S. National Library of Medicine http://www.nlm.nih.gov/
TRIP database https://www.tripdatabase.com/
Scholar google https://scholar.google.com/
Scholar google Health and Medical Sciences https://scholar.google.com/citations?view_op=top_venues&hl=en&vq=med
Karger Open Access http://www.karger.com/OpenAccess
Also www.perinatology.com has a search engine providing information from several resources.
Directory of Open Access Journals https://doaj.org/
The New England Journal of Medicine http://www.nejm.org/
The Journal of The American Medical Association (JAMA) http://jama.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx
JAMA Pediatrics http://archpedi.jamanetwork.com/journal.aspx (not all articles are free)
Nursing Open, Wiley Online http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1002/(ISSN)2054-1058
Nursing for Women’s Health http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/(ISSN)1751-486X (some articles are free, but not all)
Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/journal/10.1111/%28ISSN%291552-6909
Journal of Pregnancy and Child Health (Open Access) http://omicsgroup.org/journals/pregnancy-and-child-health.php
Journal of Women’s Health Care (Open Access) http://omicsgroup.org/journals/womens-health-care.php
Gynecology and Obstetrics (Open Access) http://omicsonline.org/gynecology-obstetrics.php
American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology http://www.ajog.org/ has some free articles
International Breastfeeding Journal http://www.internationalbreastfeedingjournal.com/
Midwifery Today www.midwiferytoday.com is actually a magazine, but has good articles with scholarly references.
Science Daily http://www.sciencedaily.com/news/health_medicine/pregnancy_and_childbirth/
Medical News Today http://www.medicalnewstoday.com/categories/pregnancy
The World Health Organization http://www.who.int/en/
The U.S. National Institutes of Health www.nih.gov
The U.S. National Institutes of Health runs a website for clinical trials https://clinicaltrials.gov/ct2/home
The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality http://www.ahrq.gov/
The Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation http://www.healthdata.org/
The Center for Disease Control www.cdc.gov
The FDA has a section for health professionals http://www.fda.gov/ForHealthProfessionals/default.htm
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (U.K. based) http://www.nice.org.uk/
Regarding pregnancy and birth
The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) www.acog.org
The Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine www.smfm.org
Assocation of Women’s Health, Obstetric, and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) www.awhonn.org
Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) www.mana.org
The American College of Nurse-Midwives www.midwives.org
The National Perinatal Association http://www.nationalperinatal.org/
Regarding infant care
American Academy of Pediatrics www.aap.org
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development http://www.nichd.nih.gov/Pages/index.aspx
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