Medication Information

DIR Resources:

  • AccessMedicine
    • Great for accessing pharmacology and pathophysiology texts
    • There are ~1000 super basic drug (Rx & OTC) monographs
  • Books@OVID
    • Though the selection is limited and slightly dated this is where you could access Briggs (for pregnancy & lactation)
  • CMA Infobase
    • Great for looking at up to date clinical guidelines
  • Dynamed (accessible through UBC)
    • Is considered to actually be MORE up to date than UpToDate (accessible through VIHA)
  • ClinicalKey
    • Has more detailed drug monographs
    • Includes access to Meyler’s (side effects of drugs)
    • Includes access to Harriet Lane Handbook (dosing guidelines for paediatric & adolescent dosing)
Above all else, what really stuck with me were the following tips to using the MEDLINE (Ovid Embase) database for finding primary literature:
  • When you search or “map” a term, you will have the option to “Explode” or “Focus”.
    • If you want “Explode” then the search would retrieve all references indexed to that term, as well as all references indexed to any narrower term. Example: If you exploded “Canada” then the search would retrieve all references indexed to Canada in addition to the provinces within Canada (i.e. BC, AB, QB, NS, etc.).
    • If you want to “Focus” then the search would retrieve references where the mapped term is the major topic of discussion
  • On the page where you get to select your subheadings, according to the librarian amateur researchers like myself should always select “All Subject Headings”
  • If you only want a certain population then search it but then de-select “Map Term To Subject Heading”. Then you can combine this with the other search terms that you have already to really narrow your search.
  • Check out this website for a great “How to” for using Embase to do a literature search