Online medical libraries
- By: Tiago Villanueva, Balaji Ravichandran, Sara Carrillo de Albornoz
The days when libraries used to be hotspots for cramming, researching, and meeting colleagues have long disappeared; more and more libraries are going digital. With the online information explosion showing no signs of slowing down, you might easily get lost, especially amid thousands of pretentious websites with unreliable (or worse, inaccurate) content.
The National Electronic Library for Health (www.nelh.nhs.uk) is a comprehensive library that covers all areas of medical knowledge. The specialist libraries in particular are a useful tool to gain knowledge about many disorders. But most of the links require Athens authentication or other institutional subscription to access the full text, leaving students from less fortunate universities and countries behind.
The PubMed Bookshelf (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=Books) is one of the few virtual medical libraries that includes a collection of the most widely read medical books. Although useful, there is again a drawback: you cannot browse some of the textbooks page by