Literature Search Services

Taubman Health Sciences Library

Literature searches may be requested from the Information Services Department of the Taubman Health Sciences Library. Searches are formulated and executed by librarians who are experienced in accessing different systems and a wide variety of databases. This service is available to UM faculty, students and staff, as well as to area health professionals.


When should you request a literature search?


  • When you need to be comprehensive.
    Ovid MEDLINE and other databases available for users cover only a portion of the biomedical literature. There are hundreds of databases, which are not widely available to the general public, that librarians can search. See the bottom of this page for a partial listing of these databases.

  • When your time is needed elsewhere.
    Some people do not wish to devote their time to doing their own literature searching.

  • When you are having trouble with your search.
    Perhaps you are not locating specific concepts or terminology or you are not finding information you believe is available. Librarians are experts at literature searching and can use more powerful search interfaces than those available for public access.


How can you request a search?


What are some of the databases available through the searching service?

MEDLINE: clinical medicine and biomedical research literature
SCIENCE CITATION INDEX: citation analysis by topic, author, or article
BIOSIS (Biological Abstracts): biology literature
AGELINE: gerontology literature
Health & Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI): questionnaires, tests, rating scales
EMBASE: International biomedical and pharmaceutical literature
CANCER.GOV: cancer treatment and clinical trials
Bioethicsline: ethical, legal & public policy aspects of health care and research
PsycINFO (Psychological Abstracts): psychology literature
CINAHL: nursing & allied health literature

TOXLINE: toxicological information on drugs & other chemicals
HAZARDLINE: Comprehensive data on hazardous chemicals
Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances: data on some 90,000 chemicals
Health and Safety Science Abstracts: literature on hazard control
Hazardous Substances Data Bank: data on more than 4200 chemicals

International Pharmaceutical Abstracts: pharmacy journal literature
Pharmaceutical News Index: newsletters in pharmaceutical and related industries
F-D-C Reports: full text of weekly FDA newslettters
Pharmaprojects: information on pharmaceutical products under development world-wide
Adis DrugNews: full text of publications covering clinical drug development
Adis Alerts Online: summarized papers from international literature on drugs
DIOGENES: documents and news stories on the regulation of drugs and medical devices
PharmaContacts: information on European and American pharmaceutical companies
Pharmaceutical and Healthcare Industry News Database: international newsletters

ABI/INFORM: business and management periodicals
EMPLOYEE BENEFITS INFOSOURCE: information about employee benefits
Standard & Poor's Daily News: news & financial reports on publicly-held corporations
MOODY'S Corporate News: financial and business information on U.S. corporations
BIOBUSINESS: economic implications and business applications of bioscience
TRADE & INDUSTRY ASAP: full text and citations to business periodicals

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Last modified: 08/14/2015