Research Tools for Health Professions Educators
Use the following websites to search academic journal content by subject. Websites marked “OA” indicate an emphasis on Open Access resources, for which full text is freely available.
- Bioline International OA
- Open access to peer-reviewed bioscience journals published in developing countries. Journals contain timely research on public health, international development, tropical medicine, food and nutritional security, and biodiversity.
- BioMed Central (BMC): The Open Access Publisher OA
- Open access science, technology, and medicine (STM) publisher. Journals include general titles BMC Biology and BMC Medicine alongside specialist journals that focus on particular disciplines.
- BIREME/PAHO Virtual Health Library
- Data on scientific, legal, technical, and factual health information.
- The Cochrane Library
- An international network providing systematic reviews of primary research in human health care and health policy.
- Education Resources Information Center (ERIC) OA
- An on-line digital library of education research and information. Collection includes journal articles, books, research syntheses, conference papers, technical reports, policy papers, and other education-related materials.
- Global Health Library (GHL)
- Developed by the WHO, the GHL provides access to global and regional indexes of scientific and technical literature.
- Health InterNetwork Access to Research Initiative (HINARI) OA for developing economies
- Provides free or very low cost on-line access to major journals in biomedical and related social sciences for local, not-for-profit institutions in developing countries.
- HighWire Press, Stanford University OA for developing economies
- Free on-line access to a list of selected journals for readers from developing economies.
- medIND, Biomedical Journals from India
- Peer-reviewed Indian biomedical literature.
- OpenMED, National Informatics Centre, India OA
- Open access archive of both published and unpublished documents having relevance to research in areas of medical and allied sciences, such as biomedical, medical informatics, dental, nursing, and pharmaceutical sciences.
- PubMed Central OA
- United States National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of biomedical and life sciences journal literature.
The following websites contain lists of academic journals for the health professions. Websites marked “OA” indicate an emphasis on Open Access resources, for which full text is freely available.
- Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ) OA
- Open access journals covering all topics and languages.
- Geneva Foundation for Medical Education and Research Free Medical Journals OA
- Free medical journals spanning a wide range of topics in English, German, Spanish, French, and Italian.
- Health Sciences Online (HSO)
- A virtual learning center that provides free, on-line links to courses and references in medicine, public health, pharmacy, dentistry, nursing, basic sciences, and other health sciences disciplines.
- LivRe Portal to Free Access Journals (Brazil) OA
- Free access to journals on the Internet in Portuguese.
- Social Science Research Network (SSRN)
- Composed of a number of specialized research networks in each of the social sciences, the SSRN e-library includes an Abstract Database containing abstracts on scholarly working papers and forthcoming papers, and an Electronic Paper Collection containing downloadable full text documents.
- Stanford School of Medicine LaneConnex Global Health Portal
- Provides global resources including databases, journals, and websites on different regions.
The following websites provide web-based software for surveys.
- Provides a free account that allows customers to create a survey of up to 20 questions and receive up to 50 responses over a ten-day period, providing a variety of ways to distribute surveys and collect and analyze results.
- An on-line research tool that deploys both web-based and e-mail surveys, providing a variety of analysis tools. Allows for the integration of multimedia tools, office software, and SPSS.
- StatPac Survey
- A package of three professional survey software programs for processing surveys, providing on-line surveys, calculating basic statistics, and performing advanced statistical analysis.
- An on-line research tool that enables users to create their own web-based surveys, providing a wide range of choices in how to design the survey, how to get responses, and how to analyze results.