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Dartmouth Biomedical Libraries

Director: Cousineau, Laura


The Biomedical Libraries consist of:
the Dana Biomedical Library on the Medical School's Hanover campus and the Matthews-Fuller Health Sciences Library (MFHSL) at the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center (DHMC). The Biomedical Libraries are part of the Dartmouth College Library system.

"Our mission is to provide health and life sciences information resources and services that advance research and scholarship, education, and patient-care activities of Geisel School of Medicine, DHMC, The Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice (TDI), the Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences, and The Dartmouth Center for Health Care Delivery Science."





  • CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing & Allied Health Literature) ( Database )

    CINAHL (Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature) is an index of English-language and selected other-language journal articles about nursing, allied health, biomedicine and healthcare.

    Ella Crandall, Mildred Grandbois, and Mollie Sitner begin a card index of articles from nursing journals in the 1940s. The index was first published as Cumulative Index to Nursing Literature (CINL) in 1961. The title changed to Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature in 1977 when its scope was expanded to include allied health journals. The index first went online in 1984.

    The publisher, Cinahl Information Systems, was acquired by EBSCO Publishing in 2003.

    CINAHL has been provided on the Web by EBSCO Publishing, Ovid Technologies and ProQuest, in addition to Cinahl Information Systems, and also provided online by DataStar from Dialog.
    In 2006, EBSCO announced its intention to not renew the distribution agreements with the other providers and to make CINAHL available exclusively on the EBSCOhost platform.


  • MEDLINE/PubMed ( Database )

    MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's® (NLM) premier bibliographic database that contains over 19 million references to journal articles in life sciences with a concentration on biomedicine. A distinctive feature of MEDLINE is that the records are indexed with NLM Medical Subject Headings (MeSH®).

    MEDLINE is the primary component of PubMed®, part of the Entrez series of databases provided by the NLM National
    Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI).

    Time coverage: generally 1946 to the present, with some older material.

  • NCBI ( Database )

    The National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) is part of the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM), a branch of the National Institutes of Health.

    As a national resource for molecular biology information, NCBI's mission is to develop new information technologies to aid in the understanding of fundamental molecular and genetic processes that control health and disease. More specifically, the NCBI has been charged with creating automated systems for storing and analyzing knowledge about molecular biology, biochemistry, and genetics; facilitating the use of such databases and software by the research and medical community; coordinating efforts to gather biotechnology information both nationally and internationally; and performing research into advanced methods of computer-based information processing for analyzing the structure and function of biologically important molecules.

  • PsycINFO ( Database )

    PsycINFO® is an expansive abstracting and indexing database with more than 3 million records devoted to peer-reviewed literature in the behavioral sciences and mental health, making it an ideal discovery and linking tool for scholarly research in a host of disciplines.

    PsycINFO Exceeds 3 Million Records

  • Web of Science ( Database )

    Web of Science is an online academic citation index provided by Thomson Reuters. It is designed for providing access to multiple databases, cross-disciplinary research, and in-depth exploration of specialized subfields within an academic or scientific discipline. As a citation index, any cited paper will lead to any other literature (book, academic journal, proceedings, etc.) which currently, or in the past, cites this work. In addition, literature which shows the greatest impact in a field covered by Web of Science, or more than one discipline, can be selectively obtained. For example, a paper's influence can be determined by linking to all the papers that have cited it. In this way, current trends, patterns, and emerging fields of research can be assessed. Web of Science has indexing coverage from the year 1900 to the present. (Wikipedia)


  • Ask/Chat with a Librarian ( Support service )

    Email Us
    Questions are reviewed during the hours of 9:00am-
    5:00pm Monday-Friday.

    Call or Visit
    603-650-1658 | Hours | Directions

    Request a Research Consultation
    Search our FAQ Database

    Live Chat with a Biomedical Librarian is generally available Monday - Friday
    9:00am - 5:00pm.

  • Computing and Media Services ( Service )

    Library Workstations
    Computing Resources
    iPad Checkout & iPad Policy

    The Computing and Media Services staff support the computing environment and media resources in the Biomedical Libraries. The primary clientele of the computing resources and collections are the students and faculty of the Geisel School of Medicine at Dartmouth. Other users include health professionals affiliated with the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and students and faculty of the Dartmouth College Department of Biological Sciences.

    Computer clusters are maintained on the first and third floors of Dana Library and within the Matthews-Fuller Library. The clusters contain both Macintosh and Windows computers, local printers, and scanning workstations. All of the computers are connected to the Dartmouth or DHMC networks and wireless access is available throughout both Libraries. Many local and network resources are available which support the Medical School curriculum.

    The media collections include items in the following formats: 35mm slide, 1/2" (VHS) videocassette, models, CD-ROM and DVD.

    Computing and Media Services also provides scheduling and media support for the Dana Library classrooms.

  • DartDoc: Requesting Articles and Books ( Service )

    Document Delivery, Photocopying, Interlibrary Loan

    The Biomedical Libraries' Document Delivery Service provides through DartDoc:

    for faculty, students, and staff of Dartmouth College, Dartmouth Medical School, and the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center/Lebanon, photocopies/images of articles from journals in the Dartmouth libraries' collections and obtains copies/images of articles and books from outside of Dartmouth.
    for personnel of the Brattleboro Memorial Hospital, the Central Vermont Medical Center, Cooley Dickinson Hospital, New London Hospital, and the Weeks Medical Center, photocopies/images of articles from journals in the Biomedical Libraries' collections and obtains copies/images of articles and books from outside of Dartmouth.

  • Education and Workshops ( Support service )

    A series of workshops offered include:

    Finding Information

    Managing Information

    Introduction to the Library

    Ongoing education sessions are also offered on commercial resources (see below) available through the library.

  • Information Resources Collections ( Support service )

    The Biomedical Libraries spent $1.7 million on information resources in FY2008. The print collections of the Biomedical Libraries contain approximately 94,000 physical book volumes and 166,000 serial volumes. Digital collections are extensive. About 3,800 digital biomedical journals are available via the Biomedical Libraries Web. Many databases, clinical decision support tools, full-text information resources, and digital books are also available. Some of the notable digital resources licensed by the Libraries include full-text clinical information in UpToDate, MD Consult, and Books@Ovid; indexes of the medical and scientific literatures such as PubMed, Ovid MEDLINE, CINAHL, CSA PsycINFO, and Web of Science; evidence-based medicine resources such as Clinical Evidence and the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; and full-text collections of journal literature in multiple academic disciplines such as the Elsevier Science Direct, LexisNexis, and EBSCOhost research databases.

  • Research Assistance: Finding Information ( Service )

    Services we offer:

    Instruction in the use of MEDLINE, Evidence-Based Medicine tools, EndNote, PowerPoint, and a wide range of other digital resources is available. Librarians provide one-on-one instruction, scheduled workshops, and departmental seminars.

    Schedule a Research Consultation
    Are you working on a paper, grant proposal, or research project? Writing a systematic review or other article for publication? Meet with a biomedical librarian to discuss information resources and strategies that would be helpful. We'll contact you for possible meeting times.

    Curriculum/Course Support
    Librarians can work with faculty to integrate research strategies and library information and resources into courses.

    Literature Searching
    Librarians can do the search for you. Contact a librarian to request a search. If you wish to do your own searching, librarians can help select appropriate resources and will assist you with your search strategy.

    Supporting Systematic Reviews
    Are you thinking about writing a systematic review? A librarian can help you:
    Define (refine) answerable and searchable questions
    Assist in writing the systematic review protocol
    Construct complex search strategies
    Select databases – core and specialized
    Identify and search appropriate grey literature resources
    Identify and select the appropriate study design filter
    Execute searches
    Manage results (using EndNote, et.al.)
    Write reports

    Keeping Up with the Literature (Alerts)
    Librarians can help you set up an ongoing search or alert on a particular subject to be automatically e-mailed to you; some services offer RSS feeds.

  • Supporting Systematic Reviews ( Support service )

    Are you thinking about writing a systematic review? A librarian can help you:

    Define (refine) answerable and searchable questions
    Assist in writing the systematic review protocol
    Construct complex search strategies
    Select databases – core and specialized
    Identify and search appropriate grey literature resources
    Identify and select the appropriate study design filter
    Execute searches
    Manage results (using EndNote, et.al.)
    Write reports


  • EndNote ( Software )

    EndNote is a commercial reference management software package, used to manage bibliographies and references when writing essays and articles. It is produced by Thomson Reuters.

    EndNote groups citations into "libraries" with the file extension *.enl and a corresponding *.data folder.

    There are several ways to add a reference to a library: manually, exporting, importing, connecting from EndNote. The program presents the user with a window containing a drop-down menu to select the type of reference they require (book, newspaper article, film, congressional legislation, etc.), and fields ranging from the general (author, title, year) to those specific to the kind of reference (ISBN, abstract, reporter's name, running time, etc.) Most bibliographic databases allow users to export references to their EndNote libraries. This enables the user to select multiple citations and saves the user from having to manually enter the citation information and the abstracts. There are some databases (e.g. PubMed) in which the user needs to select citations, select a specific format, and save them as .txt files. By then going to EndNote, the user can then import the citations into the EndNote software. It is also possible to search library catalogs and free databases such as PubMed from within the EndNote software program itself.

    If the user fills out the necessary fields, EndNote can automatically format the citation into whatever format the user wishes from a list of over two thousand different styles.

  • PowerPoint ( Software )

    Microsoft's PowerPoint application is a powerful tool for creating multimedia presentations.

  • RefWorks ( Software )

    "RefWorks -- an online research management, writing and collaboration tool -- is designed to help researchers easily gather, manage, store and share all types of information, as well as generate citations and bibliographies."

    From the RefWorks website.

  • SurveyMonkey ( Software )

    SurveyMonkey allows you to create and administer online surveys

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