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For those who do not wish to perform their own search, librarians at the Alaska Medical Library will perform database searches upon request ("mediated searching"). Requests are taken via an online search form, or you may call and discuss your question 1.888.997.7878 or in Anchorage 786.1870.

Medical Databases Licensed by AML

AML licenses two specialized databases for statewide use. Registration is required to access these resources. Please call 1.888.997.7878 to register; in Anchorage 786.1870.

GIDEON is a computer program that manages infectious disease knowledge worldwide.   GIDEON includes every described infectious disease and is a useful aid in diagnosis.   An infectious disease scenario is entered into a structured query.   GIDEON returns a ranked differential diagnosis list along with windows covering every aspect of each disease in detail.   The epidemiology module describes hundreds of diseases for specific countries and includes graphs and disease images.   The therapy module offers a comprehensive encyclopedia of anti-infective drugs and vaccines, including their use and side-effects.   Finally, GIDEON has a microbiology module that takes a group of phenotypic characteristics and returns a ranked identification list of possible bacteria, mycobacteria or yeasts.   GIDEON is the most comprehensive tropic medicine database available, and is updated continuously.

Natural Standard
Natural Standard is an international research collaboration that aggregates and synthesizes data on complementary and alternative therapies.   Using a comprehensive methodology and reproducible grading scales, information is created that is evidence-based, consensus-based, and peer-reviewed.   Natural Standard offers searching by specific herb/supplement, health condition, or alternative modality, as well as a site search.   The database includes concise evidence-based monographs for physicians and patients, more in-depth evidence based monographs, and links to reports and abstracts of new research and pertinent articles found in the PubMed database.   Natural Standard also offers an extensive dictionary of integrative medicine.

Digital Pipeline (formerly Databases for Alaskans)

The Digital Pipeline article databases are available through the efforts of the University of Alaska, the State Library, and libraries statewide with funding support from the State Legislature.   Click the PDF link to display free full text articles.  Health databases are listed below.

Other databases (business, K-12, automotive repair manuals) may be of interest.

"Free to All" Medical Databases

  • Pubmed/Medline. UAA's print collection of health sciences journals will display as a green button in the Abstract view.   Free articles found from the content provided by the Digital Pipeline databases is noted with an "Alaska Flag" button in the Abstract view. Clicking on the flag displays the full text article.
  • MdConsult (via MerckMedicus)