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Health & Medicine - Referrals
The Mid-Manhattan Library's Health
Information Center is the primary
NYPL location for medical and health information. Although the Science,
Industry and Business Library (SIBL) owns some medical directories,
dictionaries, handbooks, and periodicals, readers are encouraged to
use the following locations for medical and consumer health research.
Referral Locations | Books & Periodicals | Electronic
Databases | Web Sites
Health Information Center (HIC)
455 Fifth Ave (corner of 40 St. 2nd floor)
Check New York Public Library's online catalog for
circulating/reference health related materials such as the following
in HIC and other branches in the system:
- prescription drug information
- physician credentials
- specific diseases and disorders
- alternative medicine
- exercise, diet, and nutrition.
- indexes and subscriptions to over 200 medical, nursing, allied
health, and consumer health periodicals
The New York Public Library offers a limited document delivery service
for health and medical journal articles for personal use only, with
certain restrictions. Articles may take up to several weeks to arrive;
$1.00 is charged for each article request.
The HIC also works with the NYPL's community health information
service - CHOICES. This program has a NYPL representative for
each borough, who can be called upon with reference questions. CHOICES
also coordinates public programs sponsored by local organizations
in New York City and held in the branch libraries (http://www.nypl.org/events/branchevents.cfm).
New York Academy
1216 Fifth Ave (corner of 103rd St)
Mon Tue Thu Fri 9-5 Wed 9-7
The only publicly accessible medical research library in the New
York metropolitan area. Offers:
- free telephone reference
- on-site use of its collections
- free on-line searching of the National Library of Medicine's
- history of medicine, and the more specialized technical or clinical
medical journals not found at the Mid-Manhattan Library's Health
Note: Although materials cannot be borrowed
by the public, interlibrary loan requests are honored. Photocopying
services are provided.
Dept. of Health and Mental Hygiene Public Health Library
455 First Avenue, Room 1200 (between 26th and 27th St.)
311 or (212) 447-2981
This library, open to the public, has a collection of books, periodicals,
videotapes, and databases covering a wide range of health topics. Materials
must be used on site but videotapes may be loaned out with limitations. Free
photocopying is provided on site, and links to some free full text online
journals and databases are accessible from their website.
BOOKS AND PERIODICALS
IN THE NEW YORK PUBLIC LIBRARY
Check the online catalog for
titles of books, titles of periodicals, or search by keyword or subject.
SIBL has some basic medical and pharmaceutical reference books and
directories (e.g., PDR, Merck Manual, Harrison's Internal
Medicine, directories of physicians, medical dictionaries), and
subscribes to several journals (New England Journal, JAMA, Lancet).
Browse the Library of Congress class "R" section of the open shelf
reference collection to find medical dictionaries, directories, encyclopedias,
Health/medical information may also be found in electronic databases
accessible from NYPL's Branch or Research Libraries systems:
For Branch Libraries' e-resources, some of which are accessible
from home with a valid NYPL branch library card, see: http://www.nypl.org/databases/,
then click on the "Health & Medicine" subject to obtain
a list of related databases.
For Research Libraries' electronic databases, which are presently
available on-site only, see: http://www.nypl.org/databases/.
From there, one can search for databases by subject (i.e. health,
medicine), location, resource type, or title.
Users can access the following selected electronic databases, available
at SIBL only, during regular library hours, through computers located
in the Elizabeth and Felix Rohatyn Electronic Information Center
located on the lower level of the library. Reservations using one
of the touch-screen kiosks are required for usage of computer workstations.
- Science Citation Index
Index and Abstract Database. Citations to the literature of science, technology,
medicine, and related disciplines from 3,300 science journals worldwide,
as well as science articles from journals in the social sciences. Searchable
by author's name, title words, author addresses, cited works, cited authors,
and journal titles. 1992 - Present. For earlier years, see the printed Cumulative
Science Citation Index on the library's lower level. Updated: Quarterly.
A publicly accessible web site and a service of the National Library of
Medicine, provides access to over 12 million MEDLINE citations back to
the mid-1960's, life science journals, and links to many sites providing
full text articles and other related resources.
For additional health/medical web sites, please see "Health & Medicine" link
on NYPL's Best of the Web page: http://www.nypl.org/links/.
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