databases, indexes and journals
Produced by the United States National Library of
Medicine. Contains over 7,500,000 references and abstracts, scanning 3,700 journals from
over 70 countries since 1966. Updated monthly. Covers only a limited number of
unconventional medical journals. Coverage extremely good for orthodox medicine. Useful for
finding background information on a medical condition and on orthodox methods of
treatment. Searchers using Medline to find complementary medical research are advised to
study its index of keywords carefully. Keywords are known as MeSH (Medical Subject
Headings) terms. Monthly updates. Corresponds in part to printed 'Index Medicus'.
Similar to Medline in scope, covering 3,300
journals plus some conference proceedings. European coverage superior to Medline.
specialises in pharmacology and biomedical literature. Uses EMTREE thesaurus of key terms.
Corresponds to printed 'Excerpta Medica'. Available on CD-ROM at larger libraries and
On-line through Data Star and through BIDS-registered institutions.
AMED (Alternative and Allied
Database established in 1985 by the British
Library's Medical Information Centre. Total of 65,000 references, few abstracts. Scans 400
journals for references to Complementary Medicine. Also contains references for
Physiotherapy, Occupational Therapy, Rehabilitation, Podiatry. Updated monthly. Thesaurus
contains some MeSH keywords and others specific to AMED. Available in floppy-disk format
from the British Library Medical Information Service, Boston Spa. On-line searches
available through Datastar or MIC-KIBIC. Also available as printed monthly indexes
(Complementary Medicine Index).
CISCOM, The Centralised
Information Service for Complementary Medicine
0171 833 8897 9.30-17.30 weekdays
Contact: Andrew Vickers, Rebecca Rees Research Council for Complementary Medicine 60 Great
Ormond Street London WC1N 3JF
Mediated service. Searches are carried out over
the telephone. 30,000 references. Combines data from Medline, AMED, other specialist
European databases and in-house citation tracking. Abstracts available. Covers all
therapies. Information packs available, including research methodology and surveys into
the use of, and attitudes towards, complementary medicine. Searches start at #10 and
depend on the number of references and complexity of search. Student reductions. Uses AMED
thesaurus with additional terms.
CINAHL (Cumulative Index on
Nursing and Allied Health Literature)
Database specialising in nursing care and theory,
available in CD-ROM in many nursing and medical libraries. Also available in printed
Corresponds to printed 'Biological Abstracts'.
Covers all aspects of biology. Available on CD-ROM in British Library's Aldwych Reading
Covers all aspects of agriculture, including
related subjects such as veterinary medicine and nutrition. Available on CD-ROM in British
Library's Aldwych Reading Room.
Corresponds to printed 'Psychological Abstracts'.
Available on CD-ROM in British Library's Bloomsbury Reading Room.
Covers publication details (full title,
frequency, circulation, publisher's address and telephone number) of approximately 92,000
journals. Available on CD-ROM in British Library's Aldwych Reading Room.
SIGLE (System for Information on
Grey Literature in Europe)
Available on CD-ROM in British Library's Holborn
Reading room. Accessible on-line through BLAISE-LINK at British Library's Science and
Technology Information Service. British Library acquisitions covered by printed 'British
Reports, Translations and Theses'. Subject searches of British 'grey literature' available
through British Library at Boston Spa, 01937 546044 or 546172.
Science Citation Index/Social
Science Citation Index
Can search for authors and papers that cite a
published paper. Available on CD-ROM at the British Library Holborn Reading Room, Wellcome
Hom-Inform information service
tel: +44 141 211 1617 fax: +44 141 211
Contact: Mrs Mary Gooch, Librarian
Faculty of Homoeopathy Glasgow Homoeopathic
Hospital 1053 Great Western Road Glasgow G12 0XQ
Email: hom-inform@dial pipex.com
Hom-Inform database contains 17,000 references
based on contents of Faculty of Homoeopathy library. Searches can be carried out on a
specified subject. On-line searches can also be negotiated. Charges for non members: 10p
per reference, photocopying service available, student reductions.
0392 433828 weekdays
Contact: Martin WiIloughby/Simon Mills Centre for Complementary Health Studies University
of Exeter Streatham Court, Rennes Drive Exeter EX4 4PU
Database containing annotated and codified
information about the chemistry, pharmacology and therapeutics of medicinal plants.
The British Library Science and
Technology Information Service
0171 323 7477 Open: 9.30-17.00 weekdays
Aldwych Reading Room, 9 Kean Street London WC2B 4AT
Can carry out on-line searches of AMED, Medline, Embase, SIGLE. Prices start at around
Journals that regularly include
original research of a high standard
Complementary Therapies in
(Quarterly, 1993-, ISSN 0965-2299) Published by
Requests for sample copies should be sent to:
Pearson Professional Ltd., PO Box 77, Harlow, Essex, CM19 5BQ.
Tel 01279 623623 Fax 01279639609
Complementary Therapies in
Nursing and Midwifery
(Quarterly, 1995-) Published by Churchill
Enquiries: Tel 01279 623623 Fax 01279639609
Complementary Medical Research
(1986-1992) Published by the British Library
The Journal of Alternative and
Complementary Medicine: Research on Paradigm, Practice and Policy
(Quarterly, Spring 1995-, ISSN 1075-5535)
Subscription details: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers, 1651 Third Avenue New York, NY
Fax: (212) 289 4697
International Journal of
Alternative and Complementary Medicine
(Monthly, 1983-, ISSN 1357-9452) Subscription
details: Green Library, 9 Rickett Street, Fulham, London SW6 1RU.
Tel: 0171 385 0012 Fax: 0171 385 4566
Alternative and Complementary
(Bimonthly, 1994-, ISSN: 1077-2809) Subscription
details: Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., Publishers, 1651 Third Avenue New York, NY 10128, USA.
Fax: (212) 289 4697
Alternative Therapies in Health
(Bimonthly, May 1995-, ISSN: 1078-6791)
Subscription details: InnoVision, POBox 627, Holmes, PA 19043, USA.
Research and Information in
The Bulletin of the Research Council for
(Quarterly, 1994-, ISSN: 1358-6092) RCCM, 60 Great Ormond Street, London WC1N 3JF
Quarterly bulletin contains selected abstracts
and references, with additional comment, from the RCCM's CISCOM database
Complementary Medicine Index
Monthly index published by the British Library.
Also available in electronic format as part of the BL's Alternative medicine (AMED)
Enquiries: 01937 546 039
Journal of Interprofessional
(1986- ISSN 0884-3988) Published by Carfax
138 Oak Tree Lane Mansfield Notts NH18 3HR
Quarterly publication includes selected herbal medicine references and abstracts.