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Research Tools & Useful Sites

library-studentThe resources linked below are a combination of subscription databases and free web-based research sites.  Please use caution when using materials from the open web, as not all research is peer-reviewed and may therefore not be deemed acceptable by your professor.

TIP:If your topic is related to chiropractic, the Index to Chiropractic Literature (also linked below) is generally the best place to start.  Full-text is not usually available online via ICL, but the LRC should have print copies of most materials indexed by ICL.

NOTE: Although the LRC does provide Interlibrary Loan Services, we require a minimum of one week’s notice for all ILL requests.  We cannot guarantee when or even IF an article will be delivered via ILL.  The availability of any given article is completely dependent on whether or not the item is owned by another library that is willing to provide an ILL copy for free, as well as the other library’s processing timeline, which varies widely by institution.

PLEASE NOTE: Subscription resources are denoted by the [S] symbol following the resource title. 
Some require a password for on- or off-campus access; some will only require a password if you're off-campus.

For instructions for accessing these sites, please visit the Learning Resources Center Blackboard page.

  • Index to Chiropractic Literature
    Online index providing access to bibliographic records for peer-reviewed literature produced by chiropractic publishers. 
    Full-text is not generally available via ICL.  However, the LRC subscribes to many of the materials whose bibliographic records can be retrieved using ICL. 

    We also offer Interlibrary Loan services for items we do not own, but we cannot guarantee delivery times for any requested materials.  ILL request forms can be found under "Forms & Resources" above.

    PubMed is a government resource (managed by the U.S. National Library of Medicine and the National Institutes of Health) that provides online access to materials related to health science.  Some access is full-text, but many are limited to abstract only.
    If you locate an article of interest that is only available as an abstract, please see the LRC staff for further assistance. We will be glad to help you to determine whether the school has on-campus access to the material in question. 

    We also offer Interlibrary Loan services for items we do not own, but we cannot guarantee delivery times for any requested materials.  ILL request forms can be found under "Forms & Resources" above .

    PubMed’s National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM)
    Searching PubMed via the NCCAM site will automatically limit your search results to those related to Complementary and Alternative Medicine.

    MANTIS [S]
    MANTIS is the world's largest (300,000+ records) chiropractic, osteopathic and related research database, covering publications dating back to the early 1900s.

  • DISCUS (Digital Information for South Carolina Users)
    Full-text access to more than 50 databases and resources, including:

    * Academic Search Premier
    * Small Business Reference Center
    * Consumer Health Complete

    * Alt HealthWatch (via EBSCOHost web)
    * Health Source (via EBSCOHost web)
    * MEDLINE (via EBSCOHost web)

    This link will work from anywhere within South Carolina. If you are a currently enrolled student living outside of South Carolina, please contact us for login credentials.

    McCoy Press Journals [S]
    Full-text online access to:

    * Journal of Maternal, Pediatric and Family Health - Chiropractic
    *Annals of Vertebral Subluxation Research
    (formerly JVSR)
    * Journal of Upper Cervical Chiropractic Research
    Dialogues: The Journal of Philosophy, Principles and Practice of Chiropractic.

    National Library of Medicine (NLM) Gateway
    This search engine, created by the National Library of Medicine, simultaneously searches multiple government health-related resources.  

    Here's a list of the sites that are searchable via NLM Gateway.

    A simple search for chiropractic returns nearly 6,500 records.  To search these records for items related to another research topic (i.e. sports, fibromyalgia, blood pressure, etc.) simply add:

    AND [your topic of interest]

    to the search window.

    BioMed Central (BMC)
    BMC provides free access to full-text articles in the fields of science, technology and medicine. 

    Users can browse resources without registering, but (free) registration is required in order to use the search function. 

    The Chiropractic and Osteopathy section of the site may be of particular use to students.

  • Primal Pictures - Functional Anatomy [S]
    Online database of 3D anatomy images, movies and animations. For off-campus login information, visit the LRC's Blackboard page.

  • EBSCOhost Electronic Journal Service [S]
    Full-text electronic journals; email us for your unique login information.

    Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ)
    Maintained by the Lund University Libraries in Lund, Sweden, DOAJ provides one-stop, full-text access to over 5,000 open-access scientific journals. 

    Approximately half of those journals can be searched at the article level; the rest can be browsed by journal title or subject.

    Physiotherapy Evidence Database
    Created by the University of Sudney, the Physiotherapy Evidence Database (PEDro) provides free access to over 16,000 bibliographic records for randomized trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in the field of physiotherapy. PEDro provides citation information for each item and links to full-text resources wherever possible.

    Highwire,which is maintained by Stanford University, provides access to over 1,300 journals (some full-text), books and other reference works created by independent scholarly publishers, university presses and other groups.