reference books


Summary: Books designed by the arrangement and treatment of their subject matter to be consulted for definite terms of information rather than to be read consecutively. Reference books include DICTIONARIES; ENCYCLOPEDIAS; ATLASES; etc. (From the ALA Glossary of Library and Information Science, 1983)

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  1. Capik T. Student reference packet for the intensive care unit rotation. Crit Care Nurse. 2006;26:148, 147 pubmed
  2. Burnakis T. Comment: Usefulness of herbal and dietary supplement references. Ann Pharmacother. 2003;37:1346 pubmed
  3. López de Letona C. [Ophthalmic remedies in De Materia Medica of Dioscorides(I)]. Arch Soc Esp Oftalmol. 2006;81:233-4 pubmed
  4. Roberts S. Winning at losing: a guide to healthy weight loss. Rating the diets. Experts weigh in on the pluses and minuses of popular diet plans. Diabetes Forecast. 2002;55:63-4, 66-8 pubmed
  5. Allison M. Mapping the literature of nephrology nursing. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E74-9 pubmed
    ..This study offers understanding of and insights into the types of information that nephrology nurses use for research. It is a valuable tool for anyone involved with providing nephrology nursing literature. ..
  6. Fenske R. Evaluation of monograph selection in a health sciences library. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1994;82:265-70 pubmed
    ..It is suggested that other health sciences libraries undertake such studies and question the need to strive for comprehensive collections. ..
  7. Cox A, Butt T, Ferner R. An analysis and comparison of commonly available United Kingdom prescribing resources. J Clin Pharm Ther. 2010;35:453-64 pubmed publisher
    ..Existing UK prescribing guidance resources differ in their ability to provide assistance to prescribers. ..
  8. Ridley R, Naber J, Florea F, Guminski D. Development of a multilingual resource manual. J Transcult Nurs. 2004;15:231-41 pubmed
    ..In this article, significant details of this process are described allowing the reader to produce a similar version of the manual. ..
  9. Zheng J, Zhang S, Yang C, Guo L, Shen G, Feng X, et al. Current undergraduate and postgraduate dental education in China. J Dent Educ. 2013;77:72-8 pubmed

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  1. Yang Q, Zhu G, Hong D, Wu Z, Raven P. World's largest flora completed. Science. 2005;309:2163 pubmed
  2. Ormond M, Sothern M. You, too, can be an international medical traveler: reading medical travel guidebooks. Health Place. 2012;18:935-41 pubmed publisher
    ..Finally, these texts explicitly enjoin readers to see themselves as active, cosmopolitan consumers whose pursuits are central to rectifying the dysfunction of their home healthcare systems. ..
  3. Jacobs S. Interagency Council on Information Resources for Nursing. Nurs Educ Perspect. 2005;26:300-9 pubmed
  4. Kohyama K, Inoshima Y. Normal hematology and serum chemistry of northern fur seals (Callorhinus ursinus) in captivity. Zoo Biol. 2017;36:345-350 pubmed publisher
    ..The hematological and serum chemistry ranges in this study can help provide a guideline for understanding the health of northern fur seals in captivity. ..
  5. Carr A, Kawakami A. A successful cross-training experience of reference service at UCLA. Med Ref Serv Q. 2002;21:15-9 pubmed
    ..The participating libraries have also benefited from the exchange, and the program is expanding to include other UCLA libraries. ..
  6. de Vries S, van der Sar M, Cupelli A, Baldelli I, Coleman A, Montero D, et al. Communication on Safety of Medicines in Europe: Current Practices and General Practitioners' Awareness and Preferences. Drug Saf. 2017;40:729-742 pubmed publisher
    ..bodies, while the preferred channels for keeping up to date with safety information were medicines reference books and clinical guidelines...
  7. Bergmans H. Basic framework for risk assessment for transgenic plants developed by the OECD: 20 years after the OECD "Blue Book". Environ Biosafety Res. 2006;5:213-8 pubmed
  8. Galganski C. Mapping the literature of nursing administration. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E87-91 pubmed
  9. Sweetman S. Dose adjustment in renal impairment: response from Martindale: the Complete Drug Reference. BMJ. 2005;331:292-3 pubmed
  10. Gasquoine P. Historical Perspectives on Ancient Greek Derived "a" Prefixed Nomenclature for Acquired Neurocognitive Impairment. Neuropsychol Rev. 2017;27:147-157 pubmed publisher
    ..Two modern English language neurological and neuropsychological reference books were searched to identify 17 such terms in contemporary usage: amnesia, akinesia, ataxia, aphasia, agraphia, ..
  11. Felton D. Conducting a search of the literature. Dent Clin North Am. 2002;46:45-9, vi pubmed
    ..The purpose of this article is to show how to search the literature for articles that may be appropriate in answering a particular question related to patient care...
  12. Priesner C. ["The multiple science instructional curious artist". Alchemy, folk magic and folk medicine in baroque home reference books]. Sudhoffs Arch. 2011;95:170-208 pubmed
  13. López de Letona C. [Comments on an ophthalmologic treatise from the 18th century]. Arch Soc Esp Oftalmol. 2003;78:575-6 pubmed
  14. Murphy S. Mapping the literature of transcultural nursing. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E143-51 pubmed
    ..Based on this study, PubMed/MEDLINE, Social Sciences Citation Index, and CINAHL provide the best coverage. Collections supporting transcultural nursing require robust access to literature beyond nursing publications. ..
  15. Patiny F, Constant E, Symann S. A comparative study between cognitive impairments of adults with schizophrenia and children with psychotic spectrum disorders: a literature review. Psychiatr Danub. 2015;27 Suppl 1:S250-4 pubmed
    ..Besides the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual (DSM-5) and the French reference books, the present research has been conducted using PubMed, Medline, PsycINFO, PsycARTICLES and ScienceDirect...
  16. Esene I, Baeesa S, Ammar A. Evidence-based neurosurgery. Basic concepts for the appraisal and application of scientific information to patient care (Part II). Neurosciences (Riyadh). 2016;21:197-206 pubmed publisher
    ..We reviewed reference books of clinical epidemiology, evidence-based practice and other previously related articles addressing principles ..
  17. Wexler P. Toxicological information series, II. A survey of toxicology information. Fundam Appl Toxicol. 1990;14:649-57 pubmed
    ..Key resources, both print and electronic, are described and the role of organizations is discussed on national and world levels. The section on computerized information covers systems such as TOXNET, CIS, and the ANSWER workstation. ..
  18. Kawakatsu Y, Sugishita T, Oruenjo K, Wakhule S, Kibosia K, Were E, et al. Effectiveness of and factors related to possession of a mother and child health handbook: an analysis using propensity score matching. Health Educ Res. 2015;30:935-46 pubmed publisher
    ..The further distribution and utilization of an MCH handbook is expected to be an effective way to improve both maternal and child health. ..
  19. Lovell Smith H. In defence of Ayurvedic medicine. N Z Med J. 2006;119:U1987; author reply U1987 pubmed
  20. Allen M, Allison M, Stevens S. Mapping the literature of nursing education. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E122-7 pubmed
    ..Likewise, library collections need to include education and social sciences resources to complement works developed for nurse educators. ..
  21. Mazur M. Mr. Food. Man of a thousand recipes. Diabetes Forecast. 2002;55:66-7 pubmed
  22. Magee R. Physick: in the style of John Wesley. ANZ J Surg. 2005;75:489-92 pubmed
  23. Moore J, Spink J, Lipp M. Development and application of a database of food ingredient fraud and economically motivated adulteration from 1980 to 2010. J Food Sci. 2012;77:R118-26 pubmed publisher
    ..In addition, the report describes current analytical technologies for detecting food fraud and identifies trends and developments. ..
  24. Samelson F. Whig and anti-whig histories- and other curiosities of social psychology. J Hist Behav Sci. 2000;36:499-506 pubmed
    ..But such a formulation may be called into question as another version of retrospective history-with inverted, anti-Whig valuations. ..
  25. Smith Stoner M. 10 uses for personal digital assistants in home care. Home Healthc Nurse. 2003;21:797-800 pubmed
    ..clinical staff can use personal digital assistants (PDAs) to become more organized, expand quick reference libraries, and have some fun! If you've been wondering if a PDA will help maximize your work efficiently, this article is for you! ..
  26. Massey P. Dietary supplements. Med Clin North Am. 2002;86:127-47 pubmed
    ..There are many good reference books, review articles, and internet sites on specific supplements that probably should be part of every physician'..
  27. Eastes L. PDAs for the trauma nurse: help or hindrance?. J Emerg Nurs. 2004;30:380-3 pubmed
  28. Valentini V, Piermattei A, Marchetti M, Robino M, De Santis M, Mantini G, et al. Quality handbook in radiotherapy: personal experience. Rays. 2001;26:205-8 pubmed
    ..The Quality Assurance program is illustrated in another article of this issue. ..
  29. Friedman Y. Mapping the literature of home health nursing. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E49-55 pubmed
    ..PubMed/MEDLINE and CINAHL gave better results in combination, because CINAHL tended to cover more nursing journals, while PubMed/MEDLINE did better with medical titles. ..
  30. Spasser M, Weismantel A. Mapping the literature of rehabilitation nursing. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E137-42 pubmed
  31. Silverstein A, Ruggere C. Dr. Arthur Conan Doyle and the case of congenital syphilis. Perspect Biol Med. 2006;49:209-19 pubmed
    ..It was undoubtedly this concept that Doyle learned in medical school in the late 1870s and that provided the background to his story. ..
  32. Winterstein A, Hartzema A, Johns T, De Leon J, McDonald K, Henshaw Z, et al. Medication safety infrastructure in critical-access hospitals in Florida. Am J Health Syst Pharm. 2006;63:442-50 pubmed
  33. Matsuno W, Yamamoto L. Terminology used to describe volume expanding resuscitation fluid. Resuscitation. 2006;68:371-7 pubmed
    ..A total of 48 reference books from the areas of general pediatrics, pediatric emergency medicine, emergency medicine, pediatric critical ..
  34. Seaton H. Mapping the literature of nurse-midwifery. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E80-6 pubmed
    ..CINAHL had the most complete coverage for the nurse-midwifery journals as well as nursing journals in general. ..
  35. Aronoff G. Dose adjustment in renal impairment: response from Drug Prescribing in Renal Failure. BMJ. 2005;331:293-4 pubmed
  36. Corsi A. Books for free? How can this be? - A PubMed resource you may be overlooking. Biol Cell. 2006;98:439-43 pubmed
    ..a database called the Bookshelf that includes searchable popular life science textbooks, medical and research reference books and NCBI reference materials...
  37. Kline W. "Please include this in your book": readers respond to Our Bodies, Ourselves. Bull Hist Med. 2005;79:81-110 pubmed
    ..The personal stories of readers challenge us to consider the role of ordinary women in shaping the development of the women's health movement. ..
  38. Almeida M, Soares M, Unicovsky M, Araújo V. [Technical proofreading of nursing diagnosis books: perceptions of nurses from the south of Brazil]. Rev Bras Enferm. 2002;55:701-4 pubmed
    ..Alternatives are given in order to maintain the final quality of the work and to enlarge the availability of specialized texts as faithful to the original as possible. ..
  39. Booth A. On the shelf?: how unused is your reference collection?. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:154-7 pubmed
  40. McCarty L, Borgert C. Review of the toxicity of chemical mixtures: Theory, policy, and regulatory practice. Regul Toxicol Pharmacol. 2006;45:119-43 pubmed
  41. Hoeppner M. NCBI Bookshelf: books and documents in life sciences and health care. Nucleic Acids Res. 2013;41:D1251-60 pubmed publisher
    ..This article describes Bookshelf at NCBI: its growth, data handling and retrieval and integration with molecular databases. ..
  42. Leung S, Chan K, Song L. Publishing trends in Chinese medicine and related subjects documented in WorldCat. Health Info Libr J. 2006;23:13-22 pubmed
    ..The translation of original works and analysis of journal literature and conference proceedings on Chinese medicine merit further study. ..
  43. Fitzpatrick E. Readers' responses to the webcast video editorial entitled "how to take useful drugs without hurting yourself". MedGenMed. 2005;7:38 pubmed
  44. Barnaby D, Gallagher E. Alternative to the Science Citation Index impact factor as an assessment of emergency medicine's scientific contributions. Ann Emerg Med. 1998;31:78-82 pubmed
  45. Marchetti M, Robino M, Catananti C. Practical aspects in drawing up a quality handbook in radiotherapy. Rays. 2001;26:171-5 pubmed
    ..Within the quality of compliance, the role of the Quality Handbook and its modalities of definition, organization and implementation are illustrated. ..
  46. Wojs D. What do you do if no one knows what to do?. J Trauma Nurs. 2010;17:109-11 pubmed publisher
    ..Implementing this reference book has significantly increased the number of identified Hazmat incidents. The staff members involved have utilized the reference book to effectively guide them through the Hazmat incidents. ..
  47. Cohen J. Adverse drug effects, compliance, and initial doses of antihypertensive drugs recommended by the Joint National Committee vs the Physicians' Desk Reference. Arch Intern Med. 2001;161:880-5 pubmed
    ..Patients and physicians would benefit by establishing mechanisms to make this information readily available to all practicing physicians. ..
  48. Hone S, Mackle T, Keogh I, Colreavy M, Walsh M. Junior hospital doctors: a weighty issue. Ir Med J. 2001;94:208, 210 pubmed
    ..Junior hospital doctors carry the equivalent of almost two 1Kg bags of sugar with them in their white coats, this added weight may contribute to increased fatigue during long hours on duty. As doctors become more senior they carry less. ..
  49. Morganti A, Smaniotto D, Luzi S, Valentini V, Piermattei A, Marchetti M, et al. Quality handbook in radiotherapy. Brachytherapy: personal experience. Rays. 2001;26:215-8 pubmed
    ..In this report, the personal experience with the drawing up of a Quality Handbook of brachytherapy with reference to the method used and the structure of the document, is described. ..
  50. Scollin P, Callahan J, Mehta A, Garcia E. The PDA as a reference tool: libraries' role in enhancing nursing education. Comput Inform Nurs. 2006;24:208-13 pubmed
    ..This report will discuss how the projects were administered, what we learned about what did and did not work, the problems and solutions, and where we hope to go from here. ..
  51. Dragoi G, Buzsaki G. Temporal encoding of place sequences by hippocampal cell assemblies. Neuron. 2006;50:145-57 pubmed
    ..These observations suggest that interleaving CA3 neuronal sequences bind CA1 assemblies representing overlapping past, present, and future locations into single episodes. ..
  52. Lubek I. Understanding and using the history of social psychology. J Hist Behav Sci. 2000;36:319-28 pubmed
    ..The constraints, origin myths, insensitivities, and omissions of standard histories are pointed out (Samelson), some partial correctives are advanced, and a more generative role for future historical studies is suggested. ..
  53. Thomas P, Shaw J, Keogh G, Perks E, Harris P. Junior doctors, prescribing resources and the Australian Medicines Handbook. Intern Med J. 2002;32:55-6 pubmed
  54. Ruzek S. Transforming doctor-patient relationships. J Health Serv Res Policy. 2007;12:181-2 pubmed
  55. Criddle L. A pocket guide to one emergency department: the 60-page OHSU ED At A Glance. J Emerg Nurs. 2004;30:364-6 pubmed
  56. Dua T, de Boer H, Prilipko L, Saxena S. Epilepsy Care in the World: results of an ILAE/IBE/WHO Global Campaign Against Epilepsy survey. Epilepsia. 2006;47:1225-31 pubmed
    ..The data reinforce the need for urgent, substantial, and systematic action to enhance resources for epilepsy care, especially in low-income countries. ..
  57. Allen M, Levy J. Mapping the general literature of American nursing. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E43-8 pubmed
    ..While not a good source for original research, they fulfill a key role of disseminating nursing knowledge with their relevantly current citations to a broad variety of sources. ..
  58. Sankar V, Saaed Y, Joseph R, Azizi H, Thomas P. Serious Drug-Drug Interactions in the Prescriptions of Diabetic Patients. Med Sci (Basel). 2015;3:93-103 pubmed publisher
    ..All the possible drug interactions were identified and evaluated using standard drug interaction reference books and databases. During the study period, 50 prescriptions of diabetic inpatients were screened randomly...
  59. Brandão M, Pignal M, Romaniuc S, Grael C, Fagg C. Useful Brazilian plants listed in the field books of the French naturalist Auguste de Saint-Hilaire (1779-1853). J Ethnopharmacol. 2012;143:488-500 pubmed publisher
    ..The data recorded by the French naturalist A. de Saint-Hilaire represent a rich, unexplored source of information regarding the traditional uses of Brazilian plants. ..
  60. Sachs A, Avant D, Lee C, Rodriguez W, Murphy M. Pediatric information in drug product labeling. JAMA. 2012;307:1914-5 pubmed publisher
  61. McKnight M. The information seeking of on-duty critical care nurses: evidence from participant observation and in-context interviews. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:145-51 pubmed
  62. Cheng C, Yang Y, Lin S, Lin C, Lin Y. Compliance with dosing recommendations from common references in prescribing antibiotics for preterm neonates. Pharmacoepidemiol Drug Saf. 2010;19:51-8 pubmed publisher
    ..Future studies should investigate the clinical impacts of the dosing deviation. ..
  63. Vidal L, Shavit M, Fraser A, Paul M, Leibovici L. Systematic comparison of four sources of drug information regarding adjustment of dose for renal function. BMJ. 2005;331:263 pubmed
    ..The methods used to retrieve information and use data should be described and made available to the reader. Advice on drug prescription, dose and dosing interval, contraindications, and adverse effects should be evidence based. ..
  64. Dowden J. Call in independent information sources. Med J Aust. 2007;186:484 pubmed
  65. Ugaz A, Resnick T. Assessing print and electronic use of reference/core medical textbooks. J Med Libr Assoc. 2008;96:145-7 pubmed publisher
  66. McEvoy G. Dose adjustment in renal impairment: response from AHFS Drug Information. BMJ. 2005;331:293 pubmed
  67. Guenther J. Mapping the literature of nursing informatics. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E92-8 pubmed
    ..The 1998 journal references were compared in CINAHL, PubMed/MEDLINE, Science Citation Index, and OCLC Article First. PubMed/MEDLINE had the highest indexing score. ..
  68. Ruben R. Morell Mackenzie's The Hygiene of the Vocal Organs: a study in longevity or durability. Laryngoscope. 2014;124:522-30 pubmed publisher
    ..In terms of the dissemination of ideas, this heretofore neglected work may be Mackenzie's most long-lasting contribution to laryngology. ..
  69. Delacroix D, Guerre J, Leblanc P, Hickman C. Radionuclide and radiation protection data handbook 2nd edition (2002). Radiat Prot Dosimetry. 2002;98:9-168 pubmed
    ..These radionuclides are classified into five different groups as a function of risk level, represented by colours red, orange, yellow, green and blue, in descending order of risk. ..
  70. Roth S. Cure or no cure: nursing practices of profession, self-help, and naturopathy in late-nineteenth-century and early-twentieth-century reference books. Nurs Hist Rev. 2008;16:135-57 pubmed
  71. Winslow E. Writing for publication: you can do it!. J Healthc Qual. 2008;30:12-6 pubmed
    ..The author discusses (and quashes) excuses for not writing and provides important reasons for publishing. Pithy, witty quotes from well-known writers are included. This article should be helpful to experienced as well as novice writers. ..
  72. Vonbach P, Dubied A, Krahenbuhl S, Beer J. Evaluation of frequently used drug interaction screening programs. Pharm World Sci. 2008;30:367-74 pubmed publisher
    ..Pharmavista offers the highest sensitivity of the programs evaluated with a specificity and positive predictive value in an acceptable range. ..
  73. Gilson T, Parks B, Porterfield C. Suicide with inert gases: addendum to Final Exit. Am J Forensic Med Pathol. 2003;24:306-8 pubmed
    ..Because of analytical difficulties in testing for helium in biologic specimens, death certification rests on scene investigation. ..
  74. Bobel C. From convenience to hazard: a short history of the emergence of the menstrual activism movement, 1971-1992. Health Care Women Int. 2008;29:738-54 pubmed publisher
  75. Haux R. Individualization, globalization and health--about sustainable information technologies and the aim of medical informatics. Int J Med Inform. 2006;75:795-808 pubmed
    ..Reference is made and examples are given from the Yearbook of Medical Informatics of the International Medical Informatics Association (IMIA) and from the work of Professor Jochen Moehr. ..
  76. Nieznanowska J. Changing concepts of life-saving procedures in 19th century Polish popular first-aid publications. Vesalius. 2006;12:73-8 pubmed
  77. Curtis K, Weller A. Information-seeking behavior: a survey of health sciences faculty use of indexes and databases. Bull Med Libr Assoc. 1993;81:383-92 pubmed
  78. Bott O, Ammenwerth E, Brigl B, Knaup P, Lang E, Pilgram R, et al. The challenge of ubiquitous computing in health care: technology, concepts and solutions. Findings from the IMIA Yearbook of Medical Informatics 2005. Methods Inf Med. 2005;44:473-9 pubmed
    ..Contributions from nearly all of the established sub-disciplines of medical informatics are demanded to turn the visions of this promising new research field into reality. ..
  79. Ducourthial G. [Dioscorides: in the beginning of the Materia Medica]. Rev Prat. 2005;55:689-93 pubmed
  80. Yoshimura U. The nuclear energy outlook--a new book from the OECD nuclear energy agency. Health Phys. 2011;100:14-9 pubmed publisher
  81. Gorlin R. 2004 ASHG Award for Excellence in Human Genetics Education. And the band played on. Am J Hum Genet. 2005;76:216-8 pubmed
  82. Schiemann J. The OECD Blue Book on Recombinant DNA Safety Considerations: it's influence on ISBR and EFSA activities. Environ Biosafety Res. 2006;5:233-5 pubmed
    ..The "Recombinant DNA Safety Considerations" definitively became the major resource for the formulation of national regulatory frameworks and international regulations, including the Cartagena Protocol. ..
  83. Sweet B, Gay W, Leady M, Stumpf J. Usefulness of herbal and dietary supplement references. Ann Pharmacother. 2003;37:494-9 pubmed
  84. White P, Hall M. Mapping the literature of case management nursing. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:E99-106 pubmed
    ..Collections that support case management require a relatively small group of core journals. Students and health care professionals will need to search across disciplines to identify appropriate literature. ..
  85. Aggett P, Hathcock J, Jukes D, Richardson D, Calder P, Bischoff Ferrari H, et al. Nutrition issues in Codex: health claims, nutrient reference values and WTO agreements: a conference report. Eur J Nutr. 2012;51 Suppl 1:S1-7 pubmed publisher
    ..Current regulatory schemes based on recommended dietary allowances are trade restrictive. A substantial number of decisions by the EFSA could lead to violation of WTO agreements. ..
  86. Koehler P, Jennekens F. Vinken and Bruyn's Handbook of Clinical Neurology. A witness of late-twentieth century neurological progress. J Hist Neurosci. 2008;17:46-55 pubmed
    ..In addition, it contains extensive reviews of the history of neurological diseases in the volumes of the original edition. ..
  87. Allen M, Jacobs S, Levy J. Mapping the literature of nursing: 1996-2000. J Med Libr Assoc. 2006;94:206-20 pubmed
    ..Database vendors should improve their coverage of nursing, biomedical, and psychosocial titles identified in these studies. Additional research is needed to update these studies and analyze nursing specialties not covered. ..
  88. Mehta D. Dose adjustment in renal impairment: response from the British National Formulary. BMJ. 2005;331:292 pubmed