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Health Sciences (COE): Open Access/OER

Open Access Databases for the Health Sciences

  • Adverse Drug Reaction Classification System
    "ADReCS will serve as a useful resource for aiding different aspects of toxicological studies, especially system toxicology and in silico drug safety evaluation."
  • AHTPDB: Database of Antihypertensive Peptides
    "A manually curated database of experimentally validated Antihypertensive peptides (AHTPs). It contains around 6000 entries of about 1700 unique peptides."
  • AIDSInfo Drug Database
    "Find information on FDA-approved HIV/AIDS and opportunistic infection drugs and investigational HIV/AIDS drugs."
  • American Archive of Public Broadcasting
    "The Library of Congress and WGBH in Boston have embarked on a project to preserve for posterity the most significant public television and radio programs of the past 60 years: The American Archive of Public Broadcasting. The American people have made a huge investment in public radio and television over many decades, calculated at more than $10 billion. The American Archive will ensure that this rich source for American political, social, and cultural history and creativity will be saved and made available once again to future generations."
  • Bactibase
    BACTIBASE contains calculated or predicted physicochemical properties of 229 bacteriocins produced by both Gram-positive (205) and Gram-negative bacteria (19). The information in this database is very easy to extract and allows rapid prediction of relationships structure/function and target organisms of these peptides and therefore better exploitation of their biological activity in both the medical and food sectors.
  • BioMed Central
    "Dedicated to open research, we now publish over 290 quality peer-reviewed journals in Biology, Clinical Medicine and Health."
  • Ciencia.Science.gov
    Spanish version of Science.gov
  • Clinical Trials.gov
    "ClinicalTrials.gov is a registry and results database of publicly and privately supported clinical studies of human participants conducted around the world."
  • Directory of Open Access Books
    Large collection of open access books, made available by academic publishers such as Springer and Brill.
  • ems.gov
    "Collecting and sharing standardized EMS data to support improvement in patient care and EMS Systems "
  • Everything Added to Food in the United States (EAFUS)
    From the FDA: This information is generated from a database maintained by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Food Safety and Applied Nutrition (CFSAN) under an ongoing program known as the Priority-based Assessment of Food Additives (PAFA). PAFA contains administrative, chemical and toxicological information on over 2000 substances directly added to food, including substances regulated by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as direct, "secondary" direct, and color additives, and Generally Recognized As Safe (GRAS) and prior-sanctioned substances. In addition, the database contains only administrative and chemical information on less than 1000 such substances. The more than 3000 total substances together comprise an inventory often referred to as "Everything" Add
  • EWG's Skin Deep
    Search the database for ingredients in over 73,000 beauty products
  • figshare
    Discover research archived by institutions and by individuals.
  • HealthyPeople.gov: DATA2020
    "Healthy People 2020 includes over 1,200 objectives to monitor and improve the health of all Americans over the decade. The objectives are organized into 42 topic areas, each representing an important public health area. To determine the success of Healthy People, it is important to track and measure progress for the objectives over the decade. "
  • Household Products Database
    Find ingredient information for products used around the home and yard. Ingredients using the products, toxicity, and other information is included. Information comes from NIH.
  • Influenza: Evidence-based Information Portal
    EBSCO Publishing Medical and Nursing editors of DynaMedTM, Nursing Reference Center TM(NRC)and Patient Education Reference CenterTM(PERC)have made key information from these resources freely available to health care providers worldwide. These resources will provide up-to-date information about the H1N1 vaccine.
  • JURN
    A curated academic search-engine, indexing 4,348 free ejournals in the arts, the humatie, business, law, science, and medicine. Search or use the directory to access individual titles.
  • Khan Academy
    Free tutorials. "Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. "
  • MedKknow
    Open access to 377 medical and science journals.
  • National Center for Health Statistics
    Source of statistical information to guide health-related actions and policies in the United States.
  • Nature Precedings
    "Nature Precedings was launched in 2007 as NPG’s preprint server for the Life Science community. Since 2007, technological advances and the needs of the research community have evolved to the extent that the Nature Precedings site is unsustainable as it was originally conceived. As a result, Nature Precedings ceased accepting new submissions as of April 3rd, 2012. The full archive of existing content remains freely accessible at this site and will be maintained by NPG"
  • NCBI Bookshelf
    "Bookshelf provides free online access to books and documents in life science and healthcare. Search, read, and discover."
  • NCLEX-RN Practice Exerciss
    86 exercises free from Khan Academy
  • Nursing Commons
    Over 12,000 full-text, open access articles.
  • Product Code Classification Database [Product Code Classification Database]
    "This database includes a list of all medical devices with their associated classifications, product codes, FDA premarket review organizations, and other regulatory information.The Product Classification Database contains medical device names and associated information developed by the Center for Devices and Radiological Health (CDRH) in support of its mission. The Product Code assigned to a device is based upon the medical device product classification designated under 21 CFR Parts 862-892. These files are updated every Sunday." (LOADB)
  • Profiles in Science
    "This site celebrates twentieth-century leaders in biomedical research and public health. It makes the archival collections of prominent scientists, physicians, and others who have advanced the scientific enterprise available to the public through modern digital technology. "
  • PubChem
    PubChem is organized as three linked databases within the NCBI's Entrez information retrieval system. These are PubChem Substance, PubChem Compound, and PubChem BioAssay. PubChem also provides a fast chemical structure similarity search tool. More information about using each component database may be found using the links in the homepage.
  • PubMed
    PubMed comprises more than 24 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. Citations may include links to full-text content from PubMed Central and publisher web sites.
  • SciELO.org (Scientific Electronic Library Online)
    International collection of over 1,000 open access eJournals.
  • ScienceCinema
    Highlights leading-edge research from the U.S. Department of Energy as well as the European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN). Using innovative, state-of-the-art audio indexing and speech recognition technology from Microsoft Research, ScienceCinema allows users to search for specific words and phrases spoken within video files. Simply enter a term in the box and start exploring!
  • SciTech Connect
    "SciTech Connect is your connection to science, technology, and engineering research information from the U.S. Department of Energy..."
  • Skills Commons
    "Your FREE and OPEN digital library of Workforce Training Materials Preparing the Workforce for 21st Century Employment through TAACCCT"
  • Wellcome Images
    "Wellcome Images is one of the world's richest and most unique collections, with themes ranging from medical and social history to contemporary healthcare and biomedical science. "

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OpenStax/Connexions is a place to find, adopt, and adapt textbooks and associated materials and to view and share educational material made of small knowledge chunks called modules that can be organized as courses, books, reports, etc.

Open Oregon Searches courses and describes and links to the resources used. Oregon community college instructors use these resources to reduce textbook costs in their courses. If you see a name and email address, feel free to contact that person about their class.

Skills Commons from the US Department of Labor’s Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training (TAACCCT) program is a free and open online library free and open learning materials and program support materials for job-driven workforce development. This site is great for program, course, and curriculum development.

MERLOT is a free and open online community of resources designed primarily for faculty, staff and students of higher education from around the world to share their learning materials and pedagogy.

The Open Education Consortium is a free and open digital publication of high quality university-level educational materials. These materials are organized as courses, and often include course planning materials and evaluation tools as well as thematic content. They come from universities all over the world, such as MIT, Harvard, Yale, Tufts, Open University Netherlands.

"AMSER (the Applied Math and Science Education Repository) is a portal of educational resources and services built specifically for use by those in Community and Technical Colleges but free for anyone to use. AMSER is funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) as part of the National Science Digital Library, and is being created by a team of project partners led by Internet Scout."

ATE Central "With an emphasis on two-year colleges, the National Science Foundation's ATE (Advanced Technological Education) program focuses on the education of technicians for the high-technology fields that drive our nation's economy."

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