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Video: Research


Research is a vital element in nursing. At the National Library of Medicine, we create free, reliable resources to support nursing research.

Our PubMed database provides access to over 25 million citations and abstracts for the biomedical science journal literature. PubMed also provides access to online books.

PubMed Clinical Queries provides specialized searches for clinicians. Search by a clinical study category, find systematic reviews and run medical genetics searches.

PubMed Topic Specific Queries are pre-formulated search queries in the areas of Clinicians and Health Services Researchers Queries, Subjects, Additional Search Queries/Interfaces, and Journal Collections.

PubMed Central provides free access to full-text articles from biomedical and life science journals. PMC also includes editorial content such as book reviews, news items and obituaries.

PubMed Health contains summaries and full text of systematic reviews published in the last 10 years. About 7,000 new systematic reviews are added to PubMed Health annually.

NLM also produces information resources on special topics such as environmental health and toxicology, chemical and drug information, and HIV/AIDS. The TOXNET databases include LactMed, ToxMap, Household Products Database, Haz-Map and more.  

The National Information Center for Health Services Research and Health Care Technologies supports the information and data needs of the public health and health services research communities. Find health data tools and statistics, literature and guidelines and more, including a resource page for Data Standards and Interoperability in clinical research nursing.

The History of Medicine division has rich historical collections from 11th century manuscripts to the personal papers of renowned 20th century clinicians and researchers. Gain immediate access to over 70,000 historical images and 15,428 digitized collection items from rare anatomical atlases to historical audiovisuals as well as a growing selection of full text historical journal articles. Our award winning Exhibition Program brings the collection to you through online and travelling exhibitions about the social and cultural history of medicine such as Pictures of Nursing: The Zwerdling Postcard Collection.

With so many free resources available, the National Library of Medicine can give you the tools you need to provide evidence-based care and promote quality health outcomes.

The National Library of Medicine: the world’s largest medical library.

Video: Patient Education


Patient education is an essential responsibility in nursing.

At the National Library of Medicine, we create free, reliable resources that can be shared with your patients and their families to increase knowledge and improve patient outcomes.

Our diverse resources can be used to teach about diseases, disorders, conditions and treatments.

Our MedlinePlus patient health information website contains close to a thousand health topics, information on Drugs and Supplements, Videos and Tools, a medical encyclopedia, latest health news, health information in multiple languages, and more.

MedlinePlus also links to, our registry of over one hundred thousand completed and ongoing clinical studies on a wide range of diseases and conditions.

Genetics Home Reference contains patient-friendly information about genetic conditions and the effects of genetic variations on human health.

NIHSeniorHealth, created especially to meet the needs and health interests of older adults, features health topics, exercise stories, and videos.

NLM also produces information resources on special topics such as environmental health and toxicology, chemical and drug information, and HIV/AIDS.

The TOXNET databases include LactMed, ToxMap, Household Products Database, Haz-Map and more.

The LactMed database has information on drugs and chemicals that may affect breastfeeding mothers.

ToxMap allows users to create and view maps identifying locations where toxic chemicals have been released into the environment.

The Household Products Database has information on potential health effects of chemicals in common household products.

Haz-Map provides information about the adverse effects of workplace exposures to chemical and biological agents.

AIDSource offers access to HIV/AIDS medical practice guidelines, multimedia, news sources and more.

With so many free resources available, the National Library of Medicine can give you the tools to make a positive impact on the health of your patients and their families.

The National Library of Medicine: the world's largest medical library.

Video: Drug Info


The U.S. National Library of Medicine (NLM) has evidence-based resources to help you in your work as a clinical nurse.

NLM has several resources for drug information.

Drug information is also available for your patients.

You can use these resources on your mobile devices and at the bedside.

You can access many of NLM’s drug information resources from our home page – this video will highlight several of them.

To search PubMed for drugs and chemicals, see, Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed.

Go to the NLM Home page

Next, click on PubMed.

Click PubMed Tutorials.

Click Searching Drugs or Chemicals in PubMed.

Extensive drug information, including international drugs, is in the Drug Information Subject Guide.

From any NLM page, type Subject Guide in the search box.

Click Subject Guides on Selected Topics, then select Drug Information.

Let’s search for a drug using the Drug Information Portal.

From the NLM Home Page, click, Learn About Drugs.

Next, see the link, Drug Information from the National Library of Medicine.

Then click, Drug Information Portal.

The Drug Information Portal has more than 63,000 prescription and non-prescription medicines, herbal medicines, and dietary supplements.

Resources are available for the clinician, patient, and researcher.

Read current news about drugs by clicking on the News and Features link.

Link to other NLM databases that have drug information, including consumer health and toxicology drug information.

Find resources by Audience, such as Health Professionals.

Search for drugs by class, including over-the-counter and investigational.

Link to other federal government drug databases, such as the FDA and the National Guideline Clearinghouse.

Search by drug name or drug category.

Type in a drug name. It can be the generic or brand name. I’ll type Pennsaid.

NLM’s Drug Portal provides access to more than ten consumer and clinical databases – let’s look at four of them now – MedlinePlus, DailyMed, Clinical Trials, and PubMed.

MedlinePlus contains information for your patients and their families.

View prescription and non-prescription package inserts using DailyMed

Find out if clinical trials for Pennsaid are in your area, using

PubMed will show you what’s available in medical and nursing journals about Pennsaid.

You can filter the search using the filters on the left side of the PubMed screen or by typing more terms in the PubMed search box.

Access to all of the NLM links for drug information is available from the NLM Home Page or by typing the name of the database in the NLM search box.

Use NLM resources to help you improve clinical outcomes. Available anytime, anywhere.