IV. LOCAL LIBRARIES
You will find the most comprehensive and current information using library resources. You can research topics using subscription databases to search hundreds (and sometimes thousands) of journals simultaneously for articles on your topic. You may find articles full-text online, or you may find citations and then check if the library holds the respective journals. Always ask the librarian how to search most efficiently and effectively for your topic.
If you are searching remotely first: Research Pubmed and other free databases to find citations for articles related with your topic. Write down the bibliographic information (Title, Author, Journal, Volume, Number, and page number). Then call the library closest to you to see if they carry the journals or full-text databases that have those articles.
• Berkeley Public Libraries
Call to find the location of the library that is closest to you. These libraries hold basic consumer health information in databases such as Health & Wellness Resource Center and Health Reference Center Academic.
Make sure to bring a picture ID and Proof of Current Address (Mail sent to you will work) if you want to check items out on loan or if you would like remote access to their databases.
◊ California Pacific Medical Center Health & Healing Consumer Library
2040 Webster Street, San Francisco
The librarian offers ongoing trainings in searching this library’s abundant database resources the 3rd Thursday of each month from 10:00-11:00 am. This stellar community health resource center has full-text and citation databases with access to many thousands of articles. Relevant databases include CINAHL, Biomedical Reference Collection, Health Source, Alt-HealthWatch, Medline, Allied and Complementary Medicine and more.
• Children’s Hospital Oakland Research Institute Library
744 52nd (Cross-street to Martin Luther King Jr. Way)
Oakland, California 94609
Located in the outpatient clinic, this library has various medical and consumer health databases. RESTRICTED ACCESS: Please call 1 day in advance so someone can let you in through a secured entry upon your arrival. Ask for the librarian and state that you are from the Acupuncture and Integrative Medicine College. Library is open M-F, 9:30-3:30. Copies are 15 cents/page.
• John A. Graziano Memorial Library
Samuel Merritt College
400 Hawthorne Ave.
Oakland, CA 94609
Alt-HealthWatch and other Medical databases. Copies: buy a copy card with a $1.00 BILL (not coins), and then add 10 cents / page for printing and copies. Ask for help from Kristi Wessenberg, the reference librarian. SMC students get computer-use priority. Fridays 9:00-5:00 and Sundays Noon-9:00 see the fewest students, so they are good days to go (the librarian is not there on the weekends however).
• The Kalmanovitz Library at UCSF
530 Parnassus Avenue
San Francisco, CA
This library subscribes to a good number of medical databases and is open for public use.
• the Sheldon Margen Public Health Library
1 University Hall #7360
University of California
Located in the basement of University Hall on the UC Berkeley campus, the collection includes material in all areas of public health, including nutrition in health and disease, health administration, epidemiology, toxicology, occupational health, maternal and child health, biostatistics, communicable diseases, community health and environmental health, and international health.
The listed libraries house one or more of the following subscription database examples. If you are interested in searching one in particular (or if you have citations for your topic), please call the library beforehand or check their website to ensure they have the specific databases and/or journals you seek.
◊ Alt HealthWatch
◊ Health Reference Center Academic
◊ CINAHL (full-text or citation)
◊ Health & Wellness Resource Center
◊ Evidence-Based Complementary Medicine™ (EBCM)