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Subject Guides Prepared by the Swain Library

General Guide | Analytical Chemistry | Biotechnology | Chemical Laboratory Safety | Crystallography | Drug Information | Inorganic Chemistry | Life Scientists | Physical Chemistry | Polymer Chemistry | Searching the Internet | Spectral Information

Drug Information

Abstracts and Indexes | General Information | Drug Names | Drug Approval and Testing | Industrial Manufacture | Internet Guides | Organizations | Pharmacokinetics

Abstracts and Indexes

Chemical Abstracts Online via SciFinder Scholar
Comprehensive index for chemistry and chemical engineering literature covering 8,000 journals, patents from 32 countries, as well as dissertations, technical reports, and books.
Web of Science (SciSearch)
Covers 5,200 core journals in science, engineering, and medicine. Includes hypertext links to items referenced in the bibliography as well as papers which subsequently cited an article.

General Information

Approved Drug Products with Therapeutic Equivalence Evaluations (Electronic Orange Book)
Search by active ingredient, proprietary name, applicant holder, application number. Search results include patent and exclusivity information.
Clinical Pharmacology
Visitor access to drug information includes description, mechanism of action, and pharmacokinetics information.
COMPREHENSIVE MEDICINAL CHEMISTRY. 1st ed. (Oxford; Pergamon Press, c1990). 6 vols.
Location: Lane Medical Reserve RS403.C65 1990
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Ref RS431.A6D53 1988
DICTIONARY OF DRUGS. 1st ed. (London; Chapman and Hall, 1990).
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Ref RS51.D479 1990
Dictionary of Pharmacological Agents on CD-ROM
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Workstations, Reserve
Includes official and patient package inserts from pharmaceutical manufacturers. Includes information and links to areas on the web concerning healthcare and pharmaceutical-related topics.
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Ref and Engineering Ref TP9 .E689 1992. See “Pharmaceuticals”, vol. 18:480–510.
Merck Index [Stanford Only]
10,955 monographs describing significant chemicals, drugs, and biological substances.
Merck Manual of Medical Information — 2nd Home Edition
Contains selected full-text along with complete table of contents.
Physician’s Desk Reference (Oradell, N.J.: Medical Economics Co). 28th ed. (1974)
Location: Biology Ref (1998), Chem & Chem Eng Ref (1993), Green (latest year), Lane Medical (1998), and Law (1998) RS356 .P45.
RxList — The Internet Drug Index
Includes indepth description, clinical studies, dosage, use and supplier information.
Merriam Webster Medical Dictionary
Ullmann, Fritz. ULLMANN’S ENCYCLOPEDIA OF INDUSTRIAL CHEMISTRY. 5th, completely rev. ed. (Weinheim, Federal Republic of Germany; VCH, c1985–).
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Ref TP9 .U57 1985 (Library has v.A1–A28, v.B1–B8.; SUPPLEMENTS: Suppl.1) See “Pharmaceuticals, General Survey and Development”, Vol. A19:273–291.
United States Pharmacopeia
Search or browse by brand or generic name.
U.S. Pharmacopeia
Official site for the USP but response time can be very slow.

Drug Names

Chemical Abstracts Online via SciFinder Scholar
Search by chemical substance. Search results include many synonyms for compounds.
Marler, E. E. J. PHARMACOLOGICAL AND CHEMICAL SYNONYMS. 10th ed. (Amsterdam; Elsevier, 1994)
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Ref and Lane Medical Reference RS51.M3 1994.

Drug Approval and Testing

U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Drug Information.
Contains information on top drug news, approved drug products, new and generic drug approvals, consumer drug information, adverse drug reactions, clinical trial information service, over the counter drugs, and warning letters and notice of violation letters.
CenterWatch: Clinical Trials Listing Service
List clinical trials for pharmaceuticals and medical treatments being developed. Also includes newly approved drug therapies.

Industrial Manufacture

Atkinson, Bernard. Biochemical Engineering and Biotechnology Handbook. 2nd ed. (New York: Stockton Press, 1991).
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Ref, Biology, and Lane Medical Ref TP248.3.A853 1991
International Conference on Bioreactors and Biotransformations (1987: Gleneagles, Scotland). Bioreactors and Biotransformations (Published on behalf of the National Engineering Laboratory by Elsevier Applied Science, 1987)
Location: Chem & Chem Eng TP248.2.I61 1987
Biotechnology. 2nd, completely rev. ed. (Weinheim; VCH, c1991–).
Location: Chem & Chem Eng TP248.2 .B5465 1991 (Library has v.1–4, 6–7, 8a, 9, 12)
Biotechnology of Antibiotics. 2nd ed., rev. and expanded. (New York: M. Dekker, c1997).
Location: Chem & Chem Eng TP248.65.A57 B57 1997
Kirk-Othmer Encyclopedia of Chemical Technology. 4th ed. (New York: Wiley, c1992–).
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Ref and Engineering Ref TP9 .E689 1992
Peppler, Henry J. Microbial Technology. 2nd ed. (New York: Academic Press, 1979).
Location: Biology, and Chem & Chem Eng QR53.P45 1979
Riegel, Emil Raymond. Riegel’s Handbook of Industrial Chemistry. 9th ed. / edited by James A. Kent. (New York: Van Nostrand Reinhold, c1992)
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Ref TP145.R54 1992
Ullmann, Fritz. Ullmann’s Encyclopedia of Industrial Chemistry. 5th, completely rev. ed. (Weinheim, Federal Republic of Germany; VCH, c1985–).
Location: Chem & Chem Eng Ref TP9 .U57 1985 (Library has v.A1–A28, v.B1–B8.; SUPPLEMENTS: Suppl.1)

Internet Guides

Doctors’ Guide to the Internet
Doctor’s Internet Handbook: Samples and Contents
Contains focused set of web links to resources.
Health A to Z
InteliHealth: Home of Johns Hopkins Health Information
Martindale’s: The Virtual Pharmacy, Pharmacology & Toxicology Center
Covers pharmacy, pharmacology, clinical pharmacology and toxicology.
Mayo Clinic
Provides up-to-date, authoritative health information from Mayo Clinic, one of the world’s most recognized medical and research institutions.
Comprehensive list of links. Provider: Emory University Health Sciences Center Library.
MedicineNet: Medical Information for Diseases, Treatments, Procedures, Drugs and More
Mediconsult: The Virtual Medical Center
Features peer-reviewed medical information, daily medical news, moderated support groups, and interactions with world class experts. Designed for patient use.
MerckSource Health Centers
Contains information and links on aging, asthma, glaucoma, hair loss, heart disease, HIV infection and AIDS, hypertension, men’s health, migraine, osteoporosis, preventable diseases, and travel health.
Northern Light web search engine
Provides quality information organized into dynamic categories.
Pharmweb Net
Site with extensive links to serve patients and health professionals. Includes PharmWeb Yellow pages.
WWW Virtual Library: Pharmacy


American Medical Association
American Pharmaceutical Association
Center for Disease Control
World Health Organization


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