Guide to Internet Resources for Cancer
Oncology Bulletins and Journal Related
These resources are primarily aimed at health professionals and researchers.
Many journals now maintain free web sites, however the amount of information available from these varies from just a table of contents, to abstracts, through to full text articles. There are also various databases of medical abstracts available via the
InterNet , in particular MedLine and CancerLit.
- Oncology Journals
- Other Abstract Databases
- Levels of Evidence
- Other Journal Related Sites
- Research News for Health Professionals
- CANCERLIT® Bibliographic Database (National Cancer Institute, USA) bibliographic database that contains more than 1.4 million citations and abstracts from over 4,000 different sources including biomedical journals, proceedings, books, reports, and doctoral theses.
- Medline - Internet Grateful Med (National Library of Medicine, USA) Free access to Medline and other medical databases.
- Medline - PubMed (National Library of Medicine, USA) Free public Access to Medline
- Avicenna Medical Information includes MEDLINE
- Dr Felix's Free MEDLINE Page Links to web sites where you can search MEDLINE for free.
- Health On the Net Foundation (Switzerland) HON, an non-profit organisation, was founded in 1996 to promote reliable medical information on the Internet. The Web site includes the MedHunt search facility for medical links and the HON Code of Conduct for webmasters.
- HealthGate Inc. (USA) Including FREE MEDLINE and CANCERLIT ACCESS plus other biomedical databases, CME courses, and consumer health information.
- List of sites offering MEDLINE (Medical Matrix)
- Medscape Commercial site for health professionals. Requires free registration. Includes full text articles, free access to MEDLINE, TOXLINE, and AIDSLINE databases. There is an oncology section.
How can you be confident about the scientific soundness of what you read ? It is important to read publications critically, and access the levels of evidence behind the papers findings. In addition, there is a growing amount of medical information on the
Internet, much of which is not peer-reviewed.
- Centre for Evidence-Based Medicine (Oxford, UK) NHS Research and Development. The site includes details of the centre, teaching materials, and links to related information.
- Cochrane Collaboration The Cochrane Collaboration is an international organisation involved in preparing, maintaining and disseminating systematic reviews in all areas of health care. The site includes details of Cochrane centres, review groups, etc.
- Evidence Based Medicine (Journal by the BMJ Publishing Group) including contents pages for the current and archive editions.
- How to Read a Paper (Unit for Evidence-Based Practice and Policy, UCL, UK) This page includes links to a BMJ series of articles by Trisha Greenhalgh. The series provides a guide to reading papers critically, including how to assess the methodological quality of papers.
- Levels of evidence: explanation in therapeutics studies (CancerNet) A ranking system to judge a) the strength of study design, and b) the strength of study end-points.
- Rating Health Information on the Internet - Navigating to Knowledge or to Babel ? (Journal of the American Medical Association, 297,611-619, 1998) Review by Alejandro Jadad and Anna Gagliardi
- The Cochrane Reviewer's Handbook includes details on the format of a Cochrane Review, developing a protocol, locating / selecting studies, analysing and presenting results etc. Meta-analysis
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First created: Mon 4 Mar 1996
Mon 26 Jun 2000
Number of URLs in the database: 3999
This Guide is maintained by Simon Cotterill,
North of England Children's Cancer Research Unit,
Department of Child Health,
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK