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National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services

Posted by Marcus Zillman

National Library of Medicine Specialized Information Services

The website for Specialized Information Services (SIS), provided by the National Library of Medicine (NLM), has a very long html title: “Reliable information on K-12 science education, chemistry and toxicology information, environmental health, HIV/AIDS information, and outreach to minority and other specific populations.” While the title is no doubt provided to increase the site’s findability in search engines, it’s a handy synopsis for humans of the rich resources on offer. The A-Z list includes between 200 and 300 online sources. There are specialized databases, such as the Household Products Database that consumers can use to find out if there are any hazardous ingredients in products they use, as well as databases for researchers like ALTBIB, a collection of citations on alternatives to using live animals for testing. In addition, there are a number of fact sheets and research guides. If the A-Z list is too overwhelming, return to the SIS home page where the resources are organized into six broad categories: Environmental Health & Toxicology; Chemical and Drug Information; HIV/AIDS; Outreach Activities & Resources; Disaster Information Management Research Center; and K-12 Science and Health Education. This will be added to Healthcare Resources Subject Tracer™. From The Scout Report, Copyright Internet Scout 1994-2014.

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