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Virtual Reference Shelf

A collection of online reference e-books, databases and websites. Those marked PUBLIC are freely available, while the rest are UB Only resources and require login with a UT IT name and password.


Career and Education Resources in the Health Sciences

Citation Style Guides (see also Writing)

Complementary and Alternative Medicine

Consumer Health





General Reference

Laboratory and Diagnostic Tests



  • PsychiatryOnline
    Collection of psychiatric reference books and journals. Includes DSM-5, The Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, 5th edition.




  • Nursing Reference Center
    Clinically-oriented reference tool covers a wide range of health conditions, diseases, patient education, drug information, continuing education, guidelines, and information on research instruments


Nursing Data


Occupational Health

  • MAK Collection for Occupational Health and Safety (PUBLIC)
    The nearly 3,000 publications by the Commission for the Investigation of Health Hazards of Chemical Compounds in the Work Area (MAK-Commission) provide essential information on hazardous compounds at the workplace. Threshold values and classifications for more than 1,000 substances are given, along with toxicological evaluations and recommended monitoring methods. The MAK-Collection is regularly updated with new information.

Physical Therapy

Public Health

  • Essential Epidemiology: An Introduction for Students and Health Professionals, 2011, 2nd edition
  • Project Tycho: data for health  PUBLIC
    From the University of Pittsburgh, advances the availability and use of public health data for science and policy making. Includes data from all weekly notifiable disease reports for the United States dating back to 1888. The Project Tycho team is continuously engaging in new partnerships with scientists, funding, and public health agencies around the world to add or connect new historical and current datasets to the system, including global dengue surveillance data and Chikungunya data for Latin America. Analytics range from creative data visualizations to reveal population level patterns of disease spread to spatial and temporal statistics and data mining methods. Data are categorized in three levels based on the type of counts included. Level 1 includes different types of counts that have been standardized into a common format for a specific analysis published recently in the NEJM. Level 2 data only includes counts that have been reported in a common format, e.g. diseases reported for a one week period and without disease subcategories. These data can be used immediately for analysis.  Level 3 data include all the different types of counts ever reported, which requires extensive harmonization work.

Radiation Safety

  • Health Physics and Radiological Health, 2012, 4th edition
    A comprehensive data reference for anyone involved in health physics or radiation safety. Data is presented in large tables, including the latest NCRP recommendations, which are tabulated and given in both SI and traditional units.

Research Methods






Last Update: 13 January 2015