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Thanks to a generous donation by Dr. William Gossman (Class of '92), free access to StatPearls is available to all SIU School of Medicine faculty, staff, students and residents. StatPearls provides online textbook review chapters and multiple-choice and flashcard questions with explanations.

Go to. to register. (For best results use Firefox of Google Chrome browsers)

Users must create a username and password.

StatPearls has sections for many different learner groups including medical students, residents, physicians, physician assistants, nursing and allied health.

The home page has a quiz dashboard to create different types of quizzes.  During quiz creation you can choose the group (ex. Medical Student Specialties) and then select from one or more listed options such as anatomy, clinical skills, USMLE Step 1, etc. There is also a Knowledge Base for each group and specialty.

Types of Quizzes

Knowledge Quizzer

Create a quiz with teaching points. Questions are repeated until answered correctly.

Knowledge Builder

Create a quiz with teaching points. Questions are repeated until answered correctly. One new question added for every wrong answer.

Knowledge Tester

Create a quiz with no teaching points and only one chance to answer the question.

Flashcard Quizzer

Create a flashcard quiz with teaching points to rapid review.

Once you have registered, access the page at

LiverTox: Clinical and Research information on Drug-Induced Liver Injury


Use LiverTox, a database from the National Library of Medicine (NLM) Division of Specialized Information Services (SIS), to search or browse by common medication and supplement names, and learn how the medication or supplement affects liver health. For each drug or supplement, view a record that lists:

  • An overview describing the use and history of the drug, as well as a brief description of how the drug may be toxic to the liver.
  • Product Information about the drug, including a link to any product labeling available at DailyMed.
  • References and additional links related to the drug or supplement on PubMed and

JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments


The Journal of Visualized Experiments (JoVE), is a unique resource that publishes video walk-throughs of experimental procedures and protocols. Each video is 5-10 minutes in length and is accompanied by a written abstract, step-by-step instructions, and a discussion of the results. This format allows researchers to present their work more clearly than they could in a text-only article.

Important steps often get lost in translation in text-only explanations of protocols, which is what prompted Dr. Brandon Cox, Dept. of Pharmacology to publish an article in JoVE detailing a complicated dissection technique. And while she contends that in-person in- struction is best, she frequently recom-mends students search JoVE when learning any new procedure. JoVE is linked through the Library’s A-Z list and is available for both on and off-campus use.

How to Find JoVE Articles

SIU-SOM users have access to content in JoVE’s Biology, Medicine, Neuroscience, and general collections. JoVE is linked through the Library’s E-Journals A-Z list; search for “JoVE” using the “contains” search option and the results will the list the available sections.

JoVE articles are also included in PubMed search results. Please note, however, that there is an embargo on some of the most recent JoVE content. JoVE is accessible to SIU students, faculty and staff both on and off-campus with a valid SIUSM login and password.

mobile PDR logo mobilePDR App


The new mobilePDR app is now available for both Apple and Android device and is free to healthcare professional students, faculty and health science librarians. The app includes several thousand drug summaries, which will be continually updated and features the following:

  • Drug lookup
  • Side-by-side drug comparison tool
  • Drug Interaction checker
  • Pill ID tool

Registration is required. For more information and for links to the Apple and Android stores go to


Subject Guide: Creating Educational Videos


Need help or guidance on creating educational videos? See the Library’s newest Subject Guide: Creating Educational Videos.

We have pulled together information and resources for faculty who will be creating videos to supplement the curriculum. Find the best practices for making videos, example videos for inspiration, and information on formats.


The section on planning your video includes the following:

  • Content & Learning Objectives
  • Storyboarding and Scripting
  • Designing Effective Videos Instructional Design Books & Resources (ebooks available online)

Record & Edit

The Record & Edit section includes information on resources available in the Library as well as free resources and tips:

  • Library CAVE
  • Free Video Creation & Editing Resources
  • Recording Tips & Resources
  • Editing Tips & Resources
  • Loanable Equipment

The list of Subject Guides may be found under Find on the Library’s home page. To go directly to the new guide:

Who Do I Contact?

The guide lists contact information for getting started.

For help planning your video,
contact Heeyoung Han, Ph.D.

For assistance with editing, or to learn to use CAVE and Library equipment,
contact the Library

To reserve the CAVE for screencasting, audiorecording, or video / audio editing,

Mobile Apps


We present a recap of apps available for some of our licensed resources as well as a few free apps.

See our Mobile Resources Guide for more information and instructions.

SIUSM Licensed Apps

Clinical Pharmacology Mobile App

Apple and Android.

Content available through the app includes: drug monographs, both adult and pediatric, Indications, including on and off label, contraindications and precautions, drug images, and drug interactions.

If you already have a user name and password, once the app is installed on your device, log in using your current user name and password.  

SIUSM users who do not have a user name and password  may go to the Clinical Pharmacology home page and click on CP Mobile App to register and receive a user name and password.

DynaMed App

Apple and Android.

DynaMed, a clinical reference tool, provides evidence-based information for physicians and other health care providers. The app can be used offline without a wireless signal.

  • You must authenticate from on campus and then open the authentication email on your mobile device to activate it.
  • Follow the link to DynaMed on the Medical Library's home page, then click mobile at the top of the top of the page.
  • Enter your email address to send yourself the instructions, key and a link to download the app.
  • After installing the app and downloading the DynaMed content, the app can be used offline without a wireless signal. A wireless signal is required to perform updates to the DynaMed content when updates become available.

For information on installing and authenticating DynaMed visit:

EbscoHost Mobile App

Apple and Android.

The EbscoHost Research Databases include MEDLINE Complete and Academic Search Complete. Both databases include the full text of some of the articles.

See for technical requirements and installation instruction.

First Consult App


Available to SIUSM users through ClinicalKey.  The app allows First Consult’s  content to be stored on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch. A data connection is required for the initial content download and content updates, but is not required to use the app itself.

Requires creation of a personal ClinicalKey account to begin using the app.

JoVE App

Apple and Android.

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a scientific video journal.

To use the app you must first create an account using your email address. An account allows you to use your institution's subscription even when off campus, and you can post questions for article authors.

To create an account, go to See the upper right corner of the screen to create an account and to sign in.

Free Apps

PubMed for Handhelds

Apple iOS app features multiple ways to search PubMed/MEDLINE: PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome); ask-MEDLINE, a free-text, natural language search; Consensus Abstracts; and BabelMeSH which has search options in 13 languages.

Shots by STFM

Apple and Android.

Shots is a quick reference guide to the Childhood Immunization Schedule from the Society of Teachers of Family Medicine. Updated yearly.


Apple and Android.

Information about maternal and infant drug levels, possible effects on lactation and on breastfed infants, and alternative drugs to consider.


PMC Citation Exporter Feature


PubMed Central (PMC) is a free digital archive of full text biomedical and life sciences journal literature. PMC has a new feature that allows you to copy and paste styled citations into your manuscripts or use a link to download a file for import into a citation manager such as EndNote.

Each result summary now includes a "Citation" link.

PMC citation with citation link
Screen shot showing Citation link

Click the Citation link to open a pop-up window with the citation formatted in one of three popular styles:

  • AMA (American Medical Association),
  • MLA (Modern Language Association), or
  • APA (American Psychological Association).

Then copy and paste the citation into your manuscript.

Links at the bottom of the pop-up window download the citation into RIS, NBIB, and JSON formats. Both RIS and NBIB formats can be imported into EndNote or Reference Manager.

Citation pop-up window
Screen shot showing pop-up window

Clinical Pharmacology Mobile App


A new mobile application for Clinical Pharmacology is now available through the Medical Library’s subscription. Content available through the app includes:

  • Drug monographs, both adult and pediatric
  • Indications, including on and off label
  • Contraindications and Precautions
  • Drug Images
  • IV compatibility
  • Drug - drug interactions report

How to Access the Clinical Pharmacology Mobile App

The app is designed for Apple (v7+) and Android (v4.03+) devices. Download the Elsevier Clini- cal Pharmacology app at either the Apple or Android app store:

  • Apple – Elsevier Clinical Pharmacology
  • Android – Clinical Pharmacology

If you already have a Clinical Pharmacology user name and password, once the app is installed on your device, simply log in using your current user name and password.

Clinical Pharmacology Mobile

SIUSM users who do not have a user name and password may go to the Clinical Pharmacology home page and click on CP Mobile App to register and receive a user name and password


Medical Letter Site License
The Medical Letter Site License

The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics, often referred to as simply "The Medical Letter", provides critical appraisals of new prescription drugs and comparative reviews of previously approved drugs. Our site license for The Medical Letter provides the following features for our users:

  • The Medical Letter on Drugs and Therapeutics
  • Treatment Guidelines - Unbiased reviews of drug classes used to treat common disorders
  • Free CME/CE – up to 52 credits for: Physicians, PA’s, Pharmacists and ARNP’S
  • FREE app for for iOS, Android, and Kindle Fire
  • The Handbook of Antimicrobial Therapy - information on the treatment and prevention of infectious diseases
  • Adverse Drug Interactions Program - online edition

Users can access The Medical Letter from the Medical Library's eJournal A-Z list.

AMA Manual of Style logo AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition)


The AMA Manual of Style is a an essential tool for those engaged in medical and scientific publishing. The Medical Library has added online access to the AMA Manual of Style: A Guide for Authors and Editors (10th edition).

Features include:

  • Quick search and advanced search options to search the full text of the book.
  • Browse the table of contents and the index and jump quickly to the section that you want.
  • View content on-screen, print in print-friendly format, or download to PDF.
  • Interactive SI Conversion calculator lets you quickly convert units of measure.
  • Create a personal profile to allow you to save content and searches for future visits.

Where to Access

The AMA Manual of Style is linked on our ebooks page and in the Library catalog. This resource may be accessed off-campus using your SIUSM email ID and password.

JAMA Network ReaderJAMA Network Reader


Read content from all 10 JAMA Network journals on any platform or device using the JAMA Network Reader. Access to the JAMA Network Reader is provided through the Library's site license to JAMA and the 9 specialty journals:

  • JAMA
  • JAMA Dermatology
  • JAMA Psychiatry
  • JAMA Internal Medicine
  • JAMA Neurology
  • JAMA Ophthalmology
  • JAMA Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
  • JAMA Pediatrics
  • JAMA Surgery
  • JAMA Facial Plastic Surgery


  • Access the latest articles and features from all 10 journals, including articles published online first. 
  • Save entire issues and articles to read offline later. Safari, Android, or Google Chrome browsers are best for offline reading.
  • Online First articles and new Issues appear automatically
  • Search articles published back to January 2012 from all journals.
  • You can be signed in on different devices with the same account.
  • Users do not need to visit an app store or download an app.

How to access:

Users must first register and create a user name and password while connected to the SIUSM network by direct connection or by logging into the secure Wi-Fi.

  1. Connect to the internet at SIU School of Medicine by direct internet connection (desktop computer) or secure Wi-Fi (tablets, smart phones and laptops). Note: do not use the guest/public Wi-Fi.
  2. Open a browser and go to
  3. Sign in or create an account.

Each time you visit the Reader from within the SIU School of Medicine Wi-Fi or direct internet service, your mobile access is activated for the following 90 days on all of your devices.

Essential Evidence Plus

Essential Evidence Plus provides point-of-care, evidence-based information. Newly added features include Drug Safety Alerts, anatomy images and CME. Users may browse the following or search across multiple resources at once:

  • Essential Evidence Topics
  • EBM Guidelines
  • POEMs Research Summaries
  • Cochrane Systematic Reviews
  • NGC Practice Guidelines
  • Decision Support Tools
  • H&P Calculators
  • Diagnostic Test Calculators
  • Derm Expert Image Viewer
  • E/M Coding

The Essential Evidence Topics cover diseases and conditions and include background, prevention, diagnosis, treatment, prognosis, special populations, guidelines, levels of evidence and resources.

What are POEMS?

POEMS ("Patient-Oriented Evidence that Matters") are concise summaries of new evidence filtered for relevance to patient care and evaluated for validity. SIUSM users may opt to receive Daily POEMS via mail. Send requests to sign up for Daily POEMs to

Daily POEM structure:
· Clinical Question
· Bottom Line
· Reference
· Study Design
· Funding Source
· Setting
· Synopsis

POEM of the Week Podcasts

Each week a five minute discussion about an important recent POEM provides additional depth and insight into the issue covered by the POEM synopsis. SIUSM users may subscribe to the podcasts via iTunes or RSS or browse the archive.

Drug Safety Alerts

The newly added Drug Safety Alerts will automatically be sent to those enrolled to receive Daily POEMS via email.

Mobile Access

To access Essential Evidence Plus with a mobile device, you must first register and create a personal profile on a computer connected to the School's network.

A link to Essential Evidence Plus is listed on the Library's home page under Key Resources.

Procedures Consult

The Medical Library’s subscription to ClinicalKey includes access to Procedures Consult, a procedural reference tool providing details on how to prepare for, perform and follow up on the most common procedures.

Procedures Consult covers the procedures required by the ABIM (American Board of Internal Medicine) and conforms to ACGME standards.


  • Provides high quality video, text and illustrations for each medical procedure.
  • Highlights when patient “informed consent” is required.
  • Includes indications, contraindications, anatomy, equipment.
  • A Quick Review of the procedure is included after the Full Details.
  • Provides self-directed procedures training and testing.

To Access Procedures Consult:

After performing a search in ClinicalKey, a list of content types will appear on the left side of the screen. Click the box next to Procedures Consult to select and view those items. Searching the word “Procedures” will retrieve all Procedures Consult items.

Procedure Consults search results


ClinicalKey is currently linked on the list of Databases on the Library’s home page.

ClinicalKey Replacing MD Consult


The Medical Library now has a new site license to ClinicalKey (CK). CK is replacing MD Consult, which is no longer being developed by the vendor.

ClnicalKey provides vastly more content than MDConsult. Whereas MD Consult had approximately 50 e-books and 50 e-journals, ClinicalKey has over 1,000 e-books and over 1,000 e-journals.

In addition, CK has over 13,000 procedural videos and FirstConsult point-of-care monographs. ClinicalKey is linked on the Library’s Web page, and the link there will also facilitate off-campus access via your log-in. CK is optimized for mobile devices such as tablets and smart phones.

The ClinicalKey e-journals are also available through the Library’s A-Z list.

When using CK you will encounter a main search bar. Enter the term you wish to search or use the AutoSuggest feature to select a term. On the left hand side, you can filter the search results by content type (e.g., books, images, video).

ClinicalKey search box

Once you select content, the left hand side will show an outline or table of contents. The center panel will include the full-text.

To create a personal account, visit ClinicalKey while on the School’s network, click on the Register link, enter the required information (your e-mail address will be your user name), and select and confirm a password. Use of personal accounts will allow you to save searches, build a personal reading list, and collect and save images.

Please give ClinicalKey a try!

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