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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.

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JoVE: Journal of Visualized Experiments

JoVE, the Journal of Visualized Experiments, is a peer reviewed scientific video journal. By presenting scientific research in a visual format, JoVE aims to help researchers learn new experimental techniques and improve reproducibility of results. Currently, the journal has 9 different sections. The Medical Library has a subscription to the JoVE General section with access back to 2006. Articles in other sections are available in PMC (PubMedCentral) after a 24 month delay or embargo period, although some are available sooner.

How to find JoVE articles

Search the ejournals A-Z list for "jove" using the "contains" search option. ejournals search

Search results will include:

  • Journal of Visualized Experiments - the link via PubMedCentral includes all sections, but with a 24 month delay or embargo.
  • JoVE General - the link via Miscellaneous Ejournals goes to the journal website for the general section, to which we have full access.

JoVE articles will also be included in PubMed search results. However, note that you will only be able to access articles that are in the General section or are past the embargo period.

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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