Online Drug Information Resources (June 2015)

This essay first appeared in the June issue of Choice (volume 52 | issue 10).


Given the overwhelming amount of drug information available, how should individuals go about finding reliable, up-to-date resources? This essay looks at the scope of information available and evaluates six commercial drug information databases and fifteen free electronic resources. For each, the focus is on currency, accuracy, cost, ease of navigation, search capabilities, and special features, among other factors. Brief evaluative statements are provided for each resource. Following a conclusion, the essay presents a short list of journal articles for further reading.

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About the author:

Kristy Steigerwalt is a clinical medical librarian in the Health Sciences Library of the University of Missouri–Kansas City.