A Prescription for Drug Resources

August 22, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Posted in Continuing Education, Professional Development | Leave a comment
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[The following is submitted by Lori Bradshaw, MSLIS, AHIP, Librarian at Dr. William E. Finkelstein Health Sciences Library, Saint Mary’s Hospital, Waterbury, CT.]

I received a NAHSL Professional Development Award to complete a Continuing Education course offered through Simmons College.  The course was titled “Drug Information Rx: Sources and Strategies Workshop” and was taught online through the month of May 2011. The course was taught by Kim Mitchell, Reference & Education Librarian, Albany College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences.

The course covered nomenclature, the drug discovery and approval process, classification, accessing the primary, secondary, and tertiary literature, and self-care (OTC, herbal remedies, etc.) resources as well as legal and ethical issues in answering drug information questions. We also completed an assignment that included searching for drug information using MeSH terms. An assignment was due each week based on readings and discussion was also required on the class message board. Simmons uses Moodle to conduct online courses.

The content of the course helped me become more confident in searching for drug information and gave me a good foundation in drug nomenclature and classification as well as what resources to search.  Below are some of the free resources discovered or discussed during the course. Also, as an FYI, the course is being offered again in November 2011. Visit the website for more information.

Free Online Drug Information Resources:


Thank you to NAHSL for giving me the opportunity to learn how to better answer drug information questions.


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