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Alumni Access Draft: Optometry

Free Databases

  • Pubmed
    • (the 'free to all' version of Medline)
    • See Box on this page
  • Reference Sight
    • Contact lenses,refractive surgery and external ocular disease. 
    • See box on this page
  • ERIC
    • World's largest digital library of education literature.
    • over 1,000+ educational journals
    • 107,000+ ERIC documents (1993-present)

Internet Access (usually free)

Eye Resources on the Internet

  • AVSL (Association of Vision Science Librarians)

Low Cost Databases


  • From the University of Illinois College of Optometry Library
  • List of journals indexed
  • Can set up auto alerts
  • Individual Access
    • $50/year

Evidence Based Practice

Clinical Trials Register

  • Information about clinical trials 88,119 trials with locations in 172 countries.
  • Search by disease/condition

National Guideline Clearinghouse

Cochrane Collaboration

  • It produces and disseminates systematic reviews of healthcare interventions and promotes the search for evidence in the form of clinical trials and other studies of interventions.
  • The major product of the Collaboration is the Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews which is published quarterly as part of The Cochrane Library.
  • Free access to systematic reviews summaries by topic or title
    • Full text of the systematic reviews is NOT available here, you need to obtain elsewhere
  • Link to one of the Cochrane Review Groups.  There you can see what each Group is working on.