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Overview

The number and types of resources available for drug information have increased dramatically since publication of the first edition of this book. The revised and updated second edition offers expert guidance in selecting the most appropriate sources and using them effectively. Designed for use as a self-study text, as a course text in more formal instruction programs, or as a refresher for the busy professional, the book includes valuable background data on legal and regulatory issues, as well as pharmaceutical technology. New to the second edition are chapters on regulatory sources online, industrial pharmacy, and market research and competitive intelligence databases. In addition to detailed annotations for 586 hardcopy and online sources, Snow provides comparative and evaluative commentary on their applications. This edition also incorporates discussion of more than 300 Web sites and core collection lists recommended for both hospital and public libraries. Practicum exercises, developed to encourage self-evaluation and review, illustrate 78 typical quick-reference problems and suggested solutions. Includes glossary and index. Praise for the Previous Edition: "... well-written, well-organized, and reasonably priced. I highly recommend its purchase since it can be used as a self-study text for those who want to learn more about drug information and as a quick-reference resource by those who already know about the subject." — Amy J. Van Camp, ONLINE

Author Biography: Bonnie Snow has more than twenty years of experience as an online educator, writer, and consultant. She is currently Director of Client Services for the eKnowledge Group of Caredata.com, producer of"CiteLine" Internet research software.

The book contains black-and-white illustrations.

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal

This revision of the December 1999 Scarecrow Press edition has been fully revised to reflect recent developments in product and practice. Chapter-long, essay-style entries, made accessible by quick-reference headings, have been expanded to incorporate pharmacological and regulatory changes over the past decade. Snow (End-User Searching in the Health Sciences) divides the book into ten chapters, exploring drug classification and chemical activity, federal regulations, adverse reactions, and field research. Endorsed by the Medical Library Association, this is the only subject reference with so much depth and breadth. Highly recommended for medical, psychiatric, and pharmaceutical collections.


—Savannah Schroll Guz
Booknews
Designed as either a self-help manual or a support text for more formal classroom instruction, this reference provides background data on pharmaceutical technology and legal issues in the field, offering advice on the most appropriate sources and how to use them effectively. Each chapter, covering topics such as drug nomenclature, drug laws and regulations, side-effects and adverse drug reactions, and product identification, includes lengthy annotations with comparative and evaluative commentary for a wide variety of hard copy and on-line sources. Practicum exercises illustrate typical quick-reference problems and suggest solutions. Snow has worked as an information management consultant in pharmaceuticals and biomedicine and as a librarian for the Philadelphia College of Pharmacy and Science. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Library Review
The section on searching online information services, etc., is excellent...Libraries catering to university courses in pharmacy or pharmacology should buy a copy of this book, if only for their own staff use, as should libraries catering to schools of information science.
American Journal Of Pharmaceutical Education
Future generations of drug information pharmacists will benefit from this book, which I hope will be published more frequently to reflect the advances made in the availability of drug information references...I commend Ms. Snow for an outstanding compilation of current resources and recommend its use in drug literature courses and in everyday practice.
Medical Reference Services Quarterly
...breadth and depth are little short of amazing...The book is exhaustive in many ways...Today, it is a unique compilation of knowledge and wisdom that belongs in every medical library.
E-Streams
The writing style is personal and colloquial, making for a very friendly guide that users at all levels can understand. This is a highly recommended guide for all health science libraries and it will continue to be a leading text for instruction in the pharmaceutical sciences. Collection development librarians will find this to be an invaluable aid to selecting materials that pertain to drugs.
American Reference Books Annual
Due to the wealth of information, this is a tool any librarian should have. It is a must for hospital libraries and pharmaceutical libraries.
Reference and Research Book News
Designed as either a self-help manual or a support text for more formal classroom instruction, this reference provides background data on legal issues.
American Reference Books Annual (ARBA)
Due to the wealth of information, this is a tool any librarian should have. It is a must for hospital libraries and pharmaceutical libraries.
American Journal of Pharmaceutical Education
Future generations of drug information pharmacists will benefit from this book, which I hope will be published more frequently to reflect the advances made in the availability of drug information references...I commend Ms. Snow for an outstanding compilation of current resources and recommend its use in drug literature courses and in everyday practice.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781555706166
  • Publisher: Neal-Schuman Publishers, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 4/28/2008
  • Series: Medical Library Association Guides
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 600
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bonnie Snow has more than twenty years of experience as an online educator, writer, and consultant. She is currently Director of Client Services for the eKnowledge Group of Caredata.com, producer of CiteLine Internet research software.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Acknowledgments
List of Figures
Ch. 1 Prescription for Using This Guide 1
Ch. 2 Drug Nomenclature and Its Relationship to Scientific Communication 7
Practicum 1 20
Ch. 3 Drug Identification and Nomenclature Sources 21
Ch. 4 Background on Drug and Device Laws and Regulations 39
Ch. 5 Evaluating Drug Information Sources and Developing a Search Protocol 107
Ch. 6 Pharmacology and Therapeutics Reference Sources 139
Practicum 2 187
Ch. 7 Side Effects: Sources of Adverse Drug Reactions and Interactions Information 189
Ch. 8 Side Effects: Sources of Poisoning and Toxicology Information 209
Practicum 3 236
Ch. 9 Drug Information for the Consumer/Patient 237
Ch. 10 Product Identification: Imprint Indexes and Foreign Drug Sources 277
Ch. 11 Industrial Pharmacy 301
Ch. 12 Special Topics 321
Ch. 13 Business Directories and Statistical Data Sources 361
Practicum 4 385
Ch. 14 Compiling a Bibliography with Online Resources 387
Ch. 15 Market Research and Competitive Intelligence Online 447
Ch. 16 Regulatory Sources Online 509
Practicum 5 564
App. A The Core Drug Information Collection 567
App. B Database Selection Aids and Additional Online Resource Annotations 575
App. C A Selection of Current Awareness Newsletters Available in Full-Text Format Online 597
App. D Professional and Trade Associations 603
App. E Practicum Exercises: Suggested Answers 633
App. F Directory of Internet Resources Cited in the Guide 657
App. G Key to Abbreviations 673
Glossary 673
Index 711
About the Author 752
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