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Last updated November 7, 2017

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Academic Institution-Sponsored Resources

These resources have been created by academic institutions to provide access to specific collections and unique tools. They are all available to the public.

eScholarship Repository

eScholarship provides a suite of open access, scholarly publishing services to the University of California and delivers a dynamic research platform to scholars worldwide.--From the website


EthicShare is a research and collaboration website designed to help with research, collaboration, and participation in the field of ethics. It is a comprehensive collection of ethics materials including research materials, group discussions, current news articles, and upcoming events harvested from sources such as PubMed, US Government Documents, and institutional repositories. The EthicShare development team is based at the University of Minnesota.

Free Public Health Databases

Links to free public health databases from the University of Massachusetts Medical School.


Covers information family planning, population law and policy, and primary health care, including maternal/child health in developing countries in journal articles, monographs, technical reports, and unpublished works. POPLINE is maintained by the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health.

University of Minnesota Social Welfare History Archives

Archives of voluntary-sector social service and social reform organizations and the personal papers of individual leaders primarily from late nineteenth and twentieth century America. Documented areas include the social work profession; sexuality-related issues such as birth control, sterilization, illegitimacy, prostitution, and venereal disease; child welfare and family relations; community planning; recreation; and the social aspects of health and health care.

International Resources

These resources have been created by international organizations such as the World Health Organization and others. They are accessible by anyone, and may be helpful for finding non-U.S. sexuality materials. Many of the materials are in other languages, but the search interfaces, many of the abstracts, and many of the resources themselves are also in English. (Some U.S. materials may also be included that are not found elsewhere.)

BELIT: Bioethics Literature Database

BELIT is an integrated bibliographic database developed by the German Reference Centre for Ethics in the Life Sciences (DRZE, Bonn) and operated in co-operation with the Information and Documentation Centre for Ethics in Medicine (IDEM, Goettingen), the Interdepartmental Centre for Ethics in the Sciences and Humanities (IZEW, Tuebingen), the Library and Information Services of the Kennedy Institute of Ethics (KIE, Washington, DC) and the Centre de documentation en éthique des sciences de la vie et de la santé, INSERM/CCNE (CDEI, Paris). BELIT provides access to about 320.000 records from the integrated German, American and French databases. It is an extensive bibliographic directory of literature in the area of bioethics unique world wide, containing references to monographs, grey literature, legal documents, journal articles, newspaper articles and book contributions.

Networked Digital Library of Theses and Dissertations

Designed to promote access to scholarly research and increase sharing of knowledge, this database provides free online access to thousands of theses and dissertations from all over the world.


SciELO - Scientific Electronic Library Online is a model for cooperative electronic publishing of scientific journals on the Internet. Especially conceived to meet the scientific communication needs of developing countries, particularly Latin America and the Caribbean countries, it provides an efficient way to assure universal visibility and accessibility to their scientific literature, contributing to overcome the phenomena known as 'lost science'. --From the website

Virtual Health Library

The Virtual Health Library (VHL) is an international collection of scientific health materials. It searches across sources that include MEDLINE, SciELO, LILACS, and more. It is maintained by BIREME, a PAHO Specialized Center and focuses on Latin American and Caribbean countries.


WHOLIS is the World Health Organization's library database. WHOLIS indexes all WHO publications from 1948 onwards and articles from WHO-produced journals and technical documents from 1986 to the present. Thousands of WHO publications and technical documents in digital format are available online [through WHOLIS]. -From WHO website

World Health Organization HIV/AIDS

The World Health Organization's web site on HIV/AIDS contains sections on WHO and HIV/AIDS, HIV/AIDS Topics, Strategic Information, Facts and Figures, Publications, and a Media Center that includes press releases.

Internet Search Engines

These resources allow all users to search specifically across the domains of scholarship and science. These search engines may be useful for locating hard-to-find human sexuality materials on the internet.

Google Scholar - Public

Google Scholar enables you to search specifically for scholarly literature, including peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, preprints, abstracts and technical reports from all broad areas of research. The public version has limited access to some of these resources.


Comprehensive science search engine on the Internet. Searches over 150 million science-specific Web pages to locate news articles, technical and medical data, reports, peer-reviewed articles and journals, university and government sites, and other science pages.

Non-Profit Resources

These resources were created (and/or are maintained) by U.S. non-profit organizations and are freely available to the public.


This site includes the AEGIS Daily Briefing - HIV news from around the world, updated hourly. The site allows the user to search Medline, CDC resources, law and reference books, conference proceedings, and other web resources. There is an "Ask the Doc" information service committed to providing unbiased information regarding any facet of the HIV epidemic.


Covers citations from 1980 to 2000 with information about acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and related topics in journal articles, government reports, letters, technical reports, meeting abstracts/papers, monographs, special publications, theses, books and audiovisuals. In 2000, the National Library of Medicine ceased maintenance of AIDSLINE as a separate resource. Relevant materials can now be found by searching PubMed and the NLM Gateway. - Public Version

The world's largest library network containing information about 1.3 billion items in 18,000 libraries worldwide.

Open Access Resources

These resources are gateways to open access literature. Open access describes materials with "free availability on the public internet, permitting any users to read, download, copy, distribute, print, search, or link to the full texts of these articles, crawl them for indexing, pass them as data to software, or use them for any other lawful purpose, without financial, legal, or technical barriers other than those inseparable from gaining access to the internet itself." -

BioMed Central

BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate free access to peer-reviewed biomedical research.

DOAJ Directory of Open Access Journals (OA)

Directory of Open Access Journals covers free, full text, quality controlled scientific and scholarly journals of all subjects and languages. There are 5625 journals in the directory. Currently 2398 journals are searchable at the article level; ~468,000 articles are included in the DOAJ service.

U.S. Government Resources

These resources are all created and supported by U.S. government agencies. They cover areas such as HIV/AIDS, clinical trials, and general medical resources. They are tax-payer funded and freely accessible by those in the U.S. and in many other places of the world.


AIDSInfo is a service of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Information about Treatment and Prevention Guidelines, Drugs and Vaccines, and Clinical Trials is provided. There is an HIV/AIDS Education and Resource Center including brochures, factsheets, and resources for patients, health care providers, and researchers. Information about HIV/AIDS is also presented in Spanish.

CDC's HIV/AIDS Surveillance

This site provides links to CDC publications on incidence and trend statistics, particularly the HIV/AIDS Surveillance Report. is a registry and results database of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world. gives you information about a trial's purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details. This information should be used in conjunction with advice from health care professionals.

ERIC (Access via U.S. Dept. of Ed.)

This version of the ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) database is freely available on the web and provides access to education-related journal and non-journal literature. Sponsored by the US Department of Education, it provides full citations and abstracts and some full-text for journal articles, books, curricula, government documents, dissertations, reports, and other educational materials.


Digital version of the printed "Index-Catalogue of the Library of the Surgeon General's Office. Includes all five series of the publication.

NLM Gateway

Gateway is "One-stop shopping" for an increasing number of the information resources of the National Library of Medicine® (NLM). Gateway provides a single interface that searches in multiple retrieval systems. It is targeted to the Internet user who comes to NLM not knowing exactly what is available or how best to search for it. It is also a useful tool for those who wish to perform a comprehensive search on a subject. - from the website

PubMed - Public Version

Primary source of journal citations for the health sciences - the public version provides only limited full text access to journal articles. Includes Medline and Pre-Medline (articles more recent than found in Medline).

* Other UMN Libraries Resource Guides

These guides have been created by other University of Minnesota librarians on topics related to human sexuality. They include subject-specific databases and research resources (some resources may only be accessible to UMN affliates).

Resources for Clinicians

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Women's Studies

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* UMN Access Only

These resources are licensed by the University of Minnesota Libraries and are only available to UMN-affiliated students, staff, and faculty (who will be prompted for their x500 logins) or for use on-campus. Contact your home institution to see if they subscribe to the same or similar resources.

Academic Search Premier

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

CINAHL (Nursing & Allied Health)

CINAHL, Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health, has a multidisciplinary scope covering nursing, 17 allied health disciplines, biomedicine, consumer health, health sciences librarianship and selected standards of professional practice.

Google Scholar (UMN setup required)

To gain off-campus access to articles from library journal subscriptions, change the Library Settings to University of Minnesota Twin Cities in Google Scholar (see this tutorial) Use Google Scholar to find articles from academic publishers, professional societies, research institutes, and scholarly repositories from colleges and universities. Look for the "FindIt@U of M Twin Cities" links in your Google Scholar search results to access library subscriptions. Learn more: Google Scholar FAQ

Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI)

Describes instruments used to assess health and behavior of infants, children, adolescents, adults, and the elderly. Topics covered include public health, communication, psychology, management, nursing, organizational behavior, medicine, sociology, physical education, psychiatry, human resources, gerontology and dental medicine. Covers questionnaires, interview schedules, observation checklists and manuals, index measures, coding schemes, scenarios and vignettes, rating scales, projective techniques and tests. Includes title, author, publication resource, development date, publication date, subjects, description and reliability and validity information. International coverage.

The Libraries' subscription to this resource allows for one user at any one time. If you get a busy signal, please wait a few minutes and try accessing the site again.

ISI Web of Knowledge

The ISI Web of Knowledge provides the Web of Science interface for institutional sitewide access to the ISI Citation products which cover over 8,000 international journals in the sciences, social sciences, and the arts and humanities. Titles of the print equivalent are: Arts and Humanities Citation Index, Book Citation, Social Sciences Citation Index, and Science Citation Index.


Going back to 1806, this is the most comprehensive database for psychological research. With a little guidance from this tutorial, you'll be able to go from a general idea to a very precise set of results of scholarly materials.


This is the primary source of journal article for the health sciences. You can search MEDLINE and preMEDLINE databases with full text access to all MEDLINE e-journals subscribed to by the University of Minnesota TC Libraries. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are accessible.


Find books, journals, articles, maps, music scores, sound recordings, films, theses/dissertations, machine-readable data files, and any other materials available in libraries worldwide. This covers all subject areas. Request items through Interlibrary Loan using the ILLiad link on each item's record. WorldCat is produced by OCLC (Online Computer Library Center, Inc.)