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LILACS - Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences LILACS is a bibliographic index of literature on health sciences, published in the countries of Latin America and the Caribbean since 1982. It is a cooperative product of the VHL Network. In 2009, LILACS has 500,000 thousand bibliographic records of articles published in about 1,500 journals in health science, from which approximately 800 are currently indexed. LILACS also indexes other types of scientific and technical literature such as theses, monographs, books and chapters of books, congress and conference proceedings, reports, governmental publications and regional international organizations publications. LILACS can be accessed for bibliographic search in the VHL Global Portal and records are also indexed in Google.
MEDLINE - International Database for Medical Literature MEDLINE is a database of international literature on the medical and biomedical area produced by NLM (National Library of Medicine, USA) and contains bibliographic references and abstracts to over 5,000 journal titles published in the United States and in other 70 countries. It contains references to articles published from 1966 to date, that cover the areas of: medicine, biomedicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine and related sciences. The database is monthly updated.
The Cochrane Library The Cochrane Library consists of a collection of updated information sources on evidence-based medicine, including the Cochrane Systematic Reviews database - containing systematic reviews prepared by the Cochrane Collaboration Groups. The access to the Cochrane Library via the VHL is available to the Latin America and Caribbean countries exclusively.
*Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews Systematic reviews produced by the Cochrane’s Collaborative Review Groups about the effects of healthcare. The reviews are highly structured and systematic, with evidence included or excluded on the basis of explicit quality criteria, to minimize bias. Data are often combined statistically (with meta-analysis) to increase the power of the findings of numerous studies, each too small to produce reliable results individually. Full text.
**Protocols of Cochrane systematic reviews
*CENTRAL-Cochrane register of controlled trials a bibliography of controlled trials identified by contributors to the Cochrane Collaboration and others, as part of an international effort to handsearch the world's journals and create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews. CENTRAL includes reports published in conference proceedings and in many other sources not currently listed in MEDLINE or other bibliographic databases.
*Abstracts of evaluated systematic reviews-DARE includes structured abstracts of systematic reviews from around the world, which have been critically appraised by reviewers at the NHS Centre for Reviews and Dissemination at the University of York, England. DARE also contains references to other reviews which may be useful for background information.
*The Cochrane methodology register a bibliography of publications which report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books and conference proceedings. The database contains studies of methods used in reviews and more general methodological studies which could be relevant to anyone preparing systematic reviews.
*Abstracts of INAHTA and other agencies a bibliography of publications which report on methods used in the conduct of controlled trials. It includes journal articles, books and conference proceedings. The database contains studies of methods used in reviews and more general methodological studies which could be relevant to anyone preparing systematic reviews.
*NHS-EED Economic Evaluation Database a register of published economic evaluations of health care interventions. NHS EED assists decision-makers by systematically identifying economic evaluations from around the world, appraising their quality and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses.
**other economic studies NHS-EED
Cochrane Library Plus BCP is an additional collection to the Cochrane Library, produced by the Iberoamerican Cochrane Network. It includes selected systematic reviews from the Cochrane, with full texts translated into the Spanish and other exclusive databases in Spanish: Iberoamerican Clinical Trials, Bandolera, KOVACS and more.
*Assessment of Ibero-American health technologies Full reports of theIberoamerican Agencies of Health Technology Assessment.
*Bandolier Bandolera– translation produced by “Los Bandoleros” of the Bandolier Journal of the British National Health Service.
*Ibero-American clinical trials register Iberoamerican Register of Controlled Clinical Trials
*Evidence. Upgrading in ambulatory practice Articles from the journal Evidencia, Actualización en la práctica ambulatorialof the Fundación MF para el Desarrollo de la Medicina Familiar y la Atención Primaria de la Salud of Argentina.
*Reports on clinical and health managements Articles from the journal Gestión Clínica y Sanitaria of the Fundación Instituto de Investigación en Servicios de Salud (IISS)
*Trials on spinal pathologies-Kovacs KOVACS– Abstracts of systematic reviews on back pain produced by KOVACS Foundation and published in the “Web of the Back”.
DISASTERS - Disaster Documentation Center Collection DISASTERS is a database produced by the Disasters Documentation Center, of the PAHO Program of Emergency Preparedness and Coordination Help for Cases of Disasters. It contains bibliographic references from resulting analysis of publications from PAHO or other United Nations agencies, books or chapters of books, unconventional literature such as technical reports, congress presentations, theses, emergency plans etc, and scientific articles extracted from specialized journals.
IBECS - Spanish Bibliographic Index on Health Sciences IBECS - Índice Bibliográfico Español en Ciencias de la Salud (Spanish Bibliographic Index on Health Sciences), produced by Biblioteca Nacional de Ciencias de la Salud del Instituto de Salud Carlos III del Ministerio de Sanidad y Consumo de España ( - includes bibliographic references from scientific articles published in health sciences journals in Spain, covering areas such as Medicine (including Public Health, Epidemiology and Sanitary Administration), Pharmacy, Veterinary Medicine, Psychology, Odontology and Nursing.
MEDCARIB - Caribbean Health Sciences Literature MEDCARIB is a bibliographic database that binds the literature in Health Sciences mainly originated in the english language countries of the Caribbean. It is produced by the Caribbean Network and coordinated by the Coordinator Center of MedCarib Network Medical Library from the University of West Indies (Mona, Kingston - Jamaica). It indexes documents such as books, chapters of books, theses, technical reports, annals of congresses and articles from journals. It also contains references to documents published from the 18th century to date.
PAHO - Collection of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) PAHO is a database that contains bibliographic references and abstracts from collection of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) headquarters Library. It includes the documentation on health subjects indexed by PAHO Library in Washington. The PAHO database is a reference source on the production activities of the Organization and includes Latin America and Caribbean health topics.
REPIDISCA - Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences REPIDISCA is a database that contains bibliographic references to the Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences literature, coordinated by CEPIS - Pan American Center for Sanitary Engineering and Environmental Sciences. From 1994 on it incorporated the registers of the ECO database - related to Human Ecology and Health. It includes the literature published in the Latin America and Caribbean countries.
WHOLIS - Publications from the World Health Organization (WHO) WHOLIS is a bibliographic database that contains publications from the World Health Organization (WHO). It indexes journal articles, technical and political documents and publications where WHO collaborates to other editors and international organizations.
CVSP - Virtual Campus of Public Health The Virtual Campus of Public Health is a network of people, institutions and organizations that share courses, resources, services and activities of education, information and knowledge management in training, with the common purpose of improving the skills of the workforce and practices of public health through the development and innovative use of information and communication technologies for continuous improvement in the performance of continuing education programs in health. Is itself a tool of the technical cooperation of the Pan American Health Organization (PAHO) for networked learning in the region of the Americas.
LIS - Health Information Locator The Health Information Locator (LIS) is the Virtual Health Library portal which contains the catalogue of information sources on health sciences available on Internet and selected with quality criteria. The LIS record describes the content of these information sources and includes the respective links to them.The LIS methodology is the result of technical cooperation between the Centro Nacional de Información de Ciencias Médicas (CNICM), Red Telemática de Salud en Cuba (INFOMED) and BIREME.The LIS methodology follows currently accepted standards and formats adopted internationally by libraries and documentation centers to describe information sources on the Internet. It is based on the GILS (Global Information Locator Service) and the Dublin Core formats, with some additional data fields.