If you like to do your own searching, here are some resources to help you find research studies, full text articles, reports, analyses and other data. If you have questions about searching or your results, see Ask a Librarian for ways to contact us. 

Search tip: If you are not finding information on Alzheimer's, try removing the apostrophe and search Alzheimers. Learn more search tips (PDF). 

Tutorials

Published research, also referred to as published studies or research, can be hard to follow. These links from the National Library of Medicine can simplify the way you read a published study and help you find out what information they contain, how to read them and how to understand the medical terminology used in many studies.

Tips for reading research studies: 

Studies are usually divided by abstract, introduction, methods, results/findings and discussion/conclusion. Consider these questions when reading a research study:

  • Are you or your family member like the people who are studied? If you're not, then a comparison may not be helpful.
  • How large is the study? Bigger is often better.
  • Does the study have standards for comparison: a control group that does not receive the experimental intervention compared to the experimental group that does?
  • Is the study “cross-sectional,” meaning that it was correlated among groups of participants at a single point in time or “longitudinal,” meaning that it followed individuals over time?
  • What did the research find and is it relevant to you?
  • Do the conclusions suggest more research is needed?
  • Need more information? Ask a Librarian. 

Databases

WorldCat

WorldCat is a global network of libraries with an online catalog of tens of millions of records of books, DVDs, CDs and articles. Find Alzheimer's materials in libraries near you through WorldCat. These links will help:

Tips for searching WorldCat:

  • Search by title or topic
  • Find a copy in a library near you
  • If it's not at your library, search ours: Alzheimer's Association Green-Field Library at 60601
  • See How To Borrow 
  • Need more information? Ask a Librarian

PubMed

PubMed is a free searchable database from the National Library of Medicine in Bethesda, Maryland. It includes millions of citations from medical and science journals back to 1948. It is where peer-reviewed research (research that has been reviewed and accepted by experts in a field of study) is collected and indexed. Most citations have abstracts (summaries of research) that provide information on what the research study is about. In some cases, the full text of the study on Alzheimer's disease and other topics is available. 

Tips for searching PubMed:

  • PubMed Help: to learn how to search, get a full-text article, save your searches, and make the best use of the database.
  • Can't think of the search term? Use the MeSh Database of controlled vocabulary, which is used to index articles in online databases. It consists of preselected words and phrases that describe the research.
  • Combine medical terms in a string: Alzheimer's disease anesthesia.
  • Limit by year, full text and more options through Advanced Search.
  • Need more information? Ask a Librarian. 

PubMed Central

PubMed Central is where to find the full-text of biomedical and life sciences journal articles for free. Search your topic then look for Free article, FREE in PubMed Central or the publisher's icon.

Clinical Trials Index

The U.S. government hosts a comprehensive online database of medical research on all diseases at ClinicalTrials.gov. You can also search for clinical trials related to Alzheimer's disease and other dementias by using Alzheimer's Association TrialMatch®. Find studies in any U.S. state or Canadian province.

CDC Wonder

Visitors are often looking for local statistical data on Alzheimer's disease. CDC Wonder provides statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. To find Alzheimer's disease mortality statistics for states and counties, search "fill-in-the-blank" pages. Follow the onscreen prompts to move data from the left-hand-side to the right.

Tips for searching CDC Wonder:

  • In step #2, search the name of the state or county
  • In step #3, choose all ages between 65 – 85+ (hold down Ctrl key to select multiple fields)
  • In step #4, click the Search tab and type Alzheimer's
  • Then choose G30 (ICD code). These codes are used by hospitals and clinics to classify health conditions and diseases for medical records. G30 is the general code for Alzheimer's disease.
  • When you are ready, click Send.

Searchable Public Databases from RePORT (Research Portfolio Online Reporting Tool)

The RePORT Web site from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provides access to reports, data, and analyses of NIH research activities including information on expenditures and the results of NIH-supported research. Such searchable public databases as Science.gov, Research.gov, Community of Science, RePORT, CRISP, ClinicalTrials.gov, PubMed and PubMed Central, are also available here.

Plain Language Medical Dictionary

The Plain Language Medical Dictionary is sponsored by University of Michigan Taubman Health Sciences Library. Click on the drop down menu to browse the list of high-level medical terms and search the dictionary.

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