BLOG: Tools for Researching Mood Disorders
Beyond conference materials, great online research tools exist to help you understand your diagnosis.
1. www.pubmed.gov provides the most recent research listings in the form of abstracts. While five years ago many of the completepapers were provided free, enterprising businesses have monetized this service and they’ll charge you anywhere from $10 to $30 to view/download the paper. Again, your local or local university librarian could help you get around these fees. Make sure to make a list of all articles you’re interested in before you investigate how a library can help you.
2. www.scholar.google.com searches the full texts of scholarly literature in journal and web form. It includes most peer-reviewed and online journals of the largest scholarly publishers. Publishers looking to protect their information, however, do not allow Google to search their articles, making this tool slightly limited. Similar to Google Scholar, www.getCITED.com
searches scholarly articles for no fee.
3. Commerical Search Tools like www.highbeam.com provides the curious with access to 34 million articles from 3,000 sources that reach beyond scholarly journals and websites. Highbeam includes consumer publications, newspapers, dictionaries, encyclopedias and even pictures from the AP Newswire. The CODiE Awards gave it a "Best Online Reference Service" award because of this breadth and the reasonable price. You can check it out with the free 7-day trial before deciding whether to send them $24.95 per month or $200 per year. The convenience may be worth it for you.
With these tools, you can find more information than you ever imagined. If you’re a dogged researcher, start by trying to obtain information for free as much as possible.