St. Luke's

Health System Libraries
Boise / Magic Valley / Meridian / Wood River


The database resources provided by the libraries are intended as tools to be used for topic searching.  Library staff is available to answer questions, and will also schedule one-on-one training sessions to help you improve your searching skills.  We provide multiple interfaces to the primary clinical database, Medline.  We also provide access to the nursing and allied health database CINAHL, and a suite of excellent evidence-based practice resources in the Cochrane databases.

When you feel you have compiled a bibliography of materials you would like to read in full text, many of the citations are available in full text through the library's A-to-Z List.  We also provide interlibrary loan assistance for titles not available through our subscriptions.  If you need help with our tools or would like to order reprints of any of the articles you find, please contact:

Many of these resources can be used outside of the St. Luke's computer network. Please contact Amy Claybaugh at (208) 381-2277 or email for access information.


Clinical Research


EBSCOHost is a collection of databases including Medline, CINAHL (Nursing & Allied Health), the Cochrane Databases (for evidence-based practice resources), Alt HealthWatch, Health Business, and a number of journals in full-text covering topics such as biomedicine, nursing, and psychology.

The JBI database includes content and tools to help in evidence-based practice implementation. There are systematic reviews, recommended practices, evidence summeries, and more. Included tools are designed to help EBP policy and practice manual development, and the resources are desinged to help asses the quality of research.

ClinicalKey is the next generation, online search tool that provides physicians with smarter, faster clinical answers. Delivers all of Elsevier's medical and surgical content in one dynamic resource, giving physicians access to over 900 top books, over 500 top journals, thousands of videos and millions of images.


DXplain is a clinical decision support tool. If your patient is a real stumper as a diagnostic dilemma, then try out this program where you enter signs and symptoms, including lab and imaging findings to help generate a differential diagnosis.

UpToDate is a clinical diagnostic tool available only on computers connected to the St. Luke's Network.  Staff physicans can use UpToDate to track CME credits.  To obtain a login for this service, please contact the St. Luke's Help Desk at 381-HELP (381-4357) or

Natural Standard contains a suite of Integrative Medicine databases, including information regarding food, herbals and supplements.


The PubMed interface to the Medline database is a free, publicly available service of the National Library of Medicine.  PubMed includes links to many sites providing full text articles and other related resources, though to access most articles a subscription to the journal is required.

ERIC (Education Resources Information Center) is considered to be the primary database for education literature. Available since 1966, it is accessible via the U.S. Department of Education.


Consumer Health, Patient Education and Non-Clinical Resources

(In addition to the resources available as part of the EBSCOHost and MD Consult resources listed above)


MedlinePlus is a resource for patient education materials. It brings together authoritative information from National Library of Medicine (NLM), the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and other government agencies and health-related organizations. MedlinePlus also has extensive information about drugs, an illustrated medical encyclopedia, interactive patient tutorials, and latest health news.

LiLI (Libraries Linking Idaho)
The LilI portal includes access to a number of databases made available by the Idaho Commission for Libraries.  These databases cover a variety of topics beyond healthcare.

For additional resources, please visit our page on Consumer Health.


Full Text Providers

The Ovid package of journals includes the LWW and Adis collections.  These titles can be accessed through the Ovid search engine, but the library staff recommends searching journal titles in the library's A-toZ List for a more complete index of the titles available.


STAT!Ref is a provider of medical books online in full text. 

For more information regarding full text online content, please contact Amy Claybaugh, 381-2277, in the Boise Health Sciences Library.