Topic/Course Guides

Online quizzes, MCQs and case studies for exam revision

The Medical Library has compiled a list of online resources to help you in your exam revision. These are mainly quizzes, multiple-choice questions, clinical case scenarios aimed at medical students who are preparing for exams. So go ahead, try out some of these links... read more

Survival Guide – 10 Tips for Students

  Resources 1. Books & Multimedia Use our Library Catalogue at to find books and audio-visual materials on medicine and locate them either at Level 2 (Novena) or Level 4 (Lee Wee Nam Library, NTU). 2. E-books We have a collection of... read more

Survival Guide – 10 Tips for Faculty and Research Staff

Resources 1. Books & Multimedia Use our Library Catalogue at to find books and audio-visual materials on medicine and locate them either at Level 2 (Novena) or Level 4 (Lee Wee Nam Library, NTU). 2. E-books We have a collection of online... read more

Tips & Tricks

The Library has created a few useful tools and tips aimed at making the life of a researcher easier. One Search One Search is a single search interface that allow users to search across different information sources such as databases, library catalogue, digital... read more

Selected Resources


Browsing the collection

The main book collection for medicine is located at Level 2 of the Annex building at LKCMedicine’s Novena campus on Mandalay Road. A smaller collection is also held at Level 4 of the Lee Wee Nam Library in NTU.

Below is a list of core subject areas in medicine with their call number ranges. Use these numbers to locate relevant books on the shelves.

Core Subject Area Call Number Range
Medicine and the humanities R702 – R703
Public Health. Hygiene. Preventive Medicine RA421 – RA790.95
Pathology RB
Neoplasms. Tumors. Oncology RC252 – RC282
Psychiatry RC435 – RC571
Internal Medicine RC581 – RC935
Geriatrics RC952 – RC954.6
Surgery RD
Ophthalmology RE
Otorhinolaryngology RF
Gynecology and obstetrics RG
Pediatrics RJ
Dentistry RK
Dermatology RL
Therapeutics. Pharmacology RM
Pharmacy RS
Chiropractic RZ201 – RZ275
Osteopathy RZ301 – RZ397.5

Searching for books

Besides browsing the collection, search for relevant books using our Library Catalogue before stepping into the library. Search using appropriate subject terms in the SUBJECT field.

Subject headings are words or phrases that librarians use to describe the content of a book. We use a fixed set of subject terms known as the Library of Congress Subject Headings.


Master the Library Catalogue

Improve your search results with these catalogue tips.


More on call numbers

Call numbers may look random but librarians follow certain rules when putting the call numbers together. If you understand how the library classify its books, it will save you time when you are looking for books and help you discover more books which you otherwise might have missed.

In NTU Library, we follow the Library of Congress Classification System (LC for short).


Wondering how to renew books online? Or place hold on a book out on loan?

Here are 2 video clips showing you how.

Looking for new titles

Below are lists of new titles you may be interested in. Click for a quick scan of newly published book in medicine available in the Medical Library.

Medicine (General)
Internal Medicine
Gynecology and obstetrics

You can  find other new books yourself by specifying the publication year (PUBYEAR) under the Library Catalogue’s Advanced Search.


General New titles

Take a peek at all the new titles that arrived in Medical Library in 2015.

E-books are so convenient. You can read or refer to an e-book anytime and anywhere, even when the library is closed. E-books are useful for quick references, quick checks for definitions, facts and figures, and how-to guides.

Searching for e-books

E-book titles can be accessed the following ways:

  1. Using the NTU Library Catalogue
    This is similar to the search for books with minor modifications. Follow the instructions at the E-book webpage.
  2. Browsing through e-book collections/series

Most of the e-book titles are bought in collections or series. You can browse the medical e-book collections here.

Browsing the collection

The major providers of e-books in the field of Medicine and Life Sciences are listed below. To access, click on the titles and login with your NTU network username and password.

  1. Elsevier (via ScienceDirect) provides more than 300 titles of clinical medicine subject areas such as Medicine and Dentistry, Nursing and Health Professions, Pharmacology, Toxicology and Pharmaceutical Science and Veterinary Science and Veterinary Medicine.
  2. Oxford Medicine Online covers clinical medicine, drugs & medicines, haematology, medical ethnics, medical skills, obstetrics & gynaecology, paediatrics, psychiatry, radiology, surgery, etc.
  3. Lippincott, Williams & Wilkins (LWW) provides more than 390 titles in the areas of health sciences and medicine. Check Books@Ovid or click on Books on the top blue banner to access the e-books.
  4. LWW Health Library provides 30 titles on foundational and clinical science content. The portal provides multimedia features such as videos, quizzes and real-world case studies to facilitate teaching and learning purpose. Titles include: Bates’ Guide to Physical Examination and History Taking; Clinically Oriented Anatomy; Essential Neuroscience; Langman’s Medical Embryology; Rubin’s Pathology: Clinicopathologic Foundations of Medicine.
  5. Thieme Clinical Collection (via MyiLibrary platform) provides online access (year 2010 onwards) to over 150 Thieme titles in clinical medicine. The collection includes neurosurgery; radiology and dentistry; orthopedic surgery; otolaryngology; neurology; internal medicine; etc.
  6. AccessMedicine provides clinicians, residents and all health professionals with essential, current medical knowledge to conduct research, get answers to clinical questions, and provide better patient care. AccessMedicine is also optimized for use in mobile devices. Topics covered include basic sciences, internal medicine, critical care, dermatology, psychiatry, radiology, pediatrics, surgery  and others; supplemented by leading medical textbooks, images, an extensive video library, practice guidelines, diagnosis tool, self-assessments, case studies, patient education and integrated drug database.
  7. ClinicalKey provides over 1,100 titles of medical and surgical content published from Elsevier. The subject areas are anesthesiology; cardiovascular disease; dermatology; hematology, oncology and palliative medicine; internal medicine; medication education; neurology; ophthalmology; orthopaedics; pathology; radiology; etc.
  8. World Scientific – NTU subscribes to about 20 e-book titles, most of them written by the Faculty of Medicine, Imperial College London. Please note that full content title can be accessed when there is a “unlock and a word FULL” icon beside the book chapter.
  9. CRCnetBASE covers subjects in Biomedical Science, Life Sciences and Medicine. View its Database Information Page.
  10. Encyclopedia of Life Sciences (ELS)
    ELS is a comprehensive reference source in the field of biological sciences containing over 3000 articles. Core subjects covered include biochemistry, cell biology, clinical medicine, developmental biology, diversity of life, ecology, evolution, genetics, immunology, microbiology, molecular biology, neuroscience, plant science, structural biology and virology. View its Database Information Page.
  11. Wiley Online Library

    The library has subscriptions to e-books in the Medicine and Life Sciences collection. View its Database Information Page.

  12. Elsevier Reference Works and Book Series covers a wide range of disciplines and subject areas including medicine, immunology, neuroscience, pharmacology and toxicology. Access is through the database platform ScienceDirect Online. Full text availability is indicated by green key symbol. View its Database Information Page.
  13. Dissertations & Theses by Proquest provides theses on humanities & social sciences, medicine, sciences & engineering collections.
Below are some databases relevant to Medicine subscribed by the Library.


PubMed comprises approximately 22 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. PubMed citations and abstracts include the fields of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, the health care system, and preclinical sciences. PubMed also provides access to additional relevant Web sites and links to the other NCBI molecular biology resources. PubMed is a free resource that is developed and maintained by the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI). View the Database information page.


Journal citation database from the United States National Library of Medicine. Provides over 20 million references to biomedical and life sciences journal articles back to 1946 in nearly 40 languages.


A biomedical and pharmacological database containing citations, abstracts and indexing from biomedical articles in peer-reviewed journals. Records number 22 million with the coverage span from 1974 onwards.

EBM Reviews (Ovid)

Evidence-based Medicine (EBM) Reviews is a key resource that integrates clinical expertise with systematic research.  It is a suite of 7 information resources that combines the resources of EBM into a single, fully searchable database.

EBM Reviews comprises of:

  • Article Reviews
    ACP Journal Club (from American College of Physicians)
    Over 130 journals are screened and reviewed by the editors of ACP for latest and current information in evidence-based clinical information relating to internal medicine. Contain abstracts and commentaries on the applicability of research studies to clinical practice.
  • Review of Topics
    Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
    Consists of groups of experts over 40 clinical specialities who review studies in their area of specialty, analyse the data and write detailed reviews on the topic and findings.
    Database of Abstracts of Reviews of Effectiveness (DARE)
    Provides access to selected systematic reviews on the effectiveness of clinical interventions and policies from databases such as MEDLINE and through manual review of the primary literature. Selected reviews are evaluated and summarized in full-text reports.
  • Definitive Controlled Trials
    Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials
    A bibliographic database of definitive controlled trials, set up as part of an international effort to create an unbiased source of data for systematic reviews. It consists of over 350,000 bibliographic references to controlled trials in health care, and imposes quality control standards on included references to ensure that only reports of definite randomized controlled trials or controlled clinical trials are included.
    Cochrane Methodology Register
    A bibliography of more than 9,000 references to controlled trials in journal articles, book chapters, conference proceedings and reports, and other publications of methodologies used in health studies. Summarizes the empirical basis for decision about methods in systematic reviews.
  • Interventions
    Health Technology Assessments (HTA)
    Produced in collaboration with Sweden’s INAHTA Secretariat, HTA brings together details on ongoing studies of the medical, social, ethical and economic implications of healthcare interventions. Contains over 4,000 records of completed and ongoing assessments from INAHTA members.
    NHS Economic Evaluation Database (NHSEED)
    Database provides cost-benefit analyses about healthcare interventions, with more than 6,000 abstracts of quality assessed economic evaluations. The database aims to assist decision-makers by systematically identifying and describing economic evaluations, appraising their quality and highlighting their relative strengths and weaknesses.

ClinicalKey is a global reference tool that provides valuable and most current clinically relevant evidence-based answers, as well as expert commentary, MEDLINE abstracts and select third-party journals. The search interface, Smart Content, is tagged with EMMeT (Elsevier Merged Medical Taxonomy), which enables ClinicalKey to understand clinical terms and thus discover medical content that is the most relevant, plus find related content that would be missed by other search engines.


AccessMedicine is a comprehensive, authoritative and trusted online clinical resource. It provides clinicians, residents and all health professionals with essential, current medical knowledge to conduct research, get answers to clinical questions, and provide better patient care. AccessMedicine is also optimized for use in mobile devices.

UpToDate (integrated with Visual Dx)

UpToDate® is an evidence-based clinical decision support resource, enabling healthcare practitioners to make the right decisions at the point of care. UpToDate presents a comprehensive synthesis of the evidence, followed by recommendations that can be acted on at the point of care. It combines an advanced publishing platform with the rigor of a sophisticated editorial process managed by a faculty of physician authors and editors, renowned leaders in their specialties.
VisualDx is a web-based system or mobile app that is a combination of a differential diagnosis builder combined with a collection of high quality, peer-reviewed medical images. It is a diagnostic clinical decision support system that leverages on the innate human ability to recognize visual patterns and allows physicians to make faster, more accurate diagnoses. Health care professionals can input visual clues, symptoms, and patient history to help make the correct diagnosis and avoid costly and dangerous errors at the point of care.

BioMed Central

BioMed Central is an independent publishing house committed to providing immediate open access to peer-reviewed biomedical research. All original research articles published by BioMed Central are made freely and permanently accessible online immediately upon publication. BioMed Central views open access to research as essential in order to ensure the rapid and efficient communication of research findings. View the Database information page.

Martindale: The complete drug reference

Martindale is a reference work containing information on drugs in clinical use worldwide, as well as selected investigational and veterinary drugs, herbal and complementary medicines, pharmaceutical excipients, vitamins and nutritional agents, vaccines, radiopharmaceuticals, contrast media and diagnostic agents, medicinal gases, drugs of abuse and recreational drugs, toxic substances, disinfectants, and pesticides. View the Database information page.

Related databases

ScienceDirect Online

ScienceDirect is a full-text scientific database offering journals, book series, books and reference works. It contains more than 2,500 peer-reviewed journals and more than 11,000 books. View the Database information page.

Sciverse Scopus

Scopus is a multidisciplinary database that covers engineering, science, economics and social sciences literature. It also provides access to citation information. Access to the most recent articles and the highly cited articles in Scopus from NTU are also available. View the Database information page.

Web of Science

Provides access to abstracts and citations are drawn from leading professional science and social sciences journals. The database also offers access to articles’ cited references which include government publications and patents. View the Database information page.

Dissertations & Theses Databases

Dissertations & Theses via Proquest

Dissertations & Theses database provides information about doctoral dissertations and master’s theses. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350-word abstracts written by the author. Master’s theses published from 1988 forward include 150-word abstracts. (Warning: Due to the size of each document, user is reminded to review his/her search results and select only relevant theses for full-text downloads.)
The thesis you need does not have full-text access? Use the Document Delivery Service provided by the Library to get it!

DR-NTU (Restricted access)

DR stands for Digital Repository and it comprises student submissions such as dissertations, theses, work attachment reports and final year project reports. NTU staff and students need to login with their NTU network account to access the full text. The full-text collection starts from 1982 but retrospective digitization is not complete yet.

Academic journals are the dominant communication medium for disseminating and sharing research findings particularly in science and engineering. Journal articles are available in the following ways:

  1. NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list
  2. Databases
  3. Print Journals

NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list

Locate the electronic copy in the NTU Library Subscribed E-journals A-to-Z list first. There are several ways to search through the A-to-Z list:


  1. Browse the index of e-journal providers (if you are familiar with the journal publishers like Wiley, Elsevier and etc.)
  2. Search for titles subscribed by the library. E-journal title search can be Title Name, Publisher Name, ISSN, Subjects or all of the above
  3. Browse by subjects
  4. Browse a list of free e-journals

The search result will present the databases that the journal can be found in and the period covered. Click on the database title to proceed.


Search on a specific subject or topic by using databases relevant to Medicine.

Print Journals

Print journals are located at the level 2 and bound journals (i.e. older issues) are at the level 5 in the Lee Wee Nam Library.

For a specific title, locate the call number and location via the library catalogue. Select JOURNAL TITLE from the drop down menu.

Important Note: Articles titles are not searchable in the library catalogue. Do a search using journal title.

Free e-journal titles

You can access certain freely available fulltext e-journals here. The list is updated from time to time.

Journal Ranking

Journal ranking is widely used in academic circles to evaluate and academic journal’s impact and quality. The rankings reflect the journal’s influence, prestige and relative difficulty of getting published in that journal. Some of the more common measures include:

  • Impact factor – Shows the average number of citations to articles published in the journals.
  • Eigenfactor – A rating of the total importance of a scientific journal according to the number of incoming citations, with citations from highly ranked journals weighted to make a larger contribution to the eigenfactor than those from poorly ranked journals.
  • SCImago Journal Rank (SJR) – A measure of scientific influence of scholarly journals that accounts for both the number of citations received by a journal and the importance or prestige of the journals where such citations come from.
  • Science Normalized Impact per Paper (SNIP) – Measures contextual citation impact by weighting citations based on the total number of citations in a subject field.
  • h-index – Commonly used as a measure of scientific productivity and the scientific impact of an individual scientist, but can also be used to rank journals.

One popular analytical tool that measures the performance metrics of a journal is the Web of Science’s Journal Citation Report (JCR). You can video below on how to use JCR to enhance your research.


Journal Metrics

Here are different indicators used to rank and compare journals.

  1. Thomson Reuters Journal Citation Reports
    For indicators such as Impact factor, 5-year impact factor, immediacy index, cited half-life, Eigenfactor, Article Influence.
  2. SciVerse Scopus Analytics – Journal Analyzer
    For indicators such as SJR and SNIP.
  3. SCImago Journal & Country Rank
    For indicators such as SJR and country rankings.
  4. Ranking & mapping scientific knowledge
    For indicators such as Eigenfactor and Article Influence.

Browsing the Audio visual collection

The medical AV collection is located at the Novena campus in Mandalay Road.

The AV collection from NTU Libraries is located at Level B2 of the Business Library and at the Art, Design & Media Library (ADM Library). Staff and students can borrow the titles home for 7 days.

Searching for AV materials

Here is a step-by-step instruction guide on how to search for AV titles in the library catalogue.

For a complete listing of the AV collection at Medical Library, please click here.

Reserves / RBR titles / Red-spot books are recommended textbooks selected by your lecturers for your course modules.

Browsing the Reserves collection

Reserve titles for Medicine are located in the Reserves section at the Medical library. They are marked for 2-hour loan and are easily identified by the red spot on the book spine.

RBR titles are borrowed at the loan counter only. Overdue fines for RBR titles are set at $0.50 per hour so be sure to return them on time.

Searching for Reserve titles

You can search RBR titles by their Course ID. Here’s how.


  1. Go to the Library Catalogue and click the Reserves tab on the top menu bar.
  2. Key in “MD” for the course code
  3. Click “Search by Course ID”. From the results page, click on the relevant course to see the book listing.
Staff Publications
NTU Library collects staff papers in the Digital Repository – Open Access. Its aim is to capture, store, preserve and most importantly promote the scholarly output of the Nanyang Technological University to the global research community. The papers deposited in this repository are indexed by Google and therefore searchable.

Staff papers

We encourage research staff to deposit their research papers with us in the DR-NTU Open Access. Many publishers now allow the self-archiving of publications in institutional repositories. Copyright policies and archiving guidelines from Sherpa Romeo let you know whether the journals or publishers that you are working with allow self-archiving.

If you would like to submit your journal article or conference paper for inclusion into the LKCMedicine collection, please see the instructions about submissions to DR-NTU here or contact us.

Browse through the current submissions to the DR-NTU from LKCMedicine and the publications page on the School’s website.

Medicine is defined in Wikipedia as the “science or practice of the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of disease.” The word “medicine” was derived originally from the Latin word , medeor, which means to relieve, amend, correct or restore, i.e. to heal. From medeor, the adjective medicus is derived which refers to healing and when used as a noun, a healer or in today’s context, a physician.

Medicine has existed for thousands of years, not in the form that we recognized today which is practiced as applied science but as an art with affiliations to the religious and cultural beliefs of the local populace. The American Medical Association also recognizes the role of the practice of medicine as the art of healing and defines it as “the engaging of oneself on one’s own responsibility in the work of attempting to restore the health to others, or repairing their bodily injuries, or of correcting their bodily deformities, congenital or acquired, by any means whatsoever, moral or material.”

Medicine is an art because the focus is on the patient which requires a doctor to listen, to empathize, to inform and to support which is considered part of the treatment. John Saunders (2000), in an article published in Journal of Medical Ethics: Medical Humanities asserts that the structure underlying evidence-based medicine and the doctrines of empiricism is insufficient to describe the tacit processes of medical decision-making and the application of expert clinical judgement.

At LKCMedicine, a partnership between NTU and Imperial College London, the MBBS programme is designed to not only nurture competent doctors but who put patients at the the heart of what they do. The curriculum aims to lay a strong foundation in basic medical sciences, equipping students with high quality clinical experience and early exposure to patients at the beginning of the programme. The programme content which is centred around three major themes can be found here.

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