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How to Access Databases

Academic libraries

Libraries of most universities and colleges subscribe to powerful online databases such as EBSCO and PROQUEST and EBRARY.  These databases provide abstracts for thousands of journals, theses, dissertations, and e-books as well as full-text online versions of the articles or documents.  Hard copy of these documents may also be available at the library. Take advantage of local institutions. Most institutions will allow visitors to their library temporary access to the databases.  Reference librarians are usually on hand to help navigate the system.

Public libraries

Public libraries now have access to many of the same or similar databases as found in university libraries.  These can be accessed online using the ID number on your library card.  Cities with excellent public library systems are often willing to provide a card to users outside of their geographic catchments area for a nominal fee. 

Online databases

Some databases are immediately available on the Internet.  Although limited in range, the databases listed below provide instant access to abstracts, some full-text articles as well as other documents of addiction related research.


Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs Serials Databasecontains information about nearly 400 journals, newsletters, and monograph series in the field of alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs.  It is maintained by the Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists (SALIS).

Google Scholar – can search across many disciplines and sources for peer-reviewed papers, theses, books, abstracts and articles, from academic publishers, professional societies, preprint repositories, universities and other scholarly organizations. Read more about  Google Scholar

New Books on Alcohol, Tobacco and Other Drugs - A comprehensive list of new books and monographs in the alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs (ATOD) field.  Lists 1997 to current publication dates. It is maintained by the Substance Abuse Librarians & Information Specialists (SALIS).

NIDA Clinical Treatment Trials Network (CTN) – Dissemination Library  provides a single point of access to research findings and other materials. Click here to begin search. These include journal articles, reports and presentations.

PubMed Central (PMC) is the U.S. National Institutes of Health (NIH) free digital archive of selected biomedical and life sciences journal literature. You can search by topic, author, title, or journal.  A tutorial is provided to help users.

  1. To improve access to articles published in journals not available to Pub Med Central, researchers funded by NIH provide PMC with the final, peer reviewed manuscripts once they have been accepted for publication but before editing. To access these, click on Pub Med Central Author Manuscripts - Click on list of author manuscripts.  Then click on the PREVIEW/INDEX Tab.  Choose and enter your search terms.

 Criminal Justice Populations

Offender Treatment CJ-DATSNine research centers and a Coordinating Center form a cooperative research program to explore the issues related to the complex system of offender treatment services.

National Criminal Justice Reference Services is a federally funded resource offering justice and substance abuse information to support research, policy, and program development worldwide.  Its library resources provide for the search of its abstracts database.  Most documents are available online or can be obtained (see Tutorial).   It is part of the National Institute of Justice.

Texas Institute of Behavioral Research at Texas Christian University (TCU) has focused in recent years on addiction treatments for criminal justice populations as well as the spread of AIDS and related infections among drug users.  The Publications List ranges from 1990-present and includes abstracts as well as selected full-text documents.

Medicine & Drugs

National Library of Medicine (NIH) has a number of Databases and Electronic Resources that each contains materials on specific topics. 

Drug Information Portal - simply enter the name of a drug in the blank and it will provide a wealth of information and resources on the drug.

Data & statistics

Alcohol, Tobacco, and Illegal Drugs Latest Data  (OAS)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Statistics (SAMHSA)

The Office of Applied Studies (OAS) serves as SAMHSA's focal point for data collection, analysis, and dissemination of critical public health data to assist policymakers, providers, and the public in making informed decisions regarding the prevention and treatment of mental and substance use disorders. 

NIDA Trends and Statistics Resources


Treatment Research

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