We live in a fortunate time.  Access to information, which is so important for health care providers, has never been easier.  In fact, there can almost be too many resources from which to choose.  We have compiled a short list of some of our favorites.  We are sure there are plenty more.  If you have suggestions that you would like added to the list, please contact matthew.bulman@chiropracticaustralia.org.au and we will be happy to add them.

Thanks to COCA executive board member Fay Karpouzis for her helpful compilation of free resources.

  1. Chiropractic Australia Journal Club: Put together by Adrian Sheridan, this is the must have for every chiropractor’s Drop Box.  Sorted into easy to understand topics, as well as “Latest Research” topics that are updated twice a month, this easily guides you to topics of importance.
  2. The WFC Reading List: Curated by the best experts in the field, this gathers 10 essential papers with which up-to-date chiropractors must be familiar.  This is a great resource if you are looking to gather reputable papers when presenting in front of medical colleagues, researchers or policy makers.
  3. The Cochrane Library: Systematic reviews are higher up the evidence pyramid.  When seeking information that is reputable and established, the Cochran database is a handy resource to visit.
  4. PubMed: This database has full text articles on any number of diseases, conditions, pathologies, and interventions. Not all the articles are available for free, though. You can filter your search results so that you only get free journal articles, though. Using the database is, of course, free of charge.
  5. Sci-Hub:  Lauded by scientists and admonished by publishers, the goal of sci hub is to remove all barriers to science.  This controversial site has over 62,000,000 academic papers at the time of writing.  We haven’t linked to the site itself, but instead to the wikipedia site about the site.   A quick google search will lead you to the actual domain where most scientific papers can be located.
  6. Research Gate: Research Gate’s mission is to connect the world of science and make research open to all.  If you are looking for a particular paper by an author, typing into the google search box “Researchgate: Surname” will many times lead you to a free download of the paper.
  7. Google Scholar: Google’s mission is to organise the world’s information and make it universally accessible and useful.   Google scholar helps sift the wheat from the chaf when seeking peer reviewed medical information.
  8. Chiropractic and Manual Therapies:  An open access journal that aims to provide chiropractors, manual therapists and related health professionals with clinically relevant, evidence-based information.  Many relevant professional papers are published here for free.
  9. Chiropractic Science: A series of free podcasts hosted by Dr. Dean Smith, who interviews some of the leaders in chiropractic research.
  10. PEDro: PEDro is a free database of over 37,000 randomised trials, systematic reviews and clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.
  11. Medscape: Aimed at physicians and other health care professionals, this site offers a searchable database, as well as specialty sites and full text journal articles.
  12. Medical-Journals.com: Find links to medical journals and learn about different diseases. You will also find access to subscriber journals. But this free data base can also help you find free journal articles from around the world.
  13. HighWire: Stanford University offers access to free online journals. Site includes both medical and health journals.
  14. RxList: RxList is an online medical resource dedicated to offering detailed and current pharmaceutical information on brand and generic drugs. Founded by pharmacists in 1995, RxList is the premier Internet Drug Index resource.  It is now owned by WebMD.
  15. Better Health Channel: This site provides health and medical information to improve the health and well being of people and the communities they live in.  This is more focused towards consumer information, but it provides quality assured, reliable, up-to-date and easy to understand information.

Fay Karpouzis is an executive member and The Secretary of the Chiropractic and Osteopathic College of Australia.  She is also an author of the But Why? series of evidence based children’s books.