College library—a prime information source

The College library aims to be a primary provider of clinical information to registrants through high-quality evidence-based clinical resources, and through specific clinical literature reviews filtered to focus on the best evidence available. Registrants may pose an unlimited number of literature search requests and, whenever possible, librarians deliver results as quickly as needed. The library also rapidly delivers full text articles and other publications as requested by registrants. The vast majority of article requests can be located and delivered within a day or so, saving registrants the considerable costs of purchasing from publishers. 

Contact the library at medlib@cpsbc.ca, 604-733-6671 or at https://www.cpsbc.ca/library/services-hours/make-request

Beyond these personalized expert searches and rapid document delivery, online resources at www.cpsbc.ca/library provide a core set of high quality, easy-to-use clinical tools including:

Databases with full-text links

  • Medline for all aspects of medicine 
  • Medline through the Read app – Read users can set institutional access to the College for access to all the library's full-text subscriptions (see previous College Connector article on Read)
  • CINAHL for allied health and hospital administration
  • PsycINFO for psychiatry and psychology
  • Cochrane suite of databases in evidence-based medical reviews and clinical evidence for current systematic reviews and meta-analyses

Point-of-care tools

  • BMJ Best Practice, both online and as an app
  • First Consult, both online and as an iOS app
  • ClinicalKey, online and an app is in development

Important drug and therapeutics resources, with a focus on Canadian resources

  • Clinical Handbook of Psychotropic Drugs Online, a comprehensive Canadian source on psychiatric drug therapy
  • RxTx, a new, easy to navigate interface to eCPS, Therapeutic Choices, and Lexicomp drug interaction checker
  • Martindale: The Complete Drug Reference, a well-respected pharmacopeia produced independently of the pharmaceutical industry 

Training sessions in literature searching are also available through the College library. These may be personalized one-on-one sessions or computer-based group workshops. The library also offers print and ebook access, apps and MP3 lectures, as well as a range of customized monthly services: literature searches, journal tables of contents delivery, and the Cites & Bytes newsletter are available to all registered physicians in British Columbia. The College library is a full-service library committed to ensuring that every registered physician in British Columbia has the evidence-based information they need to support excellence in clinical practice.