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Library & Education Resources

There is a broad range of online library resources available to support researchers working at PHSA programs. Some resources are available widely to PHSA researchers, while others are site-specific and/or dependent on your university affiliation.

Electronic Health Library of BC (e-HLbc)

PHSA provides access to a large collection of online health library resources through its membership in the Electronic Health Library of BC consortium. The purpose of the e-HLbc is to support and improve practice, education, and research in the health sciences across BC. This resource is available to anyone conducting research at PHSA or its programs.

You can access the e-HLbc resources below directly by using a computer connected to the PHSA network – no login is required.

The Full Text Finder tool connects to free e-journals as well as all e-journals within e-HLbc's database collection. Start with this search tool if:

  • You have a citation/article that you want to locate in a known journal
  • You want to browse the tables of contents of journals

If you're working at BC Cancer, you should use a computer connected to the BC Cancer research network to access the BC Cancer Full Text Finder. This version offers oncology titles purchased specifically for BC Cancer, in addition to all the e-journals available on the PHSA account.

Please note that many of the e-journals in the e-HLbc collection have an embargo period (typically 12 months) before the full-text version is released. During this period, you will only be able to see the table of contents and read the article abstract. Look for embargo information in the record of the journal you're reviewing.

Contact the BC Cancer Library for further information at 604-675-8003.


To find articles on a specific topic, start by searching in one of the health literature databases available through e-HLbc. 

Biomedical Reference Collection: Comprehensive Edition 

EBSCO platform

Provides access to nearly 900 full text journals within the biomedical field. The Biomedical Reference Collection can be searched independently, but also allows users to conveniently link to full text from citations within MEDLINE.


EBSCO platform 

The American Psychological Association's resource for abstracts of scholarly journal articles, book chapters, books, and dissertations is the largest database devoted to peer-reviewed literature in behavioral science and mental health.  It contains more than 3.5 million citations and summaries dating as far back as the 1600s.  


Other databases

Other commonly-used databases for health research include: 

Registry and results database of US federally funded and privately supported clinical trials. Information about trial purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers are provided. 


The Cochrane Library

Online collection of databases on the effectiveness of healthcare treatments and interventions, as well as methodology and diagnostic tests. 



National Institutes of Health's website for patients with information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues.


MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)

An online vocabulary look-up aid with scope notes, annotations, entry vocabulary, history notes, allowable qualifiers, etc. 



More than 21 million citations for biomedical literature from MEDLINE, life science journals, and online books. 



Databases on toxicology, hazardous chemicals, environmental health, and toxic releases.


UMLS (Unified Medical Language System)

A set of files and software that brings together health and biomedical vocabularies and standards to enable interoperability between computer systems. Used to develop or enhance applications, such as electronic health records, classification tools, dictionaries, and language translators.


Study & Learning Commons (C&W)

The Study & Learning Commons on the Oak Street site is a partnership between Learning & Development at BC Children’s Hospital/BC Women’s and the UBC Faculty of Medicine. It provides facilities and library services to PHSA staff and physicians, as well as UBC faculty, staff and students, who work on the Oak Street site.

Facilities include computers connected to the PHSA network and the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute network (providing access to UBC resources). Some UBC Library Services are also available.

For more information, see BCCH's Study & Learning Commons page.

BC Cancer library system

BC Cancer maintains its own library system for researchers. BC Cancer researchers have direct access to:

  • All PHSA library services and resources
  • UBC library resources
  • Access to specialized oncology journals

University resources

In addition to the resources offered by PHSA and its programs, universities provide excellent access for affiliated researchers:

Researchers with an account on the BC Children's Hospital Research Institute or the BC Cancer research networks will have direct access to UBC Library resources.

PHSA researchers without a university affiliation may wish to visit a UBC branch library for access to databases and journals. For additional support, contact Cathy Rayment, PHSA Provincial Library Leader, at

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