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The NAU library website for the Phoenix Biomedical Campus Library

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 Health Science Databases 

In addition to PubMed and Acland's, NAU students, faculty, and staff at PBC also have access to all library databases at NAU:


A banner image of pubmed and it's different sites

​PubMed is a massively comprehensive medical database maintained by the National Library of Medicine at the National Institutes of Health. It covers the entire spectrum of health science subjects as well as healthcare policy, community health, and administration. 

It's recommended that scholars and practitioners make use of the complete PubMed platform, which can be accessed at either of the two URLs:


Acland's Video Atlas Logo

Acland's Atlas of Human Anatomy presents dissections of unembalmed human bodies, allowing access to specific content through indexes and keyword searches. The specimens rotate relative to the camera, giving a three-dimensional view. 

Students and employees at PBC have full access to Acland's.


Books at PBC Library

As an integrated facility serving two universities, PBC Library houses physical collections purchased by both Northern Arizona University (NAU) and University of Arizona (UA) to support PBC programs.  Students in any PBC program may check out any of our 1,000 items.

Our physical collections are displayed together in UA's online catalog at

Our electronic collections (e-books) are displayed in separate catalogs:

eBook Databases: 

About PBC Library's Anatomical Models:

PBC Library hosts an extensive collection of advanced, anatomical models available for student and faculty use. 

Follow this link for a list of models and a model request form*

If you'd like to checkout one of the models, please keep in mind:

  • Models are only available during staffed hours for in-library use only
  • Please inform front-desk staff if you'd like to remove a model from the shelf
    • Staff can also help you access the models stored off-shelf
  • All models must be checked out at the front desk before use

*UofA models guide by Kelley Howard. For questions, please contact catherine lockmiller.

Acland's Video Atlas Logo

Acland's Atlas of Human Anatomy presents dissections of unembalmed human bodies, allowing access to specific content through indexes and keyword searches. The specimens rotate relative to the camera, giving a three-dimensional view.

Finding Visual Media at NAU:

NAU hosts a number of streaming media sites as well as image collections. Other than MEDLINE Plus, all video streaming sites require login with NAU credentials. 

In addition to searching each database individually, NAU affiliates can also locate streaming movies (and music) from the search box on the NAU Libraries' homepage:

Video Streaming:

Image Collections:

Important information about library operations:

On September 28, the Arizona Health Sciences Library at the Phoenix Biomedical Campus will begin a gradual return to on-site operations. The library front desk will be staffed from 8 AM until 8 PM on weekdays, and the library study space will remain open on a self-service basis during all HSEB building hours.
Our return to staffed operations will occur in phases. Initially, we will have staff available for customer service at the front desk. The computer commons and book shelves will remain behind our security gate; however books will be available for retrieval by request. Request slips will be available at the front desk for this purpose. Students who need to use one of the library computers for access to specialized software are encouraged to call the library front desk at 602 827 2062 to make an appointment. We will not be loaning electronics accessories and anatomical models during our first phase; however, those resources may be restored at a later time once appropriate safety practices are determined.
As we welcome both new and returning students to the library, we ask that all visitors keep the following guidelines in mind in order to ensure that we can maintain a safe environment and keep the library open for student use.
  • Face coverings are required throughout the library, including private study rooms occupied by one person. This is necessary because the study rooms are often reused several times in the same day by different students, and aerosols in a room may linger for several hours.
  • We ask that you refrain from eating in the library. Distanced tables for meal breaks are found in the café on the ground floor of the HSEB, as well as in several outdoor areas on campus.
  • Study rooms are made available on a first-come, first-served basis, and occupancy has been revised to encourage physical separation among library users. Most rooms are now single occupancy, but a small number allow groups of up to four people.  Please match the size of the room to the size of your group.
  • In the open areas of the library, green dots have been placed at regular intervals to suggest appropriately spaced seating.
  • Sanitizing stations are placed throughout the library. Please use these supplies to clean desks and shared surfaces as needed. Please do not use the spray on the screens in any of the large study rooms.
  • Library access is reserved for personnel enrolled or employed at the PBC, as well as University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University distance education and online students. Due to the need to manage occupancy, no community use is allowed at this time.

We look forward to serving your needs in person and remain available for virtual research consultations as needed. We’ll also be hosting a number of online events throughout the fall and look forward to seeing some of you there.

As always, if you have any questions, please reach out to the PBC Librarian, catherine lockmiller, at:

PBC Librarian

All students, staff, and faculty can get help from the PBC Librarian, catherine lockmiller, through the following modalities:

Cline Library Operations

At this time, the following Cline Library services remain available to NAU affiliates at PBC:

Online Services

The following websites are primary to using library services:

Research databases:

  • PubMed:
    • The most comprehensive medical database. This resource covers medicine, dentistry, nursing, physical therapy, biomedical research, clinical practice, administration, policy issues, and health care services. This public version provides a Clinical Queries search interface.
  • UpToDate:
    • Physician-authored clinical decision support resource used by clinicians to make point-of-care decisions. (In support of healthcare education in Arizona, Blue Cross Blue Shield of Arizona has sponsored this for your use.)
  • Cochrane:
    • A collection of databases that contain evidence, including systematic reviews, to inform healthcare decision-making for clinical treatment decisions. Provides other sources of information, including technology assessments, economic evaluations and individual clinical trials.
    • ​​Article database covering the fields of nursing and allied health. CINAHL also includes Evidence-Based Care Sheets and Quick Lessons which provide concise overviews of diseases and conditions and outline the most effective treatment options.
  • PsycINFO:
    • An index to scholarly journal articles, dissertations, books, and book chapters relevant to the field of psychology, behavioral sciences, and mental health.
  • SocINDEX:
    • Database for sociology research, including journal articles, books, conference proceedings, reports, and dissertations.
  • Web of Science:
    • Citation database of scholarly articles spanning the sciences, social sciences, arts, and humanities. Indexing goes back to 1900. This database can also search for articles that cite a particular work or author. Formerly called Web of Knowledge.

Learning and test prep databases:

  • Access Medicine:
    • ​​Provides instant access to multimedia and core medical textbooks, including Current Medical Diagnosis & Treatment and Harrisons Principles of Internal Medicine.
  • Acland’s Video Atlas of Human Anatomy:
    • presents dissections of unembalmed human bodies, allowing access to specific content through indexes and keyword searches. The specimens rotate relative to the camera, giving a three-dimensional view.
  • Stat!Ref:
    • Database of full text from eBooks in in nursing, clinical medicine, allied health, dentistry and other as health-related disciplines.

*Due to the migration into an online format, consultations will be held using Zoom. The librarian will set up the Zoom link and share it when a consultation request has been submitted and received.​