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History of Medicine

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Provider: National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health
Descriptions: Features include digitized books viewable with "turning the pages" technology, and oral history audio files. The History of Medicine Division of the National Library of Medicine collects, preserves, interprets, and presents materials documenting the history of medicine, biomedical science, health and disease across all time periods and cultures. It provides access to manuscripts, books, photographs, films and other historical resources. The Division promotes, conducts, and facilitates scholarly research and public education through seminars, lectures, exhibitions, film programs, Web sites, databases, publications, catalogs and finding guides.
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World Digital Library

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Provider: Library of Congress and UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization)
Descriptions: Initiated as a joint project of the Library of Congress and UNESCO (United Nations Education, Scientific and Cultural Organization) and launched in 2009, the World Digital Library is a curated collection of a variety of digitized items- books, art, film, periodicals and more, many of them considered primary source materials- representing the cultural identities and histories of UNESCO's member nations through every branch of learning. In the initial exploration one can view thumbnails of content according to time, place, topic, item type or institution.
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DOI.org: DOI System

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Provider: International DOI Foundation
Descriptions: DOI, or Digital Object Identifier, is a standardized system for providing actionable, persistent and interoperable links to "objects," the scope of which was originally limited to online documents, but which term is now applied in this context to online datasets, videos and other formats and types of information containers. Every resource relevant to DOI's is either present in or linked to from this website, for instance: FAQ's, a detailed handbook, fact sheets and white papers; links to DOI registration agencies like DataCite and CrossRef; and links to browser tools being developed to facilitate and expand the usefulness and applicability of the Digital Object Identifier.
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DataCite

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Provider: DataCite
Descriptions: DataCite is an international organization established in December, 2009 to promote and facilitate the expansion of the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) system to include scientific datasets. Membership includes publishers, libraries and data centers. Researchers will benefit from access to scientific data supporting findings explicated in full-text articles, and will be able to link to that underlying data in the same way DOI enables links to text. DataCite provides standards and workflows for the publication of this data, and enables researchers to reliably locate and cite submitted data.
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Crossref.org

website Descriptions: Crossref is one of the organizations that administer and enhance the DOI (Digital Object Identifier) system. On its home page, a search box lets you test a DOI link, and a free DOI lookup page is provided-- enter a citation to receive the DOI (if one has been established.) An entertaining animated short explanation of the reason for the DOI system, also on the home page, is not to be missed. Crossref, in its mission to provide "the citation linking backbone for all scholarly information in electronic form" has services and resources on its website for publishers, librarians and you, the researcher.
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Contagion: Historical Views of Diseases and Epidemics

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Provider: Harvard University Library's Open Collections Program
Descriptions: This resource is a "...digital collection of resources for students of the history of medicine and for researchers seeking a historical context for epidemiology." (MLA News, Novermber/December 2008.) This collection provides general background information on diseases and epidemics worldwide, and is organized according to significant episodes of contagious disease. A timeline of dates of diseases and epidemics between 1494 and 1948 highlights events covered in the collection. Includes more than 500,000 pages of digitized copies of books, serials, pamphlets, incunabula and manuscripts.
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