Websites and Web Applications

The following websites cover a variety of medical, scientific, reference, and educational topics. Browse the alphabetical list or search for terms that appear in the website descriptions.


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The Library has 403 websites and
22 results for the descriptor "open access"


1. ccLearn

Eye Pathologist, The

2. Eye Pathologist, The
  • Provider:Duke University Medical Center
  • Keywords: genetics , open access , student , syndrome , physician , images , glossary of terms , eye , ophthalmology , pathology
  • Description: This website is the product of a felicitous partnership between two professors, a pathologist and an ophthalmologist, at Duke University Medical Center. This is a web-based instructional environment designed as a teaching and reference tool for health professionals from first-year medical students to ophthalmic pathologists. The Eye Pathologist presents more than 5,000 diseases affecting the eye and other tissues, is illustrated with several thousand high-quality images, and also includes dynamic links to a glossary of over 6,000 definitions. Overview pages on all diseases are accessible without registration, but to see all pages and take full advantage of the program's features, free registration is required. The developers encourage user feedback via a form available from the program's menu.

Global Health Library

3. Global Health Library
  • Provider:World Health Organization
  • Keywords: agriculture , gateway , health sciences , healthcare policy , multicultural , open access , public health , social sciences , WHO , environmental
  • Description: "A virtual platform pointing to reliable health collections and systems with a particular focus on developing countries." Contains links to searchable "libraries," or portals, of health, agricultural, earth and environmental science, social science and other categories of information arranged according to World Health Organization regional offices. Searches may return full-text articles from open-access journals in various languages (including English); grey literature; WHO reports and other WHO publications; and some proprietary content not accessible from this site to users in the United States, such as the Cochrane database. The WHO regions covered are: Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean, Eastern Meditteranean, Europe, Southeast Asia, and the Pacific.

International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF)

4. International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility (INCF)
  • Provider:International Neuroinformatics Coordinating Facility
  • Keywords: biomedical research , brain mapping , informatics , neuroscience , open access , open source , research , brain
  • Description: INCF develops and maintains database and computational infrastructure for neuroscientists. Software tools and standards for the international neuroinformatics community are developed through INCF programs that address infrastructural issues of high importance to the neuroscience community. INCF collects and makes available neuroinformatics tools in the INCF Software Center, where anyone can upload documentation, executables and related files, track use of their software, create a wiki, and establish development teams. Two of the most popular INCF products are Waxholm Space and MUSIC, which are direct outcomes of the INCF Program on Digital Atlasing and Multi-Scale Modeling, respectively. INCF also arranges Scientific Workshops and holds an annual neuroinformatics conference.

Internet Archive

5. Internet Archive

Internet History Sourcebooks Project

6. Internet History Sourcebooks Project
  • Provider:Fordham University History Department
  • Keywords: education , history , literature , multicultural , open access , philosophy , women
  • Description: An extensive collection of public domain and copy-permitted historical texts and original sources, divided into sections on Ancient, Medieval and Modern history, with geographic and demographic sub-categories, as well as a number of special resource collections. Some resources are linked and others are provided directly by Fordham University.

JHSPH Open Courseware

7. JHSPH Open Courseware


8. MedBioWorld
  • Provider:Healthnostics, Inc., Bethesda, MD
  • Keywords: biotechnology , blog , journal , medicine , open access , portal , research , search , jobs , free , full text , news
  • Description: From the website: of the largest medical and biotechnology information resource and reference portals on the Internet. The site provides access to valuable information through directories, targeted search engines and specialized databases, as well as through reference tools like dictionaries, calculators, blogs, and newsletters. The portal provides access to medical and biotechnology journals, associations, databases and other medical resources, with more than 28,000 high quality links.


  • Provider:AAMC (Associaton of American Medical Colleges)
  • Keywords: courseware , creative commons , curriculum , dentistry , education , e-publishing , medicine , open access , video , faculty , peer review , repository , podcasts
  • Description: “MedEdPORTAL is a free peer-reviewed publication service and repository for medical and oral health teaching materials, assessment tools, and faculty development resources. Copyright and patient privacy issues are addressed during the submission process so users around the globe can download and utilize any of the published resources for educational purposes. Free registration is required for access. Educational videos are available for download, and CME and career networking resources are also available.


10. Medical
  • Keywords: anatomy , education , medicine , nursing , open access , PDA access , pharmacy , student , glossary of terms , dictionary , mobile access
  • Description: Medical World's Database of Medical Mnemonics is a free searchable database of medical mnemonics - memory-boosting tools to assist students in mastering the detailed medical information they need to know. Users can search, browse and filter mnemonics, add a mnemonic to the database, customize the database, and even download the database to a PDA.

MedPix Medical Image Database

11. MedPix Medical Image Database
  • Provider:Departments of Radiology and Biomedical Informatics, Uniformed Services University, Bethesda, MD
  • Keywords: allied health , education , graduate medical education , health sciences , informatics , medical imaging , nursing , open access , radiology , student , CME , images
  • Description: MedPix® is a fully web-enabled cross-platform database, integrating images and text. Content is organized by disease location, pathology category, patient profiles, and by image classification and caption. MedPix® can be searched through multiple internal image and text search engines. MedPix® search formulations may be linked directly to PubMed and other outside search engines with a single click. Additional features - Category 1 CME credits, quizzes, uploading, and editing - are available to registered users. A valuable resource for radiology and other allied health staff and trainees, physicians and medical students, nurses and graduate nursing students.

National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)

12. National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS)
  • Provider:NIGMS - National Institute of General Medical Sciences
  • Keywords: biomedical research , blog , federal agencies , gateway , genomics , grants , health sciences , informatics , life sciences , medicine , open access , research , science , scientist , video , free , NIH , images , disease , podcasts , pharmacogenomics
  • Description: "The mission of [NIGMS] is to support research that increases understanding of life processes and lays the foundation for advances in disease diagnosis, treatment, and prevention." NIGMS provides training and career grants, including a grants and opportunities program for minorities. This website is a gold mine for educators, providing scientist interviews, short films on special topics, an image database, posters, fact sheets, even interactive games. One can access or sign up for Biomedical Beat, the free NIGMS online newsletter, as well as order many other free publications. For researchers there is a blog, NIGMS Feedback Loop, that keeps one up to date on funding opportunities and future plans.

Neuroscience Online: an electronic textbook for the neurosciences

13. Neuroscience Online: an electronic textbook for the neurosciences
  • Provider:Dept. of Neurobiology and Anatomy, UT Medical School, Houston
  • Keywords: anatomy , courseware , curriculum , education , neuroscience , open access , student , neurology , collaborative , free , textbooks , animation , images , brain
  • Description: "This online, interactive courseware for the study of neuroscience is provided by the Department of Neurobiology and Anatomy at The University of Texas Medical School at Houston. The project is being developed under the direction of the Department Chair and Editor, John H. Byrne." Due to its largely multimedia presentation, the text cannot be downloaded-- it must be experienced online. The preface to this absorbing resource indicates that it is meant primarily as a course for the first-year medical student, but is also useful for more advanced students. Includes end-of-chapter review questions.

NITRC: The Source for Neuroimaging Tools and Resources

14. NITRC: The Source for Neuroimaging Tools and Resources


15. Prezi
  • Provider:Prezi Inc.
  • Keywords: open access , products , free , Web tools , interactive , presentations
  • Description: Prezi is a user-friendly application for creating interesting presentations that are much less linear, or slide-based, than the presentations that can be made using PowerPoint. The basic level of Prezi is free, and there are two paid levels that provide both more features and more storage capacity. The site includes tutorials. Note: All Prezi presentations created at the Free level are publicly available.

Project Gutenberg - Online Catalog

16. Project Gutenberg - Online Catalog
  • Provider:Project Gutenberg
  • Keywords: books , literature , open access , publishing , digitization , collaborative , free , full text
  • Description: "Project Gutenberg is the place where you can download over 33,000 free ebooks to read on your PC, iPad, Kindle, Sony Reader, iPhone, Android or other portable device. We carry high quality items: Our books were previously published on paper by bona fide publishers and digitized by us with the help of thousands of volunteers. All our ebooks can be easily downloaded: Choose between ePub, Mobipocket, HTML and simple text formats. Our books are free in the United States because their copyright has expired. They may not be free of copyright in other countries. Readers outside of the United States must check the copyright laws of their countries before downloading or redistributing our ebooks."


17. Quertle
  • Provider:Quertle, LLC
  • Keywords: biomedical research , open access , open source , search , free , full text , news , NIH , Web tools , search engine
  • Description: Developed by two experts in bioinformatics and data analysis, Quertle offers a uniquely effective way to execute a combined search of the biomedical literature in PubMed, the RePORTER grants database, TOXLINE, and a medical/life science news outlet. This tool also searches the full text of open-access material in BioMed Central and PubMed Central, as well as that of user-submitted scientific whitepapers and research posters. Quertle uses natural-language query constructs very like sentence structure and uses relationships to return relevant results. For details on how it works, see the FAQ tab. A handy brochure on searching and video/other tutorials are found under the Resources tab. Quertle also works with various bibliographic management tools, including RefWorks. Searches can be saved, and alerts service is available (these features require the user to set up a free account.)


18. ScienceStage
  • Keywords: internet , medicine , multidisciplinary , open access , publishing , science , scientist , social networking , video , links , international , Web tools
  • Description: From the provider: " is a virtual conference room, lecture hall, laboratory, library, and meeting venue all in one. It offers new methods of scientific presentation, scientific discourse, and academic knowledge transfer by using video streaming, audio streaming, and text features. Sign up for a free account to be able to post material and join the ScienceStage community. Many different scientific disciplines are represented here, along with some humanities. Browse by field/discipline and content type. Video resources include links to Grand Rounds videos available on the Web, and to TED talks. Free registration is required for full participation and to post items, but most content is open to visitors.


19. SourceForge


20. uScience
  • Provider:Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC)
  • Keywords: anatomy , biology , chemistry , education , medicine , open access , physics , physiology , science , student , video , faculty , images
  • Description: uScience is a new pilot repository of classroom-tested and peer-reviewed instructional resources for undergraduate-level science courses, to be focused primarily on human health issues. The uScience site is an expansion of MedEdPORTAL that facilitates faculty experimentation with new instructional strategies. Each resource found in the uScience collection is a complete learning unit, including activities, presentation, data, resources, instructor guide and with some, assessment. Each resource is peer-reviewed for content and instructional effectiveness. The first resources made available include units in cellular and molecular biology, anatomy and physiology, evolutionary biology, chemistry and physics.

WebMed Central

21. WebMed Central

Whole Brain Catalog

22. Whole Brain Catalog
  • Provider:Whole Brain project - UC-San Diego
  • Keywords: animal , biomedical research , life sciences , neuroscience , open access , open source , research , neurology , software , animation , brain , mouse
  • Description: The Whole Brain Catalog is the flagship project of the Whole Brain Project at the University of California - San Diego. It is an open source, downloadable, multi-scale virtual catalog of the mouse brain and its cellular components, providing zoomable 3D views of structures and their surroundings deep inside the mouse brain. The data is also brought to life with simulation and animation. "In providing open source and collaborative tools, the Whole Brain Project allows neuroscience researchers to make new connections with collaborators and newly discovered data. Combining previously unconnected databases across a single network make possible new and exciting insights about the brain."

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