Selected Resources for: Biostatistics

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Subject Librarian:

Lisa McGuire

This subject covers: those statistical processes and methods applied to the analysis of biological phenomena.

Article Databases and Indexes

Academic or Scholarly Articles Subject Indexes

Search MEDLINE databases for journal articles in the health sciences. MEDLINE is the National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database/article index that contains over 17 million references to journal articles. Coverage is from 1949 to the present. Over 5200 journals worldwide in over 37 languages are indexed.

Covers the most of the sciences, including veterinary medicine and zoology. Provides bibliographic citations, plus author abstracts "for approximately 70% of the articles in the database." Each citation also includes a list of references cited in the source article. In addition, it is possible to retrieve a list of works that have cited a specific author or a specific earlier work. Indexes articles, reviews, letters, etc. from over "5,300 major journals across 164 scientific disciplines. Impact factors for many journals is also available. Basic truncation symbol is the asterisk: *.

General Indexes to Magazine, Journal & Newspaper Articles

The world's largest academic multi-disciplinary database. Includes full text access to over 4,000 scholarly (peer-reviewed) publications back to 1975. A great place to start your research on any topic. Find search tips on their help page.

Catalogs and Bibliographies


Search with MNCAT to find books, journals, etc. owned by the library. Search by keyword, subject, title, or author for materials on your topic.

General Reference Sources


Clinical Trials Dictionary: Terminology and Usage Recommendations

Dictionary of Epidemiology

Handbooks and Manuals

CRC Standard Mathematical Tables and Formulae

CRC standard probability and statistics : tables and formulae

Primer of biostatistics


Applied statistics and the SAS programming language

A SAS tutorial -- Describing data -- Analyzing categorical data -- Working with date and longitudinal data -- Correlation and simple regression -- T-tests and nonparametric comparisons -- Analysis of variance -- Repeated measures designs -- Multiple-regression analysis -- Factor analysis -- Psychometrics -- The SAS INPUT statement -- External files: reading and writing raw and system files -- Data set subsetting, concatenating, merging, and updating -- Working with arrays -- Restructuring SAS data sets using arrays -- A review of SAS functions: functions other than character functions -- A review of SAS functions: character functions -- Selected programming examples -- Syntax examples.

Biostatistics: a methodology for the health sciences

Health and numbers : a problems-based introduction to biostatistics /

Proportions, rates, and ratios -- Organization, summarization, and presentation of data -- Probability and probability models -- Confidence estimation -- Introduction to hypothesis testing -- Comparison of population proportions -- Comparison of population means -- Regression analysis.

Medical biostatistics

Medical uncertainties -- Basics of medical studies -- Sampling methods -- Designs for observational studies -- Medical experiments -- Design of experiments -- Clinical trials -- Numerical methods for representing variation -- Presentation of variation by figures -- Some quantitative aspects of medicine -- Clinimetrics and evidence-based medicine -- Measurement of community health -- Confidence intervals, principles of tests of significance, and sample size -- Inference from proportions -- Relative risk and odds ratio -- Inference from means -- Relationships: quantitative data -- Relationships: qualitative dependent -- Survival analysis -- Simultaneous consideration of several variables -- Quality considerations -- Statistical fallacies.

Secondary data sources for public health : a practical guide

An introduction to secondary data analysis -- Health services utilization data -- Health behaviors and risk factors data -- Data on multiple health topics -- Fertility and mortality data -- Medicare and Medicaid data -- Other sources of data.

Internet Resources

Electronic Texts

Covers traditional topics of biostatistics and the quantitative methods in epidemiology and decision making used in clinical practice and in research. Particular emphasis is given to study design and the interpretation of results of medical research.

Search Engines

WONDER provides a single point of access to a wide variety of reports and numeric public health data.

Web Feeds

BMC Bioinformatics is an Open Access, peer-reviewed journal that considers articles on all aspects of computational methods used in the analysis and annotation of sequences and structures, as well as all other areas of computational biology.

Web Sites

A comprehensive index, with abstracts, to the research literature of mathematics. Corresponds to the print indexes Mathematical Reviews (MR) and Current Mathematical Publications (CMP). Published by the American Mathematical Society.

Statistics and Data

Statistical Resources

Provides surveys, data, vital statistics, state data and news. NCHS data systems include data on vital events as well as information on health status, lifestyle and exposure to unhealthy influences, the onset and diagnosis of illness and disability, and the use of health care.

Style Manuals and Writing Guides

Bibliography Software

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager that allows you to create your own databases of citations by importing references from MNCAT and other databases, and then in seconds automatically generate bibliographies in all major styles (MLA, APA, Turabian, Chicago, etc.).

Style Manuals

Electronic Styles : A Handbook for Citing Electronic Information

Health Professionals Stylebook : Putting Your Language to Work

Handbook to help the reader write an essay or paper with proper usage and style for the health sciences. Pub. (National League for Nursing) ; no. 14-2551

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th edition) is the style manual of choice for writers, editors, students, educators, and professionals in psychology, sociology, business, economics, nursing, social work, and justice administration.

Writing Guides

How to Write and Publish a Scientific Paper.

Pt. I. Some preliminaries. What is scientific writing? -- Historical perspectives -- Approaching a writing project -- What is a scientific paper? -- Ethics in scientific publishing -- Where to submit your manuscript -- Pt. II. Preparing the text. How to prepare the title -- How to list the authors and addresses -- How to prepare the abstract - How to write the introduction -- How to write the materials and methods section --How to write the results -- How to write the discussion -- How to state the acknowledgments -- How to cite the references -- Pt. III. Preparing the tables and figures. How to design effective tables -- How to prepare effective graphs -- How to prepare effective photographys -- Pt. IV. Publishing the paper. Rights and permissions -- How to submit the manuscript -- The review process (how to deal with editors) -- The publishing process (how to deal with proofs) -- Pt. V. Doing other writing for publication. How to write a review paper -- How to write opinion (book reviews, editorials, and letters to the editor) -- How to write a book chapter or a book -- How to write for the public -- Pt. VI. conference communications. How to present a paper orally -- How to prepare a poster -- How to write a conference report -- Pt. VII. Scientific style. Use and misuse of English -- Avoiding jargon -- How and when to use abbreviations -- Writing clearly across cultures and media -- How to write science in English as a foreign language -- Pt. VIII. Other topics in scientific communication. How to write a thesis -- How to prepare a curriculum vitae -- How to prepare grant proposals and progress reports -- How to write a recommendation letter - and how to ask for one -- How to work with the media -- How to provide peer review -- How to seek a scientific-communication career.

Library Information

Bio-Medical Library

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