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Library Adds Natural Standard as a New Database

    The University of Delaware Library announces a new electronic resource, Natural Standard, which has been added to the Library Databases [www.lib.udel.edu/db].  Natural Standard is licensed for use by students, faculty, and staff of the University of Delaware. 

    Natural Standard describes itself as “the authority on integrative medicine.”  Natural Standard, the organization, is an international research collaboration that aggregates and synthesizes data on complementary and alternative therapies.  Using a comprehensive methodology and reproducible grading scales, information is created that is evidence-based, consensus-based, and peer-reviewed, tapping into the collective expertise of a multidisciplinary Editorial Board.  The mission of this collaboration is to provide objective, reliable information that aids clinicians, patients, and healthcare institutions to make more informed and safer therapeutic decisions.

            Natural Standard consists of these sections:

  • Foods, Herbs & Supplements
  • Health & Wellness
  • Comparative Effectiveness
  • Medical Conditions
  • Brand Names
  • Interactive Tools

    For each therapy covered by Natural Standard, a research team systematically gathers scientific data and expert opinions.  Validated rating scales are used to evaluate the quality of available evidence.  Information is incorporated into comprehensive monographs which are designed to facilitate clinical decision making.  All monographs undergo blinded editorial and peer review prior to inclusion in Natural Standard databases.

    The electronic library of the University of Delaware Library, which is available 24/7 at [www.lib.udel.edu], provides access for faculty, students, and staff of the University of Delaware to a rich array of online library resources including DELCAT, databases, full-text information, electronic journals and newspapers, Subject Guides to the Internet, the Institutional Repository, and much more.

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