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September 2013

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Searching Clinical Trials Sources and Registers is the largest registry of federally and privately supported clinical trials conducted in the United States and around the world, with over 150,000 trials with locations in 184 countries. Sponsored by the National Library of Medicine, allows users to search by medical condition or other criteria for trials testing the effect of experimental drugs, devices and procedures for many diseases and conditions. The site offers information about a trial’s purpose, who may participate, locations, and phone numbers for more details.

Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials

The Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials is a database of definitive controlled trials. The trials are identified by Cochrane Collaboration contributors through specialized registers and references to clinical trials identified in MEDLINE and EMBASE. Though databases like MEDLINE identify trials in their database, it is not easy to identify randomized controlled trials. CCTR strives to make these easily accessible.

Current Controlled Trials

Current Controlled Trials allows users to search, register and share information about randomized controlled trials. Access to all the information on the site is free. The aim is to increase the availability, and promote the exchange, of information about ongoing randomized controlled trials worldwide.

The WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform (ICTRPP/WHO)

The WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform is a clinical trials register which searches ongoing and completed clinical trials from around the world. It contains trial registration data sets which are made available by data providers. WHO’s trial registration is based on an internationally-agreed set of information about the design, conduct and administration of clinical trials.

Webinar - Searching 101: PubMed, UpT oDate, Google Scholar and More

September 11, 2013 11:00am - Noon


How can you figure out the best way to find the information you need, when you need it? Understanding basic searching methods will improve the efficiency and effectiveness of your searching, save you time, and also improve the accuracy and comprehensiveness of your searches. This webinar will demonstrate the where, when and how of searching databases and websites.

Questions about this webinar? Contact Laurissa Gann:; 713-794-1111

Webinar - Natural Standard for Cancer Prevention

September 18, 2013 11:00am - Noon


Natural StandardEighty percent of cancer patients use alternative medicine. Most healthcare providers do not receive formal training or education on these products and treatments. The majority of patients do not disclose their use of alternative medicine. While some therapies may have legitimate therapeutic benefits, others may interact and decrease the effectiveness of mainstream medications. Natural Standard helps clinicians determine what patients are *actually taking* vs. what has been historically prescribed to them.

In this webinar, you will get an A-Z walkthrough of Natural Standard so that you can see how/where to get the information that you are looking. 

Questions about this webinar? Contact April Aultman Becker:; 713-792-2293

Schedule of Classes & Webinars

Classes are held in the library classroom (FCT21.6008) unless otherwise noted.  Find the latest class schedule, class descriptions, and links here.

Webinars are live online classes that can be viewed from your desktop. Check out our upcoming webinars and archived webinars.

If you have questions about classes, please contact the Library at or 713-792-2282.

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