Looking for resources on a particular Alzheimer's disease topic? The ADEAR Center's Alzheimer's Disease Library (AD Lib) may be just the place. AD Lib is a convenient, useful online database and search tool that provides a gateway to a wealth of resources on Alzheimer's-related topics, some of which are not collected elsewhere. It covers a wide range of topics, from A (age-associated memory loss) to Z (Zoloft use in Alzheimer's patients), on Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, including research, diagnosis, treatment, patient care, caregiver needs, long-term care, and education and training. The library itself contains all types of print products from brochures and fact sheets to books and journal articles. It also houses information produced on DVDs and other electronic media.
AD Lib is easily searchable by key word or term, date, audience, and language. An accompanying thesaurus helps users find the most suitable search terms for resources in the database.
Many publishers and organizations submit materials to the ADEAR Center. The librarians and NIA staff continuously search for useful new resources. All items are carefully reviewed, and only current, appropriate, and easy-to-obtain items are included. The library staff constantly checks older materials for availability and timeliness.
Information products produced by the ADEAR Center and the NIA also are included in AD Lib. You can view these products in their entirety via the NIA Information Center and ADEAR Center Web sites. You also can download them to your own computer or order printed copies, all without charge.
The ADEAR librarians welcome your questions and suggestions for new materials to review for the library and database, as well as important new topics you would like to see covered. Contact ADEAR librarian Trammell Maury at 1-800-438-4380 or visit www.nia.nih.gov/alzheimers for more information.
Adapted from Connections newsletter, Summer 2010