IDIS FAQs
IDIS Drug Database FAQs

 


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DDIS Frequently Asked Questions

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What journals are covered in the database?
What is the cost of a database subscription?
What are descriptors and how are they used in searching?
Why can’t I find an article from a journal on your Journal List?

What journals are covered in the database?
Over 200 journals from 40 subject areas representing a broad range of pharmacy and medical topics are indexed. Approximately 75% of these titles are U.S. publications with the balance from international publishers. For a complete listing of the journals indexed by IDIS, go to the Journal List (by category or alphabetical).

What is the cost of a database subscription?
The subscription cost varies depending on which format is ordered. Visit our Ordering Information page to find out how to request a quote.

What are descriptors and how are they used in searching?
Descriptors are secondary indexing terms that further identify the contents reported in an article. Each descriptor term has been assigned a numerical code of one to three digits. Currently there are over 150 valid descriptor terms. For a complete listing of the descriptors, go to the Descriptor List.

Why can’t I find an article from a journal on your Journal List?
To be indexed by IDIS, a journal article must be relevant to human drug therapy. Only articles discussing drugs applicable to human therapy are indexed. Animal studies are not indexed unless the information has obvious direct application to human therapeutics. In vitro studies generally are not indexed. Please contact us for specific questions in this area.

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Why can't I login? (includes information on timeout and cookies)
How do I view the full-text articles?
How do I print the full-text articles?
How do I search using truncation?
What are the Bibliographic and Text options of the e-mail function?

Why can't I login? (includes information on timeout and cookies)

There are several possible explanations for this problem.

1. Wrong password. The login screen is redisplayed with the message "This account cannot be authenticated. Please contact us if you continue to have problems." when the wrong password is submitted. Please contact us to reset your password.

2. Maximum number of concurrent users for this account are logged on. In this case, the following message is displayed: "This account has reached the maximum number of concurrent users. Please try again later." Please remember to click on the "Log Off" icon in the top menu bar of the IDIS search screen before closing your browser. If the browser is closed without using "Log Off", the system will timeout the connection after 20 minutes of inactivity.

3. Unaccepted cookies. IDIS Drug database does require that cookies are accepted or enabled. If cookies are not enabled, the message "You cannot be authenticated on IDIS. Your session might have expired or your browser might not be accepting cookies." is displayed. Cookies are returned to the server, not permanently saved on your computer. If you do not want to accept all cookies, you will need to accept cookies that are sent back to the originating server.

How do I view the full-text articles?
Full-text articles from 1988 through the current update are available in IDIS Drug Database . When available, the Article Number on the results screen is displayed as a clickable link. Adobe Acrobat Reader is required to view the articles.

How do I print the full-text articles?
To print an article, click the Article Number link (when available) on the Results screen to launch Acrobat Reader. Select Print from the File menu or click the printer icon in Acrobat Reader. If you encounter problems with the output, try selecting the option "Print as image" from the print dialog box.

How do I search using truncation?
Terms can be truncated by using the asterisk (*). For example, "prescript*" (the double quotes can be typed or omitted when truncating) would retrieve prescription, prescriptions and prescriptive.

What are the Bibliographic and Text options of the e-mail function?
You can e-mail (to yourself or someone else) selected index records from the Results screen. (Note: this is for the index record only, not the full-text article.) After executing a search and with the Results screen displayed, click the box next to the Title field to select records to e-mail. Select the Bibliographic or Text option in the E-Mail Results box. The Bibliographic option creates a file in a format that can be used to import the records into RefWorks,Reference Manager or EndNote. When importing to one of these packages, use the IDIS import filter for RefWorks and the Medline (NLM) or Medline (ICHU) import filter for Reference Manager and EndNote. The Text option will create a file in the same format as the current display on the results screen. The file will be an attachment to an e-mail message.

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