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Canada Alberta Gambling Research Institute

Alberta Gambling Research Institute
HUB Mall
University of Alberta
8909S - 112 Street
Edmonton, AB T6G 2C5
Produced by SALIS member Rhys Stevens, this online compilation provides research resources related to various aspects of gambling.  Sections include reference sources, library materials, journal titles, conference proceedings, digital collections, bibliographies, and newsletters.

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Gambling Literature Database 

Alberta (Canada) Gaming Research Institute
You can search or browse the Grey Literature Database for gaming and gambling publications from government, academics, business, and industry which are not controlled by commercial publishers. It is also possible for you to add resources that you would like to have included in the collection -- for details, see our collection development policy.  The contact person (and compiler of this database) is Rhys Stevens, Alberta Gaming Research Institute Librarian ( at the University of Lethbridge.

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Canada Health Canada

Health Protection Branch of Health Canada
Public Health Agency of Canada, 130 Colonnade Road, A.L. 6501H, Ottawa, Ontario   K1A 0K9
Health Canada is the Federal department responsible for helping Canadians maintain and improve their health, while respecting individual choices and circumstances.  Includes statistics on disease surveillance including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and notifiable diseases (which includes some diseases of interest to the substance abuse field, such as AIDS and hepatitis C).

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United States Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System (BRFSS)  

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) -Developed in 1984 to provide a standardized questionnaire for states to monitor health behaviors among adults. The program is ongoing. From the main page, chose "prevalence data" to link to online analysis system.

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United States CDC Wonder  

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention - This online data analysis system facilitates access to public health data, primarily surveillance data, such as U.S. Mortality and AIDS Surveillance. Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report from 1983 to present can be searched full text. It also provides access to full text reports and bibliographic databases of health literature. It provides a single point of access to a wide variety of CDC reports, guidelines, and numeric public health data.

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United States Cochrane Library

 The Cochrane Library contains high-quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making.  It includes reliable evidence from Cochrane and other systemic reviews, technology assessments, economic evaluations, individual clinical trials, and more.  Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of the world's best medical research studies, and are recognized as the gold standard in evidence-based healthcare.

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United States Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG)   

The Community Epidemiology Work Group (CEWG) is a network composed of researchers from major metropolitan areas of the United States and selected foreign countries. Through this program the CEWG provides current descriptive and analytical information regarding the nature and patterns of drug abuse, emerging trends, characteristics of vulnerable populations and social and health consequences.

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United States  Clinical Trails Network (CTN) Data Share

Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Data Share

The CTN Data Share web site is an electronic archive of data from completed clinical trials of drug abuse treatment. 

To date, the efficacy of new treatments for drug addiction has been demonstrated primarily in specialized research settings, with somewhat restricted patient populations. To address this problem, the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) established the National Drug Abuse Treatment Clinical Trials Network (CTN).

The CTN encourages investigators interested in drug abuse to use the CTN's clinical trials database to promote research. This site allows researchers to download de-identified data from completed CTN studies to conduct analyses that improve the quality of drug abuse treatment.

The Clinical Trials Network (CTN) Data Share web site is an electronic environment that allows data from completed clinical trials to be distributed to investigators in order to promote new research, encourage further analyses, and disseminate information to the community. Secondary analyses produced from data sharing multiply the scientific contribution of the original research.

Effective data sharing includes communicating to the research community that data are available, providing sufficient descriptive information about the data, enforcing compliance to standard semantics and structure, rendering the data in a usable format, and making data accessible.

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United States Dietary Supplements Labels Database

National Library of Medicine
The National Library of Medicine has released a new resource focused on dietary supplements.  It includes information from the labels of over 2,000 brands of dietary supplements in the marketplace, including vitamins, minerals, herbs or other botanicals, amino acids, and other specialty supplements. The database is designed to help both the general public and health care providers find information about ingredients in brand-name products, including name, form, active and inactive ingredients, amount of active ingredient/unit, manufacturer/distributor information, suggested dose, label claims, warnings, percentage of daily value, and further label information. Links to other NLM resources, such as MedlinePlus and PubMed, are provided for additional health information. In addition, links to related Fact Sheets from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ( FDA), Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS), National Center for Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and the National Cancer Institute (NCI) are also available.

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United States Directory of HHS Services Data (DIR)

Department of Health and Human Services - The Directory is a compilation of information about most major data collection systems sponsored by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. It was designed to include data resources with current utility, or the potential for use by a wide variety of audiences. Databases from continuing departmental data projects or program administrative and evaluation activities that met the criterion of broad utility were included. Such data projects and systems included recurring surveys and disease registries either maintained or sponsored by HHS. Databases from one-time studies or data collections were also included when the data may have broad interest. A number of sources with alcohol and drug information can be found here, such as DAWN, NHSDA, MMWR, ADSS, DASIS, DSRS, SROS, and NLAES.

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United States Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN)

(semi-annual reports full text)
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Applied Studies (OAS)
DAWN provides semiannual estimates of the number of drug-related visits to hospital emergency departments based on a nationally representative sample of hospitals located throughout the United States.  DAWN is a national probability survey of hospitals with emergency departments (EDs). The survey is designed to capture data on ED episodes that are induced by or related to the use of an illegal drug or the nonmedical use of a legal drug. DAWN data do not measure prevalence of drug use in the population.

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United States Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), Office of Applied Sciences (OAS)
DASIS is the primary source of national information on substance abuse treatment services and the characteristics of individuals admitted to treatment. DASIS contains three data sets which have been developed and maintained with the cooperation and support of the States. The system includes the Treatment Episode Data Set, Uniform Facility Data Set, and the National Master Facility Inventory which is a listing of Federal, State and local facilities in the National Directory.

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United States ERIC Database

ERIC Processing & Reference Facility, 4483-A Forbes Blvd., Lanham, MD 20706
301-552-4200, 800-799-3742, Fax: 301-442-4700,
U.S. Department of Education
The ERIC database is the world’s largest source of education information. The database contains more than 1 million abstracts from 1966 to the present. You can also access printed ERIC abstracts in Resources in Education and Current Index To Journals in Education. The database is updated monthly (quarterly on CD-ROM), ensuring that the information you receive is timely and accurate.

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United States Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)

PO Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106, phone: 734-764-2570, fax: 734-764-8041,
Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research - ICPSR is the world's largest archive of computerized social sciences data, including data related to public health, criminal justice, education, sociology, and political science. While most data is free only to its members, nonmembers can purchase data. Its database of holdings, the ICPSR Guide, is searchable on the web. ICPSR also maintains topical archives of government data, SAMHDA, the National Archive of Criminal Justice Data, the International Archive of Education Data, and the National Archive of Computerized Data on Aging. Data in the topical archives are free to the public.

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United States Medical Database (Medline)

National Library of Medicine, 8600 Rockville Pike, Bethesda, MD 20894
U.S. Toll Free:1-888-FINDNLM or 1-888-346-3656 – Local and International: 301-594-5983 –
National Library of Medicine (NLM)
MEDLINE is the NLM’s online database that contains almost 11 million references, 4000 journals articles in the health sciences.  Some facts: Time covered. 1966 to the present Source. 3,900 journals in 40 languages; 52% published in the U.S. 88% of the current references are to articles in English 76% of the references have English abstracts Weekly update. 7,300 references are added weekly (almost 400,000 yearly) Broad coverage.  Basic research and the clinical sciences (including nursing, dentistry, pharmacy, and allied health).

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United States Monitoring the Future (MTF)   

(for cross-sectional data from 12th grade survey and 8th and 10th grade survey)
University of Michigan for NIDA (National Institute of Drug Abuse) - MTF is an annual survey of youth and young adults that explores changes in values, behaviors, and lifestyle. SAMHSA provides access for cross-sectional data from 12th grade survey and 8th and 10th grade survey. Longitudinal data and young adult and college data are not available publicly.  Monitoring the Future is an ongoing study of the behaviors, attitudes, and values of American secondary school students, college students, and young adults. Each year, a total of some 50,000 8th, 10th and 12th grade students are surveyed (12th graders since 1975, and 8th and 10th graders since 1991).

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United States  National Addiction and HIV Data Archive Program - NAHDAP

NAHDAP acquires, preserves, and disseminates data relevant to drug addiction and HIV research. By preserving and making available an easily accessible library of electronic data on drug addiction and HIV infection in the United States, NAHDAP offers scholars the opportunity to conduct secondary analysis on major issues of social and behavioral sciences and public policy.
NAHDAP is located within and hosted by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR)  at the University of Michigan, the largest social science data archive in the world and part of the University of Michigan's Institute for Social Research. NAHDAP also partners with the National Institute of Health's Office of Behavioral and Social Sciences Research's (OBSSR), and is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

United States National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) - NCHS is the Federal Government's principal vital and health statistics agency collecting 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. Many of NCHS's data sets are available to the public on CD-ROM or via the web in public-use data files or through online data analysis systems, such as CDC Wonder or the Federal Electronic Research and Review Extraction Tool.

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United States National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH)    

The National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) provides annual data on drug use in the United States.  The survey provides yearly national and state level estimates of alcohol, tobacco, illicit drug, and non-medical prescription drug use. Other health-related questions also appear from year to year, including questions about mental health.

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United States National Technical Information Service (NTIS)  

NTIS, Technology Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce, Springfield, VA 22161, 703-605-6000
The federal government’s central source for the sale of scientific, technical, engineering, and related business information produced by or for the U.S. government and complementary material from international sources.

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United States National Treatment Improvement Evaluation Study (NTIES)   

NTIES is a Congressionally-mandated five-year study of the impact of drug and alcohol treatment on thousands of clients in hundreds of treatment units that received public support from HHS, SAMHSA, and CSAT.

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United States NCJRS Abstracts Database (National Criminal Justice Reference Service) (Search page)
The Abstracts Database is produced by NCJRS, a service of the National Institute of Justice, with the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, Office for Victims of Crime, Bureau of Justice Statistics, and Bureau of Justice Assistance, all part of the Office of Justice Programs, U.S. Department of Justice, and the Office of National Drug Control Policy.  The National Criminal Justice Reference Service Abstracts Database contains summaries of more than 190,000 publications on criminal justice, including Federal, state, and local government reports, books, research reports, journal articles, and unpublished research. Subject areas include corrections, courts, drugs and crime, law enforcement, juvenile justice, crime statistics, and victims of crime. The time period covered is from the early 1970's to the present. The database is also available on CD-ROM and as a file on the Dialog service.

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United States Psychology Database (PSYC)

American Psychological Association, 750 First St., NE, Washington DC 20002-4242
800-374-2721, 202-336-5500 - 
This abstract database provides access to international literature in psychology and related behavioral and social sciences. A free is charged for non-APA members (e.g., $9.95 for any number of searches in a 24-hour period). Records are indexed using the controlled vocabulary from the Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms. Records are derived from approximately 1300 journals and reports published throughout the world in over 25 languages from 1887 to the present. It is updated monthly and contains over 1,500,000 records.  

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United States Pulse Check: National Trends in Drug Abuse   

The Pulse Check is a report of national trends in illicit drug abuse and drug markets issued by the Office of National Drug Control Policy. The Pulse Check draws on conversations with ethnographers and epidemiologists working in the drug field, law enforcement agents, and drug treatment providers across the country.

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United States RPCI - Roswell Tobacco Industry Documents

Roswell Park Cancer Institute - Roswell Park Cancer Institute is designated by the National Cancer Institute as a Comprehensive Cancer Center located in Buffalo, NY. As part of its mission, Roswell Park engages in cancer prevention and tobacco control research, including research into the activities of the tobacco industry. Currently, there are several collections linked to this page -- the Youth Marketing Collection of internal tobacco industry documents; the Richard W. Pollay 20th Century Tobacco Advertising Collection; the Roswell Park Packaging and Pricing Collection, and the Tobacco Institute portion of the "Bliley" set of internal tobacco industry documents. All are presented by Roswell Park Cancer Institute. These links, and the collections they lead to, are continuously being improved. Additionally, new resources and collections of internal tobacco industry material will be appearing on this site shortly. (6/01).

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United States Services Research Outcome Study  

A nationally representative survey of 1,799 persons confirms that both drug use and criminal behavior are reduced following inpatient, outpatient and residential treatment for drug abuse.

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United States State Alcohol and Other Drug Abuse Profile (SADAP) 

National Association of State Alcohol and Drug Abuse Directors (NASADAD) - SADAP compiles funding, admissions characteristics, and other aspects of alcohol and other drug prevention and treatment field data derived from information voluntarily submitted by the States. Data not publicly available.

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United States Substance Abuse and Mental Health Data Archive (SAMHDA)

SAMHDA/ICPSR, The University of Michigan, PO Box 1248, Ann Arbor, MI 48106-1248,, phone: 734-763-5061, fax: 734-764-8041
SAMHDA is part of a larger project, the National Archive and Analytic Center for Alcohol, Drug Abuse, and Mental Health Data. The analytic work is being carried out by the National opinion Research Center (NORC), based at the University of Chicago. The archive and website work is being carried out by the Inter-university Consortium for Political and Social Research (ICPSR) at the University of Michigan under a sub-contract to NORC.
SAMHDA is a web-based data archive, housing data produced by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) and National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). The archive includes data on substance abuse and mental health topics. The archive includes data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse and Monitoring the Future Study. Data can be downloaded or manipulated online. This is a first stop for U.S.A. information.

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United States Treatment Episode Data Set (TEDS)

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration(SAMHSA), Office of Applied Studies (OAS) - The TEDS is a minimum data set of demographic and drug history information about individuals admitted to treatment, primarily by providers receiving public funding. States transmit these data to SAMHSA from their administrative records on a regular basis. In addition to the admissions data set, some States also report a data set on discharge status to SAMHSA. TEDS is a component of SAMHSA's Drug and Alcohol Services Information System (DASIS).  The report provides information on the demographic and substance abuse characteristics of the 1.5 million annual admissions to treatment for abuse of alcohol and drugs in facilities that report to individual State administrative data systems.

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United States Uniform Facility Data Set (UFDS) 

UFDS is designed to measure the location, characteristics, and use of alcoholism and drug abuse treatment facilities and services throughout the United States, the District of Columbia, and other U.S. jurisdictions.

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United States U.S. Census Bureau

U.S. Census Bureau, Unites States Department of Commerce - The preeminent collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States. Includes: agriculture, business and industry, economic census, decennial census, foreign trade, general and reference, governments, housing, international, maps and related products, and population (including income and poverty).

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United States Youth Risk Behavior Surveillance System (YRBSS)

Center for Disease Control and Prevention - The YRBSS collects survey data on the state and national level to assess youth risk behaviors, including alcohol, tobacco, and other drug use. The YRBSS monitors six categories of priority health-risk behaviors among youth and young adults---behaviors that contribute to unintentional and intentional injuries; tobacco use; alcohol and other drug use; sexual behaviors that contribute to unintended pregnancy and STDs (including HIV infection); unhealthy dietary behaviors; and physical inactivity.

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