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Alumni & Visitors

Discover information on Palmer Library resources for alumni such as check-out policies, literature searching, document delivery and open access (free) resources. Click the appropriate link below to find out how the Library can serve you.

The David D. Palmer Health Sciences Library gratefully accepts financial contributions from our alumni and friends. This helps us provide excellent resources for our students' success and helps advance Palmer College as a leader in chiropractic education. If you would like more information, please contact Christine Deines, Senior Director of Libraries.

Palmer alumni may use all Palmer Library's resources while on campus. This includes books, scholarly and leisure journals, audio/visual items and anatomical models. With appropriate ID, alumni living within a 30-mile radius of Palmer College may check-out circulating books.

  • Books have a four-week circulation period with two one-week renewals.
  • Palmer alumni are allowed three (3) items at any one time.
  • Reference and NBCE materials must be used in-house.
Document Delivery & Reference Services

Document Delivery

Document Delivery from Palmer Health Sciences Library is the delivery of requested photocopied journal articles from the holdings of the Palmer libraries.

Document Delivery fees for Palmer alumni are $12 per article for the first 10 pages and 25 cents per page thereafter, plus any royalty fee charged by the journal publisher. These royalty fees can be anywhere from $3 to $70 (or more) per article.

Articles may be requested by contacting the Palmer Library nearest you:

Main Campus, Davenport, IA - 563-884-5465

Florida Campus, Port Orange, FL - 386-763-2670

West Campus, San Jose, CA - 408-944-6014

Photocopied articles are either faxed or postal-mailed the next working day. The Business Office will send an invoice for the Document Delivery fees. Payment is expected upon receipt of the items.

Reference Services

Palmer Library faculty will assist and instruct Palmer alumni in identifying and finding the needed resources for clinical, research, or personal use.

Palmer Library faculty will also instruct Palmer alumni on effective and economical retrieval of needed resources.

On-site reference services are free. For more information, please contact the Palmer Library nearest you:

Main Campus - 563-884-5465

Florida - 386-763-2670

West - 408-944-6014

You may also e-mail our online reference service with any questions.

Open Access Resources


Palmer College of Chiropractic is not responsible for the content of the external websites contained on this page. The views and opinions of the authors expressed in these external websites do not necessarily state or reflect those of Palmer College of Chiropractic.

Open Access Chiropractic Journals

Open Access Databases and Indexes

AGRICOLA (AGRICultural OnLine Access) - a bibliographic database of citations to the agricultural literature created by the National Agricultural Library. It covers materials in all formats, including print books back to the 15th century. - This is a registry and results database of approximately 170,000 clinical studies involving human participants conducted around the world. Studies can be searched by topic or location.

ERIC - The Educational Resource Information Center (ERIC) database contains approximately 1.5 million articles and documents relating to educational topics and research. Full text of these documents is also freely available.

HISTLINE - An index to the secondary literature on the history of medicine and related fields from antiquity. Also includes images and entries for manuscripts and rare books.

HSRProj - This database provides access to ongoing grants and contracts in health services research.

Index to Chiropractic Literature - The only exclusively chiropractic database, ICL covers the 1984-present chiropractic literature. Photocopies of journal articles may be ordered from the library's document delivery service.

MedlinePlus - Published by the National Institutes of Health, this is a searchable database of health conditions, diseases, and wellness issues intended for the consumer

NCCIH - The National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health contains information for researchers, links to other complementary and alternative resources, and evidence-based information on health conditions and alternative therapies with a searchable interface.

Open Access Library - Search Engine that provides free access to over 2,000,000 academic articles.

OSTMED Osteopathic Literature Database - searchable database of full-text articles from the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

PubMed - Contains over 23 million biomedical citations from over 6000 journals world-wide. Many of their articles are also open access, and those that are not can be ordered from the publisher for a fee.

PEDro - The Physiotherapy Evidence Database consists of over 27,000 randomized trials, systematic reviews, and practice guidelines in physiotherapy. Besides the abstract, PEDro provides a link to the full text, where possible.

TRIP - The TRIP database contains high-quality, clinically relevant research articles. The user can view the abstracts of the articles, or link to the full-text if the article is linked from PubMed Central, the National Library of Medicine's free full-text database.

Open Access Electronic Journals

BioMed Central - This is a searchable database of 264 open-access, peer-reviewed science, technology, and medical journals. Or, you can browse articles by subject.

Free Medical Journals - Has links to over 500 open access medical journals around the world arranged by specialty. Each journal must be searched separately.

Highwire - With over 3000 journals and reference works available, Highwire may be searched across all their resources or browsed by specialty. Not all their articles are free; sometimes there is a waiting period before the article is available open access.

DOAJ - Directory of Open Access Journals is a searchable database of over 1,500,000 articles from peer-reviewed, open access scientific and scholarly journals

OAJSE - Open Access Journals Search Engine is a database of 4775 free, full text, quality-controlled journals worldwide published in English. These are searchable at the article level and across journals with their Google Custom Search.

PLOS - Public Library of Science is a database of open-access, peer-reviewed scientific journals. it is searchable by specialty, such as biology or medicine.

Wiley Open Access - a group of open-access, peer-reviewed journals in the science and biomedical fields. It is searchable by journal title or across all journals.

PubMed Central - This contains all free full-text articles in biomedicine and life sciences from the PubMed database.

Open Access Electronic Books

Books on the Internet - University of Texas

An extensive subject directory developed by the library at the University of Texas at Austin for online book sites, publishers, online bookstores, and book information sites.

Digital Book Index

Digital Book Index provides access to more than 72,000 titles' records from over 1,800 publishers.

Early American Manual Therapy

This collection includes texts from the formative years of osteopathy, chiropractic, naturopathy, neuropathy, massage, mechanical vibration, and magnetic healing in America.

Free access to more than 650 medical books sorted by specialty.

National Academies Press

"The NAP publishes more than 200 books a year on a wide range of topics in science, engineering, and health, capturing the most authoritative views on important issues in science and health policy." There are over 3,000 free books available.

The Online Books Page

Hosted by the University of Pennsylvania Library, The On-Line Books Page was founded in 1993 as "a website that facilitates access to books that are freely readable over the Internet."

Project Gutenburg

Begun in 1971 on the campus of the University of Illinois, "the Project Gutenberg Philosophy is to make information, books and other materials available to the general public in forms a vast majority of the computers, programs and people can easily read, use, quote, and search."

Homeopathy Collection

The Digital Library Production Service and Taubman Medical Library are pleased to announce the availability of the Homeopathy Collection. A project is currently underway to scan 500 books in the Homeopathy Collection of Taubman Medical Library and make their full text available online. The collection contains items dating from the mid-1800s to the present day.

NCBI Bookshelf

The NCBI Bookshelf is produced by the National Library of Medicine and provides online access to several biomedical textbooks. Relevant titles include "Alternative Medicine and Rehabilitation: A Guide for Practitioners," "Global Burden of Disease and Risk Factors," and "Health, United States." Full text is available through keyword searches but cannot be browsed.

Other Online Resources


Studies on Chiropractic - published by the NBCE, these are summaries of studies done on the effectiveness and appropriateness of chiropractic care for several conditions.

American Chiropractic Association-Chiropractic Research

International Chiropractic Pediatric Association-Chiropractic/Wellness Research

Spine Research Institute of San Diego


Chiropractic History: A Primer

Chiropractic in the United States: Training, Practice, and Research

Costs and Outcomes of Chiropractic Treatment for Low Back Pain (CCOHTA 2005)

Institute of Medicine of the National Academies - an independent, non-profit organization that provides unbiased information and authoritative advice to healthcare decision-makers and the public.

Practice Analysis of Chiropractic 2015 - published by the NBCE, this document summarizes the practice of chiropractic in the United States based on survey responses from chiropractors in all 50 states regarding their practices and professional responsibilities.

Manga Report II (Feb. 1998) - Enhanced Chiropractic Coverage under OHIP (Executive Summary)

Other Chiropractic Resources

Animal Chiropractic - Resources for veterinary chiropractic and obtaining certification.

Chiropractic Licensure, State Associations, and Professional Organizations

Chiropractic Subject Guides - These contain information on topics such as anatomy, physical therapy, radiology, consumer health, and many more.

Chiropractic Super Sites

  • Chiropractic Resource Organization - This site has links to chiropractic history, a searchable database of chiropractic research, unpublished field case reports, an image archive for free use, among other resources
  • - This site has links to webcasts, chiropractor forums, a searchable database of over 7000 articles from Dynamic Chiropractic, and classified advertising for equipment and practices.
  • Planet Chiropractic - This site has links to chiropractic news archives, a chiropractor directory, streaming audio and video, and listings for chiropractic jobs and practices for sale.
  • - This site has links to a large number of pain-related back conditions, videos, therapies including chiropractic, and wellness topics. uses cookies for advertising. You may disable them in your browser settings. Privacy Statement
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