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Database Search Tips

This guide will help get you started in some of our most popular databases! Happy searching! Let us know if we can help.


The Johns Hopkins Antibiotics Guide is a comprehensive, evidence-based drug resource focusing on a wide range of infectious diagnoses and  management strategies. Use it to choose correct drugs and dosages, review risks of potential adverse reactions or interactions, discover or confirm diagnoses with details on pathogens and clinical considerations, and access medical literature with reference links. 

The search interface allows you to look up antibiotics, antifungals, antimycobacterial agents, antiparasitics, antivirals, biologics, and more. Further, there is detailed information about infectious diseases and conditions, and their management. You can also look up vaccines as well as pathogens. 

Most useful for:

  • Clinical questions regarding infectious disease management, antibiotics and related drugs, and vaccines
  • Drug spectrum coverage and resistance

Mobile App Available

There is an associated mobile app available through UCentral. If you are on a laptop or computer, you must first click the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide link above. Once you are in Duke's version of the Johns Hopkins ABX Guide, follow these steps:

  • Click "Mobile" from the top black toolbar.
  • Click "Log In" and then select "Register a Free Account." You will be prompted to click the green "continue" button. Follow the registration prompts.
  • Use your Duke email address when you register. 
  • On your mobile device, download the UCentral app from the App Store / Play. Do not download the Johns Hopkins Antibiotic Guide App.
  • Activate the app with your personal login. 

Getting Started

Basic Searching Instructions

You can begin by either browsing category topics along the left hand side of the Johns Hopkins ABX guide. Or, you can use the search box to perform a keyword search for a drug, disease, vaccine, etc. Please note that you should use the search box that says "Search ABX Guide."

Information on drug pages typically include: indications (FDA and non-FDA approved uses), forms, usual adult and pediatric dosing, renal dosing, adverse drug reactions, drug interactions, spectrum of activity, resistance, pharmacology (including mechanism of action and pharmacokinetics), as well as pregnancy risk and breast feeding compatibility, comments from editors, and references. 

Information on disease pages typically includes: causative pathogens, clinical findings, diagnosis information, treatment, follow-up, pathogen-specific therapy, basis for recommendations, and references.

Steps to Find Full-Text Articles

If you are unable to find full-text articles using the links below, you will need to order it via InterLibrary Loan (Step #3).

Before making a request for full-text articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), please try steps #1 and #2 to search for the full-text. This allows our service to focus on articles that are not available for free nor via our Duke subscriptions. Our Interlibrary Loan service is no charge to Duke borrowers for all article requests. If there are copyright or other fees associated with your article request, we will contact you.

  1. Find the article citation in a database: If you aren't already in a database, go back to PubMed or other database such as CINAHL, Embase, or Web of Science to look up the article. Why? Because our Get it @ Duke button will fill out the ILL form for you with all the article information – this saves you time and ensures greater citation accuracy.
  2. Click the GetIt@Duke button: Once you locate the article in a citation database, click the Get It @ Duke link.
  3. Select second button to request as Med Center User: From the page that says “We don't have this online — see below for other ways to get it” click the green button that says “Request – Med Center users.”
  4. Log on with your DHE / NetID username and password: This will take you to the ILL form. The article information will be filled into the form automatically. Scroll to the bottom, verify accuracy, and click submit.

If you can't find the citation in a database or you don't see a GetIt@Duke button, you can place a request manually through our interlibrary loan service. Follow the steps below.

Questions about Interlibrary Loan? All interlibrary loan questions should go to Louis Wiethe, Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Manager, 919.660.1179 or

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