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ACP Smart Medicine & AHFS DI® Essentials
Coverage:2014-
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Formerly ACP PIER & AHFS DI Essentials, 2003-2013

Smart Medicine[Inline Image] is a Web-based decision-support tool designed for rapid point-of-care delivery of up-to-date, evidence-based guidance for clinicians. It features a collection of modules divided into topic types:
    • Diseases
• Screening and Prevention
• Complementary and Alternative Medicine
• Ethical and Legal Issues
• Procedures

AHFS DI® Essentials™ is designed to offer health professionals easy access to knowledge that is critical at the point of care. Essentials™ monographs draw on the meticulously evidence-based guidelines in the full AHFS DI® database, distilling for the health professional the essential information on prescription and key over-the-counter (OTC) drugs in an easy-to-use, highly structured outline format.

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AgeLine
Coverage:1978 to present, with selected coverage from 1966-1977.

Contains over 115,274 citations, with abstracts, to the literature on social gerontology, as well as aging-related research from psychology, sociology, social work, economics, public policy, and the health sciences. It covers aging-related issues for professionals in aging services, health, business, law, and mental health; also includes selected consumer content.

AgeLine summarizes articles from over 200 journals and magazines, books and book chapters, government and research reports, dissertations, conference proceedings, gray literature, newsletters, and educational videos. Topics include demographics, economics, employment, health and health care services, housing, intergenerational relationships, social and family relationships, psychological aspects, retirement, transportation, consumer aspects, and leisure; does not cover clinical medicine or biological and physiological aspects of aging.

Searches can be restricted to research or public policy publications, professional/provider publications, or general/consumer publications by using the Target Audience index in the Advanced Search option.

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AMED

A bibliographic database of journal articles in fields allied to medicine and alternatives to conventional medicine. An Ovid database.

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Amirsys : imaging reference center
Coverage:2005- Updated quarterly

A source of 72,000 x-ray, CT, MR, and ultrasound illustrations and images, plus expert, evidence-based clinical content - including over 4,000 diagnoses - provided by imaging experts. Includes over 40, 000 journal references.

Topic Categories include: Brain -- Breast -- Cardiovascular -- Chest -- GI & Urology -- Gynecology -- Head & Neck -- Musculoskeletal -- Nuclear Medicine -- Obstetrics -- Pediatrics -- Spine -- Ultrasound.

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Best practice
Coverage:2009- Constantly updated resource

Designed and built for use specifically as a decision-support tool at the point of care. Latest research evidence, guidelines, and expert opinion are combined and presented in a step-by-step approach, covering prevention, diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. Incorporates BMJ Clinical Evidence systematic reviews bringing together the best current evidence with expert guidance.

 

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Canadian Health Obituaries Index Files

This database lists obituaries or death notices of Canadian medical personal that appeared in various medical journals listed below between 1844 and 2000.  In cases where the actual journal is available online, the title of the journal has a hyperlink.  Otherwise, you will need to contact a library to get the actual obituary or notice.

 

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Canadian Health Research Collection Scholars Portal

This is a collection of monograph publications from Canadian research institutes, government agencies and university centres working in the area of health and medical research. The publications included are both general policy documents as well as those of a specialized technical nature.

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CANSIM via CHASS
CANSIM via Statistics Canada

CANSIM (Canadian Socio-Economic Information Management System) is Statistics Canada's database of time series (sequences of values of a variable measured over time, spaced apart at uniform time intervals) covering a wide variety of social and economic aspects of Canadian life. Topics include the system of national accounts, labour, manufacturing, construction, trade, agriculture and finance. As well, selected demographic and social data, such as population estimates and vital statistics, are available. There is no charge for data via this interface. Geographic area: Canada (national and sub-national), some United States, some international. Time span of data coverage: varies by series.

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CCINFOweb
Coverage:1992 to the present

A gateway to a wide range of occupational health and safety resources.  Includes Material Data Safety Sheets, CHEMINFO, Registry of Toxic Effects of Chemical Substances, and more.

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CINAHL
Coverage:1982-Present

Premier database for the professional literature of nursing, allied health, biomedicine, and healthcare. An EBSCO database.

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Cochrane Library (Wiley)

The Cochrane Library includes evidence from Cochrane and other systematic reviews, methodology reviews, clinical trials, and more. Cochrane reviews bring you the combined results of medical research studies. Focus is on evidence-based health care.

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DynaMed Plus

Evidence-based reference tool of diseases, disorders, and symptoms, with information on etiology, associated conditions, history and research findings, differential diagnosis and diagnostic testing, prognosis, treatment, prevention, and links to patient information.

Unique Content/ Features:

  •           Overviews and Recommendations
  •           Graphics and Images
  •           Enhanced Specialty Content
  •           Improved Search and Discovery
  •           Drug Information – linking from the DRUGDEX top to Micromedex Knowledge suite
  •           ACP Smart Medicine incorporated into DMP
  •           Optimized Mobile Access/ Personal Account Access
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EBSCOhost Databases
Coverage:varies by database

Allows you to cross-search over 25 indexing, abstracting, and fulltext databases in a range of subjects. For the most part, these databases help you find scholarly journal articles, although you may also find scholarly books and other types of documents. Some databases provide the full text of online articles, and some only provide citations. Use the get it! button to link to available full text.

 

McMaster has access to the following databases on the EBSCOhost platform:

  • AgeLine
  • America: History & Life
  • Anthropology Plus
  • Art Abstracts
  • ATLA Religion Database with ATLA Serials
  • Bibliography of Asian Studies
  • Bibliography of Native North Americans
  • Business Source Complete
  • CINAHL
  • Communication Source (combines 'Communication Abstracts' and 'Communication & Mass Media Complete')
  • eBook Collection (formerly NetLibrary eBooks; all titles in this collection are listed individually in McMaster's library catalogue)
  • EconLit with Fulltext
  • Film & Television Literature Index
  • GreenFILE
  • Historical Abstracts
  • Humanities Abstracts
  • L'Annee Philologique
  • LGBT Life with Full Text
  • Library, Information Science & Technology Abstracts
  • Music Index
  • New Testament Abstracts
  • Old Testament Abstracts
  • Regional Business News
  • Social Sciences Abstracts
  • Social Work Abstracts
  • SPORTDiscus
  • Teacher Reference Center
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EMBASE
Coverage:1980-

Medical database with coverage that encompasses more European and International content than Medline.

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ERIC (ProQuest)
ERIC (FirstSearch - Maximum concurrent users: 4)
ERIC
Coverage:1966 to present
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Indexes journals (accession numbers start with EJ) and 'documents' (accession numbers start with ED).  For Document fulltext, search titles in the open access ERIC or Google.

The world’s largest digital library of education resources, with more than 1.3 million citations to journal articles, books, papers, reports, theses, curriculi, standards and guidelines. About 950 journals are actively indexed in ERIC, 90+ percent peer-reviewed.

Includes 2 parts: RIE (Resources in Education) and CIJE (Current Index to Journals in Education).

More than 107,000 full-text non-journal documents (issued 1993- ), are available for free through the  US Dept. of Education. ERIC (Educational Resources Information Center) is sponsored by the U.S. Department of Education.

 

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First Consult
Coverage:Updated weekly
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Access is provided via Elsevier's ClinicalKey as a 'Content Type'.

 First Consult is an evidence-based clinical information resource for healthcare professionals. Designed for use at point of care, it provides instant, user-friendly access to the latest information on evaluation, diagnosis, clinical management, prognosis, and prevention.

    * Medical Topics are First Consult's comprehensive database of clinically-compiled, weekly-updated information on patient evaluation, diagnosis, treatment, tests, prevention, and much more
    * Differential Diagnoses provides a rapid evaluation of your patient's complaint with interactive access to potential diagnoses ordered by age and prevalence
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Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HAPI)

A database designed to help identify measurement tests used in health, psychosocial sciences, organizational behavior, and library and information science. Provides source, abstract, and reviewer(s) when applicable. An Ovid Database.

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Health Systems Evidence

Health Systems Evidence is a repository of synthesized research evidence related to governance, financial and delivery arrangements in health systems and to implementation strategies that can support change within health systems. It contains details about all the policy briefs, overviews of systematic reviews, systematic reviews, and protocols of systematic reviews relevant to health systems, as well as links to any user-friendly summaries, scientific abstracts and full-text reports that are currently available for these syntheses. 

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HealthSTAR/Ovid Healthstar

Ovid Healthstar contains citations to the published literature on health services, technology, administration, and research. It focuses on both the clinical and non-clinical aspects of health care delivery.

The following topics are included: evaluation of patient outcomes; effectiveness of procedures, programs, products, services and processes; administration and planning of health facilities, services and manpower; health insurance; health policy; health services research; health economics and financial management; laws and regulation; personnel administration; quality assurance; licensure; and accreditation.

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Journal Citation Reports (JCR)
Coverage:1997 to current
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Updated annually, usually in June or July. 

Tables can be sorted by clicking column headings; To change the indicators that display in a table, select Customize Indicators; To see the calculations for Journal Impact Factor (and other metrics), click on the hyperlinked number in the table. 

Provides citation data that helps evaluate and compare more than 11,800 scholarly journals in the areas of science, technology, and social sciences. Journals can be retrieved by title, subject area/category, country/territory or publisher and sorted by several criteria such as total cites and impact factor. JCR is comprised of two editions: Science (SCIE) and Social Sciences (SSCI).

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Journals @ Scholars Portal

The Scholars Portal e-journals database contains nearly 50 million articles from over 20,000 full text journals covering many disciplines. Allows you to

  • search and access full text articles from a range of academic publishers
  • browse journals by subject
  • subscribe to RSS feeds for journal updates
  • search for figures and tables within articles
  • link to cited and citing references
  • print, email and download records
  • save citations to bibliographic management software
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JoVE Biology - The Journal of Visualized Experiments
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Please note that McMaster has access only to the Biology and Bioengineering sections.

JoVE Biology presents more than 1000 videos demonstrating laboratory methods in the fields of cellular biology, developmental biology, microbiology, immunology, plant biology, medicine, and neuroscience.

When searching JoVE, the subscription section of each video is indicated by a coloured circle. Use the filter bar on the left to filter out videos that are not in our subscription.

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MEDLINE (OVID) 1946-
MEDLINE (Web of Science) 1950-

The world's most comprehensive source of life sciences and biomedical bibliographic information, with nearly eleven million records. A free version of MEDLINE is offered through PUBMED.

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OE OrthoEvidence
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Users must first create an account using the promo code. Please contact the company if you need to reset your username or password.

The OrthoEvidence repository provides orthopaedic-only evidence-based summaries, pre-appraised by orthopaedic medical experts. It utilizes a multi-step process to review, evaluate and summarize research studies, while including critical implications in its Advanced Clinical Evidence (ACE) Report. The resource was founded in 2009 by Dr. Mohit Bhandari a global leader in the orthopaedic field to provide critical information access to orthopaedic healthcare providers and their patients.

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OECD iLibrary
Coverage:McMaster does not subscribe to the IEA Statistics

The Organisation for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD) online library of books, reports, working papers, periodicals and statistical data covering a wide range of subjects including agriculture & food, development, economics, education, employment, energy, environment, finance & investment, governance, industry & services,  social issues, migration & health, taxation and transport.  Search by keyword(s) or browse by theme or by country name.

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OECD iLibrary - Health Statistics
Coverage:1991-current
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Users can download this software and data onto their personal computers.To use in Mills Library, please consult: Mills, Data Services.

OECD Health Data was developed jointly by the OECD and IRDES since 1991 and offers the most comprehensive source of comparable statistics on health and health systems across OECD countries.

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Open Access Theses and Dissertations
Coverage:1990s to current

The site indexes and provides access to over 1.6 million electronic theses and dissertations (ETDs) freely available from over 800 institutions worldwide. Search for keywords from titles, author names, abstracts, subjects, university/publisher and more. Use More search options to limit searches to a particular field, language, and date range. The search results will include links to full-text theses/dissertations residing on the original hosting site, usually the institutional repository of the school that granted the degree.

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OTseeker : Occupational therapy systematic evaluation of evidence

OTseeker is a database that contains abstracts of systematic reviews and randomised controlled trials relevant to occupational therapy.

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PapersFirst
Coverage:1993 to the present

An index to papers presented at worldwide meetings, conferences, expositions, workshops, congresses, and symposia received at the British Library Document Supply Centre.

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PEDro

PEDro has been developed to give rapid access to bibliographic details and abstracts of randomised controlled trials, systematic reviews and evidence-based clinical practice guidelines in physiotherapy.

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Pre-CINAHL

A companion database to CINAHL, Pre-CINAHL is intended to provide current awareness of new journal articles, and includes a rotating file of limited bibliographic information (no subject searching), which are available to searchers only for the time when these articles are being assigned additional indexing.

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ProceedingsFirst
Coverage:1993 to the present

An index of conference publications from worldwide meetings, conferences, expositions, workshops, congresses, and symposia. Provides an overview of the event's activities by listing the papers presented.

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ProQuest Dissertations & Theses A&I
Coverage:1639 to the present

Indexes over 2 million doctoral dissertations and master's theses completed at accredited North American and selected European colleges and universities. Dissertations published from 1980 forward include 350 word abstracts written by the author. Master's theses published from 1988 forward include 150 word abstracts. Includes full-text access to many McMaster theses (send an email to request one). For other institutions, 24 page previews are available. In most cases, this will be graduate works published since 1997.

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ProQuest Nursing and Allied Health Source
Coverage:1870s to the present

Includes journal and magazine articles, books, videos, dissertations and other publications covering nursing, allied health, alternative and complementary medicine, public health, and other healthcare topics. Designed to meet the needs of researchers at healthcare facilities as well as students enrolled in nursing and allied health programs at academic institutions.

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PsycINFO ProQuest interface
PsycINFO Ovid interface
Coverage:1806 to present

Provides over 2.5 million citations and abstracts to journal articles in the professional and academic literature in psychology and related disciplines including medicine, psychiatry, nursing, sociology, education, pharmacology, physiology, and linguistics. Covers over 1,800 international professional journals, as well as books, book chapters, reports, conference proceedings, theses and dissertations. Nearly all records contain nonevaluative summaries. Produced by the American Psychological Association. Beginning in 2001, many citations include references, their abstracts, and links to cited references.

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Pubmed

PubMed is a service of the U.S. National Library of Medicine that includes over 16 million citations from MEDLINE and other life science journals for biomedical articles back to the 1950s.

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Pubmed Clinical Queries

Specialized PubMed searches for clinicians: Search by Clinical Study Category, Find Systematic Reviews, and Medical Genetics Searches. After running one of these searches, you may further refine your results using PubMed's Limits feature. Results of searches on these pages are limited to specific clinical research areas. For comprehensive searches, use PubMed directly.

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RDRB : Research & Development Resource Base

The Research and Development Resource Base (RDRB) at the University of Toronto is a literature database for educators and health professionals to assist them in their study of: program evaluation, physician performance, change, health care outcomes.

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REHABDATA
Coverage:1956- current

The database covers documents describing  physical, mental, and psychiatric disabilities, independent living, vocational rehabilitation, special education, assistive technology, law, employment, and other issues as they relate to people with disabilities.

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RxTx

RxTx, formerly e-Therapeutics provides access to evidence-based, reliable Canadian drug and therapeutic information. Web access to best practices on common medical conditions, content also includes e-CPS, CPhA's Therapeutic Choices, Lexi -Comp's Lexi-Interact, information for patients, Health Canada Advisories, and more.

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Sociological Abstracts
Coverage:1952 to the present

The premiere database for locating articles in the field of sociology, Sociological Abstracts indexes some 1,800 international serial publications. Related disciplines include social and behavioral sciences, including anthropology, criminology, demography, education, law and penology, race relations, social psychology and urban studies. Also provides abstracts of books, book chapters, book reviews, dissertations, and conference papers.
Records added since 1973 contain in-depth, nonevaluative abstracts of journal articles. Many records from key journals in sociology, published since 2001, also include the references cited in the bibliography of the source article.

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SPORTDiscus
Coverage:1830-present

Comprehensive, bibliographic coverage of sport, fitness and related disciplines. This database contains well over 1,660,000 records with journal and monograph coverage going back to 1800; over 22,000 dissertations and theses and reference to articles in 60 different languages.

 

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The Cell: An Image Library

The Cell: An Image Library is a freely accessible, easy-to-search, public repository of reviewed and annotated images, videos, and animations of cells from a variety of organisms, showcasing cell architecture, intracellular functionalities, and both normal and abnormal processes. The purpose of this database is to advance research, education, and training, with the ultimate goal of improving human health.

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Thieme teaching assistant
Thieme teaching assistant Register for your Teaching Assistant account
Coverage:2008-

This presentation tool features illustrations and clinical images from Gilroy's Atlas of anatomy, Head and neck anatomy for dental medicine, and Fundamentals of medical physiology.

License allows downloading of images for educational purposes, e.g. lectures or presentation. Images may not be used in published works or packaged and resold in any form.

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TRIP database

The Internet's leading resources for Evidence-Based Medicine. Allowing users to easily and rapidly identify the highest quality evidence from a wide range of sources [from homepage].

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UpToDate online Available on campus only.
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Available on campus only.

Quick look-up for diagnosis, clinical, point of care information. Email search results to yourself.

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VisualDx
Coverage:2006- Continuously updated resource

A diagnostic decision support system designed by clinicians to aid medical professionals in the diagnosis of visually identifiable diseases at the point of care.

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Web of Science
Coverage:1976 to the present, but can vary by index

The Web of Science Core Collection consists of several separate multidisciplinary citation indexes that can be searched independently or in combination. Included by default are the:

  • Arts & Humanities Citation Index (A&HCI)
  • Science Citation Index Expanded (SCI-EXPANDED)
  • Social Sciences Citation Index (SSCI)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Science (CPCI-S)
  • Conference Proceedings Citation Index - Social Science & Humanities (CPCI-SSH)
  • Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI)

​Indexing over 12,000 scholarly journals (including open-access titles) and over 160,000 conference proceedings, the Web of Science contains bibliographic information on all types of documents appearing in journals including articles, citations, letters, corrections, additions, excerpts, editorials and reviews. Information from these indexes can be retrieved by topic (i.e., includes title,abstract and keywords), by author, by publication name, by address, by organization, by cited reference (or bibliography) and more. 

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Web of Science (All Databases) (formerly Web of Knowledge)

The Web of Science platform provides access to the following products and databases:

  • BIOSIS Previews
  • KCI-Korean Journal Database
  • MEDLINE
  • Russian Science Citation Index
  • SciELO Citation Index
  • Web of Science Core Collection:  Arts & Humanities Citation Index, Science Citation Index Expanded, Social Sciences Citation Index, Conference Proceedings Citation Index, and Emerging Sources Citation Index

Also includes access to the EndNote web citation manager (see link at top of  Web of Science screen). Accounts must initially be created from within the McMaster IP range.

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WinkingSkull.com
Coverage:Began in 2007. Updated irregularly.
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Registering for an account allows the user to save preferences, bookmarks, test scores, etc.

This anatomy resource is a self-study and self-testing tool that uses clinical MRI and CT radiograph images from the Atlas of anatomy (Gilroy)  and companion text, Anatomy: an essential textbook and review. These provide an interactive study aid that allows students to learn and test themselves to gauge their progress.

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