The Information on Drugs and Alcohol (IDA) collection is an extensive resource
providing for and improving upon the public's access to health information.
It includes over 100,000 abstracts and full text research reports, journal
articles, and educational tools focusing on drugs, alcohol, and tobacco,
as well as mental health, social marketing, and health communication issues.
The IDA database is indexed with vocabulary from the Alcohol and Other Drug Thesaurus: A Guide to Concepts and Terminology in Substance Abuse and Addiction (AOD Thesaurus), Third Edition.
There are certain words that appear several times in the majority of the database records. These should be avoided as a sole search strategy because the results are broad in scope and will access all the records that contain those words. This database collection holds records on the subject of ALCOHOL, DRUGS, and TOBACCO. All the records may contain one or more of these words more than once. The advanced search helps sort the selection of records. In selecting search terms, identify the unique words in the title or of the subject area or combine terms in the title. Avoid using such terms as the following alone as a search strategy for this database.
Key in unique words of the document title. Select your search option based on the following criteria:
Exact Phrase?This option will search for an exact match of your search terms.
Any of the Words?It is not necessary to include words from the title such as the or and with this option. It is also not necessary to use Boolean words or operators.
All the Words?It is not necessary to include words from the title such as the or and, or with this option. It is also not necessary to use Boolean words or operators.
Key in the author?s last name. Add the first initial to narrow the search. [Smith J; or smith j]
The accession number is the five to seven digit document number unique to the NCADI library record. 
A book or journal are examples of source documents. For example, the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) would be the source document for an article from JAMA. Searching the Source Document with the title of an article can assist in locating the correct article.
To search in the Abstract field, key in search terms and the search results will yield all documents that contain the terms used. This could result in a very large output. Use of the abstract field is most suited to finding a large number of documents on a topic. It is also a useful field to search for unique subject areas such as gambling, a lesser used topic in this database.
The kind of documents collected in this database are of various types; the format is the publication type such as a journal article, book, pamphlet, or video. Using this field can help narrow a search. Select the document type from the drop down list.
This collection contains documents and materials in several languages. Select a language from the drop down list to locate English language materials which are also available in Spanish, for example.
Government-produced reports including Federal, State and local documents are considered in the Public Domain (PD). These materials are not under copyright restrictions. When available, the NCADI Library Web site provides a copy (PDF) from the abstract format [View Document]. This enables visitors to download and print the document from their desktop.
The user can sort the results of a search with three available options; in alphabetical order by TITLE or the most current descending by the ACCESSION NUMBER.
With most browsers, click on FILE in the menu bar then select SAVE AS. This will allow the searcher several options to save the results of the search or the bibliography of records. Cutting and pasting the bibliography into a Word file is also possible.
A live link to the Web site of many documents is available from the abstract portion of the record giving a searcher another opportunity for acquiring a copy of the material.
Posters and Pamphlets