Spotlight on Anatomy Databases

The human body can be confusing to learn about.  So many different parts!   Why do all these structures look the same? What on earth is the difference between a tendon and a ligament

When you’re in lab class, you may have access to different anatomical models to study, but what do you do if it’s 2:00 am, you have your A&P 1 final the next day, and you really feel like you need to get some last-minute cramming on the occipital lobe in?2014-04-07 09_44_13-Spotlight on Anatomy Databases.docx - Microsoft Word

Never fear!  The Touro College Libraries have got you covered with NetAnatomy and Primal Pictures, databases that offer images and even 3-D models of the human body.  To get to these, either click on the links above, or go to, click on the Databases tab, and select “Health Sciences” on the dropdown menu.  You will need a username and password for off-campus access.  (To create a username and password or to retrieve a forgotten username and password click here.)


NetAnatomy offers gross, radiological, and cross-sectional anatomical pictures.  Each of these sections is split up by region of the body (i.e. head and neck, thorax, back), and are then split up even further.  Clicking on a topic, subject, or medical term pulls up high-quality photographs or radiological images of the area in question.  From there, you can see each part labeled, test your knowledge, and read descriptions of the images.  Each section is extremely detailed and many have guides on how to best study a particular region. — Primal Pictures — Primal Pictures is also split up by region of the body and offers radiological images and videos.  Its main feature, though, is 3-D models from which you can zoom in and out, rotate, and add and remove layers.  It’s almost like having a real anatomical model on your desk!  For example, you can start with a model of the hand that shows muscles, tendons, ligaments, nerves, arteries, and veins, and change the layers so you can see each separate structure. Clicking on individual parts of the model will highlight that part and bring up a description.  You can click back and forth between the models, slides, and videos to really get a good sense of each body part.

We hope that using these databases will give you a greater understanding of human anatomy (and will maybe quell that late-night test panic!).  If you have any questions on how to access or use the databases, give us a call, email, or drop into one of our libraries.

Contributed by: Carrie Levinson, Librarian, Lander College for Women

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