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The SALIS Collection: Alcohol, Tobacco, and Other Drugs


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In addition to many generous individuals who have contributed in multiple ways to the SALIS COLLECTION, SALIS also extends sincere thanks to the following funding and collection partners:                                                                  

  • Alcohol and Drug Abuse Institute (ADAI), U of Seattle, Seattle, WA, USA
  • Drug Policy Alliance (DPA), New York, NY, USA
  • Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation, Main campus in Center City, MN, USA
  • Joel and Maria Fort Foundation, San Francisco, CA, USA
  • National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), Rockville, MD, USA
  • Pacific Institute for Research and Evaluation (PIRE), Berkeley, CA, USA
  • SALIS membership (Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists), Home Office  Berkeley, CA, USA
  • Society for the Study of Addiction (SSA), Northampton, UK
  • University of Toronto (UT), Toronto, Ontario, Canada
  • Vereniging voor Alcohol en andere Drugproblemen (VAD), Brussels, Belgium


THE SALIS COLLECTION is a free, online, full-text, e-lending library focused on the many topics surrounding alcohol, tobacco, other drugs, and addictions.  It includes key seminal titles, books, reports, documents, grey literature, and more. The collection has impressive breadth and depth, being international in its scope, including multiple languages, and encompassing all years.

This unique collection covers a wide number of disciplines, and compiles into one location resources regarding alcohol, tobacco, psychoactive substances (such as marijuana, opioids, heroin, and cocaine), and other drugs. The books and documents address drugs and drug use disorders, alcohol and alcohol use disorders, health complications, treatment and recovery, education and prevention, research and theory, policy and legal issues, societal issues, mental health aspects, process or behavioral addictions, and more.  All items included in THE SALIS COLLECTION are offered for scholarship, education, personal, and research purposes  [].

THE SALIS COLLECTION is produced by SALIS (Substance Abuse Librarians and Information Specialists), a long-established international association of librarians and other information professionals who focus on the health and social concerns surrounding alcohol, tobacco, and other drugs. SALIS is a leading advocate in the evaluating, compiling, organizing, preserving, and making accessible the literature of the drugs, alcohol, and addictions field. 


Want assistance in searching the SALIS Collection?  Not finding what you need? 

Click here for specifics, a tutorial, fielded detail, how to combine terms, and how to search word ending variations.


TIP 1:  Search your topic with multiple search strategies.  

The drug and alcohol field has a rich but unstandardized terminology.  Multiple search queries are usually needed to gather a comprehensive list of resources for a topic.  You may enter a single search term into the search box, but building a more complex search query helps refine results.  For example:

  • for substance use disorders, you may also want to try:  drug abuse, chemical dependency, substance use and misuse, substance abuse, drug dependency, etc.
  • for outcomes, you may also want to try:  outcome, effective, effectiveness, efficacy, success, successful, etc.

Tips 2, 3, and 4 show how the above link helps you to refine your search:

TIP 2:  For visual learners, there is a  clear and helpful 12 minute video tutorial.

TIP 3:  Boolean Operators for connecting search terms:

The video above contains a concise explanation of how to connect search terms, but as a recap, the most common are:

  • AND -   narrows your search
  • OR -   widens your search
  • AND NOT -   excludes terms from your search
  • (  ) -   parentheses prioritize the contents within
  • "  " -   double quotes will only return results with an exact match for the phrase within
  • * -   wild card, use to include various word endings (alcohol* for alcoholism, alcoholic …)

TIP 4:  Fielded Searches for refining and limiting your search:

Here are some common fields you might want to search.  [Note that there is no space following the colon.]

  • title - the title of the work 
    • e.g. title:”science of marijuana" will find items with the exact phrase “science of marijuana" in the title field
  • subject - terms that describe the content of the work (also referred to as topics or keywords) (entries not standardized)
    • e.g. subject:recovery will find items with the word recovery in their subject fields
  • creator - the person (or entity) that created the work, e.g. the author, director, conductor, etc.
    • e.g. creator:(White AND William) will find all items with both William and White in the creator field
  • date - the date the work was published, often in YYYY or YYYY-MM-DD format
    • e.g. date:1922 will find all items with a publish date within the year 1922


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December 18
Andrea Mills

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