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Medical Library Research Guide

LITERATURE SEARCHING BASICS

Doing a systematic review? Go to the Systematic Reviews libguide for information.

Select a Topic and Determine Search Parameters

Inclusion/Exclusion Criteria

  • Human or Animal Studies or both
  • English or non-English or both
  • Years to be Searched
  • Publication types, e.g. Meta-Analyses, Systematic Reviews, Case Reports, Practice Guidelines, Randomized Controlled Studies, Comparative Studies

PICO can help to organize your search terms

  • P=Patients/Population
  • I=Intervention
  • C=Comparison (if needed)
  • O=Outcomes

BIOMEDICAL DATABASES

OTHER SELECTED DATABASES

ALERTS AND SAVED SEARCHES

Saving Searches

Most databases will allow you to save search strategies when you register with them. Author alerts can also be set up in several databases.

Keeping Up with the Literature - Alerting & Other Services

  • Use Browzine to keep track of current literature.
    • Mobile app for tablets and smart phones that allows you to access and browse e-journals from different publishers in one simple interface. Access scholarly journals in a format that is optimized for tablets and create a personal bookshelf of favorite journals.

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