Making Search Decisions

Does background information on your topic answer your question?

For example, are you looking for presentation information, a differential diagnosis list, or types of therapies? Try a background resource, such as DynaMed, ClinicalKey or AccessMedicine.

Are you trying to decide on the best course of action (for diagnosis, treatment, etc.) and want to incorporate recent, reliable evidence into your decision?

Consult a filtered resource, such as DynaMed, Cochrane Library, or Micromedex.

Were you unable to find an answer to your question in a filtered resource, or want to find new original research studies?

Try an unfiltered resource, such as PubMed, PsycINFO, or CINAHL.

Research Guides

Consult our research guides to searching literature in your discipline to learn more about specific databases. Our guides contain helpful information about the contents, strengths and weaknesses, and search tips for databases.


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