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Scholarly Project Resources

This guide will provide information for medical students who are working on their scholarly project.

PubMed

Tips for Searching

Remember that searching:

  • is an iterative process
  • often requires re-evaluation and testing, from adding or changing keywords and the ways they relate to each other, to choosing new resources to search, and even rewording or  changing the research question
  • saving results with a citation manager will help with long term research projects
STEPS TO SEARCHING THE LITERATURE
chevron Formulate your search question 
chevron Gather synonyms for your search concepts
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Select appropriate database(s)

PubMed/Medline: Biomedical & life-sciences citations
CINAHL: Nursing & allied health
EMBASE: European biomedical, Pharmacy
ERIC: Education
Sociological Abstracts: Sociology & social work
PsycINFO: Psychology & mental health
Scopus: Interdisciplinary citations
Web of Science: Interdisciplinary citations 

chevron Use a structured, methodologically rigorous approach to conduct your search
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