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Pre-Clerkship Library Resources

The information resources you need for medical school

Literature Search Strategies

When you search for resources:

Think about your core concepts. Keep search terms simple, and pay attention to keywords and other terms you see referenced in relevant articles. You can use those terms if you need to revise your search.

Use the Evidence Pyramid to guide your search. Look for the highest level of evidence you can find. Keep in mind that many epidemiologic/ public health studies may be more in the observational categories: cohort, case-control, case series. Your goal is to find the highest level of evidence that is relevant for your information need.

Evidence Pyramid

Research design and evidence

Background Information (Start Here!)

Biomedical/Social-Ecological Literature ("Evidence")

Open-Access Journal Resources (more "evidence")

Finding Guidelines

Staying Current Best New Evidence