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Searching the Medical Literature

What kind of information do you need? Where can you go to find it?


The information resource (book, journal, magazine, Internet site, media, database, expert or professional, etc.) you choose should be determined by the type of information you're looking for. Dictionaries give you definitions of terms, academic or scholarly journals give you scientific studies, some Internet sites have consumer or patient-level health information.

Are you looking for. . .

Are you looking for. . .

Is your information need outside these categories? Please contact a librarian for help.

Is the information appropriate to use for health care purposes?

Being able to evaluate the accuracy of health information is critical, especially when it comes to patient safety. If you are in any doubt about the legitimacy of the source of information, whether it is from a journal, magazine, website, book, or even from an expert in any given field, use these resources to help you determine the trustworthiness, currency, and accuracy of information you use in health care practices.

Using information ethically and legally

Use the Cite Sources Guide to format your writing and references in the style preferred by your instructor and to avoid plagiarism.

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