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Literature searching for Medical and Dental Sciences

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Introduction

This guide will take you through the basics of literature searching in Medical and related topics, using resources subscribed by the University and available through the Library's resource discovery tool FindIt. 

The activities are divided into sections as follows:

  • Activity 1: FindIt searches
  • Activity 2: Planning your search
  • Activity 3A: Database searching (Medline)
  • Activity 3B-3E: Database searching (Other databases)
  • Activity 4: Using RefWorks 

For general information about literature searching, see the Library Guide to Effective Search Techniques

For general help with using FindIt, see the Library FindIt Guide

For short Canvas courses on a range of topics, see the Academic Skills Gateway.  In Research Skills, see the section on Finding and using information.

  • "Doing a quality literature review" for a more basic overview
  • "Systematic literature searching" for a detailed look at how to conduct a systematic search, especially in health and medicine subject areas

Subject Information

Library Services subscribes to many high quality databases that will be useful to your literature search.

See the following library guide sections for more information on subject-related databases:  

MDS:

LES:

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