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Literature searching for Medical and Dental Sciences

Activity 1: FindIt@Bham searches

Using FindIt@Bham to find Library Resources

From Library Services

Why use FindIt?

  • Library Panopto video (subtitles available)

​Go to - and sign in at the top right with your University login (username and password).

  • Then, in the drop-down menu on the right of the search bar, select "Library Catalogue"

Example 1. Book 

  • Search for the book / ebook "Clinically oriented anatomy".  
  • Find the latest edition, and browse the contents pages of the ebook (ie the online copy)

Using FindIt@Bham to locate a book

  • Library Panopto video (subtitles available)


Example 2. Articles

  • Now select the Advanced Search option by the right of the main search bar.
  • In the drop-down menu, select Article Search.
  • Search for a topic using 2 or 3 keywords, or try the following search in the on-screen search bars:
    • Influenza (epidemic or pandemic)


  • Academic or University or Student


  • AND is a Boolean operator in the drop-down to the left of the second search bar.  AND narrows a search to material that is about both descriptors in the two lines, not just one or other.   Boolean operators can also be used within a search line: typically, as in the second line. OR is used to bring similar descriptors together in one broader group (either / or): hence, academic OR university OR student 
  • Note the filters on the right of the list of results.  Try using, for example, Reviews under Type


Screenshot of FindIt advanced search, article search, with Boolean operator AND connecting search terms in above example, on separate lines


Using FindIt@Bham to locate journal articles

  • Library Panopto video (subtitles available)


Example 3. Clinical Key: multi-media medical resource

  • Return to the main search screen - you can use "New Search" to do so.
  • Search for "Elsevier ClinicalKey" (ClinicalKey as one word)
  • Follow the links to this resource ("ClinicalKey Medical Education"), which includes books, images, videos
  • Follow the institutional links to log in, then set up an individual account
  • Browse the resources: try a topic of your choice, or search (eg) Influenza


Top tip: Favourites in FindIt

  • Note that you can click the pin icon to the right of any result in FindIt, to save it to your Favourites
  • Then select the pin icon at the top right of the screen to view these Favourites
  • These will be visible as long as you are signed in to FindIt with your University login
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