Filtered, summarized monographs: Answer clinical questions in a concise, easily accessible format. Organize information for quick browsing. Use when you have less than 15 minutes to find information.
Examples: Clinical Inquiries in the Journal of Family Practice, FirstConsult, Five Minute Clinical Consult, Natural Medicines Comprehensive Database, and Up To Date [Up to Date is not available off campus].
Information Aggregators: Go beyond the basics and scan collected information for relevant content. One-stop access to a wide variety of material. Save time by simultaneously searching textbooks, PubMed, Cochrane, National Guidelines Clearinghouse, image resources, drug reference databases, risk calculators or other tools, or other specialized resources. Allow at least 20-30 minutes when you use these resources.
Examples: MD Consult, Micromedex, and STAT!Ref
Critically Appraised Information: MD prepared critical summaries of the evidence. Use when you want to keep up on the literature, but don't have time to read the whole article.
Examples: ACP Journal Club, and some parts of The Cochrane Library
Identify what type of question you are asking - are you seeking?:
Where will you start your search? (use the ** resources in the tabs above first)
Begin with the disease, treatment, test, or symptom.
Don’t abbreviate & use correct spelling (most resources don’t offer a spell checker)
How long will you search before you ask a librarian? Searching for information is the librarians’ job, applying the answer to practice is your job! Get help, don't struggle:
View the following tutorials and Resource Guides created by your librarians to learn more about the Clinical Tools that the Library offers to quickly answer background questions while in a clinical setting.
Use the Related Citations link in PubMed. Related citations allow you to find the best matches to a relevant article. It appears under each record in the search results list, or in a sidebar on the right in some display modes. To see how it works, click here, then click the link to see all of the Related Citations.
Click on a link below to launch a PubMed search. Review the results, use Limits to refine the search, or add yourtopic AND (must be caps) to further narrow the search. Submit a topic for a shortcut to Kristen DeSanto. She will email a shortcut back to you and post it below.