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Tips and Tricks for Effective Searching of Evidence-Based Medicine

Quick & Dirty Searching

  • Search PubMed and Google Scholar quickly for medical research
  • Use the databases CPS (RxTx) and Access Medicine to obtain quick medical information
  • Use the open access databases Merck Manuals and TRIP database to discover quick medical information, policies, and best practice documents

Learning Objectives

Suitability of Google Scholar as a Source of Scientific Information and as a Source for Scientific Evaluation-Review of the Literature

Google: The Beast

Google Scholar is essentially an enormous web crawler which collects and indexes scientific output either through publisher’s websites or from scientific repositories of universities, library catalogs and other websites that contain academic and scientific publications.

Taming the Beast: Search Features

Bibliography Manager

Literature Alerts


Other Features

PubMed also offers the MeSH (Medical Subject Headings) Thesaurus, which is a controlled and hierarchically-organized vocabulary produced by the National Library of Medicine.

PubMed is the free online version of MEDLINE, which is a biomedical and life sciences literature database that contains more than 30 million journal citations and abstracts and is maintained and indexed by the National Library of Medicine.


Clinical Queries

Single Citation Matcher

Related Research


Pubmed search features


NLM Catalogue

Open Access Add-ons

Pubmed Other features

All Unity Health Toronto staff have free access!

One Stop Shop: Access Medicine

Multi-media medical database featuring a large collection of e-books, medical textbooks, self-assessment, algorithms, case studies, videos, calculators & tools.Comprehensive medical coverage - large range of topics including obstetrics, dermatology, psychiatry & cardiology.

E-BooksLecturesInfographicsStudy Tools (Clerkship Topics, Flashcards, Review Questions)Patient Education

Search Features

The Canadian standard for drug monographs, Lexi-Interact drug interaction checker, critical updates and clinical information. CPS Full Access is available to all Unity Health staff.


Pill IdentifierLexi InteractRenal Function CalculatorHealth Canada Advisories

CPS Search features

The Merck Manuals Global Medical Knowledge database grew out of the Merck Manuals, which were one of the most widely-used medical resources since 1899. This database includes:

  • Quick reference information on thousands of medical subjects
  • Resources (3D models, Audio, clinical calculators, videos, images, and much more)
  • Drug Information database
  • Medical News
  • Procedures
  • Case Studies & Quizzes

Free and Easy to Use Mobile App

Patient Education & Quick Facts

Related Information

3D models and other resources

Simple Search Bar

Search Features


User-friendly, free database containing high quality clinical research evidence. Aims to rapidly find clinical answers.

trip database

Clinical Practice GuidelinesPICO Question BreakdownFilters

Search Features



Your patient can’t remember what angina medication he was taking last year. His wife is in attendance and can remember what the pill looked like. Which resource would you look at to verify this information?


Access Medicine



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You're conducting a background literature search for your research project. You've taken a look at published research but want to see what exists in the grey literature. Where would you search?


Merck Manuals

Google Scholar


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You want to find some patient education handouts on acne. Which resource should you look at?

Google Scholar


Access Medicine


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How would you remove a specific website from a Google results page?





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Michael Myers | Information Specialist | michael.myers@unityhealth.to

Sabine Calleja | Information Specialist | sabine.calleja@unityhealth.to