Created on February 9, 2022
Sabine Calleja | Information SpecialistMichael Myers | Information Specialist
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
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
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.
Single Citation Matcher
Pubmed search features
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
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
- Case Studies & Quizzes
Free and Easy to Use Mobile App
Patient Education & Quick Facts
3D models and other resources
Simple Search Bar
User-friendly, free database containing high quality clinical research evidence. Aims to rapidly find clinical answers.
Clinical Practice GuidelinesPICO Question BreakdownFilters
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?
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?
You want to find some patient education handouts on acne. Which resource should you look at?
How would you remove a specific website from a Google results page?
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