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Evidence-Based Medicine: 2: Acquire

Finding Evidence

Planning Research

Documenting Research

Planning the search up front saves time and frustration, yields best results, and helps document the research process.  

The research process must be recorded and reported in the methodology section of a paper.  Methods typically include:    

The PRISMA Flow Chart is among the most commonly used tools for recording the research process.  

Database Searching 

Natural language searches do not yield strong results in databases.  Instead, search queries must be constructed using keywords and Boolean Logic.  See the Search Tips page for more information.  


The resources linked here provide access to a wide variety of evidence-based medicine information.  Databases are subscribed to by the Library and can only be accessed with SamID credentials.  Search Engines are open resources and can be accessed without authentication.  Depending on the topic, you may have to search across resources for evidence. 


The databases linked here are sources well-known for providing evidence-based medicine information.  Use the search features available in each database to refine results to filtered information or open the search to include unfiltered information.  

Search Engines

The open-source search engines linked here are designed to help clinicians find filtered information.  


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