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PubMed - Searching Medical Literature: Research Tips

A guide to searching medical literature using PubMed, the MEDLINE search engine from the National Library of Medicine.

Research Tips

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Write down your references. Write out or save a complete citation for each source you find; you may need it again later. Consider using a citation management software to help you organize your sources. GSU provides support for EndNote, Mendeley, and Zotero.


Search multiple databases to be sure you don't miss the very best book, article, or summary on your topic.


Use the one good resource approach.  When you find a good article/resource, look at the bibliography to see what resources that author used and try searching for them.

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