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Clinical Questions: Train yourself

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In your search for (medical) literature these LibGuides UBU Libguides may also be of interest to you:

Searching in PubMed

PubMed contains more than 26 million biomedical references from the MEDLINE database. You can search over 5600 biomedical journals from 80 countries at a time.

You will find an extensive PubMed tutorial in the LibGuide Training Pubmed UBU LibGuide Training PubMed.This is also used in the medical curriculum at UMC Utrecht.

In the above mentioned training the following items are discussed:

Searching the Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library contains a complete overview of all Cochrane Systematic Reviews. In addition, you can search in five more databases within Cochrane, including DARE (systematic reviews that have not been developed by Cochrane) and CENTRAL (the database of RCTs/clinical trials compiled by Cochrane).

The Cochrane Library focusses particularly on the effectiveness of interventions, so is usefull for therapy-related questions.

You will find more information on searching in the Cochrane Library in the LibGuide EBM Literature Sources in the tab Cochrane:

Citation searching

A good way to track down relevant articles is citation searching (following up references in and to articles).
Utrecht University Library offers access to two search engines that allow citation-searching: Scopus and Web of Science.
For information on searching by citation in Scopus or Web of Sciece, see the LibGuide EBM Literature Sources.UBU LibGuide EBM Literature Sources: Citation Searching

Questions? Need advice?

The subject librarians and biomedical information specialists of Utrecht University Library offer support for searching literature for a clinical question to the following target audiences:

  • students and staff of Utrecht University
  • UMC Utrecht staff members