This year, the focus of the resources and the search tips are about finding quality evidence to answer your questions. Many of the resources you are familiar with will answer your background questions very well, but for those questions beyond textbooks, you will need to be more particular about the evidence they provide.
The first step in the search process is ASSESS. What is the question you have? What type of question is it?
Why bother with these resources when everything is on the internet and findable in Google?
Well, the truth is not everything is in Google and full-text in not always available (thus, library subscriptions and remote access are important). Life-long learning is a hallmark of the medical profession. Becoming familiar with the tools to help with that is a tremendous time-saver, and in your career, time will be in short supply. Here's some advice from Dr. David Sackett:
"Half of what you’ll learn in medical school will be shown to be either dead wrong or out of date within five years of your graduation; the trouble is that nobody can tell you which half – so the most important thing to learn is how to learn on your own."
Your search will always begin with an assessment of your information need and a recognition of the type of question you have. Your next steps depend upon your assessment. The following outlines the process of searching.
Did you know that in PubMed you can:
Use Limits to:
Jump to the PubMed Tutorial about Limits.
Use Clinical Queries to:
Jump to the PubMed Tutorial about using Clinical Queries
Sharpen you PubMed skills with these tutorials: