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Problem-based Learning & Finding the Evidence: Home

"Half of what you’ll learn in medical school will be shown to be either dead wrong or out of date within five years of your graduation; the trouble is that nobody can tell you which half – so the most important thing to learn is how to learn on your own."

David Sackett, M.D.


Introduction to Searching & Using this Guide

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. 

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Access from Office Campus

In order to access these resources off campus, you will need to use the web VPN (browser-based) or the VPN AnyConnect (downloaded software that covers all your computer applications).  For detailed instructions, click one of the following:


VPN - Virtual Private Network

Get Assistance with Resources

Contact Karen the librarian for assistance with resources or help finding one not on the guide. (

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When Using PubMed ...

Full-text articles from PubMed - be sure to use this special link to PubMed so you can have the UC-eLinks button which is your bridge to full-text.



PubMed Tools

Did you know that in PubMed you can:

Use Limits to:

  • Specify the type(s) of articles retrieved (e.g., Clinical Trials, Case Studies, Reviews)
  • Specify age groups (e.g., 6-12 year olds, 19-44 year olds, 80 & over, and more)
  • Specify human or animal studies
  • Specify the language of the article

Jump to the PubMed Tutorial about Limits.

Use Clinical Queries to:

  • Find systematic reviews
  • Use preformatted filters for evidence-based searching
  • Target articles on medical genetics

Jump to the PubMed Tutorial about using Clinical Queries

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The Search Process

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.

Searching Decision Tree