Conclusion

Literature Searching is a very vital activity that needs to be carried out with a systematic approach at the beginning of any writing activity, while working on your research and at the end before publishing

  • Know your background information from Type I resources

  • Research Type II resources with a very structured approach to ensure that you have not just relevant, but also evidence based and usable studies from reliable resources

  • Check Type III resources to see if there is a clear evidence or recommendations for management of a disease / condition

Understand clearly that every type of resource has a clear distinct role to play in education and research. No one type is better than another. 

Evidence summaries are very useful (and convenient) for patient management, but it is important to understand that you must know how to read and interpret a Systematic Review and other types of papers so that you always have an approach based on "Scientific Inquiry"

This tutorial gives you a bird's eye view on Information Resources and some key foundational tips on searching medical literature. Searching is a specialty in itself and so it is important to learn more about it. It is important to know that while most health science students and professionals can learn enough to do a good search for themselves, there WILL be times when a very thorough search is required. It is then important to interact with an information specialist to understand how to make the best use of available resources

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