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School of Medicine - Independent Investigative Inquiry

Library resources for School of Medicine students completing III requirements


eBooks can help you understand your research in a clinical context and gather information on the historical development of research on your topic. Browse chapters or search by keywords of interest within a subject eBook, or search many eBooks at once.

Searching strategy development helps you identify key concepts and databases seached in an organized way then keep track of your research terms.

III videos

Mediasite Videos

Access to the following  is limited to current UW School of Medicine Foundations students only. 

  1. Session 1 - Systematic Literature Review Webinar (35 minutes)
  2. Session 2: Databases & Citation Management Webinar (23 minutes)




Top 5 Recommended Databases


Set Additional Search Tools

  • Connect Google Scholar with UW Libraries for article access
  • Add Unpaywall to Chrome or Firefox for legal freely available article access

Searching help

Consult with your School of Medicine librarian (Nikki Dettmar) early in your research for strategies/additional resources specific to your topic that can save hours of time.

Searching Guides

Additional research sources

Depending on your research topic, you may wish to search beyond the traditional biomedical literature. Here is a sampling of databases covering other disciplines that may be useful:

  • DTIC Defense Technical Information Center
    • Department of Defense and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and busines related information
  • PEDro Physiotherapy Evidence Database

Identify key researchers are in your topic's field.  Run author searches in databases to see their works.

    RePORT Expenditures and Results (RePORTER) query tool of research funded by NIH and other Public Health Services agencies. Includes NIH funding for each project (expenditures), and the publications and patents that have acknowledged support from each project (results).

Other Resources
  • Rural Health Information hub - toolkit identifying evidence-based and promising models/resources to benefit rural communities seeking to implement services integration programs.


In addition to the Researching sources above, these additional resources may be helpful for RUOP. While some resources are not articles, they often have references that include many articles that are likely to be of interest for your annotated literature review and research projects.


State-Level Demographics, Health & Statistics Information

Washington, Wyoming (see bottom of page), Alaska, Montana & Idaho


Additional Resources

Evidence-based practice

Discover more about evidence based practice (EBP)

Information management & writing

Information Management Tools

Use citation managers to save your reference citations & article PDFs in an online account, and help automatically format your citations as you write. Current UW students can sign up for a free account with either of these programs. EndNote is more commonly used by the UW Health Sciences students.


EndNote Basic

  • EndNote Basic guide - step by step guide for account setup, adding references, and Cite While You Write


  • RefWorks guide - step by step guide for account setup, adding references, and Write-N-Cite

Writing Support

The Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) offers WWAMI students writing tutoring sessions via Zoom. Spring 2018 quarter schedule: Tuesdays from 3:00-3:45 PDT and 3:45-4:30 PDT.  Select OWRC Online - Health Sciences to schedule.

Writing Guide - Health sciences help for writing & citing with links to style guides, copyright, open access & scholarly publishing.

Citation Management Help - make an in-person or online appointment with research commons graduate specialists.

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