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Library resources for School of Medicine students completing research and 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 by keywords across many eBooks at once.

Searching strategy 

Developing a searching strategy helps you identify key concepts and databases searched in an organized way, then keep track of your research terms. 

Literature Reviews 

Understand the literature review process by following these eight steps, and select other topics from the Project Planner link to learn more about planning your research project..

III videos

Mediasite Videos

Access to these videos in support of research projects 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 Research Databases to Start

Additional Research Tools
  • Connect Google Scholar with UW Libraries for article access
  • Add Unpaywall to Chrome or Firefox for legal freely available article access
  • Get a CSDE student account to access UW remote computing software such as R, SAS & SPSS

Searching help

Searching Consultation

Schedule a consult with your School of Medicine librarian (Nikki Dettmar - on Zoom or in person early in your research for strategies/additional resources specific to your topic that can save you hours of time.

Searching Guides

Using these informative searching guides can help you research and navigate the databases to yield better search results. 

Additional research sources

Depending on your research topic, you may wish to search beyond the traditional biomedical literature.

Databases from Other Disciplines
  • DTIC Defense Technical Information Center
    • Department of Defense and government-funded scientific, technical, engineering, and business related information
  • PEDro Physiotherapy Evidence Database
    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).
Rural Health 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 especially 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
Additional Resources

Evidence-based practice

Evidence Based Practice (EBP) Guides

Information management & writing

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.

Information Management Tools

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 Consultations & Guides

The Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) offers WWAMI students writing tutoring sessions via Zoom. Summer 2018 quarter schedule: Wednesdays from 1:30-2:15 PDT and 2:15-3:00 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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