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School of Medicine - Independent Investigative Inquiry

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..


Top Research Databases to Start
Additional Databases 
  • CINAHL Complete  - Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature 
  • PsycINFO  - Covers academic, research, and practice literature in psychology and related disciplines
  • Genetics and Medicine - Recommended resources for genetics and clinical practice including genetic disorders and pharmacogenomics
  • Public Health Toolkit - Guide to related resources, check the tabs for Environmental and Global Health at the top of the page
  • Google Scholar - Connect with UW Libraries for article access to many search results
Research Tools
  • UW Libraries Search - already have a citation? Search here and look for online access or request (free!) an article scan
  • Creating a PRISMA Diagram - step-by-step approach and concepts clarified for PRISMA
  • PRISMA website - downloadable PRISMA checklist and flow diagram, along with more information about the process
  • SAS University Edition - free for UW students, faculty & staff on personal computers or cloud-based
  • SPSS - free for UW students on personal computers
  • Get a CSDE student account to access UW remote computing software including R
  • Unpaywall - Add to Chrome or Firefox for legal freely available article access


GHIP-specific researching

In addition to the researching sources above, these additional public & global health resources may be helpful especially for GHIP.

Public Health Toolkit
links to additional resource pages for environmental health, nutrition, health policy & administration

Global Health Toolkit
Global Health Database, WHO Global Health Library search platform for regional/country indexes

Searching help

Searching Consultation

Please Ask Us to schedule a consult 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. 

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


Writing Guides, Consultations and eBooks

AMA Style Guide - a common format for Health Sciences papers, please check with your mentor to confirm requirements. 

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

The Odegaard Writing and Research Center (OWRC) offers WWAMI students writing tutoring sessions via Zoom webcast. 
Schedule at this link and learn more at OWRC for Online or Distance Writers.

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

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