Describe Your Topic
Describe the main topic as specifically as you can, then focus it by considering these factors:
- What are the age groups, geographic locations, socio-economic considerations that you want to include?
- Will comparisons be made with other diseases, conditions, methods?
- What potential outcomes do you want to consider? (cost reduction, improved communication)
Think about the scope of what you need: a few recent articles from major journals or a comprehensive search of publications? Do you need evidence-based information from clinical trials?
If your topic is too broad or you cannot clearly define what you want, look for background information, an overview, or a few good review articles to help clarify the concepts.
Databases such as PubMed or Web of Science are organized collections of citations of articles from peer-reviewed journals. The information is organized to allow comprehensive searching of millions of publications, with the objective of identifying a focused list of the relevant citations.
Emory Libraries subscribe to over 1000 databases, spanning may topics, but the three databases listed below are the best sources to find biomedical literature.
- PubMed - premier biomedical database which covers clincal, public health, basic science, health care and other categories
- EMBASE - broad biomedical coverage with more emphasis on pharmaceutical and drug literature; complements PubMed
- Web of Science - multidisciplinary database using key word searchng and which features cited reference searching
To explore more databases, click here.