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Evidence-Based Medicine

Search Tips

Search Tips and Tricks for Heavily Distilled Products

  • Consider browsing by disease, as this often leads to the “highest level” of article
  • If no index to contents exists, try a disease search, then browse results
  • The more distilled the product, the more general the search!
  • These are small databases; your results will be small even for one-word searches! e.g. search by drug or disease name, and add no qualifiers
  • Consider synonyms, spelling variations, word variations e.g. prevention = prophylaxis = primary prevention e.g. behavior = behaviour e.g. prozac = fluoxetine, also consider ssri, tradenames
  • Omit needless words that may remove good results!
  • Pubmed Clinical Queries - filter selection handles common aspects, e.g. treatment, so you don’t need those “qualifier” words
  • Start with a basic search.  If results are too large, add qualifiers one by one, not all-at-once

Search Tips and Tricks for Less Distilled Products and Search Engines

  • Your goal is to eliminate the junk and let the professional, high quality literature filter to the top of the results list.
  • Think of words that the author would use
  • Use professional vs. layperson languageE.g. Hypercholesterolemia not high cholesterol

The less distilled the product, the more specific the search!

EBM "How-to" Guides

Find It Fast! Video Tutorials

Yale's Find It Fast! series of video tutorials are great for explaining some basic terminology and theories for evidence-based practice. They also show you how to use the Cochrane Database, ACP Smart Medicine, Clinical Evidence, Trip and how to perform Clinical Queries in Medline.

JAMAevidence

Although the U of T Libraries does not own a subscription to this item, some limited free information is available, including a glossary, calculators, podcasts and worksheets. It is updated monthly.

EBM "How-to" Books

DIY Resources

CATMaker

Provided by the Center for Evidence-Based Medicine, CATmaker is a free, downloadable application which helps you create CATs (Critically Appraised Topics). This can help you formulate your own bottom lines and store, print and share them.

EBMPyramid.org: The EBM Page Generator

Dartmouth and Yale Universities have created an an EBM page generation tool that allows you to select your own resources and produces a code to use on your own webpage.