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BIO476H5: Molecular Basis of Disease


MEDLINE is the U.S. National Library of Medicine's bibliographic database. It broadly covers all areas of biomedicine.

  • PubMed provides free access to MEDLINE plus additional life science, general science and chemistry journals.
  • MEDLINE (Ovid) is a commercial interface for accessing Medline.

Systematic Reviews

What is a systematic review?

"A systematic review attempts to identify, appraise and synthesize all the empirical evidence that meets pre-specified eligibility criteria to answer a given research question. Researchers conducting systematic reviews use explicit methods aimed at minimizing bias, in order to produce more reliable findings that can be used to inform decision making. (See Section 1.2 in the Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions.)"

Systematic reviews are different from literature reviews.