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Online Search Tips

magnifying glass iconRather than putting a full sentence into an online search box, it can be more productive to focus your topic down into a few search words. To combine them, follow these search tips:

  • use quotes around two more more words that MUST stay together
  • use AND between words that MUST show up in your search
  • use OR between synonyms (you don't care which word shows up, but one MUST)
  • search string: the way you combine all your search words with ORs and ANDs and quotes

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Finding Web Information

Searching for information on the web efficiently requires developing a search strategy. Is the information sought very specific? If so, a search engine is the best search tool to use with keywords to describe the exact information need. Unsure or looking for more general information on a topic?  Start with a subject directory and search broad topics. Many specialized databases and search tools are also available on the web.

Click the Research Skills tab above for great resources on evaluating health information on the Web.

Statistics on the Web

Guidelines and Other Health Science Resources

  • US FDA Drug Information Food and Drug Administration website of information on drugs for humans, such as label information and FDA approval history. Look for the Drugs@FDA search link, as well as links for healthcare professionals and consumers, and the Drug Information Pathfinder.

  • National Guideline Clearinghouse
    U.S. Department of Health & Human Services database of evidence-based clinical practice guidelines.

  • PubMed
    National Library of Medicine - National Institutes of Health launching point for health sciences information, from peer-reviewed literature to clinical trials. Be sure to look at the quick start guide, information on finding the full text of articles, and the tutorials. Also check out the citation matchers, useful if you have incomplete information about an article.

    National Library of Medicine online database of toxicology information

  • Merck Manual of Diagnosis and Therapy - Online
    Online version, with features not available in the print version, and "continuously updated to ensure that the information is as up-to-date as possible."

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