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Medical Students: Journal Article Databases

Resources for students in the College of Medicine

Journal Article Databases

Journal articles can be used to find original research studies, as well as systematic reviews and meta-analyses.

Literature Databases

Article Appraisals

Best Study Design for Your Question

The type of question is important and can help lead you to the best study design. To limit your search to a specific study design, use the database's filters/limits or add keywords to your search (e.g., lung cancer AND cohort).

Type of Question  Best Type of Study
   Therapy RCT -> cohort -> case control -> case series
   Diagnosis                 prospective, blind comparison to a gold standard  
   Etiology/Harm RCT -> cohort -> case control -> case series
   Prognosis Cohort study -> case control -> case series
   Prevention RCT -> cohort study -> case control -> case series

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