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PHYT 7014: Systematic Reasoning and Scientific Investigation I: Select a Resource

A guide to literature searching.


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Contains references to scholarly journals in the areas of biomedicine and health. At the heart of this search system is the MEDLINE database, a premier collection of citations maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM). Offers access to over 5,400 biomedical journal citations from the U.S. and 80 foreign countries. Contains over 26 million references from 1946.

Specialized Tools:

  • MESH (Medical Subject Headings) - a controlled, hierarchy structured searchable vocabulary.
  • Filters - Search limits based on language, publication types, and age means that literature can be quickly sifted for relevant articles


For tips on searching PubMed see the PubMed: Ten Tips LibGuide.



A clinical search engine designed to retrieve high quality research evidence such as systematic reviews, guidelines, medical images, patient leaflets, and peer-reviewed articles. The aim of the TRIP database is to allow health professionals to easily find the highest-quality material available on the web in support of evidence-based practice.

For direct linking to the UTHSC journals, log in to TRIP and select our institution from the drop-down menu. Full Text: HSCLink will appear under citations.

Google Scholar?

What about Google or Google Scholar?

  • Imprecise searching
  • Results are numerous and not necessarily displayed in a helpful order.
  • The sources searched by Google Scholar are not disclosed.
  • Currently, it is unknown how often Google Scholar is updated.


CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Provides indexing for more than 4,500 journals from the fields of nursing and allied health, with indexing back to 1937. Offers complete coverage of English-language nursing journals and publications from the National League for Nursing and the American Nurses’ Association, covering nursing, biomedicine, librarianship, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines.

CINAHL tutorial


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PEDro (Physiotherapy Evidence Database)

Provides evidence-based information for physiotherapy (physical therapy) practice. Includes over 40,000 systematic reviews, practice guidelines, and randomized trials.


For tips on searching see: PEDro Search Help.



Scopus is a large abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature. It includes scientific journals, books, and conference proceedings. 


For tips on searching Scopus, see the Scopus LibGuide.