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Medical Sciences: Advanced Searching Techniques

Recommended resources for the College of Osteopathic Medicine


  • The key to being a savvy online searcher is to use common search techniques that you can apply to almost any database, including article databases, online catalogs, and even commercial search engines.
  • This is important because searching library databases is a bit different from searching Google.
  • The techniques described in this section will enable you to quickly retrieve relevant information from the thousands of records in a database.
  • When you search a database and do not get the results you expect, Ask Us for advice.  Library staff are happy to help you find what you need.


A great place to start is with Ebsco.

Click [Choose Databases] to add the following additional databases:

þ Biomedical Reference Collection

þ CINAHL Plus with Full Text: 

þ Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials

þ Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews

þ Cochrane Methodology Register

þDatabase of Abstracts & Reviews

þ Health Technology Assessments


þ NHS Economic Evaluation Database: 

þ Nursing & Allied Health Collection

Academic Search Premier

SportDiscus (sports medicine)


*Check the "Apply Related Terms" box to enhance your search

Advanced Searching Orientation

Keeping Track of Info

Keeping track of what you find

Created by Georgia State University Library, this guide contains recommendations and tools for keeping track of both search strategies and search results.

Tools for Analyzing Searching Search Results

Citation Management Tools

What are citation management programs?

Citation management programs are time-saving tools that allow you to:

  • Create a personal database of references
  • Organize and search your references
  • Upload and store PDF documents with their citations
  • Insert citations into word processing documents and format bibliographies in a variety of styles

What citation management program should I use?

There are several citation management programs available.  NSU provides access to EndNote for faculty, students and staff.  Other options are Mendeley and Zotero, free citation management programs.

See below links to additional information and help with each of these programs. 


EndNote is a desktop-based citation management program available to NSU faculty, students and staff. Click the link above to learn how to get EndNote installed on your work or personal computer and start using the program.