This guide describes medical information, knowledge and literature, which are increasingly interdisciplinary in nature, and provides resources for conducting literature reviews and compiling results for a variety of purposes. Interdisciplinary Medical Sciences (IMS) students can learn about quality information and how to review/use literature appropriate for their class research products.
Resources by Level of Evidence
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Medical/biomedical literature may refer to peer-reviewed journal articles, editorially-reviewed books or book chapters, conference proceedings, doctoral dissertations, government documents, or pertinent personal communications, such as emails. (References: PubMed, Introduction to Research and Medical Literature for Health Professionals, Web of Science)
We review scholarly literature "To formulate a summary of what is known in the research area, the strengths and weaknesses of existing research, and a discussion of the purpose of the new research interest in terms of what is yet unknown" (p.34 in Introduction to Research and Medical Literature for Health Professionals)
Literature reviews inform knowledge products such as: