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Searching for scientific information: Medical Sciences: 5. Starting your search

It's a good idea to carry out some background reading to help you develop your understanding of a topic area when you are starting your search. This can help you to identify useful keywords to use while searching and develop your understanding of key areas.

When you are starting the search process, Library Search can be a good place to start, as you will be able to access trustworthy content held by the library. You can search for a range of resource types including books and journal articles.

When you begin the search process you are often searching for a known item, i.e. you know the details of the journal article or book title you want to access or you are searching across a topic or area.

For your assessments, you'll need to look beyond Library Search and identify scientific studies using research databases. The next section covers how you can do this.

Library Search

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