Search Help

Using the Medical Library Search Selector

The Medical Library Search Selector is located at the top of every page of our website. You can use the dropdown arrow to select the search resource you want to use. The options include PubMed, Library OneSearch, Google Scholar and Our Site.

PubMed - Please select the PubMed tab to your left to learn about how to use PubMed.

Library OneSearch is the main discovery tool for Oakland University Libraries. It offers convenient searching of our books, ebooks, videos, journals, articles and more. For more information on how to use Library OneSearch, please see the "How to" Guide Library OneSearch Help

Having trouble finding your publication? Learn how to use Using Publication Finder to find what you are looking for.

Google Scholar The Google Scholar search feature automatically selects the OU library for you. Some articles will be free to view online, other articles require a subscription to view them. When this is the case, try the "Get It! @ Kresge Library" link to the right of the article information. This will check to see if OU Libraries subscribes to the publication and will then grant you access to read the article online.

Getting Full Text Articles How do you find full-text articles? Use GET IT! What is GET IT? GET IT links connect you to the library’s electronic journal collections. For instructions on finding full text articles, please see the Get it@OU Libraries Guide

Searching PubMed

When to use PubMed
PubMed is a platform that indexes journal articles and more back to 1947. It covers the areas of medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care systems, preclinical sciences, and related areas. PubMed is developed and maintained by the National Library of Medicine (NLM) and the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI), both at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, MD. As of December 2020, PubMed contains over 30 million records. PubMed is a platform that contains MEDLINE, PubMed Central, and additional PubMed records.

How to Search PubMed
You can access the OUWB affiliated PubMed using the Search Selector Dropdown on every page of our website, or from the links below. If you do not access PubMed through our site, you will not have access to the full text articles from the journals we subscribe to. To use Medical subject headings in your search, use the Pubmed MeSH link below.

If you cannot get access to a full text article you need using the Medical Library PubMed Search, please contact the Medical Library and we will help you find what your are looking for,

For more information and tips on using PubMed, please visit the NIH PubMed User Guide or the Medical Library's Advanced Searching in PubMed Guide

Clinical EBM Search

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Evidence-based medicine (EBM) is the use of the current best evidence in making decisions regarding the care of individual patients. Our Information Mastery Curriculum focuses on honing these skills all practicing clinicians need.

Read on for the EBM steps and resources to assist you

Steps in EBM

  • Generate Clinical Question.
  • Find Best Evidence.
  • Critical Appraisal. Appraisal of evidence for validity and usefulness.
  • Apply the Evidence. Application of results in clinical practice.
  • Evaluate.

EBM Search Resources

  • PubMed Clinical Queries
    This NLM Website provides free access to MEDLINE and methodological filters built into the search strategies.
  • Cochrane Library [OUWB only] The Cochrane Library consists of a regularly updated collection of evidence-based medicine databases, including The Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, which provide high quality information to people providing and receiving care and those responsible for research, teaching, funding and administration at all levels. [Access to abstracts is free.]
  • JAMA Evidence Articles focus on diagnosis through physical examination. This series now includes over 40 articles studying the validity of individual components of the physical examination.
  • Embase Use Embase's built-in PICO search to find evidence-based results without the complicated search queries.
  • TRIP (Turning Research into Practice) The TRIP Database is a meta-search engine that searches across 61 EBM sites of high-quality medical information, including online journals such as the BMJ, JAMA, NEJM.
  • DynaMed Completely reimagined for today’s clinicians, DynaMed combines the highest quality evidence-based information, expert guidance and a user-friendly, personalized experience to deliver accurate answers fast at the point of care.
  • UpToDate This resource presents current clinical information and recommendations on patient care and treatment. Includes evidence-based, physician-authored articles and patient education resources to help make clinical decisions.

We have more resources listed in our Medical Image Resources Guide

BioMedical Image Finder

The OUWB Biomedical Image Search Engine will search BioMedical Public Domain and Creative Common License websites for biomedical images you can use for education purposes. The links on this page lead to collections that contain mostly public domain and Creative Commons images. Yet, there might be images that are copyright-protected. It is your responsibility to check the copyright of the images you intend to use. Verify image source copyright ownership
Information on citing images can be found in the CC Best practices for attribution Wiki.
For even more recommended image resources, please see our Medical Image Resources Guide

Image Search Results

Find the image you would like to use and right click to download it for use.