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Evaluating Scientific Evidence in Medicine IB 119: Start


Welcome!  Use this guide to search for books, ebooks, articles, proceedings, patents, properties, news, and tools.  "Where do I start?"
Current UCB faculty, students, staff and patrons in the library have access to licensed resources such as electronic & print journals, books, databases, indexes,data and citation management software. Contact us if you have difficulty finding or accessing library resources. Use Recommend a title for purchase recommendations.
Visit the Bioscience & Natural Resources Library web site for more resources.

Wireless Access

On campus use: Airbears 2.

Off-Campus Access

Off-campus access to licensed resources is limited to current UCB faculty, staff and students.

Use the Proxy Server to access licensed resources after authenticating as a Berkeley student, faculty or staff member. You must configure your web browser. Proxy resources: Proxy Server FAQ. iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch setup instructions.

Virtual Private Network (VPN) will establish a "tunnel" to our campus network, allow access a broader variety of licensed resources.

Sample Search

Research and analyze a particular medical therapy and particular adverse event.

  • Write your research topic as a question, subject idea or thesis statement.
    Example: What are the adverse effects of air pollution on asthma?

  • List the main concepts.
    Example: asthmas, respiratory system disease, immune system, diagnosis, Human Health problems,
  • List key words, phrases, synonyms, & alternative terms to search: - Be Creative.
    Example: air pollution, indoor air pollution, natural ventilation, asthma, breathing, air particles, threat to human helath, technology,m equipment, age, pediatric, gender, injury, treatment, threat to human health, technology, equipment, age
  • Remember to include other library collections and disciplines:
    Bioscience, Business, Chemistry, Engineering, Environmental Design, Neuroscience, Psychology, Public Policy, Public Health

  • Sample searches:
    air pollution and asthma
    chronic lung disease

Getting started

Library Research Workshop 101
An online tutorial introduction to library and research skills at the UC Libraries, including:

  • Understand an assignment
  • Choose a topic
  • Develope search terms (keywords)
  • Select sources

The Research Process tab of this guide contains more help and tips on doing research.

Selected Web Sites

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)

FDA Medical Devices: Product and procedure descriptions, recalls and alerts [US Food & Drug Administration]

FDA MedWatch: Safety information and adverse event reporting for medical products [US Food & Drug Administration]

Medline Plus: Consumer information on health, drugs and supplements, plus a medical dictionary [US National Institutes of Heath]

ScienceWatch, newest and most read articles on health and scientific topics.

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