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Subject LibGuides

Please note: This Subject LibGuide has been replaced by the new databases: A-Z / by subject pages, the new Library Search, and the search for things: A-Z page. Please update your bookmarks and hyperlinks as all Subject LibGuides will be removed in September 2020.

Medicine (HYMS): Your search journey

Welcome. These pages bring together key resources for HYMS. Use the tabs below to find books, ebooks, articles, journal titles and other resources.

1 - Start with your research question

All good searches start with a good research question: one which can be answered. Progressing through steps 2-6 may lead you to change it.

2 - Select your sources

It's important to conduct your search in the right places. The Finding Resources page lists relevant databases for HYMS. For the resources on that page, clicking "?" gives more information about a database, while "i" will link to a two-page pdf help-guide on how to use it.

3 - Break your question down

Pick out the essential parts of your question and consider how you might use them to retrieve the information you need. Watch this tutorial and use a Concept Table* to help structure your thoughts.

There is also a copy of this concept table in the Information Skills 1 workbook.

4 - Input your search

It's time to put your plans into practice but you want to 'construct' as good a search as possible:

Have a look at this tutorial to see if you can tell a good search from a bad one.

See the tutorials on:

Once ready, have a go inputting your search into a relevant resource* from our Finding Resources page.


*We suggest Web of Science, Scopus or Google Scholar for Information Skills 1.

5 - Select and evaluate

Hopefully your search has produced some results, but are they any good? You'll have to evaluate the qualities of what you've retrieved.


6 - If not right...

If you don't like the look of your results, maybe you need to look again at how you broke down your research question.
Even if you're happy with your results, remember that people are constantly adding to the literature, so your search results may grow over time. Set up alerts to be informed of new results matching your terms.

Further help and guides

For more guides and tutorials see our Information Skills page where you can find links to our online tutorials and the skills taught in our Information Skills sessions.