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UMMS Bioethics Path of Excellence - An Information Resource Starter Kit

Find information resources, skills and strategies to support the University of Michigan Medical School's Bioethics Path of Excellence.

Introduction

What does it mean to search for scholarly literature? Isn't searching Google enough? The answer is no. For your research projects, you should use article databases, such as PubMed, to search for scholarly, peer-reviewed literature. 

  • These databases contain millions of journal articles, most indexed with specific terms (such as MeSH, Emtree, or Subject), which help make your searches more focused. 
  • They contain primary & secondary literature: articles that describe experiments of various kinds (primary literature) or studies that look at a group of experiments to see if there is broad support for the results of individual studies (secondary literature).