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The EBM Medical Literature Search

What are Literature Searches & Reviews?

"Lit Searches" & "Lit reviews" (as they are commonly shortened to) are often referred to interchangeably but are two separate and important steps in the research process. 

Literature Searches require use of strategy to systematically search the literature for relevant information on a particular topic that relates to your research or clinical question. 

Literature Reviews are the analyzing, criticizing, comparing/contrasting articles found during the literature search. Often this is then turned into a written component of your research (as a research article or case study article).       

Looking to conduct a Scoping/Systematic Review? Check out the guide: 

How is EBM Involved?

Conducting a Literature search and review for both your Clinical Question and Research Question requires all five of the Evidence Based Medicine (EBM) steps. This guide will cover in detail ASK, ACQUIRE, and APPRAISE, with a brief mention on APPLY and EVALUATE.  


Evidence-Based Medicine is using your individual clinical expertise, your patient's values & expectations, and the best available clinical evidence to improve patient outcome.

Looking for more EBM resources, biostat resources, study designs, and information on systematic reviews? check out the below guide: 


Last updated on Apr 23, 2024 3:12 PM