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MERC, Searching and Evaluating Literature: FAU Companion Guide: Home

This guide is meant to be a companion to the MERC workshop hosted at FAU on 3/2 & 3/3/2020.


This guide is a companion to the Merc Workshop hosted at FAU on 3/2 & 3/3/2020: Searching the Literature and Evaluating your Search Results. 

Major Resources

Major resources to be familiar with: 

  • ​​Scopus
  • Google Scholar
    • Google Scholar
      • Note that if you are on campus or signed into EZProxy, FAU provided articles will show in a Google Scholar search. 
  • Best Evidence in Medical Education (BEME)
  • Campbell Corporation
  • Pubmed
    • Pubmed is a free search interface for Medline. Anyone can access and search it, however only open access articles will be accessible. To access FAU provided articles, sign into EZProxy first if off campus. 
  • Medical Education Journals (not in Pubmed)


The below are FAU resources: 

Medical Education Literature

Major journals to be familiar with:


Click HERE to search for FAU journals. 

Citation Management

1) FAU provides access to two citation management software: Refworks and Endnote

  • Refworks
    • For access, click the above hyperlink and create an account using FAU credentials. 
    • Create a bookmark, to add papers directly from your browser. 

  • EndNote Web Basic

    • For access: 

      • Go to the  Web of Science database.  
      • Sign in at the top right side of the page (or register for a free account with your FAU email) 
      • Click on "My Tools" at the top right side of the page and choose "EndNote."

2) Mendeley 

  • Free citation management software.
  • Access via web HERE
  • Check out the GSU library's guide, HERE

3) Zotero

  • Free citation management software.
  • Access via web HERE
  • Check out the FAU library's guide, HERE

Pubmed Clinical Queries

Pubmed Single Citation Matcher

Controlled Vocabulary

In this box, find the various Controlled vocabulary, their homepages and guides (if available). 


In this box, find the NCBI homepage and resource guides.


In this box, find the guide created by Proquest and the FAU link to the ERIC database. 


In this box, find links for help pages as well as links to the FAU Medline databases. 


Search Medline through: 


In this box, find the guide created by Proquest and the link to the PsycINFO database. 


In this box find a link to the CINAHL database and a guide created by the FAU Instruction and Engagement Services Department. 

Google Scholar

In this box find the Google Scholar guide created by FAU Librarian, Lauri Rebar. 


In this box, find the link to the BEME website. 

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Literature Search Guide

Created as an overview on how to conduct a literature search; the guide uses the EBM Ask, Acquire, Appraise, Apply, and Evaluate framework.

Journal/Research Impact

FAU Libraries Scholarly Communication Services (SCS) provides support to the FAU community by addressing the wide range of issues related to creating, evaluating, disseminating, and preserving the outputs of research and scholarship. 

Their guide can be accessed here

The tab on journal/ research impact can be accessed directly, here.