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The Science in Research

"Research is conducted according to the researcher’s intention, their purpose, and the paradigm they’re operating from within. While many people use the word “research” to loosely mean “gathering information” scientists use this word in a more specific way.

The term “research” in a scientific context usually refers to the entire scientific method from start to finish. The information gathering portion of the scientific method is more properly called a “review.”"- Martyn Shuttleworth, Lyndsay T Wilson (Oct 3, 2008). Definition of Research. Retrieved Jun 18, 2019 from

- a database of privately and publicly funded clinical studies conducted around the world



- a clinical search engine designed to allow users to quickly and easily find and use high-quality research evidence to support their practice and/or care.

  • Citation Machine offers free citation construction in a variety of styles:
    • APA
    • MLA
    • Chicago
  • 2. Check your paper for grammar and plagiarism
  • Writing Guides

What is PICO?

PICO is a mnemonic used to aide the clinician or researcher in identifying the important parts of a well-defined clinical question. This question then provides the basis for a search of medical literature on the question topic.

Elements of a Clinical Question;2019.6.10

Types of Possible Questions in Relation to PICO

Learn how to use the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) for expert PubMed searching in this hands-on, self-paced course.

PubMed maps your search terms to Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), the vocabulary NLM uses to describe articles, to augment your search with additional terms. Designed for librarians and other expert literature searchers in the health sciences, this course will help you better understand how PubMed uses MeSH and how you can take control of your PubMed topic searches for better precision or recall.

PICO Search

  • Have you recently written a paper, but you're not sure to which journal you should submit it?
  • Enter the title and/or abstract of the paper in the box, and click on 'Find journals', 'Find authors' or 'Find Articles'.
  • Jane will then compare your document to millions of documents in PubMed to find the best matching journals, authors or articles