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Lesson 03: Literature Search

Lesson 03 Part 1

Lesson 03 Part 2

The third lesson in the Level 1 course on medical research conducted by the Society of Medical Research for beginners is divided into 2 parts. In this lesson, you will learn how to conduct a literature search on PubMed for your medical research project.

A literature search is the process of finding and reviewing published research on your topic. It is an essential step in any medical research project. A thorough literature search will help you to:

  • Identify the current state of knowledge on your topic
  • Identify gaps in the research literature
  • Develop your research question
  • Identify relevant research methods
  • Avoid duplicating previous research

This lesson will introduce you to how to conduct literature search on PubMed. You will learn how to identify relevant databases, search terms, and strategies for evaluating the quality of the research literature.