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Criteria for Searching the Literature Selective

Thank you for your interest in the Searching the Literature Selective. Please review the criteria below:

  • First, contact the librarian at your campus (Cynthia Beeler (Rochester campus), Lisa Marks (Arizona campus), or Tara Brigham (Florida campus)) for pre-approval. Students should work with the librarian at their respective campus.
  • Fill out the MCASOM selective form found here and submit it to your learning management system.

During your selective week:

  • Review searching tips and techniques for PubMed.
  • Conduct two literature searches. 1) a research topic of interest to you and 2) a clinical question, such as something that might come up when discussing a patient/particular patient population.
  • Show your work for the searches. Bullet points are acceptable, but include a paragraph or two that is your reflection on the searching process.
  • Send your work to Cynthia, Lisa, or Tara by the end of your selective.
  • Locate at least one peer-reviewed journal article (other than one in required readings) on literature searching. Please consult with Cynthia, Lisa, or Tara if you need help with searching the literature. Email the citation of the article you found with your essays. Be sure to read the article and be prepared to discuss it.
  • Schedule a 30-minute meeting via Outlook with Cynthia, Lisa, or Tara to discuss your selective experience. The meeting should occur the week after the selective, but can be negotiated with the librarian.