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Sarah Cantrell, MLIS, Email: sarah.cantrell@duke.edu

Read Chapter 5: Finding the Evidence

The Medical Center Library provides access to a number of resources and databases for evidence-based medicine:

  • Clinical Tools  The Clinical Tools page puts our most popular resources on a single, easy to use page. Medical Center Library-licensed products, as well as important web sites, are divided into broad categories with the top 5 or 6 resources listed for quick access to information.
  • MEDLINE (via PubMed)   Produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, the MEDLINE database is widely recognized as the premier source for journal articles in biomedical sciences. PubMed includes abstracts; the Duke version of PubMed links to our full-text holdings.
  • Cochrane Library    The Cochrane Library is a collection of databases that contain high- quality, independent evidence to inform healthcare decision-making. Cochrane reviews represent the highest level of evidence on which to base clinical treatment decisions. In addition to Cochrane Systematic Reviews, the Cochrane Library provides access to other sources of reliable information.
  • ACPJournal Club  ACP Journal Club‘s general purpose is to select from the biomedical literature articles that report original studies and systematic reviews that warrant immediate attention by physicians attempting to keep pace with important advances in internal medicine. These articles are summarized in value-added abstracts and commented on by clinical experts.


The Duke University Medical Center Library also provides access to tutorials and manuals to provide instruction and assistance in using these tools: