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Medicine - Undergraduate

Explore library resources for Undergraduate Medicine program at McMaster.

Welcome to Research Support for Undergraduate Medicine


Research Opportunities

For many undergraduate medical students, the first introduction to research is performing a literature search on behalf of a research team. Database searching is a common element in the research experience for both medical students and residents.


What can I expect during a research consultation?

When you become involved in a research project, it is advisable to arrange for a consultation so that we can review your search strategy. Your first research consultation will last approximately 45 minutes. Consultations are a learning partnership, with the student taking the lead on developing the search strategy while I provide guidance and feedback on how to refine the search.


How can I prepare for my consultation?

The Library has created a series of short tutorials that cover the basics of database search skills. Please view the tutorials before your appointment, attempt your search, and save your search strategy by creating an individual account in Ovid.

A Few Research Resources to Note

Research Guides

Making an Impact: Tracking Your Research Metrics

Learn strategies for assessing the impact of your research with this step-by-step guide to research metrics

Booking a Research Consultation

Learn how to prepare for a one-on-one consultation with a librarian.

Finding Grey Literature

Start your Grey Literature search with this guide containing resources and strategies for discovering research produced outside traditional commercial or academic publishing channels.

Postgraduate Medicine: How to Search the Literature

This guide offers an eight step approach from identifying your topic to managing your search strategy and results.