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Self-Directed Learning : Resources

Guide Description

This research guide provides resources and tools for answering the type of questions generated during the PaCE self-directed learning curriculum.

  • Resources are arranged so that those that are most likely to answer your questions are at the top of the page. 
  • Textbooks often offer a fuller understanding of these questions than point of care databases, such as UpToDate, which are meant for use by physicians to refresh previously learned information.

Guidelines / Practice Guidelines

These sites are sources of guidelines by major associations and the U.S. Government.

Review Articles (Clinical)

These sources all have review articles that provide evidence-based summaries about medical conditions, including clinical presentation, diagnosis, and treatment.

Systematic Reviews

These sources are databases of systematic reviews, which combine similar studies to produce evidence-based recommendations and conclusions. 

Clinical Databases/Point of Care

These sources provide information about signs/symptoms, diagnosis, and treatments of medical conditions.

Public/Consumer Websites

These sources are credible sources that can be used by the general public to find information about health and medical conditions. 

Primary Literature

For primary literature, search PubMed or other literature databases. 

Largest North-American health journal databases that indexes 5000+ health journals from 1950 to now.

PubMed Clinical Queries
‚ÄčA specialized search box within PubMed for finding articles on clinical topics.

Health Sciences Databases List (Ebling Library)
A comprehensive list of health sciences databases available to you through UW-Madison.

Google Scholar
Restricts the results of a Google search to scholarly literature from governmental units, websites, academic publishers, professional societies, online repositories, universities and other web sites.