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Health & Medicine Database Search Tips: Choosing a Research Topic

Tips on searching some of our health and medicine databases, including how to narrow your topic, find the exact article, and request articles we don't have access to.


In the Books tab in AccessMedicine, you will find some of the leading current, authoritative text resources. Textbooks, chapters, and chapter sections are durable URL-enabled and can be linked to in coursework, e.g., LMS, lecture slides, etc. Check out the library at these links:

Complete Full-Text Library

With leading texts organized into broad categories.

Archived Textbooks

Access previous editions of texts retired from the main site.

Tips for Choosing a Topic

  • See what's new: Check out our panels on the AccessMedicine homepage to discover recently added and updated resources, to watch a procedure, or find review materials to prepare for exams.
    • Why Is Everyone Searching...: Each week on our AccessMedicine Network, we take a closer look at one particular topic that's trending in breaking medical news. Learn more about this week's topic, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and LinkedIn so you can stay in the loop!
    • McGraw-Hill Author Interviews: Check out the Author Interview Channel on AccessMedicine Network, which was created to feature McGraw-Hill authors and their thoughts on medical content and news.
  • Browse our video collectionA unique collection of anesthesiology procedural videos and animations designed to guide students, residents, faculty, and practicing physicians through basic and advanced skills.

  • Use the related links to explore further: Links to related AccessMedicine content appear throughout all content types in the site. A related content section appears in many of the texts' right sidebar with links to relevant media and other content.

  • Link to external content: Get additional sources from AccessMedicine. Use the references in our resources to find relevant research papers, books, and organizational websites.

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