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BMD 202: Survey of Biomedical Sciences Literature

Search Engine Tips

When you use search engines such as Google, you are searching the "surface web" or "open web." For your Literature Search assignment you can use any non-Google Scholar search engine, such as those shown below. To make the best of your search review the search tips provided.

When you retrieve results from a search engine look for websites that end in one of the following:

.gov = a government entity

.org = an organization

.edu = an educational institution

Websites that have one of these endings are likely reliable sources of information. 


Scopus is a large database of peer-reviewed literature. It is interdisciplinary and international in scope.  The videos below provide information on performing basic and advanced searches in Scopus.

Basic Search

Advanced Search


CINAHL stands for the Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature. Indexed in the database are over 3,000 nursing and allied health journals, books, dissertations, conference proceedings, standards of practice, and more.

Just like PubMed has standardized Medical Subject Headings (MeSH terms) assigned to each article, CINAHL has CINAHL Headings. They serve the same purpose: to help optimize your search. To browse the entire list of CINAHL Headings, click the CINAHL Headings link in the top left when you're in the CINAHL database.

Our CINAHL Guide has many more tips and training resources if you're interested in learning more about CINAHL.  In addition, a CINAHL handout with screenshots is below.



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