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Introduction to HSLS

HSLS has access to many resources that can assist you in your research process. Each resource serves a different purpose and includes different material and information. 

Some things to keep in mind as you decide which HSLS resource to use to begin your search:

  • Is the resource user friendly with useful features?
  • How current is the information?
  • What is included in the resource? Books, articles, clinical summaries, drug information, etc.

Finding Background Information

Do you need to find background information in support of a research project or literature review? UpToDate, the Cochrane Library, E-books, and Google Scholar are helpful resources for finding information about a broad topic.

UptoDate allows you to search for clinical topic reviews written by experts with cited references to primary literature.

  • Follow the instructions on the Library's Mobile Apps page to create an account and download the UpToDate App on your mobile device. 
  • Also included in this resource are patient information materials and drug information.

The Cochrane Library is a good resource for finding published systematic reviews on your topic.

  • Click on the "Databases A-Z list" on the HSLS Website and go to Cochrane library. Click on the access link.
  • On the results page: tabs across the top allow you to filter by Cochrane Systematic Reviews, clinical trials, etc.

Use E-Book full text search to find relevant e-books.

  • Click on "E-Book Full Text" on the Library's Website to search the full text of over 1000 e-books.
  • Sometimes the title of the book might not seem pertinent but there might be a chapter devoted to your topic.
  • Use the topic clusters on the right of the results page to narrow results as needed.

Use Google Scholar to find highly cited articles about your topic. 

  • Make sure the default “Articles” is selected. 
  • By default the results will be sorted by relevance, this can be changed to “by date” as well.
  • Each result in Google Scholar will link to “cited by” articles and related articles. The number of times an article is cited in the literature is also given. 
  • Set up your Google Scholar Profile to link to HSLS resources.

Finding Full Text

The Health Sciences Library System’s Links@Pitt-UPMC link takes you directly to the PittCat record for the article where you can view full text access options. f the library does not have the article, you can request a copy through the HSLS Document Delivery Service.