Diagram: The Evidence-Based Medicine Pyramid of Evidence.
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· A literature review is essential for all research, whether the end product is a poster, paper, presentation, or article. The purpose of searching the literature initially is to discover what needs doing, to answer questions, and to establish a frame of reference for your research. Documentation of the related literature establishes legitimacy for your work, by demonstrating the research framework into which your project fits.
In order to comply with IACUC regulations, you must demonstrate that you've completed a search for animal alternatives and other requirements. Here are some resources and ideas to get you started:
Systematic reviews are time-consuming and must adhere to the very highest standards of study design. The authors must demonstrate thorough literature search techniques in order to pass muster. Here are some resources to get you started:
Listed below are databases that you may find useful for veterinary medicine research. For a complete listing of all of MSU Libraries' online indexes and databases, click here.
If the MSU Libraries does not provide access to a journal article or other item that you need, you may order it through Interlibrary Loan.
Tip: search across CAB Abstracts, Agricola, MEDLINE (which contains most of PubMed) and other databases simultaneously. Go to Agricola and click on “Choose databases.” Then click the checkboxes beside each database you want to search, click OK, and continue on with your search as usual.