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The two major databases you will use for medical textbooks:

Additional medical textbooks can be found in these databases:

Looking for a quick definition of a medical term?  Try out some of these dictionaries:


Study Design

Search for biomedical journal articles in these databases:

In a Review Article, the author(s) sum up the current research on a particular topic. There are many different types of review articles, some (systematic review, scoping review, meta-analysis) are more comprehensive than others, meaning the writer searches for everything relevant to the topic before writing the article.  Other review articles  (literature review, narrative review, overview) focus on a smaller set of the relevant research on the topic, ultimately including the most important research, to give an overview of the topic. 

The most important impacts of a review article for a learner who is new to the topic are:

  • learning about the major advances and discoveries in the field
  • getting to know the major people who work in the field
  • understanding the current debates regarding the topic
  • discovering the unknowns where research needs to be conducted next

How does one find review articles? There are special journals that only publish review articles, but many journals publish a wide variety of articles including review articles.  Try the following resources and strategies:

Databases - (use filters to limit search results to review articles):


Run a search and then filter to review articles - choices are systematic reviews, meta-analysis, and narrative reviews. 


On the homepage of ClinicalKey, click on the link for "Clinical Overviews."  Then search or browse for the disease or condition.


Journals that focus on review articles:

Drug Information


George Libman Engel, M.D. (1913-1999) described his biopsychosocial model of medical care as one that offered a holistic alternative to the usual practice.  He sought to "reverse the dehumanization of medicine and disempowerment of patients." He felt that "clinicians must attend simultaneously to the biological, psychological, and social dimensions of illness."

Borrell-Carrio F, Suchman AL, Epstein RM. The biopsychosocial model 25 year later: principles, practice, and scientific inquiry. Ann Fam Med. 2004;2(6):576-582. doi: 10.1370/afm.245. 

Engel's original article introducing his biopsychosocial model:

Engel GL. The need for a new medical model: a challenge for biomedicine. Science. 1977;196(4286):129-36. doi:10.1126/science.847460.


As you seek answers to your biopsychosocial learning objectives from your PILLARS cases, here are some useful databases in which to search on your topic. If you need or want to explore additional resources, go to the full listing of UT Libraries' databases.

Finding Books and Book Chapters:

Finding Journal Articles

In Biomedical Databases:

In Social Science Databases:

  • ​PsychoSocial Databases:
  • Public Policy and Government Databases
  • Business Databases

​In Interdisciplinary Databases:

In Newspaper Databases:

This tab lists some resources to use for finding information about health equity.   

Also check the "Biopsychosocial Resources" tab, for e-book and journal databases in which to search on health equity topics.  Run searches using terms such as health equity, health equality, health inequity, health inequality, health disparities, healthcare inequity, healthcare equality, etc. Or use terms that are more specific to your particular topic, for example: ("African American" OR Black) AND (health equity OR healthcare equity OR health inequity OR healthcare inequity).


Source: Raphael JL, Lopez MA. Disparities in child health. In Disparities in Child Health: A Solutions-Based Approachpp. 1-10. Cham: Springer. 2018. 




Teaching Resources


More health statistics resources can be found on the Health Statistics section of the website.

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