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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:

Review articles are good entry points to a topic that is new to a learner

In a Review Article, the author(s) sums up the research on a particular topic. There are many different types of review articles, some are very comprehensive (systematic review, scoping review, meta-analysis), 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. 

What does a review article offer a learner?

  • a summary of the research and major advances in the field
  • an introduction to the researchers who work in the field
  • an understanding of the current debates regarding the topic
  • a discovering of the current unknowns which need further research 

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 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. 


Journals that focus on review articles:

Drug Information

In ClinicalKey, use the general search box to search for a specific drug; in the list of results, choose the "Drug Monograph" result. Or go directly into the "Drug Monograph" section to find the drug of interest.



Interactive Resource:

Anatomy Books

A Sampling of Anatomy Texts in ClinicalKey
General Anatomy Specialized Anatomy
Abrahams' and McMinn's Clinical Atlas of Human Anatomy Neuroanatomy: An Illustrated Colour Text
Gray's Anatomy Atlas of Pelvic Anatomy and Gynecologic Surgery
Netter Atlas of Human Anatomy McMinn's Color Atlas of Lower Limb Anatomy
Sobotta Atlas of Anatomy Netter's Surgical Anatomy and Approaches
  Sectional Anatomy by MRI and CT

This database has the following anatomy textbooks:

  • The Big Picture: Gross Anatomy, Medical Course & Step 1 Review
  • Cunningham's Manual of Practical Anatomy
    • Vol. 1: Upper and Lower Limbs
    • Vol 2: Thorax and Abdomen
    • Vol. 3: Head, Neck and Brain

Point of Care

A point-of-care tool provides a summary of evidence-based research and reference resources that a clinician can use immediately at the point-of-care with a patient.  Many of these tools are considered easy to use, efficient, providing graded levels of evidence and citations back to the original research studies, systematic reviews, or clinical practice guidelines. Additionally, usually these tools are continually/periodically updated with newly published evidence.

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


What is the biopsychosocial model of medical care?

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:

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. 




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