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Pharmacy Literature Search Skills

Primary Sources

Evidence summaries, systematic reviews, and guidelines are great starting points, but often you’ll need to search the primary literature:

  • Many topics have not had evidence summaries written about them yet
  • It takes time for new studies to be reflected in summary documents
  • The general recommendations in summaries may not apply to your particular patient scenario

When looking for primary literature, it is a good idea to search databases, such as Medline, in order to find peer-reviewed, scholarly research articles.