Acquiring Information

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After you ask a question or formulate a problem, you need to develop a search strategy to acquire information. A search of the literature can help you find current and relevant articles and resources. Two commonly used databases are Pub Med and CINAHL. There are hundreds of additional databases, some of which have public access. Subscription databases requiring a password may be available to you through a hospital or academic/health science library. When using a library to access a database you may also have access to print and/or electronic versions of articles you are interested in. There are several libraries that offer tutorials and provide tip sheets on conducting a search of the literature. The Database and Resources page provides information about some of these resources.