Resources for Those Tough to Answer Clinical Questions

As a health professional caring for patients, your encounters often bring up questions that need a little investigation.  Certainly, many of those questions are easy to answer and you know just the resource to use to find that answer.  However, sometimes, the answer may elude you.  Knowing where to look can make a difference in how efficiently you answer the question or even perhaps, if you find an answer.  When studied, the resources proving to be the most helpful include:

  • PubMed
  • Micromedex
  • Harrison’s Principles of Internal Medicine
  • Nelson Textbook of Pediatrics
  • *The Sanford Guide to Antimicrobial Therapy
  • RedBook Online from AAP
  • National Guideline Clearinghouse – but now, ECRI Guidelines Trust
  • Medscape
  • Up to Date
  • Google

* Find all of these online except for the Sanford Guide.  We have it in print but online access remains elusive.

It used to be, once upon a time, that these key resources were in print on a shelf somewhere nearby. Now, those shelves have moved, but fortunately, those resources are still close at hand because they have gone digital.  You can find them at the Online Clinical Library.

Not sure how these resources can help?  See our earlier post with some specific ways these resources can help.

Need a bit more help answering those tricky questions? Contact one of our health sciences librarians for help with those difficult questions. Email us at medical-librarian at