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Literature Searching

Learn about searching medical literature in order to satisfy requests for information from various sources.


This module is designed to help medical affairs professionals search for medical literature in order to satisfy requests for information from consumers, external healthcare professionals, and internal colleagues. This module contains current resources and the latest search strategies compiled by industry experts. This practical and useful information can be immediately applied to your daily work in medical affairs.

This module takes an average of 2.25 hours to complete.

This eLearning module can be purchased individually or as part of the Medical Communications eLearning Program (eight modules).

Featured topics

    • How to start to assess an inquiry
    • Steps in developing the search strategy
    • Literature databases
    • Refining results and finalizing the inquiry
    • Sources of published references
    • General copyright considerations

Who should attend?

  • This program is designed for professionals involved in:

    • Medical affairs
    • Medical communications
    • Medical information
    • Medical writing
    • Field-based medical affairs support (i.e., Medical Science Liaison)
    • Medical call center environment
    • Regulatory affairs
    • Clinical research
    • Professional education, training, and development
    • Document management/eSubmissions

      Learning objectives

      • Upon completion of this module, learners should be able to:

        • Analyze a request for medical information
        • Identify the requester to provide an appropriate answer
        • Identify the search terms for the query
        • Differentiate the purposes and strengths among various literature references
        • Determine appropriate references, indexes, and abstracts for a search
        • Record the results of a search
        • Identify sources of full-text copies of published information, both proprietary (available for a fee) and non-proprietary (available without cost in the public domain)
        • Utilize relevant copyright considerations when providing results

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