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Medicine: SSC 1 (For Year 4 clinical students only)


Your SSC will require that you find scientific literature in order to read around a topic, even if you're are not doing a systematic review as the eventual outcome. It is a great opportunity to gain Key Skills which will be valuable for your SSC, your Year 5 Paeds CAT, and the rest of your professional life.

This session will teach you how to search medical/healthcare databases effectively and efficiently, save and record literature search terms, and keep track of the results that you find.

Target audience

University of Cambridge clinical students in Year 4 undertaking SSCs.


This session assumes you have never previously been taught how to search databases.


This course will address:

  • how to clarify the question (or perhaps questions) on which you need to find literature
  • selecting the databases and other resources you will need to search
  • creating a search strategy and recording a described literature search

Presentations, demonstrations and practicals.


One session of one and a half hours.


A number of times throughout the year.


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