Skip to Main Content
It looks like you're using Internet Explorer 11 or older. This website works best with modern browsers such as the latest versions of Chrome, Firefox, Safari, and Edge. If you continue with this browser, you may see unexpected results.

Saint Thomas Medical Libraries: Research

Direct links to some of the many resources Ascension-Saint Thomas Health provides access to. For additional resources use the search box on "HOME" page of library website

The Science in Research

"Research is conducted according to the researcher’s intention, their purpose, and the paradigm they’re operating from within. While many people use the word “research” to loosely mean “gathering information” scientists use this word in a more specific way.

The term “research” in a scientific context usually refers to the entire scientific method from start to finish. The information gathering portion of the scientific method is more properly called a “review.”"- , (Oct 3, 2008). Definition of Research. Retrieved Jun 18, 2019 from

Center of Evidence Based Medicine: Study Designs

According the Center of Evidence Based Medicine study designs include:

  • A defined population (P) from which groups of subjects are studied
  • Outcomes (O) that are measured

Experimental and analytic observational studies also include

  • Interventions (I) or exposures (E) that are applied to different groups of subjects

Click here: CEBM  to go to a description of each research study type, their strengths and weaknesses; 2019.6.18

See the Literature Searching page to learn about critically appraising studies.


Casting a wider search net: Grey Literature

Saint Thomas Health Medical Libraries