Witer Learning Resource Centre research services

Information/research requests

We can:

  • Recommend web accessible resources to search
  • Suggest alternative words or boolean logic to help refine the search
  • Provide limited searching on a topic/keywords. If you are unsuccessful searching available resources, we can expand the search and provide a list of up to 20 citations

Research services do not include:

  • Comprehensive searching of all possible literature on a topic. We provide a list of up to 20 citations
  • Critical evaluation of search results. It is your responsibility to determine the validity and usefulness of the search results
  • Rush requests

To request research or information fill out an Information Request Form.

Finding clinically relevant research

Note: These databases contain both restricted and free journal articles.

Database Details
The Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library provides systematic review abstracts, technology assessments, economic evaluations and individual clinical trials.

Cochrane Eye and Vision Group (CEVG) Website

TRIP Access to evidence-based medicine: synopses, clinical questions, systematic reviews, guidelines etc.
PubMed Most comprehensive biomedical journal index
PubMed Central Canada A partnership between the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CIHR), the Canada Institute for Scientific and Technical Information (NRC-CISTI), the Canadian National Science Library, and the United States National Library of Medicine (NLM). All material is Open Acess and free of charge.
PubMed Clinical Queries Quick search for clinical queries
BioMed Central Peer-reviewed biomedical research
Google Scholar Extensive coverage of optometric content

Finding patient information

Database Details
MedlinePlus Produced by the National Library of Medicine, the National Institutes of Health's website for patients brings you free information about diseases, conditions, and wellness issues in plain language summaries.
TRIP Use the "Patient Information" tab following a search for your research question of interest.
eTherapeutics Pharmaceutical drug overviews available under the "Info for Patients" tab.
American Optometric Association The Centre for Healthy Vision pages provide public-focused information for patients.
Cochrane Library

The Cochrane Library provides free plain language summaries for all their systematic reviews.

Cochrane Eye and Vision Group (CEVG) Website

In addition to our available electronic resources, the Association of Vision Science Libraries provides a current list of free open access journals.