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Hardin Library for the Health Sciences

MD and PA Students: Clinical Tools

Resources to assist with assignments in Clinical and Professional Skills and Medicine and Society.

Clinical Tools

These resources are good for answering background questions. They are also considered clinical tools that are used at the point of care. They provide quick information and overviews. 

Review Tools

CBL General Guidelines

Resources:  Always use three or more resources

This is a sampling of resources, many more can be found on the Hardin Library website.


Textbooks:  Search the University of Iowa’s library catalog, InfoHawk, for print and electronic books in our collection.

  • InfoHawk+ - Search for books here. (Limit search results to Books with filters on the right side of screen.)
  • Ebook LibGuide - Many of our electronic books listed by subject.

Reference sources: Basic reference tools such as dictionaries and drug compendiums and informational websites can be useful.

Clinical Databases: Point-of-care medical references provide information updated regularly by systematic literature reviews

Journal Articles: Bibliographic databases provide access to citations for articles in medicine, biosciences, nursing, psychology and more.

Google (Web Sites): Searching the web can find valuable information.

                Use the SPAT criteria to judge a website’s worth

Mobile Apps

Lab Values

NEJM Resident 360