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Medical Research For Attorneys

This lesson covers researching medical information, not health law research. This lesson will emphasize resources that are publicly available free of charge. It will also provide references to some of the many fee-based services for medical research available on Lexis or Westlaw; on a pay-as-you go basis on the Internet; and through medical libraries.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of the lesson, the student will be able to:
1. Explain the value of peer-reviewed articles over "open access" articles.
2. Distinguish between medical research and health law research.
3. List three types of background sources to consult before beginning a search of medical journals.
4. List three sources of reliable medical and health literature.
5. Identify a source for useful drug information.
6. Create a strategy for researching a medical issue.

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