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Database Search Tips

This guide will help get you started in some of our most popular databases! Happy searching! Let us know if we can help.


DynaMed allows clinicians to easily search, browse, and follow the topics and specialties that matter most to them, and get fast, actionable answers to their clinical questions. Key takeaways, targeted synopses, and clearly defined recommendations reduce searching time in over 38 clinical specialties. When further information is needed, DynaMed also provides one-click links to primary literature. Starting from the homepage, clinicians can quickly reference recent practice-changing updates and content relevant to their expertise. Drug information is pulled in via Micromedex. CME is earned as you research in DynaMed.

Most useful for:

  • Practicing clinicians
  • Health profession students

Mobile App Available

There is an associated mobile app available. If you are on a laptop or computer, you must first click the DynaMed link above. Once you are in Duke's version of DynaMed, follow these steps:

  • Click on the user icon in the upper right-hand corner.
  • Create a personal account.
  • Use your Duke email address when you register. 
  • On your mobile device, download the DynaMed app from the App Store / Play.
  • Login with your new account username/password.

Getting Started

Dynamed Tutorials provided by Ebscohost

Steps to Find Full-Text Articles

If you are unable to find full-text articles using the links below, you will need to order it via InterLibrary Loan (Step #3).

Before making a request for full-text articles through Interlibrary Loan (ILL), please try steps #1 and #2 to search for the full-text. This allows our service to focus on articles that are not available for free nor via our Duke subscriptions. Our Interlibrary Loan service is no charge to Duke borrowers for all article requests. If there are copyright or other fees associated with your article request, we will contact you.

  1. Find the article citation in a database: If you aren't already in a database, go back to PubMed or other database such as CINAHL, Embase, or Web of Science to look up the article. Why? Because our Get it @ Duke button will fill out the ILL form for you with all the article information – this saves you time and ensures greater citation accuracy.
  2. Click the GetIt@Duke button: Once you locate the article in a citation database, click the Get It @ Duke link.
  3. Select second button to request as Med Center User: From the page that says “We don't have this online — see below for other ways to get it” click the green button that says “Request – Med Center users.”
  4. Log on with your DHE / NetID username and password: This will take you to the ILL form. The article information will be filled into the form automatically. Scroll to the bottom, verify accuracy, and click submit.

If you can't find the citation in a database or you don't see a GetIt@Duke button, you can place a request manually through our interlibrary loan service. Follow the steps below.

Questions about Interlibrary Loan? All interlibrary loan questions should go to Louis Wiethe, Document Delivery & Interlibrary Loan Manager, 919.660.1179 or

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