Biomedical Engineering and Design

Information specific to BME and BME/CBID design teams.

Background Information

Save your time! Use these search techniques:
  • Put quotation marks around PHRASES (two or more words), so that the words are searched together
    --- Example: "machine learning"
  • Put an asterisk at the end of words, so that you get all of the word endings
    --- Example: high* = high, highs, higher, highest
  • Start by putting your search words in the Title. If you get nothing, you can take them out of TITLE and move them to ANYWHERE.

Get an overview of your topic by searching textbooks and review articles.

  • AccessMedicine - A collection of medical textbooks (e.g., Harrison's Internal Medicine), with overviews of diseases and conditions, lab tests, drug information, images, and more  
  • Berry and Kohn's Operating Room Technique (2016, 13th ed.) -- Covers surgical technique, including instrumentation and equipment.
  • Wheeless's Textbook of Orthopaedics (Duke University) is not included in this database, but is also a good source of information
    Note: Always check a page's revision date to make sure that the information is not too old.
  • AccessEngineering and Engineering and Technology - Collections of engineering textbooks, including several about device design
    Note: Just use the search box on the top right.

Review Articles -- These are overviews of a topic, including its history and state of the art. They are longer than most articles, and have lots of references. 
  • Engineering -- Do a search in Compendex, and add the word  "review" to the article TITLE
  • Medicine and related topics -- Do a search in PubMed, and choose "review article" (on the left, under "Article Types")
  • DynaMed is a database that covers diseases/conditions, approaches to patients, drugs, devices, procedures, management, evaluation, guidelines, prevention, tools, and more
Online Medical Dictionaries and Definitions