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Writing papers for publication

APA and MLA Citation Guides

Case Studies Publication Information

Points to Consider When Writing a Case Study:

  • Is the case report authentic?
  • Is the case report ethical?
  • Is this case worth reporting?
  • Is the case report persuasive?
  • Does the case report have diagnostic value?
  • Will the case report make a difference to clinical practice?
  • Is the anonymity of the patient protected?
  • Have you obtained patient/guardian permission?
  • Have you done a literature review?
  • Are there any ethical or competing interests issues that must be cited?
  • Have you checked the publisher's website for formatting specifications and other requirements for submission?

Adapted from: Guide for Medical Case Reports Reviewers. 2 February 2015

Disclaimer: The links to publishers below is not a statement of endorsement by GCSoM 

Library Resources for Healthcare Quality Research Projects

Literature Reviews

Reviews of the literature are conducted for various reasons:

  • To provide background and context for new or expanded research
  • To bring together all the relevant or important literature on a topic
  • To discover developments in a disclipline
  • To determine gaps in research

Regardless the reason, a good search of the literature should include at least two databases, i.e. PubMed, Cochrane, or Web of Science. A very thorough search would include Google Scholar, and, depending on the research question, one might include CINAHL,, and web sites for Professional Organizations.

Ask a librarian for assistance in formulating an effective search strategy. This will help you in obtaining relevant results, and will save you time.


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