Problem-Based Learning Students

The Wilson Dental Library has gathered information and resources for students and facilitators participating in the Problem-Based Learning (PBL) Curriculum. Below are links to relevant resources that will help guide you through your learning needs.

Ostrow Case Library 

Research Guides

Research Guides for individual cases and subjects have been developed for you by the librarians at the Wilson Dental Library.

Research Guides for individual PBL cases focus on the first cases for DDS and ASPID students. There are not Research Guides for every PBL case, but other resources listed below contain helpful information for all PBL cases.


All Dentistry Research Guides

Recommended Textbooks 

PBL facilitators and the Wilson Dental Library have curated a list of textbooks recommended for all PBL cases. The list is organized alphabetically by subject and information about textbook format (available in print or online) is included.

Recommended Ebook Databases

Reserve Textbooks

Latest editions and popular textbooks are held on reserve at the Wilson Dental Library. These books can be checked out for 3 hours at a time, with the option to check them out overnight after 3 pm. Some exceptions apply. Please email for more information.

PBL Citation Format 

For PBL Learning Need Packets, you are required to use a citation format created by Ostrow faculty designed to help PBL facilitators locate your references. View the PBL Citations Guide for examples of common PBL references types in the required format. 

Video Tutorials

PBL Resources Video Playlist - The playlist includes a series of videos on how to search for information across multiple health sciences ebooks in ClinicalKey, AccessMedicine, R2 Library, and Stat!Ref & a video on how to navigate the PBL guides.

USC Health Sciences Libraries Video Playlist - Librarians from the Wilson Dental Library and Norris Medical Library have created a range of video tutorials demonstrating how to access and search PubMed, how to find full-text articles, and how to use other databases. 

    Guidelines and Presentations

    Ostrow Guidelines and presentations regarding PBL.

    Library Orientation

    We have prepared an online, self-paced library orientation for you. Learn how to navigate the library website, search for books, find resource guides and more.

    Wilson Dental Library Orientation

    Get Help from the Dental Librarian