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  • 1. Introduction to the HSMC Library &Introduction to the HSMC Library & Information ResourcesInformation Resources HSMC Library & Information ServiceHSMC Library & Information Service Rachel PosanerRachel Posaner 20132013
  • 2. Outline of the sessionOutline of the session • Who, What & Where of the HSMC Library • Introduction to Literature Searching • HMIC Demonstration • Questions
  • 3. HSMC Library & Information ServiceHSMC Library & Information Service
  • 4. WhoWho we arewe are Emma, Wendy, Lucy & RachelEmma, Wendy, Lucy & Rachel
  • 5. WhoWho are weare we We are a specialist library focusing on health policy, management and leadership. We are focused on keeping ahead with new technology to enhance the “learning experience” We cater for the needs of distance users by focusing on access to information rather than on holdings We support a range of users both from academia and the NHS including HSMC staff, Public Health Birmingham, the East Midlands Cancer Network and the Nuffield Trust in London.
  • 6. WhatWhat services we canservices we can offer youoffer you Virtual: FindIt@Bham: •Catalogues •eJournals •eBooks •Databases •Web Resources Traditional: •Specialist collection www.hsmc.bham.ac.uk •Free Postal loans •Free articles from the British Library Education & Training •Advice /guidance on how to source, search and evaluate the literature •Use of Referencing software e.g. Ref Man Current Awareness: •Daily Digest •Primary Care •Leadership •Commissioning •Public Health •Snappy Search
  • 7. •Blackboard: •HSMC Library information •Introduction to the NHS •Find all your reading lists in one place •Links to full text items and catalogue provided for you Library Resources HSMC Library Website
  • 8. FindingFinding BooksBooks Example: Le Grand, J. (2007) The other invisible hand: delivering public services through choice and competition Princeton, NJ, Princeton University Press
  • 9. Example: Dickinson H, Freeman T, Robinson S & Williams I (2011) Resource scarcity and priority-setting: From management to leadership in the rationing of health care? Public Money & Management Journal 31 (5) : 363 –370 FindingFinding ArticlesArticles
  • 10. Four main steps:Four main steps: 1.1. Develop a comprehensive search strategyDevelop a comprehensive search strategy 2.2. Search the database/sSearch the database/s 3.3. Identify & analyse your resultsIdentify & analyse your results 4.4. Retrieve relevant articlesRetrieve relevant articles Doing a literature searchDoing a literature search
  • 11. • Start by identifying your topic and having a quick look onStart by identifying your topic and having a quick look on Google Scholar/NHS Evidence to try and identify the keyGoogle Scholar/NHS Evidence to try and identify the key authors/publications in this area or if there are existingauthors/publications in this area or if there are existing reviews.reviews. • Start to put together a search strategy based on the keyStart to put together a search strategy based on the key words/concepts used to describe your topic. (search sheet)words/concepts used to describe your topic. (search sheet) • A good strategy will ensure that your results are relevantA good strategy will ensure that your results are relevant and save you time in the long run as you will be able to re-and save you time in the long run as you will be able to re- run it on different databases.run it on different databases. Where to start…Where to start…
  • 12. Topic 2: Depression Topic 2: Depression Topic 1: Patient experiences Topic 1: Patient experiences ’Discuss the concept of patient experiences with regards to the treatment of depression” .
  • 13. SynonymsSynonyms are words or phrases that have the same or similar meaningsare words or phrases that have the same or similar meanings e.g. Gp,e.g. Gp, General Practitioner, Family physician , DoctorsGeneral Practitioner, Family physician , Doctors TruncationTruncation is the use of the symbols*or $.is the use of the symbols*or $. e.g.e.g. commission* will pick up commission, commissions and commissioning.commission* will pick up commission, commissions and commissioning. Alternative Spellings -Alternative Spellings - Are there alternative spellings/Americanisms that you mightAre there alternative spellings/Americanisms that you might encounter?encounter? e.g. organisation or organizatione.g. organisation or organization SnowballingSnowballing is where you look at the relevant items retrieved and look at how are they indexed.is where you look at the relevant items retrieved and look at how are they indexed. i.e. what keywords/Subject headings have been usedi.e. what keywords/Subject headings have been used Citation trackingCitation tracking is where you find new references by looking at who has referenced theis where you find new references by looking at who has referenced the relevant items that you have found.relevant items that you have found. Narrowing/Widening your search your Boolean operators…….Narrowing/Widening your search your Boolean operators……. Things to think about when doing yourThings to think about when doing your search strategysearch strategy
  • 14. Boolean OperatorsBoolean Operators Will allow you to widen or narrow a search Keyword Boolean Keyword Action Patient experiences OR Patient attitudes Broadens the search – will find articles about either patient experiences OR patient attitudes Patient experiences AND Depression Focuses the search – will find articles with both words in Patient experience AND Depression NOT United States NOT United States will find articles about Patient experiences AND Depression but will exclude US material.
  • 15. Limiting your searchLimiting your search You can limit your search in a variety of ways including:You can limit your search in a variety of ways including: Language …Language …English language items onlyEnglish language items only Publication date…Publication date…items published from 2009 onwardsitems published from 2009 onwards Material Type…Material Type… journal articles onlyjournal articles only Country of Origin….Country of Origin….UK based materials onlyUK based materials only (remember alternative spellings for non-UK material)(remember alternative spellings for non-UK material) Age or Gender…..Age or Gender…..over 80’s/elderlyover 80’s/elderly
  • 16. Which databases/Sources to use:Which databases/Sources to use: • Medline: biomedical literature, US focusMedline: biomedical literature, US focus • Web of Science: multidisciplinary, covering science /social sciencesWeb of Science: multidisciplinary, covering science /social sciences • CINAHL: nursing and allied health disciplinesCINAHL: nursing and allied health disciplines • ABI Inform/Proquest : business and managementABI Inform/Proquest : business and management • Google Scholar – searches across scholarly material across allGoogle Scholar – searches across scholarly material across all subject areas.subject areas. • NHS Evidence –quality assured evidence/best practiced, from NICENHS Evidence –quality assured evidence/best practiced, from NICE
  • 17. HMIC (Health Management Information Consortium) Access via FindIt@Bham : http://findit.bham.ac.uk Incorporating the King's Fund, Nuffield Institute, and Department of Health Databases. Includes bibliographic references often with abstracts of; journal articles, monographs, reports, government documents, and, grey literature all focusing on health policy and management related information
  • 18. Downloading your referencesDownloading your references Downloading References:Downloading References: You can download your references by:You can download your references by: •E-mailE-mail •PrintPrint •Export to reference management softwareExport to reference management software Advantages of Reference Software: e.g. Refworks http://www.i-cite.bham.ac.uk/refworks.shtmlAdvantages of Reference Software: e.g. Refworks http://www.i-cite.bham.ac.uk/refworks.shtml •All your results are in one placeAll your results are in one place •You can get rid of duplicatesYou can get rid of duplicates •You can manually add other useful referencesYou can manually add other useful references •You can produce a comprehensive bibliography of searchYou can produce a comprehensive bibliography of search •resultsresults For further help/advice ask a member of the library teamFor further help/advice ask a member of the library team
  • 19. Further help/advice Contact Rachel Posaner or Emma Green to arrange a one-to one session with to help with literature searching via: •Blackboard •Via the library’s homepage at • http://www.birmingham.ac.uk/facilities/hsmc-library/index.aspx • “Ask a librarian” service (IM) •Quick links to key resources •Contact details •Try “A-Z index & FAQ” link •Facebook/Twitter/Skype •Virtual Library Clinics – new! •Any questions?
  • 20. Any Questions