BMS PG Medical Microbiology 2012Presentation Transcript
BMS MSc Medical Microbiology MSc Clinical BiochemistryIntroduction to the library and literature searchinghttp://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/study/library/
Today we are going to cover…• Finding resources for your studies via myUniHub and the library subject guides• Planning an effective search strategy• Using the electronic databases to find out what BMS literature has been published in the academic journals• Identifying and accessing relevant journal articles
The Library Catalogue• Lists all the material (books, journals etc.) held in the libraries at Hendon and Archway• You may use any campus library, or via the library catalogue, you may request books from Archway campus to be sent here for you to collect
What is a Database? Most databases provide bibliographic details of data published in professional journals including.… - The Author and Title of an article - The Journal in which it is printed - The Volume, Part and Page Numbers of the article - The Abstract, a brief summary of the article - Subject KeywordsIn some cases there will be a link providing access to the fulltext and/or information regarding the Library’s print holdings
When you find an articleThis is what the “citation” looks like
The “complete reference”
The “Full Text”
Do I trust it?• What should we consider when deciding what information to use?
EvaluationIt is very important to evaluate your searchresults for relevance and qualityIs it what you need and is it trustworthy?
• Currency (How old is this information? When was it last updated?)• Authority (Who is the author, site creator, organisation, scholarly journal etc?)• Intent (What is the purpose of the website / information? e.g. financial gain etc)• Relevance (Is this what I need? Will it answer my question?)• Objectivity (Balanced view? Opposing views represented? etc)
Peer Review• Peer review is a core part of academic research. It is a formal procedure for checking the quality of research before it is published.• If a publication is peer reviewed it means it has been read, checked and authenticated (reviewed) by independent, third party academics (peers).• Peer review has been the quality-control system of academic publishing for hundreds of years.
Key databases for BMS literature• Medline The premier biomedical database• Science Citation The leading science Index and technical journals• Science Direct Full-text science journals
Useful databases for full text journal articles• Science Direct• PubMed - full text via PubMed Central
Google Scholar• Freely available to search• Tip – set Library Links so you can access MDX full text (Settings > Library Links)• What’s included?o No definitive list, so be aware you may miss things.
Plan your search1. Define your question2. Break it down into concepts (databases work best if you break your question down into single subjects)3. List the words or phrases that you could use for each concept (alternative terms, truncation using * etc)
Plan your searchThe following resources should help with thisprocess:- Examples of high quality systematicliterature reviews (Cochrane Library)- An example of a search strategy and aworksheet to create your own
Accessing the databases• Go to the Library’s BMS Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicalscien ces• Select Journals• Click on Finding Journal Articles / Using Databases• Choose a database (e.g. Medline)
A quick search demonstrationSearching Medline/PubMed, Science Citation Indexor Science Direct for peer reviewed journal articleson:‘The role of bacterial infection intumour development’
Planning your search
Planning your search
Building a search
Adding in search terms
Combining terms with OR
Adding more terms
Combining concepts with AND
Limiting your search
Fewer results, but may want to refine further
Limit to review articles
Access full-text where available
But it’s not in the library!• Don’t panic. Have you checked the catalogue? (Search for journal title) (Check Library Holdings in Medline)• Is there a similar alternative?• Inter-Library Loan (via UniHub)• SCONUL Access scheme
Referencing• It is vital that your work is properly referenced and you have full bibliographic details of all resources used.• Keep a note of the details as you go along!• RefWorks reference management software available
Need help?• Librarians in the Specialist Zone (1st floor) 11-3 Monday – Friday (on call 9-11, 3-5)• Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/• BMS Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicalsciences