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Introduction to literature
searching
http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/
study/library/
Today we are going to cover...
• Finding the evidence

• Searching effectively for journal articles
• Evaluating informati...
Evidence
Exercise 1 - Discuss in pairs
• What is evidence?
• How and why might evidence be useful in
healthcare practice?
What Is Evidence?
“Information or signs indicating whether
something is true or valid”
Compact Oxford Dictionary for Stude...
Evidence-Based Practice
“…involves the conscientious use of current
best evidence in making decisions about
patient care…”...
Where’s the evidence?
• Guidelines for practice, e.g. NICE clinical
guidelines are based on research evidence
from special...
Today we’re going to search for
literature on...

Culture and professional practice
What are the important concepts in you...
Please open Mozilla Firefox!
• In the A-Z window on
the desktop (on
university PCs)
• Login to myUniHub
Library Subject Guides
Exercise 3
• Use Summon and InterNurse and search for
articles on culture and professional practice
• Remember to try othe...
Evaluating what you’ve found
Is it what you need and is it trustworthy?
What criteria would you use to assess the
relevanc...
The C A R P test
C A R P
• Currency - How old is the information?
When was it last updated?
• Authority - Who is the author / site creator?...
Exercise 4
• Work in groups
• 5 resources and evaluation sheet
• For each resource, decide as a group if it
meets the crit...
Referencing
• Is very important
• Acknowledges other people’s work (avoids
plagiarism)
• Shows you’ve read around the subj...
Referencing – style guide
Exercise 5
• Rearrange the cards you’ve been given into a
complete reference.
• What sort of resource is it? (Book, journa...
What we’ve covered
• Using evidence based resources

• Searching effectively for journal articles
• Critically evaluating ...
Need help?

• Librarians in the Specialist Zone (1st floor)
during core hours Monday - Friday
• Ask a Librarian http://ask...
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  • Why is research important in health care? EBP = use of research evidence in practice.
  • Link goes to NICE guidance on infection control (CG139)“Reputable” sources
  • What is the impact of culture on your professional practice? You are required to explore the concepts of culture and professionalism & demonstrate an understanding of culturally responsive and culturally competent practice
  • Links we’ll be using today.
  • Summon covers more than just nursing so use refining options, may need Nurs* as keyword.“Culture” – lots of results about organisational/professional culture. Try alternatives – cultur*, cultural awareness/sensitivity, diversity, culturally responsive/appropriate care, transcultural, cultural competence etc InterNurse – advanced search options for more focused results.Summon - International coverage – may need to search for UK/ England/NHS etc as keywordCan also try Interprofessional Working for differences and similarities in culture of health professionals.
  • But is it any good? Get them to give you ideas – can record on flipchartCurrentAuthoritativeObjective – balanced, unbiased – what’s their intent? EtcRelevant – who is it aimed at? Level, Context e.g. UK/US
  • Author can be organisation etcAlso objectivity: Balanced view? Opposing views represented? References?
  • Can also mention plagiarism/referencing guide...
  • Mention that they can make appointments through LibGuide
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    1. 1. Introduction to literature searching http://unihub.mdx.ac.uk/ study/library/
    2. 2. Today we are going to cover... • Finding the evidence • Searching effectively for journal articles • Evaluating information • Using information ethically (citing and referencing)
    3. 3. Evidence Exercise 1 - Discuss in pairs • What is evidence? • How and why might evidence be useful in healthcare practice?
    4. 4. What Is Evidence? “Information or signs indicating whether something is true or valid” Compact Oxford Dictionary for Students (2006) You will need to provide appropriate evidence to support any claims or arguments made in your assignments
    5. 5. Evidence-Based Practice “…involves the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about patient care…” Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: a guide to best practice (2005)
    6. 6. Where’s the evidence? • Guidelines for practice, e.g. NICE clinical guidelines are based on research evidence from specialist resources • High quality, peer-reviewed research in journal articles • Articles can be found using specialist subject databases
    7. 7. Today we’re going to search for literature on... Culture and professional practice What are the important concepts in your learning log topic? Are there other terms for the same ideas?
    8. 8. Please open Mozilla Firefox! • In the A-Z window on the desktop (on university PCs) • Login to myUniHub
    9. 9. Library Subject Guides
    10. 10. Exercise 3 • Use Summon and InterNurse and search for articles on culture and professional practice • Remember to try other related keywords too
    11. 11. Evaluating what you’ve found Is it what you need and is it trustworthy? What criteria would you use to assess the relevance and quality of the information?
    12. 12. The C A R P test
    13. 13. C A R P • Currency - How old is the information? When was it last updated? • Authority - Who is the author / site creator? What is their background? Is the article published in a scholarly/peer reviewed journal? • Relevance - Is this what I need? Will it answer my question? Is it at the right level? • Purpose - What is the purpose of the information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, academic, etc.
    14. 14. Exercise 4 • Work in groups • 5 resources and evaluation sheet • For each resource, decide as a group if it meets the criteria. • No need to read the whole thing!
    15. 15. Referencing • Is very important • Acknowledges other people’s work (avoids plagiarism) • Shows you’ve read around the subject • Supports your discussion and arguments • Gets you better marks! • Enables others to find your references
    16. 16. Referencing – style guide
    17. 17. Exercise 5 • Rearrange the cards you’ve been given into a complete reference. • What sort of resource is it? (Book, journal etc.) • Swap with your neighbour
    18. 18. What we’ve covered • Using evidence based resources • Searching effectively for journal articles • Critically evaluating information • Using information ethically (citing and referencing)
    19. 19. Need help? • Librarians in the Specialist Zone (1st floor) during core hours Monday - Friday • Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/ • Nursing Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/nursing
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