Literature searching for Veterinary Nursing 2012Presentation Transcript
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 information• Using information ethically (citing and referencing)
What Is Evidence?“Information or signs indicating whethersomething is true or valid”Compact Oxford Dictionary for Students (2006)You will need to provide appropriateevidence to support any claims or argumentsmade in your assignments
Evidence-Based Practice“…involves the conscientious use of currentbest evidence in making decisions aboutpatient care…”Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: a guide tobest practice (2005)‘the use of current best evidence in makingclinical decisions’.Cockroft and Holmes (2003) Handbook of evidence basedveterinary medicine.
Where’s the evidence?• Clinical guidelines and other procedures and protocols for practice are based on research evidence from specialist resources• High quality, peer-reviewed research in journal articles• Articles can be found using specialist subject databases
Today we’re going to search for literature on...Preventing obesity in dogsWhat are the important concepts in thistopic? Are there other terms for the sameideas? Related ideas?
Before we start...• Always use Mozilla Firefox as browser within University• From A-Z icon on Desktop, click on Mozilla Firefox
Finding the databases• In myUniHub, go to My Study – Library Subject Guides.• Select the Veterinary Nursing guide• Click on Resources• Then Finding Journal Articles Using Databases• Choose a database (e.g. Science Direct)
Exercise 1• After a short demonstration, search the Science Direct database and Summon for articles on “preventing obesity in dogs (and/or cats)”• Remember to try other related keywords too
A Few Search tips• Search for phrases (“”): eg. “small animal”• Broaden your search (*): eg. prevent* (finds prevent, prevents, preventing, preventative etc)
A Few Search tips• Widen your search eg. Obesity OR overweight OR weight management• Narrow your search eg. obesity AND canine
But is it any good?Is it what you need and is it trustworthy?What criteria would you use to assess therelevance and quality of the information?
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? 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 appropriate level?• Purpose - What is the purpose of the information e.g. financial gain, propaganda, academic, etc.
Exercise 2• Work in groups• 4 resources and evaluation sheet• For each resource, decide as a group if it meets the criteria.• No need to read the whole thing!
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
Need help?• Librarians in the Specialist Zone (1st floor) 11-3 Monday – Friday• Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/• Veterinary Nursing Library Subject Guidehttp://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/veterinarynursing