MSc Neuroscience and Translational Medicine
MSc Gastroenterology
Paula Funnell
p.a.funnell@qmul.ac.uk
Senior Academic Liai...
Learning outcomes
• To be introduced to the library website
and search tools
• To know where to look for good quality
info...
Library website
www.library.qmul.ac.uk
Search engines
• Search engine = supermarket
• Photo by vauvau (http://flic.kr/p/75yAAb)
• Searches across many DIFFERENT
...
Healthcare specific
search engines
• Search specifically across healthcare
related resources
• Search across good quality ...
Medline Plus
• US National Institutes of Health's web
site for patients and their families and
friends
• Designed to provi...
Evidence Search
• Easy to use
• Searches across high-quality
healthcare specific resources
• Provided and managed by NICE
...
TRIP
• One simple search box
• Results are colour coded giving an at
a glance indication of quality of
information
• Resul...
Databases
• Databases – florist
• Photo by stevewhis (http://flic.kr/p/a4h4RJ)
• Collection of SAME thing
Databases
• Vast collections of references of
published research
• Filters can be applied to narrow results
down
• Searche...
MEDLINE (PubMed)
• PubMed is a search interface for the
MEDLINE database
• Database of references and abstracts
of journal...
Web of Science
• Part of ISI Web of Knowledge
• Contains:
– Science Citation Index
– Social Sciences Citation Index
– Arts...
Scopus
• World’s largest abstract and citation
database
• Search across a range of subject
areas
• Includes Medline covera...
The Cochrane Library
• High quality systematic reviews
• Already been critically appraised
• Full text available
• Also co...
Broadening your search
• An OR search – combine two
synonyms to give a larger number of
results
• Child health OR paediatr...
Broadening your search
• Truncation – add an asterisk to the
stem of a word
• Injur* will search for injury, injuries,
inj...
Narrowing your search
• An AND search – combine two
elements of your search question to
give a smaller number of results
•...
Narrowing your search
• Phrase searching – enclose phrase
within quotation marks
• “diabetes mellitus” will return results...
Subject headings &
thesaurus terms
• E.g. MeSH terms in PubMed
• Alternative to keyword searching
• Fixed set of terms ass...
Summary
• Use specialist search engines to
search across a wide range of good
quality web resources
• Use databases to fin...
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MSc transneuro & gastro 2013-14

  1. 1. MSc Neuroscience and Translational Medicine MSc Gastroenterology Paula Funnell p.a.funnell@qmul.ac.uk Senior Academic Liaison Librarian (Medicine and Dentistry) Searching for Information
  2. 2. Learning outcomes • To be introduced to the library website and search tools • To know where to look for good quality information on the web • To learn how to use key medical databases effectively • To recap referencing and plagiarism • To be able to use EndNote to manage references effectively
  3. 3. Library website www.library.qmul.ac.uk
  4. 4. Search engines • Search engine = supermarket • Photo by vauvau (http://flic.kr/p/75yAAb) • Searches across many DIFFERENT things
  5. 5. Healthcare specific search engines • Search specifically across healthcare related resources • Search across good quality internet resources • Much more manageable number of results
  6. 6. Medline Plus • US National Institutes of Health's web site for patients and their families and friends • Designed to provide up-to-date healthcare information in understandable language • Also provides links to the latest medical research www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
  7. 7. Evidence Search • Easy to use • Searches across high-quality healthcare specific resources • Provided and managed by NICE • Wide range of filters allow you to narrow down your search e.g. by type of information or date of publication www.evidence.nhs.uk
  8. 8. TRIP • One simple search box • Results are colour coded giving an at a glance indication of quality of information • Results vary widely - including primary research, reviews, textbooks and news www.tripdatabase.com
  9. 9. Databases • Databases – florist • Photo by stevewhis (http://flic.kr/p/a4h4RJ) • Collection of SAME thing
  10. 10. Databases • Vast collections of references of published research • Filters can be applied to narrow results down • Searches can be combined and saved for future use • References can be imported to EndNote
  11. 11. MEDLINE (PubMed) • PubMed is a search interface for the MEDLINE database • Database of references and abstracts of journal articles • Covers the broad field of biomedicine • Special QM PubMed address for easier full-text access www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?otool=igbqmullib
  12. 12. Web of Science • Part of ISI Web of Knowledge • Contains: – Science Citation Index – Social Sciences Citation Index – Arts and Humanities Citation Index • Need to log in off campus www.webofknowledge.com
  13. 13. Scopus • World’s largest abstract and citation database • Search across a range of subject areas • Includes Medline coverage • Need to log in off campus www.scopus.com
  14. 14. The Cochrane Library • High quality systematic reviews • Already been critically appraised • Full text available • Also contains abstracts of other systematic reviews and clinical trials www.thecochranelibrary.com
  15. 15. Broadening your search • An OR search – combine two synonyms to give a larger number of results • Child health OR paediatrics will search for any articles containing one or both of the terms
  16. 16. Broadening your search • Truncation – add an asterisk to the stem of a word • Injur* will search for injury, injuries, injured, injuring . . .
  17. 17. Narrowing your search • An AND search – combine two elements of your search question to give a smaller number of results • Asthma AND children will search for any articles containing both of the terms
  18. 18. Narrowing your search • Phrase searching – enclose phrase within quotation marks • “diabetes mellitus” will return results where diabetes and mellitus appear side by side in the title or abstract
  19. 19. Subject headings & thesaurus terms • E.g. MeSH terms in PubMed • Alternative to keyword searching • Fixed set of terms assigned to define the main focus of an article • Each article “tagged” with several headings • Heading not necessarily a word that appears in title or abstract • PubMed automatically searches MeSH terms. Check the search details box.
  20. 20. Summary • Use specialist search engines to search across a wide range of good quality web resources • Use databases to find academic research articles, both primary research as well as review articles
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