Transcultural mental health 2013


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Searhcing the library, web and databases for information on mental health

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Transcultural mental health 2013

  1. 1. Transcultural Mental Health Paula Funnell Senior Academic Liaison Librarian (Medicine and Dentistry) Searching for Information
  2. 2. Learning outcomes • To be introduced to the library search tools • To know where to look for good quality information on the web • To be able to do a simple search on key databases
  3. 3. Library website
  4. 4. Search engines • Search engine = supermarket • Photo by vauvau ( • 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 • Ability to filter your results
  6. 6. 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
  7. 7. 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
  8. 8. Databases • Databases – florist • Photo by stevewhis ( • Collection of SAME thing
  9. 9. 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
  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. Broadening your search • Truncation – add an asterisk to the stem of a word • ethnic* will search for ethnic, ethnical, ethnicity . . .
  12. 12. Broadening your search • An OR search – combine two synonyms to give a larger number of results • Ethnic* OR cultur* will search for any articles containing one or both of the terms
  13. 13. Narrowing your search • Phrase searching – enclose phrase within quotation marks • “anorexia nervosa” will return results where anorexia and nervosa appear side by side in the title or abstract
  14. 14. Narrowing your search • An AND search – combine two elements of your search question to give a smaller number of results • Ethnic* AND anorexia nervosa will search for any articles containing both of the terms
  15. 15. 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
  16. 16. Scopus • World’s largest abstract and citation database • Search across a range of subject areas • Includes Medline coverage • Need to log in off campus
  17. 17. The Cochrane Library • High quality systematic reviews • Already been critically appraised • Full text available • Also contains abstracts of other systematic reviews and clinical trials
  18. 18. PsycINFO • A database covering psychology and related disciplines, including psychiatry • Access through the library catalogue • Need to login off campus
  19. 19. Summary • Use the library search tools to access resources paid for by Queen Mary • 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
  20. 20. Drop-ins