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Free, Reliable Internet resources on Medicine

  1. 1. Free, Reliable Internet resources in Medicine Fred Pond, MLS Vice Rector, Library & Internet Medical Resources Dartmouth Medical School USA
  2. 2. 12 November 2001 Free, Reliable Internet Resources in Medicine Where can you find them?
  3. 3. The Internet is: •Big, but is usually overwhelming •Powerful, but requires effort & patience
  4. 4. Today’s Presentation • Focuses on three types of information on the Internet • Identifies methods to find exactly and specifically what you want to find
  5. 5. Internet Resources in Medicine • Internet Directory • Internet Textbook • Internet Database of Journal Articles
  6. 6. Internet Directory • Medical Matrix • http://www.medmatrix.org
  7. 7. Medical Matrix http://www.medmatrix.org
  8. 8. Medical Matrix www.medmatrix.org • “Full content, unrestricted access, Internet clinical medicine resources.“ • Medical Matrix assigns ranks to Internet resources based on their utility for point-of-care clinical application. • Quality, peer review, full content, multimedia features, and unrestricted access are emphasized in the rankings. • Free, requires registration.
  9. 9. Internet Textbook • eMedicine • http://www.emedicine.com/
  10. 10. eMedicine http://www.emedicine.com/ • Peer-reviewed online medical references and textbooks-- as emergency medicine, dermatology, wilderness, medicine, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, and radiology. • Searchable. Also includes consumer level texts. • Free, requires registration.
  11. 11. Internet Database of Journal Articles • PubMed/Medline • www.pubmed.gov
  12. 12. PubMed/MEDLINE http:www.pubmed.gov • Contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals in 70 languages. • Free, no registration. • Comprehensive, 11 million citations dating back to the mid-1960's • Offers web access to reliable free journals.
  13. 13. PubMed/Medline AN EFFECTIVE METHOD OF SEARCHING MEDICAL JOURNAL LITERATURE
  14. 14. How to Search PubMed • Use MeSH Browser • Consider subject term subheadings • Use Limits to reduce retrieval • Combine terms to find references on two or more topics
  15. 15. MeSH Browser • Helps identify correct subject heading –‘Translates’ our clinical terms to ‘academic’ terms –e.g.. Use Neoplasm instead of Cancer –e.g Use Cross Infection instead of Nosocomial infection
  16. 16. Subheadings • Located under MeSH Browser, click on ‘detailed’ display after searching term • Choose correct subheading relating to the focus of your search – Drug therapy, rehabilitation, therapy – Blood, diagnosis, epidemiology, etiology – Adverse effects, contraindications, poisoning • Subheadings differ with the different terms
  17. 17. Limit Your Search • Human • Language • Years; e.g. 1995-2001 • Patient age • Abstracts
  18. 18. Patient Age Groups • Infant, <30 days • Infant, >30 days to 2 yrs • Child, preschool,2- 5 • Child, 5-12 yrs • All Child, 0-18 yrs • Adolescent, 13-18 • Adult, 18-44 yrs • Adult, middle age 45-64 yrs • Aged, 65-79 yrs • Aged, over 80 yrs • Adult, all years
  19. 19. Combine subject terms • Use to combine two or more subject terms • For Example: penicillins & urinary tract infections
  20. 20. Finding full text articles • Display abstract to see publisher icon • Visit publisher web site
  21. 21. Full Text Journals on PubMed A Journal list of free full text articles in PubMed is available at: (fill in) User registration, a subscription fee, or some other type of fee may be required to access the full text of articles for some journals. Policies vary by provider and by journal. BMJ 2000;321:1103 ( 4 November ) Bleeding and pneumonia in intensive care patients given ranitidine and sucralfate for prevention of stress ulcer: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials
  22. 22. More Search Methods • Author searching • Journal searching • Finding complete references • Saving searches
  23. 23. Author Search • Family name, first & second initials • No first names • For example.. IVANOV SJ
  24. 24. IVANOV SJ
  25. 25. For more help
  26. 26. Journal Search Click on Journal browser Enter journal title or abbreviation, e.g. >BMJ >British Medical Journal
  27. 27. BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL
  28. 28. Finding complete references Find the abstract to a journal reference you want to know more about.
  29. 29. Saving Searches • Save a complicated search to conduct at a later time • Requires free registration • Can be customized to your needs.
  30. 30. For More Information • Overview • HELP/FAQ (frequently asked questions) • Tutorial • News/Noteworthy
  31. 31. Internet Directory • Medical Matrix • http://www.medmatrix.org
  32. 32. Internet Textbook • eMedicine • http://www.emedicine.com/
  33. 33. Free Books on the Internet http://www.pubmed.gov
  34. 34. Thank you!

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