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Keeping Current with Scholarly Literature Robin Featherstone Clinical Medicine Librarian Taylor Library, University of Wes...
In 1980, reading 1 RCT per day would keep you up to date… http://trusttheevidence.net/carl-heneghan/how-many-randomized-tr...
Prediction: 500,000 RCTs per year published by 2018-9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wp3m1vg06Q
How can we keep up?  <ul><li>Email Alerts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Table of Contents (ToC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic S...
How do alerts work? <ul><li>Search a database (CINAHL, Scopus, etc...) </li></ul><ul><li>Have the search run regularly and...
Which databases offer alerts? Biological Sciences Engineering Health Sciences Medicine Physical & Mathematical Sciences <u...
What kind of alerts can I set up? <ul><li>TOPIC: Receive recent articles on a topic of interest  </li></ul><ul><li>ToC: Re...
Demo - Scopus <ul><li>Set up an alert to tell you when the following paper is cited:  </li></ul><ul><li>Williams, M. (2008...
Exercise <ul><li>Set up an alert to tell you when the following paper is cited:  </li></ul><ul><li>Couch, R. B. (2008). Se...
RSS = Really Simple Syndication http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2007/02/keeping_up.html http://commoncraft.com/...
How does RSS work? <ul><li>Subscribe to a “feeder” (Google Reader, Bloglines, etc…) </li></ul><ul><li>Locate a “feed” </li...
Demo - PubMed <ul><li>Create a topic RSS feed in PubMed on prevention of MRSA through hand washing. </li></ul>
Exercise <ul><li>Subscribe to an RSS feeder (if you haven’t already) – Google Reader and Bloglines are two free ones </li>...
Recap <ul><li>Impossible to keep up with the rising number of scholarly publications </li></ul><ul><li>Use alerts to send ...
QUESTIONS Robin Featherstone [email_address] http://www.slideshare.net/featherr
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  1. 1. Keeping Current with Scholarly Literature Robin Featherstone Clinical Medicine Librarian Taylor Library, University of Western Ontario [email_address] Slides available: www.slideshare.net/featherr
  2. 2. In 1980, reading 1 RCT per day would keep you up to date… http://trusttheevidence.net/carl-heneghan/how-many-randomized-trials-are-published-each-year ... In 2008, you would have to read 71 per day
  3. 3. Prediction: 500,000 RCTs per year published by 2018-9 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4wp3m1vg06Q
  4. 4. How can we keep up? <ul><li>Email Alerts </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Table of Contents (ToC) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Topic Search </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Author (or institution) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Cited Reference </li></ul></ul><ul><li>RSS (Really Simple Syndication) </li></ul>
  5. 5. How do alerts work? <ul><li>Search a database (CINAHL, Scopus, etc...) </li></ul><ul><li>Have the search run regularly and new results sent to you via email </li></ul>
  6. 6. Which databases offer alerts? Biological Sciences Engineering Health Sciences Medicine Physical & Mathematical Sciences <ul><li>BIOSIS </li></ul><ul><li>EMBASE </li></ul><ul><li>Medline </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed </li></ul><ul><li>Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>Compendex </li></ul><ul><li>Inspec </li></ul><ul><li>ProQuest ABI/INFORM </li></ul><ul><li>Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>AMED </li></ul><ul><li>CINAHL </li></ul><ul><li>EMBASE </li></ul><ul><li>Physical Education Index </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed </li></ul><ul><li>PsycINFO </li></ul><ul><li>Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>BIOSIS </li></ul><ul><li>EMBASE </li></ul><ul><li>Medline </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul><ul><li>arxiv.org </li></ul><ul><li>Inspec </li></ul><ul><li>Scopus </li></ul><ul><li>Web of Science </li></ul>
  7. 7. What kind of alerts can I set up? <ul><li>TOPIC: Receive recent articles on a topic of interest </li></ul><ul><li>ToC: Receive Table of Contents for a key journal in your field* </li></ul><ul><li>AUTHOR: Monitor an important author’s work </li></ul><ul><li>REFERENCE: Keep track of citations to a particular paper </li></ul><ul><li>* Check the journal’s website too </li></ul>
  8. 8. Demo - Scopus <ul><li>Set up an alert to tell you when the following paper is cited: </li></ul><ul><li>Williams, M. (2008). Infection control and prevention in perioperative practice. Journal of Perioperative Practice, 18 (7), 274-278. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Exercise <ul><li>Set up an alert to tell you when the following paper is cited: </li></ul><ul><li>Couch, R. B. (2008). Seasonal inactivated influenza virus vaccines.  Vaccine, 26 (SUPPL. 4), D5-D9. </li></ul>
  10. 10. RSS = Really Simple Syndication http://geekandpoke.typepad.com/geekandpoke/2007/02/keeping_up.html http://commoncraft.com/rss_plain_english
  11. 11. How does RSS work? <ul><li>Subscribe to a “feeder” (Google Reader, Bloglines, etc…) </li></ul><ul><li>Locate a “feed” </li></ul><ul><li>Add the feed’s URL to your feeder </li></ul>
  12. 12. Demo - PubMed <ul><li>Create a topic RSS feed in PubMed on prevention of MRSA through hand washing. </li></ul>
  13. 13. Exercise <ul><li>Subscribe to an RSS feeder (if you haven’t already) – Google Reader and Bloglines are two free ones </li></ul><ul><li>Run a topic search (your choice) in PubMed or CINAHL </li></ul><ul><li>Subscribe to the feed from your search results </li></ul>
  14. 14. Recap <ul><li>Impossible to keep up with the rising number of scholarly publications </li></ul><ul><li>Use alerts to send regular email updates </li></ul><ul><li>Use RSS to add summaries of new publications to your feeder </li></ul>
  15. 15. QUESTIONS Robin Featherstone [email_address] http://www.slideshare.net/featherr
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