<ul><li>LIBR534 – Health information sources & services </li></ul><ul><li>Searching Embase & CINAHL </li></ul><ul><li>Janu...
<ul><li>Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Module I, Class II  </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Searching Embase & Cinahl </li></ul></ul></...
Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 Medline – MeSH tree structures <ul><li>Each of the 16 trees is assigned a letter as an identifie...
Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 <ul><li>EMTREE headings – 15 branches or ‘facets’ </li></ul>History of Embase structure  [link] ...
<ul><li>What do MeSH and EMTREE have in common?   </li></ul><ul><li>Both are comprehensive biomedical / life science vocab...
<ul><li>Embase synopsis in one (1) minute… </li></ul>Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 Think – Pair – Share  Start by saying: <ul>...
<ul><li>Medline & Embase –  Key facts </li></ul>Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 <ul><li>Embase </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical data...
<ul><li>In searching – why choose Embase?  </li></ul><ul><li>Emtree drug terminology is: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More ex...
Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 <ul><li>CINAHL reflects nursing & allied health literature </li></ul><ul><li>CINAHL =  Cumulativ...
<ul><li>Medline, Embase & Cinahl   </li></ul><ul><li>Three way comparison ( see  handout ) </li></ul><ul><li>How do health...
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Searching EMBASE and CINAHL for health librarians

  1. 1. <ul><li>LIBR534 – Health information sources & services </li></ul><ul><li>Searching Embase & CINAHL </li></ul><ul><li>January 21 st 2010 [updated Jan 22] </li></ul><ul><li>Greg Rowell & Dean Giustini, SLAIS Adjunct faculty </li></ul>Bowl of Hygeia – Pharmacy Florence Nightingale - Nursing
  2. 2. <ul><li>Agenda </li></ul><ul><li>Module I, Class II </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Searching Embase & Cinahl </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Medline & Embase </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Cinahl for nursing & allied health </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>~ Break 7:15pm~ </li></ul><ul><li>Discuss ‘mapping’ article by Shams </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Answer questions on your own </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Find a partner </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discuss in larger group (Think-pair-share) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Search assignment </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Discussion </li></ul></ul></ul>Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534
  3. 3. Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 Medline – MeSH tree structures <ul><li>Each of the 16 trees is assigned a letter as an identifier </li></ul><ul><li>Anatomy </li></ul><ul><li>Organisms </li></ul><ul><li>Diseases </li></ul><ul><li>Chemical and Drugs </li></ul><ul><li>Analytical, Diagnostic and Therapeutic Techniques and Equipment </li></ul><ul><li>Psychiatry and Psychology </li></ul><ul><li>Phenomena and Processes </li></ul><ul><li>Disciplines and Occupations </li></ul><ul><li>Anthropology, Education, Sociology and Social Phenomena </li></ul><ul><li>Technology, Industry, Agriculture </li></ul><ul><li>Humanities </li></ul><ul><li>Information Science </li></ul><ul><li>Named Groups </li></ul><ul><li>Health Care </li></ul><ul><li>Publication Characteristics </li></ul><ul><li>Geographic Locations </li></ul>
  4. 4. Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 <ul><li>EMTREE headings – 15 branches or ‘facets’ </li></ul>History of Embase structure [link] … Preferred terms are organized into a hierarchical structure with 15 branches which are called facets : A Anatomical concepts B Organism names C Physical diseases, disorders and abnormalities D Chemicals and drugs E Analytical, diagnostic and therapeutic techniques, equipment and parameters F Psychological and psychiatric phenomena G Biological phenomena and functions H Chemical, physical and mathematical phenomena I Society and environment J Types of article or study K Geographic names L Groups by age and sex M Named groups of persons N Health care concepts Q Biomedical disciplines, science and art
  5. 5. <ul><li>What do MeSH and EMTREE have in common? </li></ul><ul><li>Both are comprehensive biomedical / life science vocabularies </li></ul><ul><li>Similar faceted structure (Emtree modeled on MeSH in 1988) </li></ul><ul><li>Both thesauri have broader/narrower terms & use explode/focus </li></ul><ul><li>Both have unique elements, levels of detail and subject focus </li></ul>Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 In the NLM Classification books on ‘pre-clinical’ topics are filed in…..
  6. 6. <ul><li>Embase synopsis in one (1) minute… </li></ul>Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 Think – Pair – Share Start by saying: <ul><li>Embase is an important pharmaceutical database created by the European publisher Elsevier </li></ul><ul><li>It provide detailed indexing of pharmacy-related content with coverage of more than 5,000 journals from 70 countries </li></ul>“I get by with a little help from my friends…[link]”
  7. 7. <ul><li>Medline & Embase – Key facts </li></ul>Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 <ul><li>Embase </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical database produced by Elsevier </li></ul><ul><li>Comprehensive coverage of biomedicine, drugs & pharmacology </li></ul><ul><li>Indexed with 56,000 terms, 27,000 drug & chemical names </li></ul><ul><li>~12 million records from 1980 - present; indexes 5,000 journals </li></ul><ul><li>Overlap with Medline ca. 60% (at journal level) </li></ul><ul><li>Unique records especially drug titles + European literature </li></ul><ul><li>Medline </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical database produced by NLM (U.S. National Library of Medicine) </li></ul><ul><li>Focus on biomedicine incl. nursing, dentistry and veterinary science </li></ul><ul><li>Indexed with MeSH with over 25,000 total terms </li></ul><ul><li>17 million records from 1966-present (excl. Old Medline) </li></ul><ul><li>5,500 journals; overlap with Embase ca. 60% (at journal level) </li></ul><ul><li>Unique records especially in US titles + nursing literature etc. </li></ul>
  8. 8. <ul><li>In searching – why choose Embase? </li></ul><ul><li>Emtree drug terminology is: </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>More extensive with extensive synonyms (including trade names) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>865 preferred terms added in 2009 </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Organized in detailed tree structures in polyhierarchy of drug terms </li></ul><ul><li>Structured from multiple points of view and use </li></ul><ul><li>Best for identifying and searching for new drugs </li></ul><ul><li>Emtree includes all MeSH which are linked to EMTREE headings </li></ul><ul><li>Usually Embase is used in conjunction with other databases </li></ul>Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534
  9. 9. Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534 <ul><li>CINAHL reflects nursing & allied health literature </li></ul><ul><li>CINAHL = Cumulative Index to Nursing and Allied Health lit </li></ul><ul><li>Indexes ~1200 English language journals, 1981 to present </li></ul><ul><li>Updated every 2nd month </li></ul><ul><li>~70% of CINAHL headings adopted from MeSH </li></ul><ul><li>About 55% unique content specifically for nursing/ allied health </li></ul><ul><li>Note in a record how different limits are in CINAHL </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>Medline, Embase & Cinahl </li></ul><ul><li>Three way comparison ( see handout ) </li></ul><ul><li>How do health librarians recommend one over another? </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Context is important – what is the clinical question? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Who is asking? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Health librarians need to know coverage fully </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Strengths, weaknesses of each database </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Nothing wrong with checking all three places </li></ul><ul><li>Both Medline & Embase citations are searchable on the web </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>A lot of Cinahl’s content not searchable on the web </li></ul></ul></ul>Rowell-Giustini – LIBR534
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