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Hp Lit Searching

  1. 1. Middlesex University Learning Resources Introduction to Literature Searching (Finding Journal Articles)
  2. 2. What Will We Be Doing Today? <ul><li>FIRSTLY… discuss what evidence is, where it may be found and how it should be evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>THEN… carry out a search for journal literature using the Internurse and OVID databases </li></ul><ul><li>FINALLY… Introduce the Middlesex Guidelines for referencing and citation style </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Is Evidence? <ul><li>“ Information or signs indicating whether something is true or valid” </li></ul><ul><li>Compact Oxford Dictionary for Students (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to provide appropriate evidence to support any claims or arguments made in your assignments </li></ul>
  4. 4. Evidence-Based Practice <ul><li>“… involves the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about patient care…” </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: a guide to best practice (2005) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where Do You Go To Find Evidence? <ul><li>books? </li></ul><ul><li>the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>journals? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Books <ul><li>good introduction to your subject area </li></ul><ul><li>easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>be aware of publication date </li></ul><ul><li>not primary research </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Internet <ul><li>easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>lots of results quickly </li></ul><ul><li>too many results! </li></ul><ul><li>issues of accuracy, authority and </li></ul><ul><li>timeliness </li></ul>
  8. 8. Journals <ul><li>Specific areas covered and searchable via the databases </li></ul><ul><li>Research and evidence based resources </li></ul><ul><li>Keep you up to date with current professional practice leading to better patient care </li></ul><ul><li>Quality control (peer review process) </li></ul>
  9. 9. Evaluation <ul><li>It is important to evaluate your search results for relevance and quality i.e. Is it what you need and is it trustworthy? </li></ul><ul><li>This is especially important when using the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Do NOT trust information if you have not considered the following criteria: </li></ul>
  10. 10. <ul><li>C urrency (How old is this information? When was it last updated?) </li></ul><ul><li>A uthority (Who is the author, site creator, organisation, scholarly / peer reviewed journals etc?) </li></ul><ul><li>I ntent (What is the purpose of the website / information? e.g. financial gain etc) </li></ul><ul><li>R elevance (Is this what I need? Will it answer my question?) </li></ul><ul><li>O bjectivity (Balanced view? Opposing views represented? etc) </li></ul>
  11. 11. <ul><li>In Today’s Session We Are Going To Search For Literature On… </li></ul><ul><li>Health promotion and obesity </li></ul>
  12. 12. Task 1 <ul><li>After a short demonstration, go to the database InterNurse and look for articles on ‘health promotion and obesity’ </li></ul>
  13. 13. Task 2 <ul><li>After a short demonstration, go to the database OVID Journals and look for articles on ‘health promotion and obesity’ </li></ul>
  14. 14. If you have finished… <ul><li>Try looking for articles on ‘health promotion and obesity’ using Science Direct and PubMed Central </li></ul>
  15. 15. Other Libraries <ul><li>Sconul Access Scheme http://www.sconul.ac.uk/using_other_libraries/access/ </li></ul><ul><li>RCN Library </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.rcn.org.uk/development/library </li></ul>
  16. 16. Referencing <ul><li>Or go to http://www.lr.mdx.ac.uk/helpsheets/study_skills/hss.pdf </li></ul>From the Library’s Subject Guide for Nursing… Select the ‘Getting Started’ tab and click on ‘Referencing and Citation Style Helpsheet’
  17. 17. In your own time… From the Library’s Subject Guide for Health Promotion… Select the ‘Useful Web Resources’ tab and familiarise yourself with these ‘Key Resources’
  18. 18. Useful Links <ul><li>Learning Resources Webpages http://www.lr.mdx.ac.uk </li></ul><ul><li>Health Promotion Library Subject Guide </li></ul><ul><li> http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/healthpromotion </li></ul><ul><li>Please ask us at the Library Enquiry Desk (or ‘Ask A Librarian’ on the Library Subject Guides) if you need any help! </li></ul>

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