Nursing Intro To Lit Searching Presentation 2010
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  • 1. Middlesex University Learning Resources Introduction to Literature Searching (Finding Journal Articles)
  • 2. What Will We Be Doing Today?
    • FIRSTLY… discuss what evidence is, where it may be found and how it should be evaluated
    • THEN… carry out a search for journal literature using the Internurse and OVID databases
    • FINALLY… Introduce the Middlesex Guidelines for referencing and citation style
  • 3. What Is Evidence?
    • “ Information or signs indicating whether something is true or valid”
    • Compact Oxford Dictionary for Students (2006)
    • You will need to provide appropriate evidence to support any claims or arguments made in your assignments
  • 4. Evidence-Based Practice
    • “… involves the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about patient care…”
    • Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: a guide to best practice (2005)
  • 5. Where Do You Go To Find Evidence?
    • books?
    • the Internet?
    • journals?
  • 6. Books
    • good introduction to your subject area
    • easy to use
    • be aware of publication date
    • not primary research
  • 7. The Internet
    • easy to use
    • lots of results quickly
    • too many results!
    • issues of accuracy, authority and
    • timeliness
  • 8. Journals
    • Specific areas covered and searchable via the databases
    • Research and evidence based resources
    • Keep you up to date with current professional practice leading to better patient care
    • Quality control (peer review process)
  • 9. Evaluation
    • It is important to evaluate your search results for relevance and quality i.e. Is it what you need and is it trustworthy?
    • This is especially important when using the Internet.
    • Do NOT trust information if you have not considered the following criteria:
  • 10.
    • C urrency (How old is this information? When was it last updated?)
    • A uthority (Who is the author, site creator, organisation, scholarly / peer reviewed journals etc?)
    • I ntent (What is the purpose of the website / information? e.g. financial gain etc)
    • R elevance (Is this what I need? Will it answer my question?)
    • O bjectivity (Balanced view? Opposing views represented? etc)
  • 11.
    • In Today’s Session We Are Going To Search For Literature On…
    • Interprofessional working
  • 12. Task 1
    • After a short demonstration, go to the database InterNurse and look for articles on ‘Interprofessional working’
  • 13. Task 2
    • After a short demonstration, go to the database OVID Journals and look for articles on ‘Interprofessional working’
  • 14. If you have finished…
    • Try looking for articles on ‘Interprofessional working’ using Science Direct and PubMed Central
  • 15. Other Libraries
    • Sconul Access Scheme
    • RCN Library
  • 16. Referencing
    • Or go to
    From the Library’s Subject Guide for Nursing… Select the ‘Getting Started’ tab and click on ‘Referencing and Citation Style Helpsheet’
  • 17. In your own time… From the Library’s Subject Guide for Nursing… Select the ‘Useful Web Resources’ tab and familiarise yourself with these ‘Key Resources’
  • 18. Useful Links
    • Learning Resources Webpages
    • Nursing - Interprofessional
    • Library Subject Guide
    • Please ask us at the Library Enquiry Desk (or ‘Ask A Librarian’ on the Library Subject Guides) if you need any help!