Veterinary Nursing - Literature Searching
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  • Session outline Discuss and develop your understanding of databases Demo how to use a healthcare database called CINAHL You have time to complete an on-line tutorial Then you retrieve your unique username and password from your email and carry out your own search

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  • 1. VET2222 Literature Searching Jamie Halstead
  • 2. By The End Of The Session You Will Be Able To:
    • Plan for a systematic and comprehensive search
    • Understand and use the electronic databases to find out what veterinary literature has been published in the academic journals
    • Identify and access the available journals
  • 3. What is a Database?
    • Most databases provide bibliographic details of data published in professional journals including.…
    • - The Author and Title of an article
    • - The Journal in which it is printed
    • - The Volume, Part and Page Numbers of the article
    • - The Abstract, a brief summary of the article
    • - Subject Keywords
    In some cases there will be a link providing access to the full text and/or information regarding the Library’s print holdings
  • 4. Evaluation
    • It is very important to evaluate your search results for relevance and quality
    • Is it what you need and is it trustworthy?
    • Do NOT trust information if you have not considered the following criteria:
  • 5.
    • C urrency (How old is this information? When was it last updated?)
    • A uthority (Who is the author, site creator, organisation 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)
  • 6. Peer Review
    • Peer review is a core part of academic research.  It is a formal procedure for checking the quality of research before it is published.  
    • If a publication is peer reviewed it means it has been read, checked and authenticated (reviewed) by independent, third party academics (peers).
    • Peer review has been the quality-control system of academic publishing for hundreds of years.
  • 7. Key Databases For Veterinary Literature
    • Medline The premier biomedical database
    • Science Citation Science & technology
    • Index
    • Science Direct Online journal package
  • 8. Plan Your Database Search
    • 1. Define your question
    • Break it down into concepts (databases work best if you break your question down into single subjects)
    • 3. List the words or phrases that you could use for each concept (alternative terms, truncation using * etc)
  • 9. Plan Your Database Search
    • An example of a search strategy and a worksheet to create your own
  • 10. Accessing The Databases
    • Go to the Library’s Veterinary Nursing Subject Guide
    • Select Journals
    • Click on Finding Journal Articles / Using Databases
    • Choose a database (e.g. Medline)
  • 11. A Quick Search Demonstration
    • Searching Medline and other resources for peer reviewed journal articles on:
    • ‘ Feline Diabetes’
  • 12. But it’s not in the library
    • Don’t worry…fill out an Inter-Library Loan Form ( ) with the bibliographic details of the article you want
    • A photocopy of the article will be ordered for you from the British Library
    • This can take approximately a week (sent to your home address)
    • There is a charge of £3 for this service
  • 13. Other Libraries
    • Sconul Access Scheme
    • British Library
  • 14. Referencing
    • It is vital that your work is properly referenced and you have full bibliographic details of all resources used
    • For details of how to reference your work go to
      • Click on Getting Started
      • Then, in the Helpsheets box, click on Referencing and Citation Style
      • ( )
  • 15. Contact details
    • Jamie Halstead
    • Liaison Librarian: Health Programmes
    • E-Mail: [email_address]
    • Tel: 020 8411 5991