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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


  • 1. BMS Literature Searching
  • 2. By The End Of The Session You Will Be Able To:
    • Plan an effective search strategy
    • Understand and use the electronic databases to find out what BMS 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. When you find an article This is what the “citation” looks like
  • 5. The “complete reference”
  • 6. 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:
  • 7.
    • C urrency (How old is this information? When was it last updated?)
    • A uthority (Who is the author, site creator, organisation, scholarly journal 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)
  • 8. 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.
  • 9. Key Databases For BMS Literature
    • Medline The premier biomedical database
    • Science Citation The leading science
    • Index and technical journals
    • Science Direct Elsevier’s excellent online journal package
  • 10. Useful Databases For Full Text Journal Articles
    • Science Direct
    • PubMed
  • 11. 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)
  • 12. Plan Your Database Search
    • The following resources should help with this process:
    • - Examples of high quality systematic literature reviews (Cochrane Library)
    • - An example of a search strategy and a worksheet to create your own
  • 13. Accessing The Databases
    • Go to the Library’s BMS Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicalsciences
    • Select Journals
    • Click on Finding Journal Articles / Using Databases
    • Choose a database (e.g. Medline)
  • 14. A Quick Search Demonstration
    • Searching Medline, Science Citation Index and Science Direct for peer reviewed journal articles on:
    • ‘ regulation of steroids and steroid receptor synthesis’
  • 15. Planning your search
  • 16. Planning your search
  • 17. Building a search
  • 18. Subject headings
  • 19. Adding in search terms
  • 20. Combining terms
  • 21. Adding next concept
  • 22. Adding related terms
  • 23. Combining terms with OR
  • 24. Adding the next concept
  • 25. Nearly there!
  • 26. Combining main concepts – final time
  • 27. Limiting your search
  • 28. View results
  • 29. Limit to review articles
  • 30. Now it’s your turn
    • Try the same search:
    • ‘ regulation of steroids and steroid receptor synthesis’
    • Using:
    • Medline
    • Science Citation Index
    • Science Direct
    • PubMed
  • 31. But it’s not in the library
    • Don’t worry…fill out an Inter-Library Loan Form ( http://www.lr.mdx.ac.uk/lib/services/docs/illform.pdf ) 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
  • 32. Other Libraries
    • Sconul Access Scheme http://www.sconul.ac.uk/using_other_libraries/access/
    • British Library http://www.bl.uk/
  • 33. 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 the Library’s BMS Subject Guide and Select Getting Started
    • Then click on the link for the Help sheet for Referencing and Citation Style
  • 34. Useful Links
    • Learning Resources Webpages http://www.lr.mdx.ac.uk
    • Biomedical Sciences Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicalsciences
    • Please ask us at the Library Enquiry Desk (or ‘Ask A Librarian’ on the Library Subject Guides) if you need any help!