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Library instruction class for the College of Audiology/Speech Pathology, Fall Semester 2008

Library instruction class for the College of Audiology/Speech Pathology, Fall Semester 2008

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  • 1. PubMed and Other Databases: Audiology/Speech Pathology Kay Cunningham Electronic Resources Librarian Revised: October 20, 2008
  • 2. From All Databases A-Z list
    • PubMed —medicine, indexes journal articles, 1950-present
    • PubMed Central —medicine, archives free life science journals, dates vary
    • Entrez —life sciences, metasearches all NCBI databases, dates vary
    • CINAHL —nursing/allied health, indexes journals, books, chapters, with fulltext aggregations, 1982-present
    • Dissertation Abstracts-- multidisciplinary, indexes and abstracts dissertations (and some theses) in all subjects, 1861- , with abstracts, 1980-present
    • ERIC —education, indexes journals, books, chapters, with fulltext ERIC documents (not journals), 1966-present
    • Nursing and Allied Health Collection —aggregates fulltext of selected journals, dates vary
    • PsycInfo —indexes journals, books, chapters, 1806-present
    • PsycArticles —archives APA journals in fulltext, 1985-present
    • ScienceDirect —archives Elsevier journals in fulltext, 1995-present
    • Web of Knowledge—ISI Science Citation Index, Social Science Citation Index, Journal Citation Report
    • WorldCat —union catalog of library holdings (books, dissertations, serials by title), dates vary
  • 3. Why PubMed? (And not MEDLINE)
    • PubMed contains ALL that’s in MEDLINE, but MEDLINE does not contain all that’s in PubMed
    • In addition to MEDLINE, PubMed provides
      • “ In Process” articles—the most recent 30 days
      • Publisher-supplied indexing from selectively-indexed titles—both current and historic
      • Out-of-scope articles
      • “ Old” MedLine (pre-1966) articles
      • A Clinical filter
      • Interconnectedness with other NCBI databases
  • 4. PubMed —Main page
  • 5. Details tab Even though you only typed “swallowing disorders,” PubMed automatically searches the relevant MeSH term along with your text words. In addition non-MeSH terms are searched both as words and as phrases.
  • 6. Results list
  • 7. Results List: changing from the Summary View Click on the drop-down arrow next to Display Summary and choose the relevant display. Abstract provides the abstracts; AbstractPlus, abstracts and supplemental material.
  • 8. AbstractPlus display The AbstractPlus View provides links to related articles, links to results in other NCBI databases, links to the publisher site (fulltext is available if the institution has a subscription, and—if you have registered with NCBI—the holdings of the medical library(s) of your choice, in this case UTMemphis.
  • 9. Basic Search Tips
    • Authors—last name first, at least one initial, no punctuation
      • Example: Studebaker GA
    • Subject/keyword concepts—string in words, no Boolean connectors
      • Example: dysphasia children treatment
    (("aphasia"[TIAB] NOT Medline[SB]) OR "aphasia"[MeSH Terms] OR dysphasia[Text Word]) AND (("child"[TIAB] NOT Medline[SB]) OR "child"[MeSH Terms] OR children[Text Word]) AND ("therapy"[Subheading] OR ("therapeutics"[TIAB] NOT Medline[SB]) OR "therapeutics"[MeSH Terms] OR treatment[Text Word]) TRANSLATION=
  • 10. Advanced Search Filters
    • PubMed Services (see Blue Sidebar)
      • Journals Database
      • MeSH Database
      • Single Citation Matcher
      • Clinical Queries
  • 11. Journals
    • Use the Journal Database to search for journals by title
      • Abbreviate
        • J Med Ethics
      • or Spell Out
        • Journal of Medical Ethics
  • 12. MeSH (Medline Subject Headings) Note suggestions, subheadings, entry terms, and the broader and narrower terms of the Tree.
  • 13. Single Citation Matcher
    • Use to verify a partial reference
    • Mix and match bibliographic elements
      • Author (as first or last)
      • Year (month/day optional)
      • Volume
      • Issue
      • Title words
      • Start page
  • 14. Clinical Queries Use the Clinical Queries filter to limit searches to the areas of etiology, diagnosis, therapy, or prognosis
  • 15. Advanced Search Tips
    • Limits
    • Preview/Index
    • History
  • 16. Limits Limit by language, gender, type of article, age of subject, human or animal, date, availability of abstract, availability of free full text, etc.
  • 17. Preview/Index—Index Use CTRL-Click to select more than one item in the Index. Click AND to add the selections to the Search Box.
  • 18. Index Search Fields
    • All fields are indexed and can be searched using the Preview/Index list
      • Affiliation
      • Grant Number
      • Text word (use this if you want to search specific phrases that are not MeSH terms)
  • 19. History
    • Automatically maintained on your computer for 8 hours—even if you close the browser
      • Searches can be saved permanently in My NCBI
    • Use to combine searches
      • AND, OR, NOT
        • #2 AND #3
        • #5 OR #6 OR #7
        • #8 NOT #4
    Here we combine the search on “electrophysiology” with all variations on “central processing” found in the Index.
  • 20. New History Features—Recent Activity The Recent Activity box provides easy access to earlier searches. Click on a link to go back to a search.
  • 21. Some Tips to Remember
    • Speed up things by conducting searches from History or from Preview/Index
      • You’ll see the number of results without having to wait for pages to load
    • To exclude items (NOT), use the History. First search on the concept you want (#1), then on the concept you don’t want (#2), then
      • #1 NOT #2
  • 22. Other aspects of PubMed to be aware of…
  • 23. Interconnectedness
    • PubMed automatically connects to other NCBI databases
    • Make these connections by
      • Changing the Display, from Summary to whatever
      • Clicking the Links (to the right side of the screen in both Summary and Abstract views)
      • Going to Entrez and cross-searching the entire range of NCBI resources
  • 24. Entrez: NCBI’s metasearcher
  • 25. PubMed Central
    • All articles in PMC are free, but
    • Only some journals are represented
    • Publishers may deposit journals in PMC, with or without allowing immediate access; some are embargo’d
    • Researchers using NIH funding deposit MS versions of their articles in PMC
    • It is not necessary to search PMC and PubMed separately; all items in PMC will be retrieved in a PubMed search
  • 26. BookShelf
    • Search directly through the Bookshelf
    • OR
    • Activate book links in PubMed abstracts (the linked words in the activated abstracts are automatically run as searches in the Bookshelf collection)
  • 27. OMIM: Online Mendelian Inheritance in Man --fulltext summaries of genetic disorders
  • 28. My NCBI—Registration and Personalization
    • Save complex searches to run later
    • Schedule automatic updates for saved searches
    • Set up to 5 permanent filters or limits (English language only, review articles, etc.)
    • Show holdings from selected medical libraries, like UT or Vanderbilt
    • Save citations
  • 29. My NCBI If you use the same computer for your searches, you can stay permanently logged-in to My NCBI.
  • 30. Be Aware
    • PubMed’s open access nature makes it free to all and available through any Internet connection. Because of this, the UofM (as a non-medical library) cannot make modifications to the interface to show its holdings or make it interconnect with other UofM licensed databases (like CINAHL, or PsycInfo).