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Slides from a workshop on evaluating literature databases for research in public health for undergraduates in the urban public health program at Hunter College.

Slides from a workshop on evaluating literature databases for research in public health for undergraduates in the urban public health program at Hunter College.

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  • 1. + Evaluating Databases and Keeping Track of your Research John Pell Assistant Professor Hunter College Libraries
  • 2. + Overview KeepingTrack of your Research: Citation Management EvaluatingDatabases for Public Health Research
  • 3. + Keeping Track of your Research Citation Management
  • 4. + Citation Management in Word Within the “References” tab, you can “Manage Sources.” In the long run, it makes it easy to insert citations and create a bibliography, but you have to type out each source (and it doesn’t support AMA.)
  • 5. + Keeping Track of your Research with RefWorks Citation Managers like Refwork offer tools for capturing information from the web, without any typing.
  • 6. + In Class Exercise 1: Create Your Refworks Account and Set Up “RefGrab- it.”  Open Internet Explorer (RefWorks exhibits some glitches in Firefox.)  Go to RefWorks.com and create a your account.  To set up RefGrab-it:  Go to the “Tools” Menu  Select “RefGrab-it”  Save the “RefGrab-it Bookmarklet” in the favorites bar.  Test RefGrab-it in PubMed.
  • 7. + Evaluating Databases for Public Health Research Scope, content, organization, and special features.
  • 8. + In Class Exercise 2: Evaluating 3 Research Databases PubMed Web of Science SocINDEX
  • 9. + In Class Exercise 2: Evaluating 3 Research Databases  What range of subjects is covered in the database?  What type of content is available in the database?  How is the database organized? Is there a controlled vocabulary?  What features are available for keeping track of research in the database? To get your group started, run a search on: Social determinants of health In your database.
  • 10. + In Class Exercise 2: Evaluating 3 Research Databases PubMed Scope? Content? Organization? Features?
  • 11. + In Class Exercise 2: Evaluating 3 Research Databases Web of Science Scope? Content? Organization? Features?
  • 12. + In Class Exercise 2: Evaluating 3 Research Databases SocINDEX Scope? Content? Organization? Features?
  • 13. + Selected Database Features
  • 14. + Citation Tracking in Web of Science
  • 15. + Discovering Connections through MeSH Terms and the Sociology Thesaurus
  • 16. + Collecting Resources in EBSCO Add articles to your “folder.”
  • 17. + Collecting Resources in Web of Knowledge Add selected articles to your “marked list.”
  • 18. + Collecting Resources in PubMed Send selected articles to the “clipboard” by clicking on “Send to:” and then, “Add to Clipboard,”
  • 19. + Exporting from EBSCO EBSCO supports direct export to RefWorks
  • 20. + Exporting from EBSCO EBSCO offers a tool for retrieving formatted citations for individual records.
  • 21. + Exporting from Web of Knowledge Direct export to RefWorks is supported.
  • 22. + Exporting from PubMed Direct export to RefWorks is not supported, but RefGrab- It will work to capture records.