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  • Cathy Ryan’s presentation in February 2012 on the Johns Hopkins Nursing Evidence Based Practice Model. OnEBP Council website
  • Jane has journals from MEDLINE
  • Grey Literature refers to a body of materials that cannot be found easily through conventional channels such as publishers.
  • (MM "Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing") OR (MM "Intensive Care Units, Neonatal") OR NICUAND MM “Pain” OR “Pain Management”("Pain Management"[Majr] OR "Pain"[Majr:NoExp]) AND ("Intensive Care Units, Neonatal"[Majr] OR NICU)Can also do pain measurement and neonatal nursing
  • Not listing Google Scholar here because you cannot do the kind of searching that I just did in these databases.
  • Literature Searches-be as specific as possible regarding a timeline, the topic itself, ideas for words or phrases to searchIdeas for words or phrases to search are appreciated.

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  • Literature Searching Tips and Tricks Rebecca Raszewski, MS, AHIP Assistant Information Services Librarian & Assistant Professor March 28, 2013
  • What I Will Cover Today • Tips on Approaching a Literature Search • Searching the Databases, CINAHL and MEDLINE via PubMed • Getting Help
  • Tips on Approaching a Literature Search
  • What Kind of Question do You Have? • Diagnosis, Etiology/Harm, Prognosis, Therapy (Prevention, Quality Improvement) • PICO (Patient, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome) o T (Timing) • John Hopkins EBP Question Development Tool o https://employee.hospital.uic.edu/Nursing/SitePages/EBPC.aspx
  • Write Out Your Topic • What would be the ideal title for your article? • Write up an abstract or a thesis statement • Jane-Journal/Author Name Estimator o http://www.biosemantics.org/jane/
  • What are the Words You Need to Search? • Look for the Subject Headings o Special Vocabulary that can be found in most databases o One word or phrase is used to describe a particular topic • Ex. Hypertension represents high blood pressure, Neoplasms represents cancer, etc. o CINAHL-CINAHL Headings o MEDLINE via PubMed-MeSH • Searching for a particular phrase may be too limiting
  • Example: End of Life Care • • • • • Hospice Care Hospice and Palliative Nursing Life Support Care Palliative Care Terminal Care
  • Topic: Decision Making in NICU Regarding Withdrawing Life Support • Decision Making • Decision Making, Clinical • Decision Making, Ethical • Decision Making, Family • Decision Making, Organizatio nal • Neonatal Intensive Care Nursing • NICU • Pediatric Advanced Life Support • Resuscitation • Resuscitation Orders • Treatment Withholding
  • Which Resources Do You Need to Search? • Nursing Research and Subject Guide o http://researchguides.uic.edu/nursing • Health Sciences Research and Subject Guides o http://researchguides.uic.edu/cat.php?cid=5873 • Databases A-Z List o http://researchguides.uic.edu/databases • Grey Literature • Websites, etc.
  • Keep Track of Your Searches • Create an Excel Spreadsheet o databases searched, dates, words used, limits, number of results, and number of relevant results • Create an account within each database o Search alert
  • Searching the Databases: CINAHL & MEDLINE via PubMed
  • Searching the Databases • CINAHL Plus with Full Text o Nursing and Allied Health database with over 2.8 million citations • MEDLINE via PubMed o Biomedical database with over 22 million citations o Available for free but must go through UIC Library to access PubMed • MEDLINE via Ovid
  • Off Campus Access • Need to get a ACCC account • Same username (NETID) for hospital but password will be different • This account allows you to access: o Library resources from off campus o Library computers and access to $15.00 for printing every semester o UIC Wireless
  • Steps for Searching 1. 2. 3. Do a subject heading search for the first part of your research project Do a keyword search for the first part of your research project Do a subject heading search for the second part of your research project 4. Do a keyword search for the second part of your research project 5. Combine your search sets together with OR, AND, etc. 6. Apply Limits to your search
  • 1. Do a Subject Heading Search  A subject heading is a special vocabulary that is used within most databases to best describe an article’s content  Look in the database to find where the subject headings are located  Not every database will have the same exact subject headings
  • 2. Do a Keyword Search • A keyword search will double check if you have found relevant articles • Searches the author, titles, abstracts, subject headings, full text (if available), etc. • Use truncation ex. Nurs*
  • 3. & 4. Do a Subject and Keyword Search for the Next Topic
  • 5. Combine Your Searches Together with OR, AND, etc. • Use OR Before AND • OR increases your results while AND decreases your results
  • 6. Apply Limits to Your Search • • • • • Always apply limits at the end Age Groups Gender Language Year of Publication o CINAHL has a research limit. MEDLINE via PubMed does not.
  • Tips on Using Certain Limits • Exclude MEDLINE Records • Full Text Limit • Geographic Location-not every database will let you do this o CINAHL has a Journal Subset Limit but it does not work the way you think o PsycINFO and Scopus will let you limit by location • Limiting to Research Articles o CINAHL has Research limit o Otherwise limit to publication type o Another option is methodology (PsycINFO)
  • Steps for Searching 1. 2. 3. Do a subject heading search for the first part of your research project Do a keyword search for the first part of your research project Do a subject heading search for the second part of your research project 4. Do a keyword search for the second part of your research project 5. Combine your search sets together with OR, AND, etc. 6. Apply Limits to your search
  • After You Have Done Your Limits-Now What? • Read the articles’ abstracts from your results. o Johns Hopkins EBP Research Evidence Appraisal Doc • See if the articles are available as full text • Request through InterLibrary Loan any articles you cannot find online (Free!)
  • Keep This in Mind http://library.downstate.edu/EBM2/2100.htm
  • Create an Account within the Databases • Save searches • Set up search alerts • Share citations or searches o CINAHL-My Folder o MEDLINE via PubMed-My NCBI Account
  • RefWorks • Need to create an account o Use UIC email address o http://researchguides.uic.edu/refworks • Manages citations • Creates bibliography in APA format • Share citations with other people
  • Additional Databases • Cochrane Library • EMBASE • ERIC • • • • • MEDLINE via Ovid PsycINFO Scopus Sociological Abstracts Web of Science
  • Getting Help
  • Getting Help • Make an appointment with me o Call Me: 312-996-2759 o Email Me: raszewr1@uic.edu • Health Sciences Tutorials & Instructional Guide o Database Tutorials o Evidence Based Practice Tutorial • IM: uiclibrarian • CALL: Reference Desk: 312-996-9163
  • What Can I Do for You? • • • • • Buy Books/Recommend Purchases for the Library Library 101 Individual or group sessions on library-related topics Literature Searches Create Online Guide for your department or unit o APN Guide
  • What I Covered Today • Tips on Approaching a Literature Search • Searching the Databases, CINAHL and MEDLINE via PubMed • Getting Help
  • Questions? Rebecca Raszewski raszewr1@uic.edu 312-996-2759 http://researchguides.uic.edu/raszewski