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Bio2003 lit searching nov 2013

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Bio2003 lit searching nov 2013

  1. 1. BIO2003 Postgraduate Course Feedback Literature searching November 2013
  2. 2. Today we will cover… • How to access and use journal databases • How to search effectively to find relevant articles • How to access the articles you have found in full-text
  3. 3. What is a journal? • Similar format to a magazine • Published regularly • Focuses on a particular academic discipline • Contains articles by different authors • Also contains book reviews & editorials
  4. 4. What is in a journal database? • • This is an example of a record from the database Medline. Can you find these pieces of information in the record? Journal Title, Issue, Article title, Volume, Page Numbers, Date, Author/s • Is there an Abstract available? (What is an Abstract?)
  5. 5. Quick ways to find journal articles: 1) Google Scholar
  6. 6. Quick ways to find journal articles: 2) Summon MyUniHub My Study My Library Summon
  7. 7. Quick ways to find journal articles: 2) Summon
  8. 8. Journal databases • The chance to search a collection of journals that is specifically for your subject/s • More options to refine your search results • Journals are usually all peer-reviewed
  9. 9. Peer review • 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 by independent, third party academics (peers). • The quality-control system of academic publishing for hundreds of years.
  10. 10. Accessing journal databases MyUniHub My Study My Library Library subject guides (choose your guide) Resources tab Finding journal articles / Using databases
  11. 11. Key databases Web of Science (Science Citation Index) The leading science and technical journals Science Direct Elsevier’s excellent online journal package Medline The premier biomedical database
  12. 12. A few search tips… • Look for an ‘Advanced search’ page • Use specific keywords (not long sentences) and combine them in separate search boxes. e.g. flood AND policy
  13. 13. A few search tips… • Try synonyms for your keywords e.g. congenital malformation / birth defects • To search for a phrase, use “ ” e.g. “climate change” • To find different word endings, use * e.g. flood* (finds flood, floods, flooding)
  14. 14. Web of Science (Science Citation Index) Choose only the databases that are relevant:
  15. 15. Science Direct To get full-text only: Choose Advanced Search, then the Journals tab Select Subscribed journals and Open Access articles Select 2003 to present
  16. 16. Medline
  17. 17. Have we got access to the full-text? • A link to the full-text article may appear. • If it does not, go to the Library Catalogue and do an A-Z Search for the journal title.
  18. 18. Have we got access to the full-text? Search the Library Catalogue to see if we have access to the full-text of this article:
  19. 19. If we do not have access… • Go to My Study > My Library > Inter-Library Loans, log in and complete a request form • You will receive a PDF link to the article via email • Takes 1-2 weeks. • There is a charge of £3 for this service
  20. 20. Other libraries • Sconul Access Scheme http://www.sconul.ac.uk/using_other_libraries/ac • British Library http://www.bl.uk/
  21. 21. Referencing
  22. 22. Referencing
  23. 23. Need help? • Librarians in the Specialist Zone (1st floor) 11-3 Monday – Friday (on call 9-11, 3-5) • Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/ • BMS Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicalsciences

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