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Researching the
dissertation
BI03330
http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
Today we will look at...
• Planning an effective search strategy
• Using the databases and other resources effectively
• I...
Planning

• Be the early bird!
• Start gathering your literature as
early as you can
• Time to deal with the unexpected
an...
Getting started...
• What do I need to find?
• How and where am I going to find the information?

• How do I know if the i...
Dissertation marking criteria
Analysis

What do you need to find?
Where will you find it?

• Appraisal of primary research...
Planning your search
Think about:

• Areas of interest

• Keywords

• Scope of subject
Keywords
• Define your question – what do you want to know?
What are the main concepts?
• Identify significant keywords
• ...
For example...
• A topic from last year:

“Chances of congenital malformation with the
exposure of pregnant women to pheno...
A literature search
• Start off with a broad review of the literature - should help
to develop your ideas and your search ...
The PICO model
• Patient / population / problem

• Intervention
• Comparison

• Outcome
Brainstorm
Planning your search
Sources to search
• Databases

• Summon
• Google Scholar
• Individual journals specific to your topic
Key databases for BMS literature
• Medline

Database of
international
biomedical literature

• PubMed

… + Some full text
...
Summon
• Simple database useful as a starting point

• Will cross search library resources: books, journal databases,
news...
Google vs Summon
Google

Summon

• Familiar and easy to use

• Easy to use

• Finds too much information

• Finds lots of ...
Better...Google Scholar
From Settings, set up your Library Links
Ensure you are logged into UniHub to
access Full Text @ Middlesex
Finding resources
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon

Use these links to access
resources
A few search tips...
• Search for phrases: (“”)
e.g. “polycystic ovarian syndrome”

• Broaden your search: (*)
e.g. vaccin...
A few search tips...
• Widen your search
e.g. vaccination OR immunization

• Narrow your search

e.g. tetanus AND vaccine
Limiting your search
• Date

• Population studied
– age, gender?
• Type of article /
study
• Human/animal
Keeping track of your searches
Citation searching
• Allows you to move forwards and backwards
in the literature
• Use Google Scholar, Summon or Science
C...
Accessing full text
• If using Summon or Science Direct, make sure
you have ticked / selected the appropriate limits.
• Ch...
Access troubleshooting
• For best results, set the Middlesex cookie

• myUniHub > My Study > My Library
• Athens login = U...
But it’s not in the Library!
• Inter Library Loans

• Sconul Access
• British Library

• Institutional repositories
• http...
Library Subject Guides
myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides
http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicallsci...
Previous dissertations
• Available to consult in the library
• Search the library catalogue for “Biomedical
dissertation” ...
Referencing
• It is vital that your work is properly referenced
and you have full bibliographic details of all
resources u...
Be an early bird

• 1:1 appointments available with
your Liaison Librarian here:

• http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/profile/
al...
Need further help?

Your Librarians are :
Alison Randall a.randall@mdx.ac.uk
Adam Edwards a.edwards@mdx.ac.uk

Ask a Libra...
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Bms dissertation lecture oct 2013

  1. 1. Researching the dissertation BI03330 http:// unihub.mdx.ac.uk / study / library
  2. 2. Today we will look at... • Planning an effective search strategy • Using the databases and other resources effectively • Identifying and accessing relevant journal articles
  3. 3. Planning • Be the early bird! • Start gathering your literature as early as you can • Time to deal with the unexpected and seek guidance
  4. 4. Getting started... • What do I need to find? • How and where am I going to find the information? • How do I know if the information is good quality?
  5. 5. Dissertation marking criteria Analysis What do you need to find? Where will you find it? • Appraisal of primary research sources demonstrates understanding of the methodology and/or theory What keywords will you use? Referencing and Citation • Evidence of a comprehensive literature search which draws on relevant and up to date references • Correctly formatted and accurate citation style throughout the text and in the Bibliography Range and quality of references, evidence that authoritative sources used In-text referencing and use of standard referencing style
  6. 6. Planning your search Think about: • Areas of interest • Keywords • Scope of subject
  7. 7. Keywords • Define your question – what do you want to know? What are the main concepts? • Identify significant keywords • Identify related terms • Identify broader and narrower concepts • Watch out for spelling & terminology, e.g. UK/US, abbreviations
  8. 8. For example... • A topic from last year: “Chances of congenital malformation with the exposure of pregnant women to phenobarbital” • Synonyms: birth defects, congenital abnormalities, phenobarbitone • Related terms: pregnancy complications, risks • Broader terms: Anti-epileptic drugs • US/UK – fetal/foetal outcome
  9. 9. A literature search • Start off with a broad review of the literature - should help to develop your ideas and your search strategy. • Having defined / narrowed your search topic, you can then focus on the research / literature that can contribute to your work. • Searching the literature can help you to piece together a picture of the network of citations and then identify the core works to review. • You may need to “kiss a lot of frogs”!
  10. 10. The PICO model • Patient / population / problem • Intervention • Comparison • Outcome
  11. 11. Brainstorm
  12. 12. Planning your search
  13. 13. Sources to search • Databases • Summon • Google Scholar • Individual journals specific to your topic
  14. 14. Key databases for BMS literature • Medline Database of international biomedical literature • PubMed … + Some full text • Science Citation Index The leading science and technical journals • Science Direct Full-text science journals
  15. 15. Summon • Simple database useful as a starting point • Will cross search library resources: books, journal databases, newspaper articles • Remember - NOT subject specific
  16. 16. Google vs Summon Google Summon • Familiar and easy to use • Easy to use • Finds too much information • Finds lots of academic info • Fast results • Fast results • Access from any computer • Access from any computer • Access to some books and journals • Access to lots of books and journals • Designed to sell you things • Designed to find you information • Search results sponsored • Search results by relevance • Searches for info from any source • Searches quality resources • Pay for academic information http://www.flickr.com/photos/ennuiislife/3450743002/ • Free access to full text
  17. 17. Better...Google Scholar
  18. 18. From Settings, set up your Library Links
  19. 19. Ensure you are logged into UniHub to access Full Text @ Middlesex
  20. 20. Finding resources myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Summon Use these links to access resources
  21. 21. A few search tips... • Search for phrases: (“”) e.g. “polycystic ovarian syndrome” • Broaden your search: (*) e.g. vaccin* (finds vaccine, vaccination, vaccinated)
  22. 22. A few search tips... • Widen your search e.g. vaccination OR immunization • Narrow your search e.g. tetanus AND vaccine
  23. 23. Limiting your search • Date • Population studied – age, gender? • Type of article / study • Human/animal
  24. 24. Keeping track of your searches
  25. 25. Citation searching • Allows you to move forwards and backwards in the literature • Use Google Scholar, Summon or Science Citation Index
  26. 26. Accessing full text • If using Summon or Science Direct, make sure you have ticked / selected the appropriate limits. • Check the library catalogue – Journal A-Z for Journal title • In MEDLINE, „Check library holdings‟ will do this for you • Check Google Scholar for links to open access papers
  27. 27. Access troubleshooting • For best results, set the Middlesex cookie • myUniHub > My Study > My Library • Athens login = UniHub login • N.B. If Middlesex isn‟t mentioned on the screen, choose Alternative login • Troubleshooting guide on library subject pages: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/accessingelectronicr esources
  28. 28. But it’s not in the Library! • Inter Library Loans • Sconul Access • British Library • Institutional repositories • http://www.opendoar.org/find.php • More information: http://tinyurl.com/bmsotherlibs http://bit.ly/visitingotherlibraries
  29. 29. Library Subject Guides myUniHub > My Study > My Library > Library Subject Guides http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicallsci ences http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing
  30. 30. Previous dissertations • Available to consult in the library • Search the library catalogue for “Biomedical dissertation” to see the full list • Request and collect from the UniHelp desk
  31. 31. Referencing • It is vital that your work is properly referenced and you have full bibliographic details of all resources used. • Keep a note of the details as you go along! • RefWorks reference management software available
  32. 32. Be an early bird • 1:1 appointments available with your Liaison Librarian here: • http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/profile/ alisonrandall#
  33. 33. Need further help? Your Librarians are : Alison Randall a.randall@mdx.ac.uk Adam Edwards a.edwards@mdx.ac.uk Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/

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