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Bms year 2 refresher

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Bms year 2 refresher

  1. 1. Literature searching for Biomedical Sciences BMS2113 Oct 2013
  2. 2. Today we are going to cover... • Refresher on the library resources available and how to access them • Useful starting points: – MyUniHub – Library Subject Guide for Biomedical Sciences • Using databases to find articles
  3. 3. Getting started... • myUniHub > My Study > My Library • Library Subject Guide for Biomedical Sciences: http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicalsciences
  4. 4. Finding a specific journal article • If you have a reference to a specific journal article, find it by searching the Library Catalogue for the journal title. • Use the A-Z search, Journal A-Z:
  5. 5. Google Scholar • Freely available to search • Tip: set the Library Links so you can access MDX full text (Settings > Library Links) • What’s included? – There is no definitive list, so be aware you may miss things.
  6. 6. Key Databases For BMS Literature • Medline • PubMed • Web of Science (Science Citation Index) • Science Direct Database of international biomedical literature … + some full text Leading science & technical journals Full-text science journals
  7. 7. Principles of literature searching • Define your question – what do you want to know? What’s the topic? • Identify significant keywords • Identify related terms • Identify broader and narrower concepts • Watch out for spelling & terminology, e.g. UK/US, abbreviations
  8. 8. Search tips • Narrow search e.g. tetanus AND vaccine • Widen search e.g. Vaccination OR immunization • Exclude words e.g. clostridium NOT difficile • Search for phrases e.g. “Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus” (remember abbreviations, e.g. MRSA) • Broaden search e.g. Vaccin* (finds vaccine, vaccination, vaccinated etc) • Find different spellings e.g. Immuni?ation (finds immunisation and immunization)
  9. 9. Searching the databases Over to you... • Medline • Science Direct • Web of Science (Science Citation Index) Look for full text via the library catalogue if necessary
  10. 10. But it’s not in the library! • Don’t panic. Have you checked the catalogue? (Search for journal title) • Is there a similar alternative? • Inter-Library Loan (via UniHub) • SCONUL Access scheme
  11. 11. Referencing • Vital! • Follow the referencing guidelines provided by your tutor. • This and further help in the Plagiarism & Referencing guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/plagiarismreferencing Help also available from LDU
  12. 12. Need help? • Librarians in the Specialist Zone (1st floor) 11-3 Monday - Friday • Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/ • BMS Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicalsciences

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