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Library Research 101


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Created as an orientation to library research for our IUON nursing students, this presentation provides a preliminary overview to the types of information resources available to them; as well as a brief introduction to searching for medical information with a focus on nursing.

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Library Research 101

  1. 1. Library Research 101 International University of Nursing Ann Celestine BA MLS AHIP Director of Library Services
  2. 2. Information Quest IUON Library Catalogue Databases Internet
  3. 3. Navigating a Sea of Information <ul><li>The Library & the Librarians are your Life Savers ~ </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Help you navigate </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Keep you afloat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Teach you to sail </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Avoid the rocks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sweet too!! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ To study the phenomena of disease without books is to sail an uncharted sea” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sir William Osler </li></ul></ul>
  4. 4. What is the ‘Catalogue’? <ul><li>Index to materials housed in the library </li></ul><ul><li>Search by title, author, subject or keyword </li></ul><ul><li>Access IUON WebCAT online </li></ul>
  5. 5. What is a Database? <ul><li>A database is a collection of information stored in a computer in a systematic way, such that a computer program can consult it to answer questions. </li></ul><ul><li>The software used to manage and query a database is known as a ‘database management system’ (DBMS). </li></ul>
  6. 6. I am trying to find... <ul><li>What kind of information am I searching for? </li></ul><ul><li>Where would I find that ? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>dictionary </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>encyclopedia </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>journal </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>book </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>multi-media </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Information ‘Pyramid’ <ul><li>A hierarchy of </li></ul><ul><li>“ where to look” </li></ul><ul><li>for information. </li></ul>EBM Journals, Cochrane DB Clinical Practice Guidelines Journal research CINAHL, Medline Association websites, textbooks Google Progress from specific, critically-evaluated sources to broader information sources Adapted from http:// = pubmed&pubmedid =12113514
  8. 8. What is EBM? <ul><li>“ Evidence based medicine is the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. The practice of evidence based medicine means integrating individual clinical expertise with the best available external clinical evidence from systematic research.” </li></ul><ul><li>Sackett DL, Rosenberg WMC, Gray JAM, Haynes RB, Richardson WS. Evidence based medicine: what it is and what it isn't . BMJ. 1996 Jan 13; 312 (7023): 71-2. </li></ul>
  9. 9. Setting sail… <ul><li>EBSCO DB’s </li></ul><ul><li>NLM databases </li></ul><ul><li>Internet indexes </li></ul><ul><li>Search engines </li></ul><ul><li>Links provided on the Library Blog </li></ul>
  10. 10. … close to shore… <ul><li>EBSCO databases : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>CINAHL </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Academic Search Premier </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Pre-Medline </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dyna-Med </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>GIDEON </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>SMART Images </li></ul></ul>
  11. 11. … further out to sea… <ul><ul><li>Science Direct </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Intute [UK] </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NLM databases : </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PubMed /Medline </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Clinical Queries </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MedlinePlus </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PubMed Bookshelf </li></ul></ul></ul>
  12. 12. … deep water … <ul><ul><li>Internet indexes: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>DMOZ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>NOAH </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HardinMD </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>HON </li></ul></ul>
  13. 13. … open ocean… <ul><li>Search engines: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Scirus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>MedHunt </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Kosmix </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Medstory </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Google Scholar </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Search Engine Partnertship Chart </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  14. 14. Link analysis <ul><li>Invisible web: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Power point presentations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learning Objects </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Databases: </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PubMed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>DynaMed </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Health & Wellness </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>CINAHL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>.doc, .pdf </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 15. Diagnosing Websites <ul><li>Who </li></ul><ul><li>When </li></ul><ul><li>Where </li></ul><ul><li>Why </li></ul><ul><li>What </li></ul>
  16. 16. KISS Method <ul><li>‘ Keep it Simple Searching’ </li></ul><ul><li>~Rita Vine </li></ul><ul><li>Use search engines to find known org.’s & people, or “needle-in-a-haystack” searches. </li></ul><ul><li>Use subject starters to find high-quality web directories for topical searches. </li></ul><ul><li>Use quick fact lookup tools for quick facts, phone numbers, definitions, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  17. 17. Tips & Tricks <ul><li>Phrases ( ) [ ] “ “ </li></ul><ul><li>Wildcard ? </li></ul><ul><li>Truncation * </li></ul><ul><li>Tilde ~ </li></ul><ul><li>Boolean operators AND, OR, NOT </li></ul><ul><li>+, pipe |, - </li></ul><ul><li>http:// /features / </li></ul>
  18. 18. Boolean Logic <ul><li>http:// </li></ul>
  19. 19. EBSCO Visual Search
  20. 20. Customization <ul><li>EBSCO: myEBSCO Host </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed: myNBCI </li></ul><ul><li>RSS feeds: watch for symbol </li></ul><ul><li>Blogs: (search with Google Blog search) </li></ul><ul><li>Email alerts: updates, newsletters, etc. </li></ul>
  21. 21. … piece by piece…
  22. 22. Happy Searching ! Ann Celestine Library Director International University of Nursing