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BE Summer 2014

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Presented to biomedical engineering students - research tools, resources and tips.

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BE Summer 2014

  1. 1. Research tools you can use! Presented by Kimberly Hoffman - Coordinator, Science Libraries, CUA hoffman@cua.edu 202-319-6178 During this meeting we will introduce: Research tools Research sources Research strategies!
  2. 2. Research Discovery tools and sources from the Library... and beyond Access Information Management Evaluation Synthesizing (building knowledge) Use
  3. 3. http://money.cnn.com/infographic/technology/what-is-the-deep- web/?iid=EL
  4. 4. Your topic WHY? Research activites and the diffusion of knowledge... ● clinical applications ● effective legislative policy, standards, laws ● economic outcomes, patents ● community health/well-being enhanced
  5. 5. WHY? The importance of scholarly literature
  6. 6. Information that already exists on a topic ● increased knowledge base ● identifies previously conducted work ● identifies research methods and results You understand your topic ● history and future research needs ● how your work contibutes ● Quantitative - effectiveness, impact of a new procedure ● Qualitative - studies and research ● Review ● Current information 2010 - present ● Retrospective information 5 years? 10 ? 15 ? ● Use the past to define the future
  7. 7. Step 1: Key Search Terms Step 2: Searching Online Databases Step 3: Compiling Lists of Possible Sources Step 4: Collection of Abstracts Step 5: Elimination of Irrelevant Literature Step 6: Collection of Articles Step 7: Citation Search for Authors Step 8: Compile List of Cited Sources Step 9: Repeat Steps 4-8
  8. 8. TOOLS YOUR topic, broadening and narrowing the search http://lib.colostate.edu/howto/others/venn.html
  9. 9. Discovery - Articles ...one box to search them all? http://libraries.cua.edu
  10. 10. http://libraries.cua.edu
  11. 11. Source: http://www.dot.state.oh.us/Divisions/Planning/SPR/Research/Training/Documents/Presentations/LitSearchSlideHa ndouts.pdf
  12. 12. Step 1: Key Search Terms Step 2: Searching Online Databases Step 3: Compiling Lists of Possible Sources Step 4: Collection of Abstracts Step 5: Elimination of Irrelevant Literature Step 6: Collection of Articles Step 7: Citation Search for Authors Step 8: Compile List of Cited Sources Step 9: Repeat Steps 4-8
  13. 13. Keyword Searching is probably the most common search type, and often is the easiest to feel comfortable doing. This involves specifying words that an electronic database will search for to generate a list of sources that utilize them. Most topics are referenced in several different ways; and a professional Search thesaurus is a great way to find alternate search terms. [INSPEC, PubMed] Citation Searching is looking for any and all literature that references a particular author or publication. Searching for literature that cites a source you are using lets you know where that particular research led others. This is one way of finding out about current research in a particular area. Forward Citation Searching is the tracking down of references cited by relevant sources. This means you get to find, and be familiar with, the literature that led to the sources you’re basing your own hypothesis and methodology on. This type of search is sometimes referred to as the “ancestry approach” or footnote chasing.
  14. 14. Research Strategies: · Finding dissertations and mining references; · Finding review articles and research articles; · Using Web of Science tools and connections through the citations; · Using specific science databases; · Using our WRLC connections for CLS and ILL methods to get articles; · Using Google Scholar and settings to connect to CUA resources; · Using bibliographic citation management tools – Mendeley, Zotero, EndNote and RefWorks (FLOW)
  15. 15. Discovery - Articles ...one box to search them all? http://libraries.cua.edu
  16. 16. triangulation
  17. 17. Discovery - resources & tools Access Manage that information! eMail Reference : hoffman@cua.edu
  18. 18. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Comparison_of_reference_management_software Overview of citation software at MIT: Managing your references http://libguides.mit.edu/references University of Wisconsin-Madison http://library.wisc.edu/citation-managers/comparison.html
  19. 19. eMail Reference hoffman@cua.edu #cuasciencelib CUA Science Libraries on Facebook http://libraries.cua.edu/engineering
  20. 20. Your tasks Login to your Library account ENGR Research Guide & Tools Search using SearchBox Use DATABASES Search using Web of Science Search using PubMed Search using Annual Reviews

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