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EBD session 2


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EBD session 2

  1. 1. EBD 2: Paula Funnell Senior Academic Liaison Librarian (Medicine and Dentistry) Search engines and databases
  2. 2. Recap • Introduction to the library • Library search tools • Accessing e-resources Try the quiz to see how much you can remember Global Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Dentistry: BDS Year 1 Using the library Quiz – using the library
  3. 3. Learning outcomes • Discover where to find good quality information on the web • Learn how to use filters to get more precise results • Understand how to use Boolean logic to combine search terms • Be able to carry out a simple search on key databases
  4. 4. Search engines activity • For the resource you have been assigned do a search for oral health and smoking. • Write a post commenting on the following: – How easy is it to use? – How many results do you get? – What type of documents do you find? – Do the results look relevant? – Do you think the information is of good quality? – What do you think might be possible problems with this resource
  5. 5. Search engines • Search engine = supermarket • Photo by vauvau ( • Searches across many DIFFERENT things
  6. 6. Healthcare specific search engines • Search specifically across healthcare related resources • Search across good quality internet resources • Much more manageable number of results
  7. 7. Medline Plus • US National Institutes of Health's web site for patients and their families and friends • Designed to provide up-to-date healthcare information in understandable language • Also provides links to the latest medical research
  8. 8. Evidence Search • Easy to use • Searches across high-quality healthcare specific resources • Provided and managed by NICE • Wide range of filters allow you to narrow down your search e.g. by type of information or date of publication
  9. 9. TRIP • One simple search box • Results are colour coded giving an at a glance indication of quality of information • Results vary widely - including primary research, reviews, textbooks and news
  10. 10. Filters • Search engines allow you to filter your results e.g. – By date – By type of information • Healthcare specific search engines have more useful filters • Evidence Search has an especially good range of filters • Broad range of filters available in most databases
  11. 11. Chocolate Exercise You have done a search for “chocolate” Now filter your results to 1. Type: milk 2. Format: bar 3. Ingredients: nuts 4. Manufacturer: Cadburys Fruit & Nut
  12. 12. Databases • Databases – florist • Photo by stevewhis ( • Collection of SAME thing
  13. 13. Databases • Vast collections of references of published research • Filters can be applied to narrow results down • Searches can be combined and saved for future use • References can be imported to EndNote
  14. 14. MEDLINE (PubMed) • PubMed is a search interface for the MEDLINE database • Database of references and abstracts of journal articles • Covers the broad field of biomedicine • Special QM PubMed address for easier full-text access
  15. 15. Web of Science • Part of ISI Web of Knowledge • Contains: – Science Citation Index – Social Sciences Citation Index – Arts and Humanities Citation Index • Need to log in off campus
  16. 16. Web of Science: advanced features
  17. 17. Scopus • World’s largest abstract and citation database • Search across a range of subject areas • Includes Medline coverage • Need to log in off campus
  18. 18. Boolean logic • An OR search – combine two synonyms to give a larger number of results • Child health OR paediatrics will search for any articles containing one or both of the terms
  19. 19. Boolean logic • An AND search – combine two elements of your search question to give a smaller number of results • Dental caries AND children will search for any articles containing both of the terms
  20. 20. Databases activity Try searching the databases using the activity on QM Plus Global Epidemiology & Evidence- Based Dentistry: BDS Year 1 Introduction to databases and search engines Databases activity
  21. 21. The Cochrane Library • High quality systematic reviews • Already been critically appraised • Full text available • Also contains abstracts of other systematic reviews and clinical trials
  22. 22. Summary • Use specialist search engines to search across a wide range of good quality web resources • Use databases to find academic research articles, both primary research as well as review articles
  23. 23. Preparation for session 3 • Watch the presentation on referencing and plagiarism Global Epidemiology & Evidence-Based Dentistry: BDS Year 1 Academic writing Referencing and plagiarism presentation • Have a look at the referencing handout and referencing and plagiarism webpages