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GEP sources of information

  1. 1. GEP year 1 Searching for Information Paula Funnell p.a.funnell@qmul.ac.uk Senior Academic Liaison Librarian (Medicine and Dentistry)
  2. 2. Learning outcomes • To be introduced to the library website and search tools • To know where to look for good quality information on the web • To learn how to use key medical databases effectively • To manage references using EndNote
  3. 3. Library website www.library.qmul.ac.uk
  4. 4. Search engines • Search engine = supermarket • Photo by vauvau (http://flic.kr/p/75yAAb) • Searches across many DIFFERENT things
  5. 5. Healthcare specific search engines • Search specifically across healthcare related resources • Search across good quality internet resources • Much more manageable number of results
  6. 6. 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 www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus
  7. 7. 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 www.evidence.nhs.uk
  8. 8. 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 www.tripdatabase.com
  9. 9. Search engines quiz • Log on to QMplus using your QM login • Go to MBBS GEP Year 1 Information Portal Library and information Resources Search tools, databases, referencing Search engines • Complete the quiz
  10. 10. Databases • Databases – florist • Photo by stevewhis (http://flic.kr/p/a4h4RJ) • Collection of SAME thing
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 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 www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?otool=igbqmullib
  13. 13. 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 www.webofknowledge.com
  14. 14. Scopus • World’s largest abstract and citation database • Search across a range of subject areas • Includes Medline coverage • Need to log in off campus www.scopus.com
  15. 15. The Cochrane Library • High quality systematic reviews • Already been critically appraised • Full text available • Also contains abstracts of other systematic reviews and clinical trials www.thecochranelibrary.com
  16. 16. Database Tasks • Work through the PubMed activity in the databases chapter on QMplus • In pairs: one work through Web of Science activity and the other Scopus • Discuss your findings with your partner
  17. 17. Broadening your search • 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
  18. 18. Broadening your search • Truncation – add an asterisk to the stem of a word • Injur* will search for injury, injuries, injured, injuring . . .
  19. 19. Narrowing your search • An AND search – combine two elements of your search question to give a smaller number of results • Asthma AND children will search for any articles containing both of the terms
  20. 20. Narrowing your search • Phrase searching – enclose phrase within quotation marks • “diabetes mellitus” will return results where diabetes and mellitus appear side by side in the title or abstract
  21. 21. Subject headings & thesaurus terms • E.g. MeSH terms in PubMed • Alternative to keyword searching • Fixed set of terms assigned to define the main focus of an article • Each article “tagged” with several headings • Heading not necessarily a word that appears in title or abstract • PubMed automatically searches MeSH terms. Check the search details box.
  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. EndNote my.endnote.com

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