CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY                                                 MEDICAL LIBRARYBig 4 Databases:     Pubmed, E...
PubMed/Medline– 5,200
PubMed/Medline      – 5,200Web of Science –11,180
PubMed/Medline      – 5,200Web of Science –       Embase – 5,12411,180
6,669                                       Scopus – 18,2451      PubMed/Medline      – 5,200                             ...
Picture 6            All different………
But lots of similarities…..                    Pubmed        Embase             WoK              ScopusYears of coverage  ...
What’s the difference?                                      Pubmed   Embase   WoK   ScopusPassword required? (RAVEN)Comple...
What’s the difference?                                      Pubmed             Embase   WoK   ScopusPassword required? (RA...
From Topic to Results • Topic -> question -> keywords/synonymsEffect of chocolate in prevention of heart disease...”Is con...
From Topic to ResultsIs consuming chocolate effective in reducing the risk of heart disease?  P –problem / patient?  I – I...
From Topic to ResultsIs consuming chocolate effective in reducing the risk of heart disease?P – heart diseaseI – chocolate...
From Topic to ResultsIs consuming chocolate effective in reducing the risk of heart disease?P – heart disease / heart fail...
Quiz 1Which will give you most hits (a more SENSITIVE search)   1. coronary disease AND heart failure   2. coronary diseas...
From Topic to Results:Boolean LogicOR – to broaden your search, by combining similar terms  eg  “exercise” or “physical ac...
Quiz 2Which will give you better hits (a more SPECIFIC search)?   1. coronary disease AND chocolate   2. chocolate OR hear...
From Topic to Results:Boolean Logic   AND – to narrow the search by combining different topics     eg        “physiotherap...
Quiz 3Which will give you best hits (most SPECIFIC search)?3. coronary disease AND chocolate AND risk4. (coronary disease ...
From Topic to Results:Boolean LogicNOT – to restrict your search so that it does not contain a particular term  eg“physica...
From Topic to ResultsIs consuming chocolate effective in the prevention ofheart disease?heart disease OR cardiovascular di...
Access               http://library.medschl.cam.ac.uk/              – click “databases for literature searching”    - Pick...
What’s the difference?                                      Pubmed             Embase   WoK   ScopusPassword required? (RA...
From strategy to referencesLibrarySearch / e-journals@cambridgehttp://search.lib.cam.ac.uk/                               ...
Searching – Do’s & Don’ts• Don’t try to do the whole search in one line• Don’t imagine that your first attempt will get al...
Searching – Do’s & Don’ts• Do think of alternative ways of talking about your topic• Do learn from your hits and your miss...
Help!Isla Kuhn Reader Services Librarian Medical Library email: ilk21@cam.ac.uk phone: (01223) 336750 web: library.medschl...
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Big 4 march 2012

  1. 1. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY MEDICAL LIBRARYBig 4 Databases: Pubmed, Embase, Web of Knowledge, ScopusIsla KuhnReader Services Librarian, Medical Library
  2. 2. PubMed/Medline– 5,200
  3. 3. PubMed/Medline – 5,200Web of Science –11,180
  4. 4. PubMed/Medline – 5,200Web of Science – Embase – 5,12411,180
  5. 5. 6,669 Scopus – 18,2451 PubMed/Medline – 5,200 1,568 6,949 3,055 1,116 60 441Web of Science – Embase – 5,12411,180
  6. 6. Picture 6 All different………
  7. 7. But lots of similarities….. Pubmed Embase WoK ScopusYears of coverage 1954 - 1980 - present 1970 - present 1996 – to present presentSubject headings Health & Health & Arts, Arts, medicine medicine humanities, humanities, (pharmacology sciences, social sciences, strength sciences social sciencesAdded bonus Subject Subject “H” index “H” index; headings headings Journal Impact Web & Patents factors; search; Conference Journal proceedings analyzer
  8. 8. What’s the difference? Pubmed Embase WoK ScopusPassword required? (RAVEN)Complex search option (allowing forBoolean “and”/”or” searchingSubject headingsSave SearchesAlertsRelated articlesCitation trackingLinks to full-textExport to endnote/refman etc
  9. 9. What’s the difference? Pubmed Embase WoK ScopusPassword required? (RAVEN) No Yes Yes YesComplex search option (allowing for Yes Yes Yes YesBoolean “and”/”or” searchingSubject headings Yes Yes No NoSave Searches Yes Yes Yes YesAlerts Yes Yes Yes YesRelated articles Yes Yes Yes YesCitation tracking No No Yes YesLinks to full-text yes Yes Yes Yes (but unreliably)Export to endnote/refman etc Yes Yes Yes Yes
  10. 10. From Topic to Results • Topic -> question -> keywords/synonymsEffect of chocolate in prevention of heart disease...”Is consuming chocolate effective in reducing risk of heart disease?” …. Themes / PICO …………………keywords???.... synonyms???........................
  11. 11. From Topic to ResultsIs consuming chocolate effective in reducing the risk of heart disease? P –problem / patient? I – Intervention? C – Comparison? O – Outcome? Synonyms?
  12. 12. From Topic to ResultsIs consuming chocolate effective in reducing the risk of heart disease?P – heart diseaseI – chocolateC–O – prevention
  13. 13. From Topic to ResultsIs consuming chocolate effective in reducing the risk of heart disease?P – heart disease / heart failure / cardiovascular disease / coronary diseaseI – chocolate / cocoa / cacaoC–O –risk / prevention / prevalence
  14. 14. Quiz 1Which will give you most hits (a more SENSITIVE search) 1. coronary disease AND heart failure 2. coronary disease OR heart failure 3. coronary disease NOT heart failure
  15. 15. From Topic to Results:Boolean LogicOR – to broaden your search, by combining similar terms eg “exercise” or “physical activity”Either term can be present in the resulting set of articles. Cerebral-vascular Stroke Accident
  16. 16. Quiz 2Which will give you better hits (a more SPECIFIC search)? 1. coronary disease AND chocolate 2. chocolate OR heart failure 3. coronary disease NOT chocolate 4. risk AND chocolate
  17. 17. From Topic to Results:Boolean Logic AND – to narrow the search by combining different topics eg “physiotherapy” and “stroke” Both terms must be present in the results. Physiotherapy Stroke
  18. 18. Quiz 3Which will give you best hits (most SPECIFIC search)?3. coronary disease AND chocolate AND risk4. (coronary disease OR heart failure) AND chocolate AND risk5. chocolate AND risk AND coronary failure6. risk AND (chocolate OR cocoa) AND (coronary disease OR heart failure)
  19. 19. From Topic to Results:Boolean LogicNOT – to restrict your search so that it does not contain a particular term eg“physical therapy” not “manual therapy”The first, but not the second, term must be present. Physical Manual Therapy Therapy
  20. 20. From Topic to ResultsIs consuming chocolate effective in the prevention ofheart disease?heart disease OR cardiovascular disease or coronary diseaseANDchocolate OR cocoa OR cacaoANDprevention OR risk or prevalenceLimits?MeSH?
  21. 21. Access http://library.medschl.cam.ac.uk/ – click “databases for literature searching” - Pick embase, medline (pubmed), web of science and scopus or gateway.ovid.com/autologin.cgi www.pubmed.gov wok.mimas.ac.uk www.scopus.com
  22. 22. What’s the difference? Pubmed Embase WoK ScopusPassword required? (RAVEN) No Yes Yes YesComplex search option (allowing for Yes Yes Yes YesBoolean “and”/”or” searchingSubject headings Yes Yes No NoSave Searches Yes Yes Yes YesAlerts Yes Yes Yes YesRelated articles Yes Yes Yes YesCitation tracking No No Yes YesLinks to full-text yes Yes Yes Yes (but unreliably)Export to endnote/refman etc Yes Yes Yes Yes
  23. 23. From strategy to referencesLibrarySearch / e-journals@cambridgehttp://search.lib.cam.ac.uk/ and/or NHS ejournals? http://tinyurl.com/nhs-ejournals
  24. 24. Searching – Do’s & Don’ts• Don’t try to do the whole search in one line• Don’t imagine that your first attempt will get all the articles you need• Don’t give up!
  25. 25. Searching – Do’s & Don’ts• Do think of alternative ways of talking about your topic• Do learn from your hits and your misses• Do remember that you still have to critically appraise each article• Do ask for help
  26. 26. Help!Isla Kuhn Reader Services Librarian Medical Library email: ilk21@cam.ac.uk phone: (01223) 336750 web: library.medschl.cam.ac.uk Thank you.

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