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International Public Health SSC April 2014

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International Public Health SSC April 2014

  1. 1. Fishing for pearls….. How to get the most from your literature search. CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY LIBRARY MEDICAL LIBRARY Isla Kuhn Deputy Medical Librarian Medical Library
  2. 2. Happy world health day!
  3. 3. What are the public health issues for malaria and other parasitic disease in south east Asia?
  4. 4. How to ask a good question • Topic -> question -> keywords • PICO • Patient/Population/Problem • Intervention • Comparison • Outcome
  5. 5. Tools • ATHENS password • Databases • Pubmed (http://tinyurl.com/campubmed) • Embase (http://tinyurl.com/embase) • Web of Knowledge (http://wok.mimas.ac.uk) • ?? • Websites?
  6. 6. What are the public health issues for malaria and other parasitic disease in south east Asia?
  7. 7. Tools • ATHENS password • Boolean Logic = AND, OR, NOT
  8. 8. Tools – Boolean Logic AND – to narrow the search by combining different topics eg “physiotherapy” and “stroke” Both terms must be present in the results. StrokePhysiotherapy
  9. 9. Tools – Boolean Logic OR – to broaden your search, by combining similar terms eg “stroke” or “cerebral-vascular accident” Either term can be present in the resulting set of articles. Cerebral-vascular Accident Stroke
  10. 10. Tools – Boolean Logic NOT – 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. Manual Therapy Physical Therapy
  11. 11. What are the public health issues for malaria and other parasitic disease in south east Asia? 1st Term Or Or AND 2nd Term Or Or AND 3rd Term Or Or
  12. 12. What are the public health issues for malaria and other parasitic disease in south east Asia? public health AND malaria OR parasitic disease OR bilharzia OR ?? AND south east Asia OR Vietnam OR Laos OR Thailand OR ???
  13. 13. #1 public health #2 malaria #3 parasitic disease #4 bilharzia #5 #2 or #3 or #4 #6 south east Asia #7 Vietnam #8 Laos #9 #6 or #7 or #8 #10 ???
  14. 14. Tools – Keywords Free text vs Controlled vocabulary (MeSH?)
  15. 15. Tools - Limits • Language • Age of patient • Age of article • Type of article
  16. 16. Searching – the reality http://tinyurl.com/campubmed
  17. 17. Where else to look? • Websites: • WHO? UNICEF? MSF? Red Cross/Red Crescent? Dept for International Development? • http://delicious.com/ilk21/international-public-health • (or get Google to do the hard work….)
  18. 18. Help! email: ilk21@cam.ac.uk phone: (01223 3) 36750 web: library.medschl.cam.ac.uk Thank you. Isla Kuhn Reader Services Librarian Medical Library Box 111 Addenbrookes Hospital

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