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  • Session outline Discuss and develop your understanding of databases Demo how to use a healthcare database called CINAHL You have time to complete an on-line tutorial Then you retrieve your unique username and password from your email and carry out your own search
  • Bms Lit Searching

    1. 1. BMS Literature Searching Jamie Halstead
    2. 2. By The End Of The Session You Will Be Able To: <ul><li>Plan an effective search strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Understand and use the electronic databases to find out what BMS literature has been published in the academic journals </li></ul><ul><li>Identify and access the available journals </li></ul>
    3. 3. What is a Database? <ul><li>Most databases provide bibliographic details of data published in professional journals including.… </li></ul><ul><li>- The Author and Title of an article </li></ul><ul><li>- The Journal in which it is printed </li></ul><ul><li>- The Volume, Part and Page Numbers of the article </li></ul><ul><li>- The Abstract, a brief summary of the article </li></ul><ul><li>- Subject Keywords </li></ul>In some cases there will be a link providing access to the full text and/or information regarding the Library’s print holdings
    4. 4. When you find an article This is what the “citation” looks like
    5. 5. The “complete reference”
    6. 6. Evaluation <ul><li>It is very important to evaluate your search results for relevance and quality </li></ul><ul><li>Is it what you need and is it trustworthy? </li></ul><ul><li>Do NOT trust information if you have not considered the following criteria: </li></ul>
    7. 7. <ul><li>C urrency (How old is this information? When was it last updated?) </li></ul><ul><li>A uthority (Who is the author, site creator, organisation, scholarly journal etc?) </li></ul><ul><li>I ntent (What is the purpose of the website / information? e.g. financial gain etc) </li></ul><ul><li>R elevance (Is this what I need? Will it answer my question?) </li></ul><ul><li>O bjectivity (Balanced view? Opposing views represented? etc) </li></ul>Evaluation
    8. 8. Peer Review <ul><li>Peer review is a core part of academic research.  It is a formal procedure for checking the quality of research before it is published.   </li></ul><ul><li>If a publication is peer reviewed it means it has been read, checked and authenticated (reviewed) by independent, third party academics (peers). </li></ul><ul><li>Peer review has been the quality-control system of academic publishing for hundreds of years. </li></ul>
    9. 9. Key Databases For BMS Literature <ul><li>Medline The premier biomedical database </li></ul><ul><li>Science Citation The leading science </li></ul><ul><li>Index and technical journals </li></ul><ul><li>Science Direct Elsevier’s excellent online journal package </li></ul>
    10. 10. Useful Databases For Full Text Journal Articles <ul><li>Science Direct </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed </li></ul>
    11. 11. Plan Your Database Search <ul><li>1. Define your question </li></ul><ul><li>Break it down into concepts (databases work best if you break your question down into single subjects) </li></ul><ul><li>3. List the words or phrases that you could use for each concept (alternative terms, truncation using * etc) </li></ul>
    12. 12. Plan Your Database Search <ul><li>The following resources should help with this process: </li></ul><ul><li>- Examples of high quality systematic literature reviews (Cochrane Library) </li></ul><ul><li>- An example of a search strategy and a worksheet to create your own </li></ul>
    13. 13. Accessing The Databases <ul><li>Go to the Library’s BMS Subject Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Select Journals </li></ul><ul><li>Click on Finding Journal Articles / Using Databases </li></ul><ul><li>Choose a database (e.g. Medline) </li></ul>
    14. 14. A Quick Search Demonstration <ul><li>Searching Medline, Science Citation Index and Science Direct for peer reviewed journal articles on: </li></ul><ul><li>‘ The effectiveness of tamiflu for the treatment of swine flu’ </li></ul>
    15. 15. But it’s not in the library <ul><li>Don’t worry…fill out an Inter-Library Loan Form ( ) with the bibliographic details of the article you want </li></ul><ul><li>A photocopy of the article will be ordered for you from the British Library </li></ul><ul><li>This can take approximately a week (sent to your home address) </li></ul><ul><li>There is a charge of £3 for this service </li></ul>
    16. 16. Other Libraries <ul><li>Sconul Access Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>British Library </li></ul>
    17. 17. Referencing <ul><li>It is vital that your work is properly referenced and you have full bibliographic details of all resources used </li></ul><ul><li>For details of how to reference your work go to the Library’s BMS Subject Guide and Select Getting Started </li></ul><ul><li>Then click on the link for the Help sheet for Referencing and Citation Style </li></ul>
    18. 18. Useful Links <ul><li>Learning Resources Webpages </li></ul><ul><li>Biomedical Sciences Library Subject Guide </li></ul><ul><li>Please ask us at the Library Enquiry Desk (or ‘Ask A Librarian’ on the Library Subject Guides) if you need any help! </li></ul>