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Nursing - Introduction To Literature Searching


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Nursing - Introduction To Literature Searching

  1. 1. Middlesex University Learning Resources Introduction to Literature Searching (Finding the Evidence)
  2. 2. What Will We Be Doing Today? <ul><li>FIRSTLY… discuss what evidence is, where it may be found and how it should be evaluated </li></ul><ul><li>THEN… carry out a search for journal literature using the Cinahl database </li></ul><ul><li>FINALLY… have a go at searching for literature / evidence using the Internet </li></ul>
  3. 3. What Is Evidence? <ul><li>“ Information or signs indicating whether something is true or valid” </li></ul><ul><li>Compact Oxford Dictionary for Students (2006) </li></ul><ul><li>You will need to provide appropriate evidence to support any claims or arguments made in your assignments </li></ul>
  4. 4. What Is Evidence-Based Practice? <ul><li>“… involves the conscientious use of current best evidence in making decisions about patient care…” </li></ul><ul><li>Evidence-based practice in nursing & healthcare: a guide to best practice (2005) </li></ul>
  5. 5. Where Do You Go To Find Evidence? <ul><li>books? </li></ul><ul><li>the Internet? </li></ul><ul><li>journals? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Books <ul><li>good introduction to your subject area </li></ul><ul><li>easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>be aware of publication date </li></ul><ul><li>not primary research </li></ul>
  7. 7. The Internet <ul><li>easy to use </li></ul><ul><li>lots of results quickly </li></ul><ul><li>too many results! </li></ul><ul><li>issues of accuracy, authority and </li></ul><ul><li>timeliness </li></ul>
  8. 8. Journals <ul><li>Specific areas covered and searchable via the databases </li></ul><ul><li>Research and evidence based resources </li></ul><ul><li>Keep you up to date with current professional practice leading to better patient care </li></ul><ul><li>Quality control (peer review process) </li></ul>
  9. 9. 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>
  10. 10. Evaluation <ul><li>It is important to evaluate your search results for relevance and quality i.e. Is it what you need and is it trustworthy? </li></ul><ul><li>This is especially important when using the Internet. </li></ul><ul><li>Do NOT trust information if you have not considered the following criteria: </li></ul>
  11. 11. <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 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>
  12. 12. <ul><li>In Today’s Session We Are Going To Search For Literature On… </li></ul><ul><li>Health Promotion For Childhood Obesity </li></ul>
  13. 13. Tasks 1 - 5 <ul><li>Go to the nursing database Cinahl and follow the instructions provided in your handout </li></ul>
  14. 14. Task 6 <ul><li>Go to NHS Evidence and follow the instructions provided in your handout </li></ul>
  15. 15. Task 7 <ul><li>Go to The Cochrane Library and follow the instructions provided in your handout </li></ul>
  16. 16. Task 8 <ul><li>Go to Intute and follow the instructions provided in your handout </li></ul>
  17. 17. Compare The Resources <ul><li>Cinahl </li></ul><ul><li>NHS Evidence </li></ul><ul><li>Cochrane Library </li></ul><ul><li>Intute </li></ul>
  18. 18. But It’s Not In The Library <ul><li>Don’t worry…bring a completed Inter-Library Loan Form to the Library Enquiry desk ( ) 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 </li></ul><ul><li>There is a charge of £3 for this service (Please note this service is not available at North Middlesex) </li></ul>
  19. 19. Other Libraries <ul><li>Sconul Access Scheme </li></ul><ul><li>RCN Library </li></ul><ul><li> </li></ul>
  20. 20. Referencing <ul><li>Or go to </li></ul>From the Library’s Subject Guide for Nursing… Select the ‘Getting Started’ tab and click on ‘Referencing and Citation Style Helpsheet’
  21. 21. For Further Help <ul><li>Telephone (Hendon Library Enquiry Desk) 0208 411 5852 </li></ul><ul><li>E-Mail (Jamie Halstead, Liaison Librarian) [email_address] </li></ul>