Literature Searching: The professional Way


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The presentation was for UTHSC 2nd-year DNP students.

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  • Especially like the Different destinations slide; might add something about'best practices' for updating local standards.
    Dissertation ? - do as much as one might do for systematic review?
    Dates on CINAHL slide for plain CINAHL, but you have CINAHL Plus. Do you note this in your slides?
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Literature Searching: The professional Way

  1. 2. <ul><li>Basics about online databases </li></ul><ul><li>Brief overview of key databases for nursing </li></ul><ul><li>Expert searching </li></ul><ul><li>When enough information is enough </li></ul>
  2. 3. <ul><li>MEDLINE -- The National Library of Medicine's (NLM) premier bibliographic database </li></ul><ul><li>2 platforms at UTHSC: OVIDSP/MEDLINE and MEDLINE/PubMed </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects: Biomedicine (e.g., medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care system, and preclinical sciences) </li></ul><ul><li>18 + million references from approximately 5,500 worldwide journals </li></ul><ul><li>Dating back to 1946 </li></ul>
  3. 4. <ul><li>CINAHL– Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature </li></ul><ul><li>@UTHSC : CINAHL Plus with Full Text via EBSCOhost </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects: nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>2+ million references to over 1200 journals </li></ul><ul><li>Dating back to 1982 </li></ul>
  4. 5. <ul><li>Subjects: Behavioral and social sciences; psychiatry; neuroscience; and medical law & ethics. </li></ul><ul><li>More than 3 million records and cover over 2450 worldwide journals </li></ul><ul><li>Dating back to 1806 </li></ul>
  5. 6. <ul><li>ERIC – Education Resources Information Center </li></ul><ul><li>Subjects: Education </li></ul><ul><li>Over 1.4 million bibliographic records covering over 1162 journals, 76 book publishers, 106 federal agencies, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Dating back to 1966 </li></ul>
  6. 7. <ul><li>Subjects: Multi disciplines </li></ul><ul><li>Over 41 million records and cover 17,500 journals, 315 million scientific web pages, 24 million patent records, 300 book series, etc. </li></ul><ul><li>Dating back to 1996 </li></ul>
  7. 9. <ul><li>MeSH – Medical Subject Headings </li></ul><ul><li>CINAHL Subject Headings </li></ul><ul><li>ERIC Thesaurus/Descriptors </li></ul><ul><li>Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms </li></ul>
  8. 10. <ul><li>Effective communication </li></ul><ul><li>More relevant and better search results </li></ul>
  9. 14. <ul><li>Go to PubMed from the library <> </li></ul><ul><li>Enter the PubMed search box: 21495522 </li></ul><ul><li>Identify MeSH terms </li></ul><ul><li>Identify Major MeSH topics </li></ul>
  10. 15. Major Topics
  11. 16. Diabetics AND Pregnancy Headache OR Migraine Music NOT Jazz
  12. 17. <ul><li>How to communicate effectively with databases </li></ul><ul><li>Scope of each database </li></ul><ul><li>Database indexing schemes </li></ul><ul><li>Search strategy </li></ul><ul><li>Proper search terms </li></ul><ul><li>Relationship among search terms </li></ul><ul><li>One search is never enough </li></ul>
  13. 18. <ul><li>You are asked to do a literature search on falls in elderly and their psychological adaptation. </li></ul>
  14. 19. <ul><li>(&quot;Accidental Falls&quot;[Mesh]) AND &quot;Adaptation, Psychological&quot;[Mesh] </li></ul><ul><li>Limits: English, Aged: 65+ years, 80 and over: 80+ years </li></ul>
  15. 20. <ul><li>(&quot;Accidental Falls&quot;[Mesh] OR &quot;Accidental Falls&quot;[All Fields]) AND (&quot;Adaptation, Psychological&quot;[Mesh] OR &quot;Psychological Adaptation&quot;[All Fields]) AND (English[lang] AND (&quot;aged&quot;[MeSH Terms] OR &quot;aged, 80 and over&quot;[MeSH Terms])) </li></ul>
  16. 21. <ul><ul><li>To get more relevant and focused results, </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>start your search with subject headings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use keyword searching if no subject </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>headings are found </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Attach subheadings to major headings </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>for specific searches </li></ul></ul>
  17. 22. <ul><li>What is your destination? </li></ul><ul><li>What are you </li></ul><ul><li>doing with the </li></ul><ul><li>information? </li></ul>
  18. 23. <ul><li>Dissertation: Thorough and exhaust all the resources </li></ul><ul><li>Drug effects: Comprehensive </li></ul><ul><li>Grant proposal: A few good articles to provide adequate justifications </li></ul><ul><li>Course assignment: A few good articles to get the work done </li></ul>
  19. 24. <ul><ul><li>Practice makes perfect! </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on what you are doing. If you don't know what you are doing, you will never know when information is enough. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Understand what you need. If you don't understand what you need, you will never know when information is enough. </li></ul></ul>
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