You will have to decide which area you are going to research on and how to go about starting the research. Your topic might have to change after you do some literature searching about what’s really out there and what research other people have done related or similar to my topic.
Literature searching the professional way
If you struggled with findinginformation you needed for morethan 10 minutes, ask the librarian!
Key questionsWhat am I going to research on?How to go about researchingfor my topic?How do I know I’m not repeatingthe research others already did?
• MEDLINE -- The National Library of Medicines (NLM) premier bibliographic database• 2 platforms at UTHSC: OVIDSP/MEDLINE and MEDLINE/PubMed• Subjects: Biomedicine (e.g., medicine, nursing, dentistry, veterinary medicine, health care system, and preclinical sciences)• 18 + million references from approximately 5,500 worldwide journals• Dating back to 1946
• CINAHL– Cumulative Index for Nursing and Allied Health Literature• @UTHSC: CINAHL Plus with Full Text via EBSCOhost• Subjects: nursing, biomedicine, alternative/complementary medicine, consumer health and 17 allied health disciplines• 2+ million references to over 1200 journals• Dating back to 1982
• Subjects: Behavioral and social sciences; psychiatry; neuroscience; and medical law & ethics.• More than 3 million records and cover over 2450 worldwide journals• Dating back to 1806
• Subjects: Multi disciplines• Over 41 million records and cover 17,500 journals, 315 million scientific web pages, 24 million patent records, 300 book series, etc.• Dating back to 1996
• PubMed - Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)• CINAHL - CINAHL Subject Headings• PsychINFO - Thesaurus of Psychological Index Terms Controlled Vocabularies
• Effective communication• More relevant and better search results• Searching like an expert
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• How to communicate effectively with databases• Scope of each database• Database indexing schemes• Search strategy• Proper search terms• Relationship among search terms• One search is never enough
• To get more relevant and focused results, start your search with subject headings• Use keyword searching if no subject headings are found• Attach subheadings to major headings for specific searches
• What is your destination?• What are you doing with the information?
• Dissertation: Thorough and exhaust all the resources• Drug effects: Comprehensive• Grant proposal: A few good articles to provide adequate justifications• Course assignment: A few good articles to get the work done
Practice makes perfect! Focus on what you are doing. If you dont know what you are doing, you will never know when information is enough. Understand what you need. If you dont understand what you need, you will never know when information is enough.