Advanced Literature Searching - Database Searching (1.5 hours)

To start a more detailed search for articles and other research evidence, you'll need to use online databases. These are collections of resources that allow you to search for articles from hundreds of different journals at the same time.  The practical workshop is designed for all health care staff to enable them to find journal articles on specific subjects and guidance on how to develop a search strategy using databases.  It will introduce techniques such as planning your search, combining search terms using Boolean logic and getting better results by using thesaurus subject headings (MeSH in Medline) and filters. Databases that can be covered include:

  • CINAHL CINAHL Complete indexes over 5,000 English language journals in the area of nursing and allied health and includes full text from more than 1,300 journals.
  • Medline - Primary abstracting and indexing service for the medical and biomedical sciences indexing over 4,600 journals.
  • Embase - covers biomedical and pharmaceutical information, indexing over 3,500 pharmaceutical and biomedical related journals.

Access to bibliographic databases will be via three different software providers (EBSCO, ProQuest and OVID).  The session will focus on the databases (and thus providers) that are most appropriate to the trainees.

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