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Prs4799 lit searching nov 2013

  1. 1. PRS4799 Postgraduate Course Feedback Literature searching November 2013
  2. 2. Today we will cover… • Using your Library Subject Guide • Searching Barbour and British Standards Online • Searching journal databases effectively for relevant articles • Accessing the articles you have found in full-text
  3. 3. Finding your Library Subject Guide MyUniHub Library subject guides My Study Public Health, Risk, Safety & Environment My Library
  4. 4. Library Subject Guide
  5. 5. Accessing today’s resources Library subject guide: Public Health, Risk, Safety & Environment Resources tab Finding journal articles / Using databases
  6. 6. Barbour • The first time you use Barbour you need to register yourself • Do this when on campus, after logging into MyUniHub
  7. 7. British Standards Online If necessary, click here to log in
  8. 8. What is a journal? • Similar format to a magazine • Published regularly • Focuses on a particular academic discipline • Contains articles by different authors • Also contains book reviews & editorials
  9. 9. What is in a journal database? • • This is an example of a record from the database Medline. Can you find these pieces of information in the record? Journal Title, Issue, Article title, Volume, Page Numbers, Date, Author/s • Is there an Abstract available? (What is an Abstract?)
  10. 10. Journal databases • The chance to search a collection of journals that is specifically for your subject/s • More options to refine your search results • Journals are usually all peer-reviewed
  11. 11. Peer review • A formal procedure for checking the quality of research before it is published. • If a publication is peer reviewed it means it has been read, checked and authenticated by independent, third party academics (peers). • The quality-control system of academic publishing for hundreds of years.
  12. 12. Key databases Web of Science (Science Citation Index) The leading science and technical journals Science Direct Elsevier’s excellent online journal package Medline The premier biomedical database
  13. 13. A few search tips… • Look for an ‘Advanced search’ page • Use specific keywords (not long sentences) and combine them in separate search boxes. e.g. flood AND policy
  14. 14. A few search tips… • Try synonyms for your keywords e.g. congenital malformation / birth defects • To search for a phrase, use “ ” e.g. “climate change” • To find different word endings, use * e.g. flood* (finds flood, floods, flooding)
  15. 15. Web of Science (Science Citation Index) Choose only the databases that are relevant:
  16. 16. Science Direct To get full-text only: Choose Advanced Search, then the Journals tab Select Subscribed journals and Open Access articles Select 2003 to present
  17. 17. Medline
  18. 18. Have we got access to the full-text? • A link to the full-text article may appear. • If it does not, go to the Library Catalogue and do an A-Z Search for the journal title.
  19. 19. Have we got access to the full-text? Search the Library Catalogue to see if we have access to the full-text of this article:
  20. 20. If we do not have access… • Go to My Study > My Library > Inter-Library Loans, log in and complete a request form • You will receive a PDF link to the article via email • Takes from 2 days to 1 week. • There is a charge of £3 for this service
  21. 21. Other libraries • Sconul Access Scheme http://www.sconul.ac.uk/using_other_libraries/ac • British Library http://www.bl.uk/
  22. 22. Referencing
  23. 23. Managing your references • Use bibliographic management software • RefWorks • myUniHub > MyStudy > MyLibrary > Databases > R • How to guides: – http://bit.ly/RefWorkshelp
  24. 24. Need help? • Librarians in the Specialist Zone (1st floor) 11-3 Monday – Friday (on call 9-11, 3-5) • Ask a Librarian http://askalibrarian.mdx.ac.uk/ • BMS Library Subject Guide http://libguides.mdx.ac.uk/biomedicalsciences