Hey there. My name is Alexa Colmire I am the user experience librarian and I will be taking you through this tutorial on how to access and search healthcare medical databases for your research. Before getting into database searching, I want to talk a little bit about Inter Library Loan. In case you didn’t already know, you can get to the ILL page by clicking on library services, then interlibrary loan. This service can be
utilized many ways. For example, if you’re looking through the bibliography of an article you already have and you come across a title that sounds relevant to your research, you can fill out the article request form with the appropriate information, click save, and wha-la! You have ordered your article via ILL. Just be aware that it can take can take several days for you to get
your article so make sure you give yourself plenty of time. Next I want to talk about the library search box on the following page. I do not
recommend using the all-in-one search because it literally searches every single database we subscribe to, so you’ll most likely get a lot of irrelevant items. and going through them will be a big waste your time. The local holdings option will search Spalding’s catalog so it will only show you items that we have
here physically in the library. The journal titles option can be useful. I know last semester several of you had issues opening links to articles that were posted in Moodle. So if that happens again, you can search for the article using the journal title and making sure you select the journal title option. Okay, now we’re going to get into database searching so we’re gonna go to databases A-Z and we’re going to be looking at Cinahl and Medline. Some of you might be wondering what is the difference between Cinahl and Cinahl with full text. I was wondering that too, so I found this chart that explains that. As you can see, the main difference is the Cinhal with full text has significantly more full text journals than Cinahl. And it also goes back a little further I do think it’s still worth it to go ahead and use both databases because there could be journals that are indexed in one that aren’t in the other. You just never know. So, from the list we are going to choose Cinahl, then up at the top where it says choose databases click on that. Okay so now we can pick several different databases. All the ones
that we want to search in. So, I’m going to choose Cinahl with full text and Medline. So these are the primary databases you will be using for your research that we have through Ebsco. So click okay on that and if you click on show all, up at the top, you can see exactly which databases you are searching in. I really recommend doing multiple databases at the same time because it’s really going to save you time with your research. So I know you’ve all searched in these databases before, but I just want to do a quick refresher for you. So, my example topic is the effect of air pollution on blood pressure. I’m going to put my keywords in the search boxes and click search. Ok so you can see that I got 519 results. That’s a lot so I want to use some of the limiters to get that number down. So, the first thing I want to do is limit by publication date because it’s important when doing research in the healthcare field that your research be somewhat recent. I think going back 10 years is sufficient. Another limiter I like to use is the drop down box next to your search box. Right now, it says select a field, so this means that when I click search, the database is looking for my keywords anywhere in the entry…It could be in the title of the article, in the body of the article, or in a citation in the bibliography. There is no guarantee that your keyword is the actual subject of the article However, if you select the SU subject terms from the drop down menu, it only finds items that have your keyword as the subject. If you feel like you still have too many results, your topic may be too broad and you may have to tweak it a little by adding additional search terms, which will most likely bring your results down. Now I want to go over how to use limiters to narrow your search down to only show you literature reviews I’m going use the same example topic for this. First, I need to click on advanced search. Then, I need to look for where it says special limiters, so I’m going to scroll down until I see that. Here it is…It’ll say special limiters for Cinahl. There will be a special limiter section for every single database that you’re searching. For Cinahl, we need to locate where it says
publication type. From this menu we want to choose systematic review Now we’re going to do the same thing for Cinahl with full text. For Medline, all you have to do is put a check in the box next to EBM reviews. Now we’re going to scroll up to the top and click search Another way is to put the word review in one of the search boxes and choose title from the drop down box. So this is only going to show you articles that have the word review in the title. and you can always double-check if you’re not sure by…if you’re not sure if this is a lit review or not, you can check by reading the abstract because most reviews actually state that they are reviewing the literature in the abstract or the first paragraph… Or sometimes they use the phrase “we reviewed recent studies” So those are some indicators that this is in fact a literature review. Now I want to touch a little on finding literature reviews in PubMed. So you go to the PubMed database, and I’m going to put my keywords in the search box and click search. So now on the left side at the top you will see, it says article types. Under that click systematic reviews. If you don’t see systematic reviews, you’ll need to click on customize. and scroll down until you see systematic review, and you’ll check the box next to it and click “show.” You can also limit by the publication date if you want to. To wrap up, I wanted to share some resources I found for searching with PICO questions. The first one is through PubMed and can be found at the link shown. All you need to do is put the information in the correct boxes and you have a couple options for publication type, or you can leave it at “not specified” It’s up to you. Then you click submit. The next one is through the Lane Medical Library at Stanford University. So it’s the same way. You put in your keywords in the PICO search box and click search. You will not be able to view any full text articles from this one, but if you find something relevant, you can certainly request it via ILL. The last resource I want to share is the Trip database. When you’re here, you want to click on the PICO search, enter your keywords, and click search. I hope this tutorial has helped you. If you have any questions you post on the Ask a Librarian forum on Moodle. You can call me at 502-873-4380, or email at [email protected] Thanks for watching and good luck with your research!