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2 Advanced Literature Searching for Second-Year PT Students Min-Lin E Fang, MLIS Education and Information Consultant for Nursing and Social and Behavioral Sciences

3 Sep Objectives By the end of this class you will be able to: Locate an overview of a medical condition using UptoDate Perform a PubMed search using Medical Subject Headings Use limit options and subheadings to refine searches Set up an automated PubMed Updates Save search strategies Set up PubMed filters to efficiently locate meta-analysis, RCTs and systematic reviews Perform a CINAHL search using CINAHL thesaurus

4 Sep By National Center for Biotechnology Information Approximately 15 million references to the published journal literature Over 5,000 journal titles 1950 – present Incorporates all or part of MEDLINE, HealthSTAR, AIDSLINE, CANCERLIT, SPACELINE, BIOETHICSLINE, and HISTLINE

5 Sep Special URL: UC-eLinks Links to UCSF full text journals Links to UCSF Library Catalog to check whether UCSF owns a journal and get call no Links to Melvyl Catalog to check which other UC campuses own a journal Request articles not owned by UCSF from other UC campuses and beyond Copy and Paste citations Help: UC-eLinks QuickGuideUC-eLinks QuickGuide

6 Sep UC-eLinks

7 Sep Databases- PT

8 Sep Development of Search Strategies Formulate the question Break the question down to various concepts Find the right MeSH/thesaurus for each concept Combine various concepts using Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT) Apply limit options (language, subset, age, publication type, major heading, subheading) Run the search Modify search strategies and rerun the search

9 Sep Why Use Index Terms (MeSH)? MeSH headings are an efficient way to find information on “concepts” or topics where authors use different language to discuss the same ideas. Using MeSH improves precision and accuracy of subject searching. Searching for words in the keyword indexes may not retrieve relevant articles. Example: physical therapy “Storytelling as therapy: implications for medicine.” Abstract: Storytelling is an art developed during the beginning of human history, probably to teach the wisdom of generations past, including basic mental and physical health principles…

10 Sep Locating MeSH - 1 Do a Title word search. e.g. - Treat* [ti] AND repetitive stress injur* [ti] - Change display format to “Citation” to see assigned MeSH for the concept.

11 Sep Locating MeSH - 2 Search the MeSH database Scope Note Subheadings Major Topics Explode

12 Sep Boolean Operators OR(use to join synonyms) Vitamin C OR Ascorbic Acid doctors OR physicians tumor OR tumour injuries OR accidents AND (use to combine concepts) Vitamin C AND cancer doctors AND managed care color AND vision injuries AND automobiles

13 Sep Boolean AND

14 Sep Boolean OR

15 Sep Tips on PubMed Searching Search field tags are available [ti] Forced phrase searching in quotes “” Explode is automatic Use truncation (*) to broaden your search (e.g. child* => child, children, childbearing) Boolean operators processed left to right To find in-process citations: Use keyword search and limit your search to last one year. Keyword search: looking for terms in the title, MeSH and an abstract.

16 Sep PubMed My NCBI Save search strategies Provide automatic updates Set up filters for specific research papers, e.g. systematic reviews, meta- analysis Highlight PubMed search words in your retrieval

17 Sep My NCBI – registration & set-up Free registration Setting up filters for RCT and meta analysis Select ‘Filters’ in the far left menu, and then select PubMed. Select ‘Search’ and look up ‘randomized controlled trial’. Select Randomized Controlled Trial under the matching filters list and then check the ‘Add’ box to automatically add RCT as one of your filters. Go back to ‘Search’ and repeat this with ‘meta analysis’. User preferences

18 Sep CINAHLCINAHL via EBSCO Covers nursing and allied health 55% overlap with MEDLINE Includes articles, books, book chapters, conference proceedings, AV, software, dissertations CINAHL Plus (1937-) CINAHL Headings (Major or Minor Subjects)

19 Sep UptoDate Opinion-based topic reviews prepared by physicians for physicians Helps you find current options for diagnosis, management, & therapy, screening and prevention strategies Restricted access Only computers on the Parnassus and Mission Bay Campuses and all UCSF- owned facilities (e.g. Mt. Zion library) may access this resource.

20 Sep Citation Management Allows you to create and organize citations for books, articles, websites, and many other types of documents. Works with word processing software (e.g., Microsoft Word) to insert correctly formatted footnotes or citations into a paper and create the bibliography. EndNote vs RefWorks EndNote: Purchase at UCSF Tech Store or site RefWorks: Free Web-based service for UCSF students and personnel Create your individual account Sign up for a class

21 Sep Exercises Studies on the efficacy of using braces to treat repetitive stress injuries Impact of kyphosis for older women on quality of life Risk factors for recurrent low back pain in young adults Wrist Splints (CINAHL)

22 Sep Help Online Tutorials PubMed Quick Tours CINAHL Basic Searching, Advanced Searching Personal Consultation

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