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Public Health Library Orientation Paul Levett, MSc, MA Ed. Reference and Instruction Librarian
Links to Databases, e-journals, e-texts, Catalog Ask us a question Quick link to PubMed Himmelfarb Library Website: himmelfarb.gwu.edu Search Articles + Books, & get a citation Links to public health research guides
Off-Campus/at home Two ways to get into library resources VPN - go to https://vpn.gwu.edu and login with the NetID username/password you use to get into Blackboard.https://vpn.gwu.edu OR WRLC - log in with your last name, your GWid #, select “George Washington”, and click ‘Login’.
Printer kiosks are in the Himmelfarb & Gelman Libraries Or you can insert a USB flash memory stick here
Supplies in the library Stapler on copiers Scrap paper Hole punch
How do I reserve a study room? Go to the Himmelfarb Library website & click: Services –Study Room Reservations – Make a Reservation. 1 2 3 Room availability schedule
What is Peer-Review? Peer-Review is the process that a research article or textbook chapter goes through before publication. Subjected to scrutiny by other researchers “peers” before publication to ensure the highest levels of academic integrity, accuracy and research value
How can you tell if it is peer reviewed? Check if the Journal is Peer-Reviewed in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com/ Look for the refereed symbol Search box on library website. In the results Page on the left where it says Refine your results check Peer Reviewed & click Update. OR Check the editorial or peer reviewpeer review policypolicy – it may be under guidelines for authors
How to search a library database: First identify your keywords Think PICO P Patient or Population I Intervention to be applied C Comparison (if any) O Outcome to be measured
Applying PICO to a Public Health scenario A group of children come down with measles. The parents are concerned about the potential health risks of vaccinations and have decided not to have their children receive the MMR vaccination. You need to develop an intervention/education program to increase the likelihood parents will vaccinate their kids. P = Populationparents of children with measles I = Interventioneducation program C = Comparison parent group not educated O = Outcomes ↑ MMR vaccine rate ↓ measles among children
Search PubMed By keywords or MeSH terms Search Scopus & sort results by number of times cited Which databases do I use to search the medical literature?
How to Critique a journal article How recently was it published? Currency: How recently was it published? Fact vs. opinion.Can the data answer the question? Relevance to the question: Fact vs. opinion. Can the data answer the question? Primary or secondary data. What are the authors qualifications? Authority: Primary or secondary data. What are the authors qualifications? Critically appraise the scientific validity of the article. See the research guide titled ‘Critical appraisal of research articles’. Accurate: Critically appraise the scientific validity of the article. See the research guide titled ‘Critical appraisal of research articles’. Does the new knowledge replace or update existing information? Are there gaps in the evidence, facts, statistics? Coverage: Does the new knowledge replace or update existing information? Are there gaps in the evidence, facts, statistics?
Levels of evidence http://www.hsl.unc.edu/Services/Tutorials/EBM/Supplements/QuestionSupplement.htm More articles Better evidence: Stronger methdology Less bias Controls for comparison In PubMed click the “EBM/Clinical Reviews” link on the right to get these higher level Studies i.e. systematic reviews & RCT’s Experimental Observational Descriptive
Research guides exercise librarydoc.wordpress.com
Manage citations using RefWorks From database search results you will export selected references to RefWorks, see the RefWorks research guide for instructions. In RefWorks you will file your references into folders.
Download Write-n-cite In RefWorks download the Write-N-Cite tool to your computer.
Help with your written assignments Where: Himmelfarb Library 1 st floor When: two weekday evenings during advertised times Schedule your appointment online at: http://www.gwu.edu/~gwriter/ http://www.gwu.edu/~gwriter/