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1 Public Health Library Orientation Paul Levett, MSc, MA Ed. Reference and Instruction Librarian

2 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

3 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’.

4 VPN Login:WRLC Login:

5 Wi-fi on campus Gwireless - wi-fi network Same login you use for Blackboard

6 Need help? Bring your laptop or tablet computer to Tech Commons in the Gelman Library, Lower level

7 IT FAQs it.gwu.edu Type in the GWiz search box Or IM chat with an IT person

8 Library entrance gate Stand behind yellow line and tap your GWID card Open 24/7

9 Login to Library computers Same login you use to get into Blackboard

10 To print in the Himmelfarb Library, first add money to your GWorld card either: by credit card on the GWorld card website, or put $ bills into the value station on the 1 st floor Printing

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12 Printer options WEPA-BW(Duplex) WEPA-BW WEPA-Color(Duplex) WEPA-Color Check you have Normal Margins 1”

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16 Print from your laptop

17 Print from your tablet or smartphone – WEPA app

18 Open in WEPA Print

19 Printer kiosks are in the Himmelfarb & Gelman Libraries Or you can insert a USB flash memory stick here

20 Supplies in the library Stapler on copiers Scrap paper Hole punch

21 How do I reserve a study room? Go to the Himmelfarb Library website & click: Services –Study Room Reservations – Make a Reservation Room availability schedule

22 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

23 How can you tell if it is peer reviewed? Check if the Journal is Peer-Reviewed in Ulrich’s Periodical Directory 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

24 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

25 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

26 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?

27 Full-Text links in PubMed

28 Click ‘Article’ to view it

29 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?

30 Levels of evidence 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

31 Research guides exercise librarydoc.wordpress.com

32 Statistics Himmelfarb Library 3 rd floor, Bloedorn Technology Center, computers have: – Quantitative analytical software e.g. SAS, SPSS, STATA, ArcGIS – Qualitative analytical software: NVIVO Books, training manuals, search library catalog

33 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.

34 Download Write-n-cite In RefWorks download the Write-N-Cite tool to your computer.

35 Refworks Group Code = RWGWUMC

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38 Help with your written assignments Where: Himmelfarb Library 1 st floor When: two weekday evenings during advertised times Schedule your appointment online at:

39 Good luck!


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