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Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence by Caroline De Brún

By Caroline De Brún

The distinguishing characteristic of this pocket-sized looking abilities e-book, like every the Toolkit sequence titles, is its user-friendliness. The tenet is that readers do not need to develop into librarians, yet they're confronted with useful problems while trying to find proof, reminiscent of loss of abilities, loss of time and knowledge overload. they should examine basic seek talents, and be directed in the direction of the perfect assets to discover the easiest proof to aid their decision-making. A uncomplicated, Hands-On consultant to literature looking, that is a necessary ability for all concerned about future health care learn and improvement, researchers, and scholars from all disciplines.

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These filters can be applied to your searches in Medline (using PubMed, Ovid or Dialog) – they are known as Clinical Queries. The filters contain search terms (including publication types and free text words) designed to retrieve particular clinical study types. There are categories for etiology (harm), diagnosis, therapy and prognosis, corresponding to the four main types of clinical question. gov) 2. Type in search terms. 1. Click on Clinical Queries. mend Recom to a e s this it nd frie 3. Select the study type.

A thesaurus can be referred to in many ways, including: ● Medical Subject Headings (MeSH), in the database MEDLINE (see Advanced MeSH below, and Chapter 9: Searching specific healthcare databases) ● controlled vocabulary ● descriptor ● keyword ● index term A thesaurus is a collection of terms that has been developed for a particular database – each record contained in the database is allocated several of these thesaurus terms (usually between 5 and 20) in order to identify the key themes or subjects it covers.

Ti. ti. tw. ti,ab. ti,ab. jn. so. e. the study design). g. Medical Subject Headings, or MeSH), free text, publication types or a combination of all three. A filter can be used to retrieve articles of appropriate study design, to answer a particular type of question. You may see search filters described as: ● ‘hedges’ ● optimal search strategies ● research methodology filters ● Clinical Queries A search filter may just be one or two search terms – see the table below. You can combine these single filter terms with your subject search, to assist you in finding appropriate study designs.

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