Databases

19 May 2008
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PubMed
http://www.pubmed.gov

Provided by the National Library of Medicine, this reference database dates back to 1966.

TIPS for using PubMed

  • Use the Limits and History features to narrow your searches.
  • Use the MeSH database to find the actual term you are searching for.
  • Use AND, OR, and NOT in capitals to combine terms.

Online Training Tutorials
http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmed.html

Cochrane Library
http://www.thecochranelibrary.com

Free access in the Republic of Ireland as it is funded by the Department of Health and Children.

TIPS for using The Cochrane Library

  • Click on the LEARN section. It is well worth having a look at as it explains the various databases available.
  • When you have located articles use the PDF option to Print as it retains the formatting.
  • Be aware that some of the articles can be 70 pages long.

Online Training Tutorials
Part One - The Cochrane Library - an introduction
http://www.brainshark.com/wiley/cochrane1

Part Two - The Cochrane Library - searching and using MESH
http://www.brainshark.com/wiley/cochrane2

 

TRIP Database (Turning Research into Practice)
http://www.tripdatabase.com

It is an excellent site for Evidence Based Medicine information.

TIPS for using the TRIP database

  • Using only one term can bring back a large number of results, so think of additional terms to help qualify the search e.g. asthma and steroids.
  • On the results page you can filter your results based on an evidence based medicine hierarchy e.g. evidence-based synopses, systematic reviews. Use the 'Filter by' function on the right-hand side of the screen.
  • It automatically searches Medline for you and displays the results.
  • It searches the "Big 4" i.e. JAMA, New England Journal of Medicine, the Lancet and BMJ.

ERIC (Education Resource Information Center) US
http://www.eric.ed.gov

Sponsored by the Institute of Education Sciences (IES) of the US Department of Education

Coverage from 1966 to present.

TIPS for using ERIC

  • Use the ERIC Thesaurus.
  • Always choose the Advanced Search option.
  • Limit your Publication Dates e.g. 1994 to 2004.
  • Tick the "Full-text availability" if you only want results with full-text provided.

Online Training Tutorials and Help
http://www.eric.ed.gov/WebHelp/ApplicationHelp.htm

Email: library@icgp.ie, Tel: 01 6763705, Fax: 01 6765850
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