FROM THE LIBRARY TO THE NET
Learning outcomes of the course unit
This course aims to facilitate access to and use of information sources, through learning is an effective method of research of appropriate techniques in order to obtain satisfactory results in every phase of searching for information. In summary, we have the objective to learn the essential skills necessary to achieve the desired scientific information from the most different literature sources.
Consists of a descriptive part and a practical part to a PC, the latter includes both classroom exercises that some simple self-assessment tests to be carried out between meetings.
At the end of the course learners will be able to:
Identify and use three approaches to literature search: retrieve, scan, search
cite references in the forms most commonly used biomedical literature
formulate the question: PICOM.
distinguish scientific studies
distinguish the sources of information.
identify and use the most important medical and scientific databases.
recognize the structure of a bibliographic record.
recognize the differences between the controlled vocabulary and free text in the literature search.
formulate strategies targeted research in different databases.
Course contents summary
Presentation of the objectives - contract classroom
1) Architecture of clinical research
2) The three research methods: retrieve - scan - search
3) Retrieve: the bibliographic citation
How to search for names and abbreviations of journals cited
4) Scan: the MyNCBI
5) Search: the research question: PICOM
6) The studies and their hierarchy
7) The sources and their hierarchy
8) Characteristics and clinical research sites
9) Medline and PubMed
10) The interface PubMed
11) Search: Search for publications
Search for free words: Boolean operators
Knowing how to narrow a literature search
12) Search: Search the Thesaurus: The MeSH tree
13) THE COCHRANE LIBRARY
15) TRIP DATABASE
Pomponio G. Through the Looking Glass - Read, evaluate and interpret a clinical trial. Turin: SEEd, 2008
Pomponio G. The fate of Ariadne - Manual for the critical use of guidelines. Turin: SEEd, 2009
Corrao S. Knowing and using PubMed. second edition Rome: The Scientific Thought Publisher, 2008
Jefferson T. Beware of hoaxes ... and herdsmen - How to use the evidence-based medicine to ward off bad teachers. third edition of Rome: The Scientific Thought Publisher, 2008
Jefferson T. How to read a randomized controlled trial. Rome: Thought Scientific Publisher, 2010
Low C. PubMed instructions. Rome: Thought Scientific Publisher, 2010
Lancia U. Guide to clinical research. Rome: Thought Scientific Publisher, 2010
P. Chiari, Mosci D., E. Naldi Evidence-Based Clinical Practice practice clinical care based on evidence of effectiveness. New York: McGraw Hill, 2011
Vellone E., M. Piredda The literature search - tools and methods to find and use the healthcare literature. second edition, New York: McGraw Hill, 2008
Assessment methods and criteria
Testing individual practices in the classroom