Learning outcomes of the course unit
At the end of the course, the student should be able to:
- Read and understand the typology and the structure of a scientific article.
- Use the library catalogues at UNIPR.
- Plan and do simple and complex researches on Pubmed.
- Assembly the reference for scientific documents.
- Know other research instruments at UNIPR.
Course contents summary
Brief historical mentions about the medical journals. The primary documents. Scientific journals: structure, typology of scientific articles. Why and How to publish a scientific article. The “weight” of journals in the literature: impact factor. The bibliography of a scientific article and how to cite an article. The biomedical library in the past and today. Bibliographic catalogues and inventories. Bibliographic database and its structure. What is OPAC and UNIPR OPAC: OPAC SEBINA YOU. Journal formats. SFX: journal catalogue at UNIPR. How to use VPN. Main bibliographic databases in medicine. PUBMED structure.
How to do a bibliographic research: phases of bibliographic research. Query sintax and Boolean operators. The query language. Free research and Field research in pubmed. MeSH: Medical Subject Headings and examples on Pubmed. Methodological filters. Secondary databases and journals. Mentions about systematic reviews and meta-analysis. Other databases at UNIPR: Scopus, Sciencedirect and Web of Science (WOS). The Italian researcher in the world: productivity indicators in Italy, citations and H-Index. Orcid. The research database at UNIPR: how to consult IRIS.
The slides, that will be given to the students during the course on Elly, will be sufficient to study for the exam.
During the classroom lectures the topics of the module program will be illustrated and commented. Theory will be accompanied by examples and simulations that will illustrate its practical use on Web. Several technical terms will be used both in Italian and in English, so that the student can use on his own the catalogues and databases shown during the lessons. Compatibly with the number of students, it is possible that brief exercitations will be organized, so the students can practically apply the concepts shown during the frontal lessons.
Assessment methods and criteria
The verification of the achievement of module objectives is a written test, mainly consisting of questions about the arguments treated during the lessons. The exam will contain: multiple response quiz. The grade will be in 30/30 and its weight will be based on the credits of this module respect to those of the integrate course. In the case of practical exercitations, the student will do on-line brief learning tests.