BIBLIOGRAPHY RESEARCH IN BIOMEDICINE
Learning outcomes of the course unit
The course sets out to enable students to acquire the knowledge and skills necessary for independently conducting exhaustive bibliographic research on their dissertation topic. By the end of the course students will be able:
1. to select the most appropriate information sources for carrying out their own research;
2. to carry out searches of the main available sources in electronic format (catalogues and bibliographic databases, with particular reference to PubMed);
3. to find the original document in electronic format using the quickest, cheapest procedures.
Basic knowledge of English.
Course contents summary
Sources of information in medicine.
Structure of a scientific article.
Secondary information sources.
Instruments for accessing primary documents: catalogues and bibliographic databases.
Structure of an OPAC.
Electronic periodicals: what they are, how to consult them.
SFX: the catalogue of electronic periodicals.
From bibliographic citation to full-text.
Philosophy and structure of a bibliographic database: Medline.
Structure of a record.
Search methods and strategies.
No specific textbook is used.