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tutorials and guides

If you are new to searching databases and searching on the Internet, use these online guides and tutorials to help you get started in your research.

BMJ Learning
BMJ Learning offers over high quality CME/CPD & postgraduate training for doctors and other healthcare professionals. Features over 1000 accredited peer reviewed learning modules in text, audio & video format.
Running time 30.46 min
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BMJ BestPractice
BMJ Best Practice is a decision support tool that provides authoritative answers to clinical questions. Learn how to search and retrieve information from BestPractice.
Running time 46 min.
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Database searching - Medline
Learn to perform an effective literature search using Medline database, save your searches and results then export them or set up alerts. Running time: 11.22 min. View tutorial
Database searching - ProQuest (Nursing & Allied Health)
Learn to perform an effective literature search using ProQuest nursing & allied health database, save your searches and results then export them or set up alerts.
Running time: 12.28 min.
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OvidSP databases

(Embase, Medline, Maternity & Infant Care, PsycINFO, [email protected])

Here are links to a series of excellent animated tutorials from Yale Medical Library.They are designed to show you step-by-step the basic components of database searching using the OvidSP system.
Introduction to OvidSP Focuses on the main features of the OvidSP interface. It gives a brief overview of the OvidSP Main Search Page.
Formulating your question Good literature searches begin with good questions. This tutorial covers how to construct a focused, answerable question using the popular PICO model
How to do a comprehensive searchThe most efficient way to search MEDLINE in OvidSP is to use the Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). This tutorial explains what MeSH is, and how to use MeSH to run better searches in Ovid SP.
Combining and limiting searchesThis tutorial teaches you how to combine and limit searches in OvidSP to obtain more relevant results.
Working with your search resultsThis tutorial gives an overview of the Ovid SP search results display, and shows you how to save, email, and print search results from Ovid SP. NB: It also covers how to find full text articles in OvidSP - but the particular aspects of this section are specific to Yale University users.
Saving your searchesThis tutorial teaches you how to save your search strategy (or search history) to allow automatic re-runs in the future.
Creating autoalerts & RSS feedsLearn how to set up AutoAlerts and RSS feeds using the Ovid SP system so that you automatically receive updates via email or RSS feed
Exporting Ovid SP Search Result to EndNoteIn this tutorial you will learn how to export search results from Ovid SP to EndNote

other databases
UpToDate Searching UpToDate. Running time 2.03 min
UpToDate graphics search Quickly and easily find graphics in UpToDate. Running time 2.12 min
PubMedA Web-based program that will show you how to search PubMed®, the National Library of Medicine's journal literature search system. It contains several animated demonstrations.
Using MeSH in PubMedMeSH is NLM's controlled vocabulary used for indexing articles for MEDLINE/PubMed. MeSH terminology provides a consistent way to retrieve information that may use different terminology for the same concepts. The most effective way to search Medline and PubMed is to use MeSH terms whenever possible.
Author searching in PubMedAn animated tutorial that takes approximately 2 minutes to run

evidence based practice
The Cochrane LibraryA power point introduction to, and overview of, the Cochrane Library from Wiley InterScience, the publishers.
The Cochrane Library: a quick guideA step by step users' quick guide in PDF format from Wiley InterScience, the publishers.
The Cochrane Library: advanced searching This animated tutorial is produced by Cochrane Library to give you tips on advanced and MeSH searching in The Cochrane Library.
The Cochrane Library: email alerts & saving searchesThis animated tutorial is produced by Cochrane Library to give you tips on how to save your searches and how to set up email alerts so that you are informed when new reviews on your topic are sdded to the library.
Evidence-based practice tutorial This web based tutorial, produced by PennState University Libraries, aims to walk you through the 4 basic steps involved in evidence based practice, namely:

  • Convert your information need into an answerable question
  • Find the best evidence
  • Appraise search results for validity and usefulness
  • Apply the findings to your clinical practice and evaluate your professional performance.
  • It contains several clinical scenarios that you can work through after completing the modules.

     
    The Cochrane Library: advanced searching This is a series of animated modules from Dykes Library at the University of Kansas Medical center. They are designed to show you step-by-step the components of a Cochrane Library search.
    Introduction to Evidence Based MedicineThis tutorial, produced by Duke University Medical Centre Library, is intended for any health care practitioner or student who needs a basic introduction to the principles of Evidence-Based Medicine  
    EBMedicine Tutorial

    This tutorial, Evidence-Based Practice in the Health Sciences: Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorial has been developed by the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago. The tutorial consists of five instructional modules:

  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Structure of literature
  • Research design
  • Searching the literature
  • Evaluating the quality of research
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    EBNursing Tutorial

    This tutorial, Evidence-Based Practice in the Health Sciences: Evidence-Based Medicine Tutorial has been developed by the Library of the Health Sciences-Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago. The tutorial consists of five instructional modules:

  • Introduction to Evidence-Based Nursing
  • Structure of literature
  • Research design
  • Searching the literature
  • Evaluating the quality of research
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    An Introduction to Information MasteryThis is a Web-based course from Michigan State University that introduces the basic concepts of Information Mastery, Evidence-Based Medicine (EBP), and critical appraisal of the medical literature. 
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