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Searching Skills Toolkit: Finding the Evidence

ISBN: 978-1-4443-5686-1
136 pages
September 2011, BMJ Books
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The distinguishing feature of this pocket-sized searching skills book, like all the Toolkit series titles, is its user-friendliness. The guiding principle is that readers do not want to become librarians, but they are faced with practical difficulties when searching for evidence, such as lack of skills, lack of time and information overload. They need to learn simple search skills, and be directed towards the right resources to find the best evidence to support their decision-making.

A user-friendly, Hands-On guide to literature searching, which is an essential skill for all involved in health care research and development, researchers, and students from all disciplines.

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1 Introduction.

2 Where to start? Summary tables and charts.

3 Sources of clinical information: an overview.

4 Using search engines on the World Wide Web.

5 Formulating clinical questions.

6 Building a search strategy.

7 Free text versus thesaurus.

8 Refining search results.

9 Searching specific healthcare databases.

10 Citation pearl searching.

11 Saving/recording citations for future use.

12 Critical appraisal.

13 Further reading by topic or PubMed ID.

14 Glossary of terms.

Appendix 1: Ten tips for effective searching.

Appendix 2: Teaching tips

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Caroline De Brún, Librarian, National Knowledge Service, Oxford, UK

Nicola Pearce-Smith, Information Scientist, National Library for Health, Department of Knowledge and Information Science, Oxford, UK

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A unique book providing easy-to-comprehend search skill concepts using the following techniques:
o Real life clinical scenarios

o Utilising flow charts to highlight the sections that really matter.

o Clear graphical layout, including screenshot images

o Use of tables, figures and diagrams

o Use of icons (e.g. to represent a learning point, or a task) and full colour.

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“A userfriendly, HandsOn guide to literature searching, which is an essential skill for all involved in health care research and development, researchers, and students from all disciplines.” (Companies and products – Data,
9 February 2013)

"Very useful. The authors are clearly experts in searching and they fill a gap in the market: there is no comparable book on 'the searching of the evidence.' ... [I] recommend this book to doctors who want to learn basic searching skills. As a medical information specialist I keep it in my pocket too." (Laika's MedLibLog, March 2010)
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