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ABSTRACT: Sources of evidence for systematic reviews of interventions in diabetes.

AIMS: To analyse the effect on systematic reviews in diabetes interventions of including only trials that are indexed in medline, and to assess the impact of adding trials from other databases and the grey literature. METHODS: All systematic reviews of diabetes interventions which included a meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials, and were published

MANUSCRIPT: Impact of end-user search training on pharmacy students: a four-year follow-up study.

AbstractThe Alfred Taubman Medical Library at the University of Michigan has offered instruction in online literature searching to third-year pharmacy students as a component of the course "Drug Information and Scientific Literature Evaluation" since 1983. In the spring of 1989, a follow-up study was conducted to assess the impact of

ABSTRACT: Information literacy as the foundation for evidence-based practice in graduate nursing education: a curriculum-integrated approach.

Abstract As part of a system-wide initiative to advance evidence-based practice among clinicians, graduate students, and educators, the New York University Division of Nursing embarked on a curricular initiative to integrate components of information literacy in all core courses of the master's program. Increasing competency in information literacy is the foundation

ABSTRACT: Searching bibliographic databases effectively.

Abstract The ability to search bibliographic databases effectively is now an essential skill for anyone undertaking research in health. This article discusses the way in which databases are constructed and some of the important steps in planning and carrying out a search. Consideration is given to some of the advantages and

ABSTRACT: Identifying clinical trials in the medical literature with electronic databases: MEDLINE alone is not enough.

Abstract The objective of this study was to compare the performance of MEDLINE and EMBASE for the identification of articles regarding controlled clinical trials (CCTs) published in English and related to selected topics: rheumatoid arthritis (RA), osteoporosis (OP), and low back pain (LBP). MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched for literature published

ABSTRACT: Effectiveness of information skills training and mediated searching: qualitative results from the EMPIRIC project.

Abstract OBJECTIVES: To explore library staff and health professionals' views on the effectiveness of information skills training and librarian mediated searching as methods of providing information for patient care. This is the second article describing the Effective Methods of Providing InfoRmation for patIent Care (EMPIRIC) project. The first paper, in a previous

MANUSCRIPT: An overview of the design and methods for retrieving high-quality studies for clinical care.

Abstract BACKGROUND: With the information explosion, the retrieval of the best clinical evidence from large, general purpose, bibliographic databases such as MEDLINE can be difficult. Both researchers conducting systematic reviews and clinicians faced with a patient care question are confronted with the daunting task of searching for the best medical literature in

ABSTRACT: Standardization of search methods for guideline development: an international survey of evidence-based guideline development groups

Abstract BACKGROUND: Effective literature searching is particularly important for clinical practice guideline development. Sophisticated searching and filtering mechanisms are needed to help ensure that all relevant research is reviewed. PURPOSE: To assess the methods used for the selection of evidence for guideline development by evidence-based guideline development organizations. METHODS: A semistructured questionnaire assessing the databases, search

ABSTRACT: When is a search not a search? A comparison of searching the AMED complementary health database via EBSCOhost, OVID and DIALOG.

Abstract BACKGROUND: The researchers involved in this study work at Exeter Health library and at the Complementary Medicine Unit, Peninsula School of Medicine and Dentistry (PCMD). Within this collaborative environment it is possible to access the electronic resources of three institutions. This includes access to AMED and other databases using different interfaces. OBJECTIVES: The

ABSTRACT: The impact of information skills training on independent literature searching activity and requests for mediated literature searches.

Abstract BACKGROUND: Most NHS library services routinely offer both mediated searches and information skills training sessions to their users. We analyse the impact of these two services on the amount of literature searching demonstrated by users of hospital- based library services in the north-west of England. METHODS: Data for (1) mediated literature searches, (2)