|Alison (Ali) Konieczny|
|Office: FLITE 315|
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- Helpful Sites for Finding Paper Topics
- Annotated Bibliography Help
- Article Review Help
- Citation Help
- Finding Articles
- Obtaining the Full-Text of Articles
- Evaluating your Articles
- More Library Links
- Why Use PubMed instead of MEDLINE at Ferris
- PubMed's MeSH Database
- Applying Limits in PubMed
- PubMed Guides
English 321 Research Guide
- Purdue Owl Annotated Bibliography Guide
- Annotated Bibliographies from University of Wisconsin - Follow the example for the Evaluative annotation when looking at the What goes into the content of the annotations? section
- How to Review a Book by Ashley Thompson: Although for reviewing a book, there are a lot of good tips available here for your article review
- How to Review An Article: These are guidelines for reviewers from the Journal of Marriage and Family .
- APA Citation Style Guide: Learn basics about APA style, a prevalent citation format in the medical field.
- Northern Michigan University's APA Guide: An excellent resource for help
- RefWorks Direct Link: Go directly into this handy citation formatting tool.
- RefWorks Tutorial from FLITE: Use this link to get into FLITE's RefWorks Tutorial.
- RefWorks A-Z Database Exporting Guide: This tool shows you how to get your citations into RefWorks from all Ferris licensed databases.
- RefWorks Tutorials from RefWorks: A great collection of audio/video tutorials, including one on Write-n-Cite.
- The NLM Style Guide
You can go to the Library Homepage, use the Find pull-down menu from the top of the screen, and select Articles to see a listing of various subject areas. To find good information, you must select the right database from the listings to find on-topic information. When using the databases to find articles from off-campus, simply use your MyFSU username and password to log-on.
Some databases you may want to search to find articles include:
This is a general database that will be useful for searching about any topic you can come up with! The default search is a Subject Guide Search, allowing you to search one topic at a time. In the subject guide search, a search on Nurse Administrators will bring up over 900 results that you can narrow by Subdivision. If you are having difficulties finding the proper subject term, switch to the Basic Search or Advanced Search and perform a keyword search. Also use the Basic Search or Advanced Search if combining search terms. In the Advanced Search you can limit your articles to particular journals, as well as to full-text, peer-reviewed, etc.
Click here for a General OneFile Database Guide.
The Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) currently gathers information from more than 1800 journals. Use the CINAHL Headings subtab to get more subject-specific information on various topics. When you have found your subject heading, you may click on it to break your topic down by subdivision. For example, you may wish to search the CINAHL Headings for Nurse managers or Nurse Administrators, then Search Database with the selected term and subheading.
This is the largest biomedical database, with over 18 million citations. Because the database is so large, you may want to use the Advanced Search or Limits tab to narrow your search. Consider using the bottom pull-down menu from the Advanced Search or Limits tab to limit your keywords to being searched in only the Title or Title and Abstract. Make the Related Articles link your friend - it works very well for finding similar articles once you have found a relevant article.
Click here for a PubMed tutorial.
In some databases you will see an option for a Text version of the document or a PDF version. In general, the PDF version is preferable as it is most often a scanned version of the original and will therefore contain the graphics. When e-mailing, printing, or saving a group of articles, be sure to select the full-text or PDF option if available.
Some databases contain little full-text, but allow you to link out to Ferris' holdings or the interlibrary loan request form. You will notice the Find it! links following individual citations that will indicate the availability of the article online, in the library, or the need to interlibrary loan the article. Click on the Go button and you will be taken to the online version, library holdings record, or interlibrary loan form to obtain the article you desire. See image below.
Sample Article Link-Out:
Before requesting articles from interlibrary loan, please review the abstract and make sure that the article is on-topic. Also, please insure that the article is in a language that you speak, as some databases, such as PubMed index many non-English articles that have abstracts written in English. After you have evaluated the topical coverage and language of the article, please do not hesitate to request it through interlibrary loan if it is not available on campus.
Find Articles using databases.
Find Journals in the online catalog's journals tab.
Find books, videos, and other library holdings using the online catalog.
FLITE currently does not subscribe to a full-text version of MEDLINE. If you are affiliated with an institution that offers a full-text version of MEDLINE, then certainly take advantage of the full-text available through that resource. Keep in mind though that PubMed contains pre-publication information and has many helpful resources for pharmacists NOT found in MEDLINE, including select resources such as:
- Single Citation Matcher: Have a vague or questionable citation? Use this resource to track down health-related citations using the information that you know to be correct.
- Clinical Queries: Need a systematic review (ie meta-analysis) to get evidence-based medicine answers? Use the Find Systematic Reviews feature and get highly-regarded information on a topic.
- Toxnet: Search databases for information on toxicology, hazardous substances, etc.
- Consumer Health: Use this link to go to Medline Plus and find links to trusted consumer health-information. These resources have been selected by the National Library of Medicine; therefore they should contain RELIABLE information
- Clinical Alerts: Stay on top of medical advisories and alerts!!
- Clinical TrialsFind out what clinical trials are available for various diseases and what institutions are participants,etc.
- For more information on using MeSH, please click here for links to tutorials.
- Limits tab: Use this tab to limit your search to only English language articles, certain publication types, or to search keywords only in the title using the Default Tag Title designator located at the bottom of the limits screen
- Related articles link: When you find an article that is very much on topic, use the related articles link to pull up articles with very similar topical coverage
- Review tab: This will show you only review articles (articles where somebody has reviewed multiple resources on a topic and written an overview based on the literature reviewed). Remember, not all review articles are created equally, so consider using the Clinical Queries Find Systematic Reviews function to pull-up highly regarded meta-analyses, guidelines, etc.
- Multiple PubMed Tutorials
- PubMed PowerPoint with screen shots
- Excellent Medical Subject Headings Guide that includes information on searching for drug and chemical information.
Any more questions? Contact: Alison (Ali) Konieczny / Email / Phone: 231-591-3696 / Office: FLITE 315
Don't forget, you are welcome to come to the Oval Information Desk and ask for help any time. You can also call us 231-591-3602 or chat with us.
Last update: Feb. 2, 2009