|Alison (Ali) Konieczny|
|Office: FLITE 315|
The snapshot of the Library Homepage below highlights the Find menu which is a good starting point to find various library resources, such as books, articles, journals, subject guides, etc.
Great places to look for background information include:
- Books: Try a keyword search to find books on your topic
- Stat!Ref: The "Electronic Medical Library" allows you to cross-search many medical reference books at the same time
- Access Medicine: This database also lets you cross search many medical reference books.
- Online Medical Encyclopedias
- Health and Wellness Resource Center: This database is largely designed for consumer health information, so provides many resources that are helpful for learning about health topics
After gathering background information on your topic, you will want to focus your search in general and research databases to find articles on your topic. If you are doing research from off-campus, you will need to log-on to use databases and other online resources licensed by FSU. Simply use your MyFSU username and password to log-on. For more information on off-campus database access, click here
This database, mentioned above for finding background information, searches through Reference Books. Enter your search term into the search box and you will obtain a rank-ordered list of results taken from various medical encyclopedias, dictionaries, handbooks, and other medical reference books. A very helpful feature of this database is the Related Concepts box to the left of the results that will provide you with synonyms for your topic. These related concepts or synonyms can be used to enhance your searches in this database, as well as the other databases.
Click here for a Stat!Ref tutorial.
This is the largest biomedical database, with over 20 million citations. Because the database is so large, you may want to use the Limits link to help narrow your search. In the Limits screen, consider using the Search Field Tags option to have your keywords found only in the Title. 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.
The Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health (CINAHL) currently gathers information from more than 3000 journals. Scroll down when your initial results screen pops up, and use the Subject: Major Heading selection from the left-hand side to narrow your results to the major subject selected.
Click here for a CINAHL tutorial.
This is a general database that will be useful for searching about any topic you can come up with! Try using the main search box that says Find Subjects, and if that fails, switch to the top search box that lets you search by keywords, or try the Advanced Search.
The Cochrane Library is a valuable resource for evidence-based medicine. The Systematic Reviews in this library contain pooled data from numerous studies on a particular topic. The pooled data has been synthesized and scrutinized to arrive at a statistically valid conclusion regarding the effectiveness of a treatment/procedure. This library is growing, so be sure to check back at a later time if you are not currently finding information on your topic. You can search using keywords, such as disease names and treatments, or browse Cochrane Reviews by topic. *Please note that Cochrane Review Records can also be found in PubMed. If you find a Cochrane Review in PubMed, open the Cochrane Database and search for the review within Cochrane to get the full text.
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 in Databases:
Choose your topic area, and proceed from there.
Look for journals by doing title, keyword, or subject searches.
Find library materials in the Online Catalog:
Look for books, videos, and other library holdings.
APA Citation Style Guide:
Learn basics about APA style, a prevalent citation format in the medical field.
Powerpoint will allow you to make a customized "slide" of specific dimensions. You can therefore use Powerpoint to make a poster, such as a 2 foot by 3 foot poster, inserting text boxes, tables, etc. To learn how to use Powerpoint to create a poster, please see the following links:
Note: These posters can be printed by our experts at the Media Production Center, housed in the 4th floor of the library. At this webpage, you'll see the contact information for Kent Kachaterian. Please try to get ahold of Kent at least a week before your poster is due. The average cost for a 2 foot by 3 foot poster is $10.00.
Any more questions? Contact: Alison (Ali) Konieczny / Email / Phone: 231-591-3696 / Office: FLITE 315
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Last update: February 1, 2011