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Recap of Dr. Brown’s class

Here’s a recap of what I went over in Dr. Brown’s class on Monday, August 18th:

PubMed

  • provided by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed contains thousands of citations from medical journals in the fields of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pre-clinical sciences.
  • it is possible to search using natural language or MeSH (medical subject headings); to use MeSH to search, switch from PubMed to MeSH in the drop-down menu from the main search box or use the MeSH database.
  • MeSH is the common language of PubMed; when looking at an article, always check what MeSH terms have been assigned to it for ideas about your own search.  It’s also a great place to go for term definitions!
  • Use the filters on the left side of the page to quickly narrow your search by article type, publication years, age of subjects, and more. Remember to clear the filters after your search, or they will be applied to every search you do until you take them off.
  • to access the full text of an article, always select the Article Linker button, which will appear in the upper right corner of the site when reviewing the detailed record of an article citation.
  • most importantly, always access PubMed through HSL’s site. PubMed will know you are affiliated with UB and will connect you to the UB Libraries’ subscriptions, allowing you to get the full text that you need.

Web of Science

  • Web of Science is a huge databases which indexes the sciences, social sciences, and humanities. It does not use controlled vocabulary like MeSH.
  • Web of Science can be used in two ways to find information: general literature searching, or cited reference searching. Cited reference searching will allow you to see what article have cited a specific article since publication, as well as allow you to view the references of the specific article as well. If one article cites another, odds are they are on a very similar topic.
  • Remember to pay attention to your drop down menus!
  • High citation counts usually indicate that an article is a landmark article, and contains important information for its field.
  • Remember to use the article linker to find the full text of articles!

Google hacks

  • putting search terms in quotes will filter through results to return items where the words appear together.  Example: “heart attack”
  • use the minus symbol to take out results that do not apply to your search. Example: sand sharks -movie
  • to limit to a site type, use site:. Example – site:.gov will limit results to only government websites.  Note: one of you asked if you could limit to more than one site type at a time; it looks like that at this time, it is not possible, and you will have to run separate site domain searches.  I’m sorry I don’t have better news!

Google Scholar and UB Libraries full text

go into Google Scholar settings -> library links -> University at Buffalo. Check the check box next to University at Buffalo, and select save. Next time you search, you should see a “Find it @UB” link next to each citation, which will search through the UB Libraries’ subscriptions to find you the full text of what you need.  If the “Find it @ UB” link is missing, remember to select “More” under the citation, which should then make a link for “Check Library Holdings” appear.  This link is the same as “Find it @ UB”.

Good luck with the rest of the semester!  Remember, if you have any questions, feel free to contact me.

Welcome, Dental Students!

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Welcome first year dental students! It was great seeing all of you today during orientation. As promised, here is where you can view the presentation I gave earlier today.

I hope you enjoy your time here!  Remember, if you ever need any research assistance, I’m always here to help.  Send me an email, give me a call, stop by the library, or come see me in the dental clinics on Thursday mornings in Dr. Gambacorta’s section.  Good luck!

Recap of Dental Student Summer Research class on 7/8/14

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As promised, here is a recap of the information we went over today in Dr. Edgerton’s class.

PubMed

  • provided by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed contains thousands of citations from medical journals in the fields of dentistry, medicine, nursing, and pre-clinical sciences.
  • it is possible to search using natural language or MeSH (medical subject headings); to use MeSH to search, switch from PubMed to MeSH in the dropdown menu from the main search box.
  • MeSH is the common language of PubMed; when looking at an article, always check what MeSH terms have been assigned to it for ideas about your own search.
  • the advanced search will allow you build complicated searches, and will display all of your searches from the last eight hours.
  • Use the filters on the left side of the page to quickly narrow your search by article type, publication years, age of subjects, and more.  One thing to remember about limits – clear the filters after your search, or they will be applied to every search you do until you take them off.
  • if you create a MY NCBI account, you can set up search alerts, save citations to a favorites list, create custom filters, and review any search you have ever done in PubMed
  • to access the full text of an article, always select the Article Linker button, which will appear in the upper right corner of the site when reviewing the detailed record of an article citation.
  • most importantly, always access PubMed through HSL’s site.  PubMed will know you are affiliated with UB and will connect you to the UB Libraries’ subscriptions, allowing you to get the full text that you need.

Web of Science

  • Web of Science is a huge databases which indexes the sciences, social sciences, and humanities.  It does not use controlled vocabulary like MeSH.
  • Web of Science can be used in two ways to find information: general literature searching, or cited reference searching.  Cited reference searching will allow you to see what article have cited a specific article since publication, as well as allow you to view the references of the specific article as well.  If one article cites another, odds are they are on a very similar topic.
  • High citation counts usually indicate that an article is a landmark article, and contains important information for its field.

Google hacks

  • putting search terms in quotes will filter through results to return items where the words appear together.
  • use the minus symbol to take out results that do not apply to your search.  Example: sand sharks -movie
  • to limit to a site type, use site:.  Example – site:.gov will limit results to only government websites.

Google Scholar and UB Libraries full text

  • go into Google Scholar settings -> library links -> University at Buffalo.  Check the check box next to University at Buffalo, and select save.  Next time you search, you should see a “Find it @UB” link next to each citation, which will search through the UB Libraries’ subscriptions to find you the full text of what you need.

 

If you would like to see the plagiarism presentation that I gave today, you can see it here.  And remember, if you ever have any questions, please feel free to contact me and ask away!

Out of the Office

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I will be out of the office starting June 28, 2014 and will return on Monday, July 7th. If you need immediate assistance, please contact the reference desk by phone (716)829-5683 or by email at askHSL@buffalo.edu. Thanks, and have a great week. See you soon!

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HSL’s service desk change

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Starting July 1, we’re consolidating our circulation and reference service desks at the Health Sciences Library. All inquiries will be handled at one desk in an effort to provide more streamlined service. While the traditional reference desk will no longer be present, we will continue to welcome reference questions and more in-depth research consultations.

All librarian liaisons to the health sciences schools will remain on the South Campus in the Health Sciences Library, and are still available to assist you with your information needs.

As the librarian liaison to the School of Dental Medicine, I’m always happy to meet with you in person or assist you by email, chat, or phone. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions about the upcoming change!

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MEDLINE

The best place to find biomedical literature including extensive indexing of dentistry journals. MEDLINE includes information from the Index to Dental Literature.  More Info
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Web of Science Core Collection

Multidisciplinary database to journal literature in the sciences that indexes several top tier dentistry journals, including the Journal of Dental Research.  More Info
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CINAHL Plus with Full Text

Provides comprehensive coverage of nursing, dental education, dental hygiene and other allied dental health journal literature.  More Info
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ScienceDirect - (Elsevier)

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Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR)

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EMBASE via Elsevier

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Lexi-Comp Online (HUBNET)

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National Guideline Clearinghouse (NGC)

Evidence-based clinical practice guidelines and related documents. Includes links to some full-text documents.  More Info
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Encyclopedias

American Dental Association Directory

The ADA Directory provides basic information on individual dentists in the United States. More Info
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Merck Manual

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