The Health Sciences Library is pleased to announce that the university is now a BioMed Central member. This membership gives UB authors a 15% discount on the article processing charges. BioMed Central publishes over 100 online, open access journals including BMC Oral Health and the International Journal of Implant Dentistry.
Some of the benefits of choosing a BioMed Central publication are:
- rigorous and rapid peer review
- your research will be freely available to anyone with an internet connection (no pay-per-view charges!), which means your research has a higher likelihood of being cited as it is freely available to the entire global biological and medical community
- your article will be listed in PubMed within days of publication
- you retain copyright of your work
When submitting a manuscript, either via a journal home page or via http://www.biomedcentral.com/manuscript/, you will be identified as belonging to a member institute and automatically granted a 15% discount on article processing charges if you are within your institution’s firewall. If you are at home or at an external terminal when submitting your paper, you can still claim this discount by stating your affiliation to your institution.
Remember, when receiving a grant for your research, you can write publication costs into your grant to cover author fees.
Next time you’re searching for a place to submit your research, consider a BioMed Central publication and support Open Access! If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.
As promised, here is a recap of Dr. Tezal’s class. The theme of the class was “Searching for the evidence: sources and strategies.”
We first discussed PubMed and all of the different ways to search within PubMed. Provided by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed contains over 24 million citations to literature in the medical and biomedical sciences fields.
- The most important thing to remember about using PubMed is to ALWAYS access PubMed through the library’s site so will you be able to have UB’s full text access to articles.
- Most articles are indexed with Medical Subject Headings (MeSH). MeSH provides standardization to searching within PubMed, making it easier to find relevant information.
- It is possible to build searches with MeSH (including using subheadings) by adding terms to the search builder within the MeSH database. MeSH is also very useful for finding quick definitions of terms as well.
- Always check the MeSH terms assigned to an article, as it may give you ideas for search terms for your own search.
- The advanced search will save the last 8 hours of your search, and will allow you to build complex searches by combining multiple terms or search strategies at once with AND, OR, or NOT.
- Limits or filters for your search results will appear on the left side of your screen; a particularly useful filter is the article type.
- The Article Linker button will appear in the upper right corner of the detailed record for a specific article; this button will connect you to the full text. If the full text is unavailable, you can request the item through Delivery+ and the UB Libraries will get it for you for free!
- Creating a My NCBI account will allow you to save search strategies, set up search alerts, edit your preferences of how results appear, set up custom filters, and will save the last six months of your searches.
Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
- Not only do Cochrane systematic reviews follow a very rigorous protocol, the reviews will be updated on a regular basis as more evidence becomes available even after initial publication.
- Remember to check out the Oral Health Group to see what Cochrane systematic reviews are available in the area of dentistry and oral biology. Remember, the Oral Health Group generally only uses randomized controlled trials in their systematic reviews.
- This database does not use MeSH; it is recommended to search keyword by keyword, and then combine your terms to create a more targeted search.
- This database is a great place to start when looking for systematic reviews similar to your topic; remember to look at the references of a systematic review, as it might be useful for your own research.
Web of Science
- While Web of Science can be used to do general lit searching, Web of Science is best known for cited reference searching; plug in the citation information for an article, and find out not only what references that articles utilized, but who has cited the article since its publication.
- Remember, if an article has a particularly high citation count, it can indicate that the article is what is referred to as a landmark article, meaning that it has made a large impact in its field.
- Web of Science does not use a controlled vocabulary like MeSH.
- Keep an eye out for the Article Linker to connect you to the full text!
Other Evidence-Based Medicine notes:
Most important, you can always contact me for help!
Thank you for your attention during yesterday’s class! Here’s a recap of everything we went over:
- Provided by the National Library of Medicine, PubMed contains over 24 million citations to literature in the medical and biomedical sciences fields.
- ALWAYS access PubMed through the library’s site so you can have UB’s full text access.
- Most article are indexed with MeSH (Medical Subject Headings), which can be summed up as terms that are best to use to locate the information you need. It’s the preferred language of the database.
- You can build searches with MeSH (including subheadings) from the MeSH database, or by changing the drop down menu next to the search box to MeSH.
- The advanced search option in PubMed will save the last 8 hours of your searches, and will allow you to build complex searches by combining multiple terms at once.
- Limits or filters for your search results will appear on the left side of your screen; good ones to remember are article type, publication dates, and age range of subjects.
- Remember to check the MeSH terms assigned to articles you find useful, as they might be useful for your own search.
- Always look for the Article Linker button in the upper right corner of the screen – this will connect you to the full text! If we don’t have the full text available, make a request through Delivery+ and the libraries will get it for you for free.
- If you create a free My NCBI account with PubMed, you can save searches and set up search alerts, set up custom filters, and edit preferences of how your results appear.
Remember, a good way to find original research is find a systematic review on your topic, and take a look at the articles the systematic review is summarizing. Systematic reviews usually only synthesize randomized controlled trials, cohort studies, or case control studies, which are high level evidence original research articles. Use the systematic review limit under article type to quickly limit your results to only systematic reviews! You can also search for different study designs by using the type of study as a MeSH term; cohort studies and case-control studies do not have article type limits for them, but using the MeSH term will work.
Also, when critiquing a randomized control trial, take a look at the CONSORT Statement. Other useful tools for analyzing the evidence can be found on the ADA’s evidence-based dentistry site.
Remember, if you have any questions or if you get stuck in your research, you can always contact me. Thanks, and good luck with your searching!
Here at the UB Libraries, we offer plenty of FREE workshops for information tools that are guaranteed to make your life easier. Our most popular workshop by far is our No Experience EndNote class, where in approximately an hour you will learn all of the basics of EndNote.
These people love EndNote. This could be you!
Not sure what EndNote is? EndNote is a citation management program that will not only help you keep your research organized, but will create citations in your paper for you in any style with the click of a button. Any. Style. EndNote will manage all of your citations, including the bibliography, for you, saving you tons of time. It’s pretty fabulous. Those of you who are currently in the process of writing research papers or getting ready to submit an article to a journal, I highly recommend you get familiar with the program, and let it save you from a lot of time and frustration trying to format your bibliography. You can download EndNote from the UB Libraries for free to get started.
Now that I’ve convinced you how EndNote can change your life, you can sign up for one of our workshops here. We also offer an advanced EndNote class for those of you that want to up your game and become EndNote gurus. If the class dates and times don’t work for you, just contact me and we’ll make sure you get the info you need. EndNote also has a great YouTube channel with quick tutorials if you need something fast. Any questions, just let me know!
Here’s a recap of what I went over in Dr. Brown’s class on Monday, August 18th:
- 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!
- 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.