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Information skills

Hints, tips and information for getting the most out of a literature search.

Physiotherapy Evidence and Knowledge Discovery search service

This is a 'one stop shop' for retrieving information from a number of sources including all the EBSCOhost databases for which we have a subscription to – AMED, MEDLINE, CINAHL Plus with Full Text, the Online Library Catalogue, online journals and EBSCO ebooks.

Ebscohost

Ebsco host allows you to create your own folder in 'MyEbsco'. Here you can save searches, run journal alerts and set up current awareness alerts that re-run a search on a regular basis. MyEbsco is also used for downloading books.

Your folder or the generic folder can also be used as a clipboard for papers of interest that can be accumulated from a number of databases and then printed, downloaded or directly exported to personal bibliographic software such as EndNote or Reference Manager. If you are using a personal account the records will be saved, if you use the generic folder they will be lost when you close Ebscohost.

Help for searching Physiotherapy Evidence and Knowledge can be found at:

Additional Ebscohost video tutorials

Click below for video tutorials on searching Ebscohost, Pubmed and the Cochrane Library.

These video tutorials require Flash to be installed on your computer.

Ebscohost tutorials include:

Online tutorials for other databases

Additional databases which are free to access

PEDro database

PubMed

Access PubMed video tutorials. PubMed tutorials include:

  • Simple searching
  • Author search
  • Journal search
  • Searching using MeSH (Medical Subject Headings)
  • Applying subheadings
  • Saving searches and creating email alerts

The Cochrane Library

You can access the Cochrane Library video tutorials for free but registration is required. The Cochrane Library tutorials include: Introduction, part 2 (how to search) and part 3 (saved searches and setting up e-alerts).

How to use Trip

A series of 'How to guide' short videos highlighting some of the main ways of getting the most from the Trip Database: see www.tripdatabase.com

Internet Tutorial for Allied Health

See their Virtual training suite.

Internet for Allied Health is a free online tutorial to help university students develop their Internet research skills.

Literature searching skills

How to Conduct a Literature Review.

Searching the Literature: Search Techniques and Construction.

Tools and techniques for Literature Searching.

Cochrane Library tutorial.

US Cochrane Centre: understanding evidence-based healthcare, a foundation for action.

Critical appraisal

Scottish Intercollegiate Guidelines Network
This is a basic course intended for those who need critical appraisal skills for their job or to further their professional education. You may also find it useful if you have not done critical appraisal for some time and want to revive your skills. The course is divided into video presentations. These can be taken in any order, but you will get most benefit if you take them in sequence.

Health Improvement Scotland
This is a basic course intended for those who need critical appraisal skills for their job or to further their professional education. You may also find it useful if you have not done critical appraisal for some time and want to revive your skills.

Critical Appraisal Skills Programme - checklists
This set of eight critical appraisal tools are designed to be used when reading research, these include tools for Systematic Reviews, Randomised Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative studies and Clinical Prediction Rule.

The Appraisal of Guidelines for Research and Evaluation (AGREE)
The purpose of the AGREE II Instrument is to provide a framework to:

  • assess the quality of guidelines
  • provide a methodological strategy for the development of guidelines and
  • inform what information and how that information ought to be reported in guidelines.

The AGREE II Instrument consists of three major sections:

  • Introduction (overview, key resources and references)
  • User's Manual: Instructions for using the AGREE II
  • AGREE II Instrument

OTSeeker
A tutorial and introduction to critical appraisal.

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