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Library Resources & Services for Optometry Sandra A. Martin, M.L.I.S. Health Sciences Resource Coordinator Optometry Subject Librarian John Vaughan Library Room 305B – 918.444.3263 Knowledge is the enemy of disease

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library resources services for optometry

Library Resources & Services for Optometry

Sandra A. Martin, M.L.I.S.

Health Sciences Resource Coordinator

Optometry Subject Librarian

John Vaughan Library Room 305B – 918.444.3263

knowledge is the enemy of disease
Knowledge is the enemy of disease

Source: Brice, A. & Gray, J. A. M. (2004). What is the role of the librarian in 21st century healthcare? Health Information and Libraries Journal, 21, 81-83.

existing knowledge can prevent
Existing knowledge can prevent…
  • Waste
  • Errors
  • Poor quality clinical care
  • Poor patient experience
  • Adoption of interventions of low value
  • Failure to implement interventions of high value
john vaughan library jvl
John Vaughan Library (JVL)
  • Short walk from the Optometry building
  • Comprehensive print and online collections
  • Friendly, welcoming staff
  • Open until 2:00 a.m. Sunday-Thursday during Fall and Spring semesters
  • Hours posted at
  • Laptops and digital cameras available for checkout at Reserve Desk
  • WiFi hot spots throughout the building
  • Comfortable seating and study environments
  • Café and large screen tv in lobby


services and collections
Services and Collections
  • 1st Floor – Reference, Reserves, Audiovisuals, Circulation, Computer Labs
  • 2d Floor – Journals, Newspapers, Interlibrary Loan, Special Collections
  • 3d Floor – Books, Government Documents, Optometry Librarian (305B)
  • Books & Journals shelved by Library of Congress call numbers. Most Vision Science titles found in R, RE, and Q areas


sandra provides
Sandra Provides….
  • Instruction
  • Research Assistance
  • Customized Information Services
  • Database Searches
  • Collection Development (Selection of print and online books, audiovisuals, journals and databases)
  • Help with RUSH delivery of ILL requests
  • Assistance with any health-related information need


contact sandra for help
Contact Sandra for Help

Click on the Optometry Librarian button from the Optometry web page


Phone: ext. 3263 or 918.444.3263

Location: Library Room 305B

Available for one-on-one or small group consultation

Evenings by appointment

Call or send email to arrange appointment for research assistance – enter OPT or other identifying term in email subject line



  • To provide a mechanism for students to access the most current vision science and medically related information
  • To familiarize students with specific information resources and library services to support research, teaching, and patient care needs
  • To familiarize students with evidence-based eye care and life-long learning skills


optometry web page
Optometry Web Page
  • Databases, e-journals, e-books, and other tools available 24/7
  • Support research, teaching, and patient care needs of NSUOCO faculty, students, and residents
  • Starting point to find resources for all vision science and medical topics


information at point of need
Information at Point of Need

“We believe the best use of

information technology provides

health care information at the

point of need and in the manner

in which it can best be utilized.”

remote access
Remote Access
  • Enter NT-NSU user id and password to access the library’s electronic resources
  • Contact Tom Tinnell if you have problems with your user id or password
  • Click on “Optometry Librarian” button to report other technical problems or for search assistance


subject databases
Subject Databases
  • Most frequently used resources to find journal articles on Vision Science and medically related topics
  • Search this section when you need articles on subjects or topics, such as, glaucoma or allergic conjunctivitis
  • Contains links to full text and citations (author, title, journal, abstract)


ovid medline
  • U. S. National Library of Medicine’s premier database. Contains over 16 million citations to journal articles in medicine, nursing, allied health, and basic sciences as they relate to health care
  • OvidSP software provides useful tools to filter search results and target information for precise clinical research and evidence based medicine needs
  • Contains links to full text of major Vision Science journals subscribed to by the library


ovid medline pay per view
Ovid MEDLINE Pay-Per-View
  • Temporary (24 hour) access to full text of hundreds of medical and pharmacology journals not included in the library’s subscription
  • No charge to Optometry faculty, residents, and students
  • Use the Ovid Full Text plus Pay-per-View Journal Articles link from the “Optometry 6111 Research Methodology” instruction page at
  • Follow “pay-per-view” instructions. Click on “Optometry Librarian” button if you need help


online tutorials
Online Tutorials
  • Ovid MEDLINE Basic and Ovid MEDLINE Advanced present strategies by increasing levels of complexity
  • Ovid Basic – quick searches of one topic or broad question for a few, current articles
  • Ovid Advanced – complex searches of two or more concepts when precise retrieval is important
  • Download latest version of Flash player and complete tutorials before you search MEDLINE


md consult
MD Consult
  • Consolidates e-books, e-journals, drug information, patient education materials, images, and news updates in a single source
  • Especially useful for drug monographs (for professionals and for patients) and peer reviewed patient education handouts
  • In addition to journal articles from MEDLINE includes in-depth, full text reviews and overviews of “common clinical topics”


visioncite ico and visionet sco
VisionCite (ICO) and Visionet (SCO)
  • Citations to articles in Optometry journals not found in MEDLINE
  • Links to some “free” full text and web sites in VisionCite
  • Especially useful for articles on vision therapy, visual training, etc.
  • Visionet best for pre-1992 journal articles not found in VisionCite
  • Click on “Optometry Librarian” button for help


native american health
Native American Health
  • Native Health Databases contains citations and abstracts of health-related reports, articles, surveys and other documents
  • National Library of Medicine web site includes American Indian Health database as well as hundreds of free resources on wide range of biomedical topics


steps to obtain full text journal articles from ovid medline search
Steps to Obtain Full Text Journal Articles from Ovid MEDLINE Search
  • Ovid Full Text
    • Search Ovid MEDLINE
    • Click on “Ovid Full Text” or “Full Text” link from display
    • Print or save full text articles
    • Print list of citations of relevant articles not in Ovid Full Text
  • Consult Optometry Journal List to find articles in journals not in Ovid Full Text
    • Locate print journals by call number, scan and print
    • Locate e-Journals by database, e.g., Science Direct
    • Print or Save full text articles
  • Click on Interlibrary Loan from web page to order articles from journals not in JVL collections


optometry journal list
Optometry Journal List
  • Updated in January and July
  • Includes Optometry and Vision Science journal titles in current Library subscription, print or online
  • Call numbers provided for print journals
  • Database provided for online journals
  • Read Notes. List includes “selected” not all journal titles available in print or online


print journal collection at jvl
Print Journal Collection at JVL
  • Most titles located on the 2d Floor
  • Some series titles located on the 3d Floor with the books
  • Check Optometry Journal List for call numbers
  • Check library catalog for titles not found on journal list
  • Scanner & Printer located on 1st and 2d Floors


interlibrary loan document delivery
Interlibrary Loan/Document Delivery
  • Services
    • Delivery of journal articles, books, and other items not owned by the library
    • Delivery of books, audiovisuals, and journal articles in the JVL print collection
    • Journal articles delivered electronically if possible
  • ILL Requests
    • Click on Interlibrary Loan button from Optometry Web Page
    • Create the online Iliad Profile
    • Place online request
  • Special Needs
    • Contact Sandra ASAP with questions, problems, or special needs


ill document delivery staff
ILL/Document Delivery Staff
  • Donna Graham – x3243 –
  • Brande Flack – x3202 –


university of oklahoma ouhsc libraries
University of Oklahoma OUHSC Libraries
  • National Library of Medicine resource libraries
  • Oklahoma City and Tulsa locations
  • Check the web site for location, hours, etc.
  • Check the online catalog for item availability before you make the trip
  • Print journals are shelved alphabetically by title. Scanning & printing available for a fee
  • You can search databases and e-Journals. Printing not available. Download articles on a flash drive or email
  • Guests are welcome - professional conduct expected


additional web page resource links
Additional Web Page Resource Links
  • E-Journals by Title
  • Point of Care Databases
  • E-Books
  • Consumer Health


optometry e journals by title
Optometry E-Journals by Title

Links to databases that contain online journal titles in library subscription

Search this section when you know the title, year, volume, of a specific journal


point of care databases
Point of Care Databases
  • Full text of evidence-based, clinical decision support tools, expert summaries of original studies, and systematic reviews
  • Full text resources of “critically appraised” content
  • Useful to answer clinical questions as they arise in practice


e books
  • Complete text and images available in major reference works
  • MD Consult – 50 titles including Yanoff’s Ophthalmology.
  • Books@Ovid – Lippincott titles including Duane’s Ophthalmology
  • Access Medicine – Top medical and basic sciences titles including Harrison’s Online, Goodman & Gilman’s Pharmacology, etc. Good source for images.
  • Stat!Ref – Titles from several publishers in medicine, pharmacology, nursing, and allied health


print book collection at jvl
Print Book Collection at JVL
  • Collection of almost all titles published annually by Elsevier in Optometry and Ophthalmology
  • Only comprehensive Optometry book collection in the region
  • Search Elsevier web page for forthcoming titles –
  • Search Library Catalog or New Books list for titles added to our collection
  • Book collection located on 3d Floor


consumer health
Consumer Health
  • Full text patient education handouts
  • MedlinePlus and MD Consult provide current, authoritative, peer-reviewed information
  • Includes images and links to trusted web sites
  • Comprehensive information written at 6th grade level
  • Some handouts in Spanish


hierarchy of information resources
Hierarchy of Information Resources

Primary Literature

Original Studies

MEDLINE in Ovid and MD Consult

Secondary Literature

Narrative Reviews

MD Consult and MEDLINE

Systematic Reviews

Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews; All Evidence Based Medicine Reviews

Evidence-Based Summaries

ACP Journal Club

Evidence-Based Ophthalmology (Journal)

Clinical Decision Support Tools


ACP Pier


match resource to information need
Match Resource to Information Need
  • What is the question?
  • How will information be used?


background vs foreground questions
Background vs. Foreground Questions
  • Asking questions about your proposed topic helps to clarify your knowledge gap
  • Clarifying type of question helps to determine which sources are most likely to have the answers you need


background questions
Background Questions
  • Generally ask who, what, why, where or how about a single concept
  • Example:
    • What are the risk factors for open angle glaucoma?


answers to background questions
Answers to Background Questions
  • Require general knowledge of disease and therapeutic processes
  • Resources:
    • Ovid MEDLINE Basic Search
    • MD Consult Clinical Topics & Review Articles
    • Reference books & monographs – online and print collections


foreground questions
Foreground Questions
  • Usually compare two or more concepts – drugs, treatments, tests, prognosis of two groups, harms or benefits of two approaches
  • Example:
    • Does lowering intraocular pressure medically or surgically in patients with open angle glaucoma delay visual field loss?


answers to foreground questions
Answers to Foreground Questions
  • Require precise information about complex issues
  • Sources should provide current, original clinical research data
    • OVID MEDLINE – Clinical Queries
    • Point of Care Databases


life long learning
Life-Long Learning
  • Selecting and searching online databases is challenging
  • Information is ever changing
  • Contact Sandra for help in person, by phone, or email


knowledge is the enemy of disease40
Knowledge is the enemy of disease…

…but only if it is put into action

before september 29
Before September 29

Take the Ovid MEDLINE Advanced Tutorial

Complete the following exercises:

Ovid MEDLINE Advanced Search

Point of Care Databases

Contact Sandra for help in person, by phone, or email

Bring research topics to class