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Opt100 Introducing unique information sources for Optometry September 2006 Outline Where to begin looking for information How to structure an information search When to use specific resources If you were searching for Optometry related information….where would you search first….

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Outline
  • Where to begin looking for information
  • How to structure an information search
  • When to use specific resources
if you were searching for optometry related information where would you search first
If you were searching for Optometry related information….where would you search first….
to find the optometry subject guide start at the library website http www lib uwaterloo ca
To find the Optometry Subject Guide… start at the Library website http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca

OFF-CAMPUS, ALWAYS LOGIN TO PROXY FIRST THEN

SUBJECT GUIDE – OPTOMETRY

olrc optometry learning resource centre www optometry uwaterloo ca olrc index html
OLRC = Optometry Learning Resource Centrewww.optometry.uwaterloo.ca/olrc/index.html
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Outline
  • Where to start looking for information
  • How to structure an information search
  • When to use specific resources
searching overview

Define the Question.

Analyze the concepts.

Create a logical search strategy using the available tools.

Run the search & view the results.

Refine or expand the search. Use controlled vocabulary

Searching Overview
research topic vision screening for children
Research Topic: Vision screening for children.

Concept analysis:

Screening

Testing

Examinations

Children

Child

Youth

Infants

Vision

Eye

Eyes

using boolean logic to combine your search strategy

Exam*

OR

Test*

OR

Screening

Child*

OR

Youth

OR

Infant*

AND

Vision

OR

Eye*

Using Boolean logic to combine your search strategy

Truncation

Symbols

*

?

$

Depends on

Database. Check Help before using

(vision OR eye*) AND (exam* OR test* OR screening) AND (child* OR youth* OR infant*)

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Outline
  • Where to start looking for information
  • How to structure an information search
  • When to use specific resources
hierarchy of information tools
Hierarchy of information tools

Find using TRELLIS online catalogue

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Looking for journal articles in PubMed.

Search 1. Keyword search.

(vision OR eye*) AND (exam* OR screening) AND (child* OR youth* OR infant*)

Too many articles. Not on topic!

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USE LIMITS

  • English language
  • Humans
  • Publication dates
  • Age groups
  • Gender
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Use controlled vocabulary called Medical Subject Headings

or MeSH to save the guess work and be more efficient!

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Medical Subject Headings Tips

1.Restrict to Major Topics

2. DO NOT EXPLODE

3. Send to SEARCH BOX WITH AND

completing the research process
Completing the research process
  • Find the full text of the article
    • Ejournals list
    • TRELLIS
  • Document Delivery options
    • TRELLIS request button
    • CISTI Source (for Optometry students)
    • RACER interlibrary loan
  • Manage your citations / writing your paper
    • RefWorks
starting to research a topic come talk to us in the olrc first
Starting to research a topic. Come talk to us in the OLRC first!
  • Peter Stirling, Information Associate
    • optlib@sciborg.uwaterloo.ca
    • 519-888-4567 ext. 36351
  • This presentation will be available at:

http://www.lib.uwaterloo.ca/discipline/opt/course_related.html