Public Health Library Orientation Paul Levett, MSc, MA Ed. Reference and Instruction Librarian
Himmelfarb Library Website: himmelfarb.gwu.edu Search Articles + Books, & get a citation Ask us a question Quick link to PubMed Links to public health research guides Links to Databases, e-journals, e-texts, Catalog
Off-Campus/at homeTwo ways to get into library resources • VPN - go to https://vpn.gwu.eduand login with the NetIDusername/password you use to get into Blackboard. OR • WRLC - log in with your last name, your GWid #, select “George Washington”, and click ‘Login’.
VPN Login: WRLC Login:
Wi-fi on campus • Gwireless-wi-fi network • Same login you use for Blackboard
Need help? • Bring your laptop or tablet computer to Tech Commons in the GelmanLibrary, Lower level
Library entrance gate • Stand behind yellow line and tap your GWID card • Open 24/7
Login to Library computers • Same login you use to get into Blackboard
Printing • To print in the Himmelfarb Library, first add • money to your GWorld card either: • by credit card on the GWorld card website, or • put $ bills into the value station on the 1st floor
Printer options WEPA-BW(Duplex) WEPA-BW WEPA-Color(Duplex) WEPA-Color Check you have Normal Margins 1”
Printer kiosks are in the Himmelfarb & Gelman Libraries Or you can insert a USB flash memory stick here
Supplies in the library • Stapler on copiers • Scrap paper • Hole punch
How do I reserve a study room? Go to the Himmelfarb Library website & click: Services –Study Room Reservations – Make a Reservation. 1 2 Room availability schedule 3
What is Peer-Review? • Peer-Review is the process that a research article or textbook chapter goes through before publication. • Subjected to scrutiny by other researchers “peers” before publication to ensure the highest levels of academic integrity, accuracy and research value
How can you tell if it is peer reviewed? Search box on library website. In the results Page on the left where it says Refine your results check Peer Reviewed & click Update. OR Check if the Journal is Peer-Reviewedin Ulrich’s Periodical Directory http://ulrichsweb.serialssolutions.com/ Look for the refereed symbol Check the editorial or peer review policy – it may be under guidelines for authors OR
How to search a library database:First identify your keywordsThink PICO P Patient or Population I Intervention to be applied C Comparison (if any) O Outcome to be measured
Applying PICO to a Public Health scenario A group of children come down with measles. The parents are concerned about the potential health risks of vaccinations and have decided not to have their children receive the MMR vaccination. You need to develop an intervention/education program to increase the likelihood parents will vaccinate their kids. P = Population parents of children with measles education program I = Intervention C = Comparison parent group not educated ↑ MMR vaccine rate ↓ measles among children O = Outcomes
Which databases do I use to search the medical literature? Search PubMed By keywords or MeSH terms Search Scopus & sort results by number of times cited
How to Critique a journal article • Currency:How recently was it published? • Relevance to the question:Fact vs. opinion.Can the data answer the question? • Authority:Primary or secondary data. What are the authors qualifications? • Accurate:Critically appraise the scientific validity of the article. See the research guide titled ‘Critical appraisal of research articles’. • Coverage:Does the new knowledge replace or update existing information? Are there gaps in the evidence, facts, statistics?
Levels of evidence In PubMed click the “EBM/Clinical Reviews” link on the right to get these higher level Studies i.e. systematic reviews & RCT’s • Better evidence: • Stronger methdology • Less bias • Controls for comparison Experimental Observational More articles Descriptive http://www.hsl.unc.edu/Services/Tutorials/EBM/Supplements/QuestionSupplement.htm
Research guides exercise librarydoc.wordpress.com
Statistics • Himmelfarb Library 3rd floor, Bloedorn Technology Center, computers have: • Quantitative analytical software e.g. SAS, SPSS, STATA, ArcGIS • Qualitative analytical software: NVIVO • Books, training manuals, search library catalog
Manage citations using RefWorks From database search results you will export selected references to RefWorks, see the RefWorks research guide for instructions. In RefWorks you will file your references into folders.
Download Write-n-cite In RefWorks download the Write-N-Cite tool to your computer.
Help with your written assignments • Where: Himmelfarb Library 1st floor • When: two weekday evenings during advertised times • Schedule your appointment online at: http://www.gwu.edu/~gwriter/