Part 2: Beyond MEDLINE: Translating Search Strategies for Knowledge Syntheses
Audience: University of Toronto graduate students and faculty engaged in health science research
Date: Monday, November 27, 2017
Time: 1:10pm - 3:30pm
Location: Gerstein Science Information Centre, Instruction Lab (2nd floor)
Note: this course may be taken as part of the Graduate Professional Skills Program.
In order to minimize bias and base your research on as much evidence as possible, you will have to search more than one journal article database for published literature. A search strategy often has to be revised for different databases and resources to take advantage of the strengths and unique features of each.
Building on the structured approach we practiced in Part 1, in this hands-on workshop students will:
- Review Medline strategy from Part 1 and prepare it for translation
- Delve deeper into the advanced features of interfaces and databases which allow for editing and refining a search strategy
- Identify potential sources for bias in their search and develop strategies to mitigate them
- Translate and execute structured search strategies using different databases, including OVID Embase, Ebsco CINAHL, and Cochrane Central
- Prepare database search strategies and compose search methods, such that they can be repeated and to ensure proper reporting