Both students and faculty in the health sciences are increasingly conducting some type of evidence synthesis project:
Undergraduate through doctoral nursing students have “PICO” projects,
PhD candidates are writing “integrative reviews,”
DPT student teams are conducting “systematic reviews,”
OTD students are conducting evidence synthesis literature reviews for their portfolios.
Faculty are embarking on scoping reviews, integrative reviews, and systematic reviews
Has your professor has assigned one of the following?
-a PICO project (or PICOT, PICOC, etc?)
-Systematic literature review
-Systematic Review of randomized controlled trials?
There are more review types apropos of research questions. The review methodology selected usually depends upon the results of an initial “scoping search” of the literature, to determine the state of the science, the breadth and depth of a topic area, or perhaps a gap in the literature.
To get started with a review, begin with a birds’-eye view of the Steps, Tools, and Examples listed in this library Research Guide.
Bring your PICO question and preliminary results (a few relevant studies) as you scope the literature for evidence.
Librarians will be available to assist in refining your strategy, considering other databases,
One rep for a group should RSVP and add additional number of attendees:
NYU Libraries has arranged TRIAL access to Sociometrics EBP Evidence Based Programs and Capacity-Building Tools through January 15, 2018.
Sociometrics produces three categories of rigorous behavioral and social science-based products that are useful to a variety of health practitioners and researchers. In addition to our current subscription to Datasets that support primary and secondary analyses by researchers, professors and their students, we are TRIALING 2 add-on components:
Evidence Based Programs and Curricula for delivery to students, patients and community members by health educators.
Capacity-Building Tools to enhance the professional development of healthcare professionals.
Access to all with an NYU id here: Sociometrics Next click on “Institutional Subscribers” to view:
Professional Education/Capacity-Building Tools
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For most keyword searches in the health sciences, many thousands of hits are retrieved. For a very obscure, very new, or very narrow topic, the results may be useful and manageable, as in the following examples:
Example: I am seeking an Author, Valeria Esquivel, 17 results on 12/2/2016.
Example: I am seeking an article with a known Title phrase: “hills are alive with the sound of music” 205 results on 12/2/2016.
Example: I know Kovner published about “novice nurses” in a scholarly journal in 2016. A search: Kovner novice nurses 2016 limited to scholarly journals= 28 hits on 12/2/2016.
The EDS tool lacks the filtering functionality of CINAHL, Pubmed, PsycINFO and others (the ability to limit by study methodology, e.g., a clinical trial, an RCT or systematic review, etc.). A keyword search might retrieve highly relevant hits on the first few pages of results, but a comprehensive search of the evidence for a topic leaves the searcher wondering what might be buried or missing in the next thousands of results!
The EDS tool does some mapping to standard vocabularies, but novice searchers often use one search term when they should consider synonyms. Specialized health sciences databases assist searchers to translate synonyms.
No single search tool or database is comprehensive. While EDS promises to search among “more than 7 million+ scholarly journals, magazines, news & more,” like googlescholar or google it doesn’t include every published source. Always use several databases, and of course, ask a librarian for help.
The best strategy is to go ahead and try it! But use web-scale discovery tools as an adjunct to a more rigorous and tailored search in specialized recommended core databases linked here.