Today is a great day to highlight the recent posts of two fellow medical bloggers: the first is from Laika’s MedLibLog, written by a Dutch research-scientist/medical-librarian; the second post is from Life in the Fast Lane, a blog written collectively by a group of Australian physicians.
Each author has written definitive posts about the mechanics – and utility – of searching the medical literature, and evaluating what has been found.
These posts should be seen as instant classics – and required reading for new graduate students in medicine, dental medicine or biomedical research or just about anyone with an interest in finding more-pertinent clinical information (in less time).
Their descriptive clarity in explaining what to search, and how to search is pitch-perfect.
Thank you – Laika and SandNSurf – for writing them!
Next: Following are several quite different compilations of medical information resources written by librarians.
Elena Giglia, a medical librarian from Central Library of Medicine, University of Turin, Italy, wrote in 2007 an excellent overview of the medical literature entitled “Beyond PubMed: Other Free Biomedical Databases“. This 11-page article was published in the European Journal of Physical and Rehabilitation Medicine (Europa Medicophysica) – Vol. 43(4):563-9 (Dec 2007). It is available online for anyone to read.
Ms. Giglia is the author of a very recent article, “Medline/PubMed revisited: new, semantic tools to explore the biomedical literature“, published June 2009 in Eur J Phys Rehabil Med – Vol. 45(2):293-7 (subscription required).
Law librarian Gloria Miccioli wrote a summary of medical sources targeted for legal professionals, entitled “Researching Medical Literature on the Web” (published Sept 22 2008), found on LLRX.com.
The LLRX website also offers a list of links for librarians (or others) doing legal research.
My own Home Week: Evidence Based Medicine Resources page on Libguides.com was created – and is updated annually – as a source-sheet for third-year medical students at UCHC as they rotate throug h their clinical clerkship year.
Finally: Librarians working in academic health science libraries offer a variety of digital training tutorials or subject lists for orienting their students, residents and faculty to the technical aspects of searching the literature of medicine.
A quick search on Google for “tutorials searching medical literature” brings up an eclectic group of 968,000 retrievals.
The same search using Bing f0und 1,530,000 well-filtered retrievals.