information retrieval systems that search the internet and electronic databases for websites, files, or documents based on keywords or phrases.
organized systems that allow search access for specific content or information
NOTE: pg 742-48 gives 17 bolded databases telling you what they are. For example CINAHL is a nursing journal. I figured it would be easier during the test to know where these are located --> waste of penguin space and space on paper lol ).
The use of words of AND, OR, and NOT as logical operators when searching databases.
ie when searching for exercises for stroke patients, type "stroke and exercise" to narrow the search (pg 749-50)
to explode research (lol!) means that the research will retrieve results using the selected term and all of the more specific terms in the tree
to restrict the search; research will be limited to documents where the subject heading is the major point of the article
limits or filters
to refine search settings including language, dates of publication, or studies that are provided as full text
truncation or wildcard
symbols that databases recognize that can be used to allow a broad interpretation of a search term, finding plurals, spelling variations and alternate forms of words
aka sensitivity, is the proportion of retrieved citations that are relevant, or the likelihood of finding relevant references; may include irrelevant studies but are more comprehensive
aka specificity; is the proportion of citations that are relevant that the search is able to retrieve, or the likelihood of excluding irrelevant references. This may exclude some relevant studies but is more likely to include the very relevant ones.
PICO (pg 755 for a good example 2nd green box)
used to emphasize the importance of specifying the Population (or Patient characteristics), Interventions, Comparisons, and Outcomes that are relevant to the clinical question.
Evidence Based Medicine Reviews (EBMR)
a collection of databases available through the Cochrane Library and OVID Technologies containing the following resources on Pg 756-57. There are 7.
e-mail alert (o boy!)
a strategy to keep a current libary by subscribing to e-mails for updates!!!!