Research and Information Skills for the Medical Sciences

What is available? - Eight different Modules are offered:

Foundation Information Skills

Specialist Information Skills

Module 1. Information Services and Resources for New Postgraduate Students, Staff, Researchers

Unsure of the range of University of Sydney information services and resources available to support medical sciences researchers?
This session is designed for new postgraduate students, newly appointed research staff or for any researcher wanting an information specialist to provide an overview of health and medical information services and resources. It will cover how to access services and resources if you are located in a research centre or hospital off campus, and how to get help from an information specialist when you need it.

Module 2. Is Google enough : Searching Medline and PubMed

Don't waste time and overlook valuable research. Become an expert Medline searcher.
Learn the difference between searching via Google, Google Scholar, PubMed and Medline. Link from within Medline to 1,000s of subscribed full text journals, and find out how to effortlessly keep up to date.

Module 3. Finding Evidence Based Medicine Resources

What is the best evidence? (hierarchy of evidence). Which resources can you use to find the evidence?
This workshop will introduce you to the Cochrane collaboration and Cochrane Library.
It will also show you how to use the PICO methodology to formulate clinical questions and to develop effective search strategies.

Module 4. Basic Endnote - Learn how to Manage Information

A hands-on session for those without Endnote experience.
Learn how to create a Library, add references, manage your references; and create in-text citations in your Word documents and bibliographies in a specific style using Endnote.

Module 5. Public Health Information Sources

Need to search Australian databases and search overseas databases to find public health information? Need to find health statistics? This workshop will cover the many Australian databases covering Australian public health, and will show you how to search for public health information in Medline and limit to specific countries, age groups and time periods. It will also show you how to find Australian and global public health statistics using the Australian Bureau of Statistics database and World Health Organization Statistics.

Module 6. Keeping Up To Date - Alerting Services

Keep up to date with the latest scholarly information.
We'll look at the different alerting and current awareness services available from databases and electronic journal collections (database alerts, RSS feeds, and blogs).

Module 7. Measuring Research Impact

How many times has a paper been cited? Who has cited it? What are the key papers in your subject area? What is your h-index? How to do citation searching using Scopus and Web of Science?
Who are the key researchers/key research institutes/research competitors in your area of research? Which journals have the highest impact factors in your area of research?

We'll show you how to find the answers to these questions and how to monitor research output from competitors.

Module 8. Advanced Endnote

Learn how to import references from various databases, how and when to use connection files, how to search and delete duplicate records, and link to pdfs and web pages.
You will also learn about bibliographic styles, terms lists and PubMed, how to create a bibliography, and how to ensure your research article conforms to different journal styles.