Free, Reliable Internet resources in Medicine Fred Pond, MLS Vice Rector, Library & Internet Medical Resources Dartmouth Medical School USA Free, Reliable Internet Resources in Medicine Where can you find them? 12 November 2001 The Internet is: • Big, but is usually overwhelming • Powerful, but requires effort & patience Today’s Presentation • Focuses on three types of information on the Internet • Identifies methods to find exactly and specifically what you want to find Internet Resources in Medicine • Internet Directory • Internet Textbook • Internet Database of Journal Articles Internet Directory • Medical Matrix • http://www.medmatrix.org Medical Matrix http://www.medmatrix.org Medical Matrix www.medmatrix.org • “Full content, unrestricted access, Internet clinical medicine resources.“ • Medical Matrix assigns ranks to Internet resources based on their utility for point-of-care clinical application. • Quality, peer review, full content, multimedia features, and unrestricted access are emphasized in the rankings. • Free, requires registration. Internet Textbook • eMedicine • http://www.emedicine.com/ eMedicine http://www.emedicine.com/ • Peer-reviewed online • Searchable. Also medical references and includes consumer textbooks-- as level texts. emergency medicine, • Free, requires dermatology, registration. wilderness, medicine, pediatrics, neurology, orthopedic surgery, plastic surgery, and radiology. Internet Database of Journal Articles • PubMed/Medline • www.pubmed.gov PubMed/MEDLINE http:www.pubmed.gov • Contains bibliographic citations and author abstracts from more than 4,000 biomedical journals in 70 languages. • Free, no registration. • Comprehensive, 11 million citations dating back to the mid-1960's • Offers web access to reliable free journals. PubMed/Medline AN EFFECTIVE METHOD OF SEARCHING MEDICAL JOURNAL LITERATURE How to Search PubMed • • • • Use MeSH Browser Consider subject term subheadings Use Limits to reduce retrieval Combine terms to find references on two or more topics MeSH Browser • Helps identify correct subject heading – ‘Translates’ our clinical terms to ‘academic’ terms – e.g.. Use Neoplasm instead of Cancer – e.g Use Cross Infection instead of Nosocomial infection Subheadings • Located under MeSH Browser, click on ‘detailed’ display after searching term • Choose correct subheading relating to the focus of your search – Drug therapy, rehabilitation, therapy – Blood, diagnosis, epidemiology, etiology – Adverse effects, contraindications, poisoning • Subheadings differ with the different terms Limit Your Search • Human • Language • Years; e.g. 1995-2001 • Patient age • Abstracts Patient Age Groups • Infant, <30 days • Infant, >30 days to 2 yrs • Child, preschool,25 • Child, 5-12 yrs • All Child, 0-18 yrs • Adolescent, 13-18 • Adult, 18-44 yrs • Adult, middle age 45-64 yrs • Aged, 65-79 yrs • Aged, over 80 yrs • Adult, all years Combine subject terms • Use to combine two or more subject terms • For Example: penicillins & urinary tract infections Finding full text articles • Display abstract to see publisher icon • Visit publisher web site Full Text Journals on PubMed BMJ 2000;321:1103 ( 4 November ) Bleeding and pneumonia in intensive care patients given ranitidine and sucralfate for prevention of stress ulcer: meta-analysis of randomised controlled trials A Journal list of free full text articles in PubMed is available at: (fill in) User registration, a subscription fee, or some other type of fee may be required to access the full text of articles for some journals. Policies vary by provider and by journal. More Search Methods • Author searching • Journal searching • Finding complete references • Saving searches Author Search • Family name, first & second initials • No first names • For example.. IVANOV SJ IVANOV SJ For more help Journal Search Click on Journal browser Enter journal title or abbreviation, e.g. >BMJ >British Medical Journal BRITISH MEDICAL JOURNAL Finding complete references Find the abstract to a journal reference you want to know more about. Saving Searches • Save a complicated search to conduct at a later time • Requires free registration • Can be customized to your needs. For More Information • Overview • HELP/FAQ (frequently asked questions) • Tutorial • News/Noteworthy Internet Directory • Medical Matrix • http://www.medmatrix.org Internet Textbook • eMedicine • http://www.emedicine.com/ Free Books on the Internet http://www.pubmed.gov Thank you!