Directed Research in Health Sciences

Course #: HE490

Where to look to find resources?

•The Library’s website is a great place to start

•Subject specific pages

•Course specific pages

•Systematic Reviews

•Primary & Secondary Literature in Science

How do you create an effective search strategy?

•Search strategy worksheet

•PICO Patient, Population, or Problem; Intervention; Control; Outcome – sometimes add T for Time Frame (eg. What period of time was the population observed or time to an outcome)

•Choice of keywords

•Use of filters or limits

•Choice of articles (inclusion/exclusion criteria)

Database Publisher Best for searching….
Web of Science Thomson Reuters Most cited articles by author…
CINAHL Ebsco Complementary medicine
PsycINFO ProQuest Psychology
BIOSIS Thomson Reuters Search genus & species by taxonomy
Cochrane Cochrane Best evidence based medicine
SPORTDiscus Ebsco Sports medicine, exercise physiology
LILACS WHO Science & health from Latin America & the Caribbean
Google Scholar Google Known searches or known researchers

Searching using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH)


How do I get access to those articles the Library does not have?

•Library main page

•Look for “Requests from other Libraries”

•Sign into RACER

•Use bar code as login and last name in lower case as password

Data Management Plans (DMP)

•Necessary for future Tri-Council funding


Portage Network

•Sharing your data (getting a data DOI)

Getting Published

•Check out our institutional repository Scholars Commons

•Open Access

•Predatory publishers

•Get an ORCID

•Creating Posters

•Tools to help you decide on possible publication venues

Journal Citation Reports

UlrichsWeb Global Serials Directory

SHERPA/RoMEO for publisher copyright policies

Writing and Copyright

•Using Styles in Word to create table of contents – saves time

•Using a bibliographic management system like Mendeley or Zotero will save time making your bibliography

•What citation style are you using? What style is used in the journal you want to publish in?

•Images are not the same as articles – if you publish you will need permission

•Can use Creative Commons Licenses for things you own and want to publish

•Careful what you sign away in publication agreements