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Speaking PubMed’s Language: How to Translate Your Research Question and Run a Productive Search

Speaking PubMed’s Language: How to Translate Your Research Question and Run a Productive Search

Are you new to academic searching? Do health sciences databases make you scratch your head? In a world where simple Google searching dominates the information landscape, it can be challenging to use a step-by-step search method when gathering research evidence. In this session, we’ll take you through the process of translating your research question into key concepts that are readable by databases like PubMed. This process includes organizing concepts using a search grid, applying Boolean logic, and using search fields and filters.

Learning Objectives

  • Translate a research question into key search concepts
  • Run searches using appropriate syntax and Boolean logic
  • Apply database fields and filters
  • Assess whether search results reflect your needs

Recommended for: Members of the NS Research Community who are new to writing research proposals or funding applications, or who want to brush up on related skills. These sessions would be of most benefit to Early Career Investigators(PhDs, physicians, residents, fellows, other health care professionals, etc.) or research staff who are interested in learning more, assisting with, or are developing their own research studies.

In Person: RMU Multimedia Room, Room 114, Centre for Clinical Research, 5790 University Avenue, Halifax

Online: You will receive an email from the organizer prior to the event to join the session remotely.


Leah Boulos

Evidence Synthesis Coordinator

Katie McLean

Librarian Educator, Staff Training & Education
Nova Scotia Health Authority

Wednesday, October 16, 2019
12:00pm - 1:00pm
All Zones
  In-person     Info in Action     Online     Research & Innovation  
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To participate in an online session, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must have access to a computer with Skype for Business installed. If you do not have the software, you will be required to install a web app plugin that will allow you to attend as a guest
  • You must have an audio output device (headphones or speakers) connected to be able to hear the instructor
  • You must have an audio input device (webcam or microphone) connected whether you wish to participate verbally or not. If you do not wish to speak, you may type in the chat window

NSHA Employees: To learn more about Skype for Business, see https://intra.nshealth.ca/training-resources/SitePages/Skype.aspx 

External to NSHA: Please join the event as a guest through the link you are sent three hours before the event. We encourage you to ensure you have the Skype for Business Web App installed prior to the event. For help, see: https://support.office.com/en-us/article/join-a-skype-for-business-meeting-with-skype-meetings-app-skype-for-business-web-app-4828ad18-ed21-422a-a870-94d676d4b72a#Version=Skype-for-Business-Web-App

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