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Literature Searching 101: Finding the Info You Need

Literature Searching 101: Finding the Info You Need Online

Finding evidence-based research begins with a well-constructed, searchable question. Take control over your search results by clearly articulating what you want to find. In this session, we will explore the process of breaking down complex research questions into key concepts using established tools like PICO. We will then review how to enter a research question into a database to find the literature you are looking for. If full-text is not available, don’t worry—we will cover how to complete a document delivery request to access full-text articles.

Learning objectives:

By the end of this 30-minute session, you will be able to:

  • Use the PICO framework to formulate a clinical question
  • Break down your clinical question into key search concepts
  • Select the best resource(s) to search, based on your question
  • Locate relevant evidence-based literature
  • Complete a Document Delivery request

Recommended for: Staff, physicians and/or researchers looking to increase their information seeking skills. This session is valuable to staff engaged in the creation of knowledge resources (guidelines, policies, pamphlets, original research).

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Monday, June 26, 2023
10:00am - 10:30am
Time Zone:
Atlantic Time (change)
All Zones
  30 Minutes or Less     Library Services  
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
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You can join a Teams meeting whether or not you have a Teams account. If you don't have an account, follow these steps to join as a 'Guest': 

  • Paste the Teams meeting link into an MS Edge or Google Chrome browser address bar
  • On the web page that opens, select Continue on this browser
  • Enter your name and choose your audio/video settings
  • Click Join now

For more information on joining as a 'Guest', please go to: Joining a Teams Meeting without a Teams account*

To participate in an online session, you will need to meet the following requirements:

  • You must have an audio output device connected (headphones or speakers) to be able to hear the instructor
  • If you do not have an audio input device (webcam or microphone), you may type in the chat window
  • You must have experience using chat
  • You must have experience copying/pasting text and URLs

If you do not meet the above requirements, please consider requesting a one-on-one consult.

For information on joining a Teams Meeting, please visit: https://intra.nshealth.ca/UCS/BPS/SitePages/Teams.aspx*. The Join a Teams Meeting video on this page provides useful information for new Microsoft Teams users.

*Internal link, you must be on the Nova Scotia Health network and use Microsoft Edge to access

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Kendell Fitzgerald

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