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Before you actually start searching for using databases it is essential that you spend some time thinking about and planning your search. This presentation will take you through that procedure.
A DelphiS keyword search is a good start for scoping a search but it is important to move from DelphiS to using subject specific databases and this PowerPoint presentation will explain some of the advantages.
These sections below give you links to PowerPoint presentations and worksheets for our most popular databases.
CINAHL (Cumulative Index of Nursing and Allied Health Literature) subject headings are assigned to each record to describe the content of the article. The subject headings are descriptive terms added by the database creators to describe the content of articles in a consistent, standardised vocabulary; regardless of the terminology used by the original authors.
Link to CINAHL
The Cochrane Library (named after Dr Archie Cochrane) is a collection of databases in medicine and other healthcare specialties provided by the Cochrane Collaboration and other organizations. At its core is the collection of Cochrane Reviews, a database of systematic reviews and meta-analyses which summarize and interpret the results of medical research.
Link to COCHRANE
Using MeSH provides a consistent way to retrieve information where different terms or spellings are used by authors for the same concept aand works in a similar way to Subject Heading Searching on CINAHL.
Link to Medline
Unlike most other databases, the cited reference list of each article is included in all Web of Science records, and this enables a number of valuable and unique search functions associated with the linkage between citing and cited articles.
Link to Web of Science