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A137/26 Literature search in medical databases (Language English)

ECTS: 0.70
Responsible: Annette Balle Sørensen
Secretary: Charlotte Andersen
Application deadline: 10-2-2018

Literature search in medical databases (Language English) A137/26

is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, spring 2018.

Criteria for participation: University degree in medicine, dentistry, nursing, or Master’s degree in other fields and/or postgraduate research fellows (PhD students and research-year medical students). Please notice the equivalent course for research year medical students: A88 (Research-year) Systematic Literature Search.

Aim: To make the participants familiar with the most important medical databases, and enable them to perform qualified searches for relevant scholarly literature.

Learning outcomes:

Recommended knowledge for participation: Master’s degree.

Structure and content of the databases will be reviewed. With respect to literature searching, emphasis will be on PubMed and Embase, and the participants will learn to construct precise search strings by employing the tools (e.g. MeSH) of the databases. The focal point of the introduction to Web of Science and Scopus will be cited reference searches. In continuation of this, the issues of “What is scientific quality, and can it be measured?” (‘impact factor’, H-index, research registration, etc.) will be discussed. Furthermore, relevant apps, e-books (dictionaries and encyclopedias) as well as issues such as ORCID, Open Access, and Copyright will be briefly presented. Finally, reference management programs (EndNote) will be introduced.

Dates and times:
15 March 2018, 9.00 - 16.00 approx.


Language: In English if non-native speakers are present, otherwise in Danish

Head of course:
Annette Balle Sørensen, MSc, PhD, Senior Adviser

Instructors: Janne Lytoft Simonsen, MSc, PhD, Research Librarian and Annette Balle Sørensen, MSc, PhD, Senior Adviser, AU Library, Health Sciences, Aarhus University.

Number of participants:

Place: Store It Lab, Victor Albeck Building, Vennelyst Boulevard 4, DK-8000 Aarhus C.

Course fee:
DKK 840 
Participation in the course is without cost for:

Application deadline: 18 January 2018