What constitutes an expert search? Who can be an expert searcher? This face-to-face class looks at these questions & practices techniques (reference interview, database analysis, search construction, and search evaluation) used by expert searchers. Learn tips & tricks for searching and create a self-study plan to hone your skills.
At the conclusion of this course, the participant will be able to:
*List the components of the expert search process;
*Conduct a search interview to collect the information needed to perform a successful database search;
*Analyze and describe a database’s structure and unit record;
*Develop a search strategy in response to a request including ideas for alternative search strategies and improving search results;
*Create a plan for maintaining and improving search skills.
8:00 am - 10:00 am – discussion, lecture, role-playing Introductions Defining the expert searcher Components of the expert search process Pre-search Interview 10:00 am - 10:15 am - break 10:15 am - 12:00 p.m. – lecture, hands-on Database Selection & Analysis Request Analysis Search Construction MEDLINE & MeSH 12:00 p.m. - 1:00 p.m. Lunch 1:00 p.m. - 3:15 p.m. – lecture, hands-on MEDLINE & MeSH continued Search Techniques for PubMed MEDLINE Practice Exercises 3:15 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. - break 3:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. – discussion, lecture, writing assignment Review Exercises Improving Search Results Supporting Systematic Reviews Keeping Current Wrap-up, evaluation & certificates 4.5 Hour version Pre-reading: 30 min Watch your Keys to Successful Searching – MLA Webinar - 90 min Watch NLM video on indexing – 15 min Complete (and send to me) – vocabulary & search exercises – 90 min Webinar with Terry – 45 min Review exercises Discuss how to improve searches Systematic review discussion Q&A -
Internet access with 1 computer per student (or wireless and each student brings individual computer), easel & flipchart, projector for use with instructor's laptop, screen. A computer lab works well.
MLA CE Credits: 4, 4.5, or 8