Ask-A Librarian: Smarter Searching in 2 Hours or Less
Section: Section on Research
Co-Section: Academy of PT Education
Session Code: RE-2A-9489
Date: Friday, January 25, 2019
Time: 8:00 AM - 10:00 AM
Location: Walter E. Washington Convention Center
Room: 204C

Speaker(s):   Gini Blodgett Birchett, MSLS

Session Type: Educational Sessions
Session Level: Intermediate

Finding the research you need for the clinical services you provide can be frustrating and time consuming. In 2 hours, APTA's information specialist will walk you through a variety of resources and searching techniques to help you find the literature you need more efficiently. Attendees will learn how to select the best database for their needs, craft a research question into a search query using the P-I-C-O framework, incorporate Boolean connectors in a search, choose between keyword or subject searching, refine search results, and save results for future use. Before wrapping up, the speaker will explore time-saving tools like personal research accounts with the databases, creating alerts, using already-created evidence search tools, and more. Attendees should have basic experience with database searching and bring their own devices for searching.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you will be able to:

1. Select the right database and/or evidence resource for your research needs.

2. Combine terms to create a search string free-hand, using Boolean logic, as well as search using a structured P-I-C-O framework.

3. Apply subject terms, field searching, and keywords to your advantage.

4. Implement time-saving database alerts to push new research to your email or online readers.

CEU: 0.2

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