Archive for August, 2007

Look sharp on surgery (and other) terms

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

A not-uncommon MEDLINE searching error is to search for a surgical specialty term to find articles about those procedures, e.g. Neurosurgery or Colorectal Surgery.

Check the scope note — these Medical Subject Heading (MeSH) terms refer to the surgical specialty, rather than the procedures. For more comprehensive results, try searching the disease term with the subheading surgery or anatomical term with surgical procedures subject headings, e.g.:

1 – exp Nervous System Diseases/su [Surgery]

2 – exp Nervous System/

3 – exp Surgical Procedures, Operative/

4 – 2 and 3

5 – 1 or 4

Re-energize your web

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

You’ve seen the icons:

rss icons

Use them to reduce inbox overload, keep current, and re-energize your web. Here’s how it works (YouTube)

In addition to sports scores and your favorite blogs, lots of medical journals have feeds, too. (more…)


Monday, August 6th, 2007

Issue LabIssueLab is a database designed to increase the visibility of research from nonprofits. Keyword search or browse 36 research and policy issue categories (including aging, health and medicine, substance abuse and recovery). At least 90 organizations have registered and/or deposited materials including reports, white papers, fact sheets, case studies, and data sets.

Look for this and other policy materials in the JeffSelects: Health Care Administration and Policy module.