New to library research? Has it been awhile since you wrote a research paper?
- Don't forget, "OR" finds more.
- The Quick Tips on New to HSL will help you with
Use this guide to help visualize and plan your search:
- Purdue University Libraries: Creating a Search Strategy guide
- Dowload Purdue University Libraries' Search Statement Worksheet (.pdf)
Use this guide to learn to ask good clinical questions and use the PICO format to search for the best evidence:
- Forming Focused Questions with PICO
- PICO (Patient or problem, Intervention, Comparison, Outcome)
- Helps you form a focused question that will return relevant results
- Helps you retrieve a manageable amount of results
- Assists you in brainstorming keywords for your research
- Saves time!
Use this log to keep your search organized and to document your search strategy for reporting:
Don't forget, we can get you any article you need.
- Use the Find @ UNC link in database search results to look for full text.
- When the article is not online, use the options a the bottom of the Find @ UNC page to search the catalog for print or to request the article via Interlibrary Loan.
- Is the book you want in circulation or does the library not own it? Use Interlibrary Loan to place a hold or request a book from another library.
- Learn more about Interlibrary Loan.
Learn about Scholarly Research Articles.
- Understand the structure of medical research articles to read more efficiently. Use the Structure of Scholarly Articles and Peer Review guide to learn more.
Learn about Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources.
- In this guide from the University of Minnesota Health Sciences Sciences Libraries, Primary, Secondary, and Tertiary Sources in the Health Sciences, learn whether sources are considered primary, secondary, or tertiary depending on the originality of the information presented and their proximity or how close they are to the source of information.
Once you find it, how do you know it is any good?
Critical thinking is a key skill in information literacy, along with the related skill of media literacy. Discussion of “fake news” has led to renewed focus on these skills and the importance of colleges and universities providing education in these areas. IFLA, the International Federation of Library Associations has provided this infographic with eight simple steps (based on FactCheck.org’s 2016 article How to Spot Fake News) to discover the verifiability of a given news-piece in front of you.
By IFLA (http://www.ifla.org/publications/node/11174) [CC BY 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0)], via Wikimedia Commons
Don't forget, stay organized.:
- Register for a free UNC account to try out the bibliographic citation manager Sciwheel (formerly F1000 Workspace)
- Sciwheel (formerly F1000 Workspace) sign-in/registration
- For other options, consult our guide on comparing citation managers.