This post describes an offer for Epocrates Essentials for free download to students with an iPhone/iPod Touch, Windows Mobile, and Blackberry phone until August 31st. Liz in Content Management at LHL checked with our sales rep who said: Students need to download on their mobile devices before the end of August and they can have it for free for 1 year. They can upload new content throughout the year, but only on their mobile device. If this works for your phone you may want to give it a try.
Archive for August, 2010
We have heard from some of you with questions about resources for your ICM take-home project. My previous post listed some places to find help but here are some sources you may want to explore:
Essential Evidence Plus (EE+): Evidence-based medicine tool that includes calculators, ICD-9 lookup, E/M coding, Derm Expert, EBM guidelines, daily POEMs, & more. Formerly known as InfoPOEMs & InfoRetriever.
UpToDate: Clinical information tool with over 70,000 pages of peer-reviewed, fully-referenced, & illustrated topic reviews with related charts, x-rays, photographs, movies & MEDLINE abstracts. [not available off campus]
PubMed: Interface for searching MEDLINE, the online index of biomedical journal article citations from 1950 to present. Premiere database of medical literature.
While it is true that consumers may go to Wikipedia to research a health topic, that does not make it a reliable source for research. It is fine to review the Wikipedia entry to gain an overview of your topic but I would not cite it in any sort of paper or poster. Scroll to the bottom or link to the list of references and explore those sources. They may be appropriate to use but you will need to evaluate them for content and accuracy. There are many other good sources of health information. MedlinePlus is one of the best and it appears high in a general Google search. Below Wikipedia maybe, but on the first page at least. Let’s hope consumers go beyond Wikipedia and you should too.
Most of you did a great job of choosing resources to support your “Better” paper. We did have some feedback that might help when you do the same sort of assignment in Fund I. In general we saw:
- Citations close to the AMA style but off in some way. The style is very specific, journal title in italics, if more than 6 authors, list 3 then et al, etc. If you submit a paper for publication, the references will need to be cited exactly according to the style.
- Citing the print article when you used the electronic version. Cite what you used. There are formatting styles for both print and online.
- Explaining what in the content led you to choose a particular resource but not what made it a reliable source. The checklist linked from this blog gives examples: recently updated, author’s credentials given, etc.
- Not double spacing your references. A small thing, but clearly stated in the instructions.
Please let me know if you have specific questions about your feedback.
I know you are glad to finish up PDS and take the next step of beginning Fundamentals I. This module is packed and you will have an assignment that requires you to find good scholarly information. I’ll post more about that later but for now, take a deep breath and jump right in.
If you haven’t yet finished formatting your references for the “Better” project, check out the trial version of the AMA Style Guide. Might save you a trip to the library tomorrow. Let us know if you like it.
The assignment for the ICM take-home project says:
The team project focuses on evidence-based medicine, consisting of a literature review and brief report of the most up-to-date scientific data to support or argue against a given treatment option.
It may have been a while since you last searched for resources so remember that we can help. You may want to take a look at the LHL Guide on Getting Started: Finding Scholarly Articles. You can ask a question via email or chat, view a tutorial or schedule a time to meet with me to talk about your topic. Just let us know how we can help.
Be sure to see the PDS LibGuide page on Citing Your Sources if you have questions about how to cite references for your “Better” project. In general references are numbered consecutively in the order they appear in the text. All references are at the end of the paper. In-text citations are only used when a reference would not be included in a reference list, such as news articles, obituaries, and material submitted for publication but not yet accepted. If you have specific questions, Ask a Librarian.
Welcome back! I hope you had some break time between terms and that you found your Special Topics courses to be fun and useful. We certainly enjoyed working with the students who took our course. As you begin the musculoskeletal and skin module this week, remember that the required and recommended textbooks are available in the LHL School Collections or online. Access the link from the Textbooks and Availability Link above. Don’t hesitate to contact us if you have questions.
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