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Expert Searcher

From PubMed to Scopus, the library has several article databases to fuel your research. These classes show you how to craft better and more efficient search strategies, and get the most out of the library's resources.

Available Classes

Geared towards allied health professionals and others, this class focuses on databases such as CINAHL, PsycINFO, SPORTDiscus, and Health and Psychosocial Instruments (HaPI).

This class will provide a basic overview of a selection of search engines and databases beyond PubMed. Participants will explore search techniques, customization, and the best times to branch out to other databases. 

An introduction to effectively searching Embase.  Embase is a biomedical and pharmacological database of published and unpublished journal articles as well as conference proceedings and abstracts.  Embase contains more than 30 million records from more than 8,500 published journals, including over 2,900 journals not available in MEDLINE.

An introduction to information resources in evidence-based medicine, designed for those who need to find up-to-date, clinically relevant information quickly. Databases such as Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, Cochrane Controlled Trials Register, and MEDLINE search filters are covered.

This class is an introduction to resources in the psychology and psychiatry fields.

An introduction to basic searching of the National Library of Medicine's biomedical database, MEDLINE, using the PubMed interface.

Scopus is the world’s largest abstract and citation database of peer-reviewed literature with smart tools that track, analyze and visualize research.

Scopus content:

  • Over 21,500 titles from 5,000 publishers worldwide
  • Contains 60 million records, 78% with abstracts
  • Includes over 7.2 million conference papers
  • Contains 27 million patent records

Librarians will demonstrate:

  • Scopus document search
  • Scopus author search and author profiles
  • Scopus journal quality ranking and impact indexes
  • Exporting of Scopus data for bibliographic management
  • Creation of a Scopus account for saving search strategies, sets of citations, and setting auto alerts 

There will also be time for questions from the class participants.

This class is an introduction to using Web of Science for cited reference searching, author h-index and using Journal Citation Reports to find impact factors for journals.