Have you ever tried to find a specific researcher’s scholarship through a database search? Chances are you have run into some challenges such as discovering multiple Researchers with the same name. One potential way to refine your search would be to limit the results to the Researcher’s Institution. But, what if the Researcher has held positions at multiple Institutions? Multiple search queries and further refinement would be necessary.
One solution to this difficulty of locating a specific Researcher is the use of an ORCID unique author identifier. By using a unique identifier for authors, searching for a specific researcher is straightforward and only requires knowing the author’s identifier. However, this will only work if the researcher has registered for an identifier such as ORCID (www.orcid.org).
Registering for an ORCID identifier is easy and free. Simply register, add your scholarship works, and then use your ORCID identifier. Your ORCID identifier can be used when submitting publications, applying for grants, and on your personal webpages.
The University of Alabama recently became ORCID Institutional members, and so we will have more information about ORCID soon.
However, a few points you may be interested in:
- Scientific and Engineering databases have already started to add Author Identifiers as a search option (e.g. Web of Science).
- Several publishers and grant agencies are now requiring an Author Identifier with submission.
- Importing your scholarship citations and other works into ORCID can be somewhat automated and painless. For example, I was able to export my citations from Google Scholar and then bulk import them into my ORCID Identifier profile.
Here is my ORCID identifier webpage for an example of how your ORCID identifier will appear to the public:
We encourage you to check out ORCID at www.orcid.org and get your own unique Author Identifier today!
Using PICO (T) as a guide to find medical literature in databases in Nursing and Allied Health Professions
What is PICO (T)?
PICO (T) is an instrument used in medical and health research to help researchers formulate a question to get evidence based results.
Using PICO (T) format as a tool where applicable can help to base question to begin the literature search.
|P = Patient, Population, and/or Problem
I = Intervention
C = Comparison
O = Outcome
T = Type of Study or concept of time
- Plan a search strategy by identifying major elements of the question to subject terms such as MeSH, Keywords
- After viewing the initial search results, one can narrow the search for the Comparison, Outcome, Time factors or Type of study
Example: Does sleep hygiene among healthcare workers increase productivity at work?
Frame the question to include PICO (T) elements
|P (Problem or Patient or Population)
||Sleep deprivation, healthcare workers
||Long shift, Not sleeping, stress
|Key terms in the question
|| Database Terms – MeSH*/ Keywords
| P (Problem/Patient/Population) = Sleep deprivation, healthcare workers
||Sleep deprivation, insufficient sleep, Health personnel [MeSH]
sleep deprivation [CINAHL]
| I (intervention/indicator)= Sleeping 8 hours,
|Sleep hygiene [MeSH]
Sleep hygiene [CINAHL]
| C (comparison)
|| Standards, Education [ MeSH, CINAHL]
| O (outcome)
|| Efficiency [ MeSH, CINAHL]
*Medical Subject Heading in PubMed/Medline
Useful Links for PICO/Evidence Based searches:
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Tip 9: Research Guides. We have developed a series of simple and convenient guides to get faculty and students started when first using the library. They’re called LibGuides. Each guide is built to acquaint you with library resources which are available to support your work. We have a guide for every major subject area: geology, nursing, civil engineering, etc. The guides cover ways to find books, list important databases, identify research tools, and point to key Internet resources.
Go to LibGuides.
Tip 3: Databases. Databases offer a great way to find information on specific subjects. It’s often good advice to start a search using a database that matches with a particular discipline, such as the IEEE Digital Library (electrical engineering) or BIOSIS Previews (biology), for example. General purpose science databases such as the Web of Science or Scopus are great too. Each database has its own special interface. While searching a database, you can “click through” to full-text content when available.
Go to full list of databases.
Librarians at Rodgers Library for Science & Engineering are offering spring classes. Is it that time of the year to start a literature review for your papers/projects? The ability to scan the literature efficiently and identify useful resources is vital. You can learn how to apply principles of analysis to identify unbiased and valid studies.
The following classes are offered several times during the semester for your convenience:
1. Introduction to Science & Engineering Information Resources
2. Chemical & Biological Information resources
3. Physics & Astronomy Information Resources
4. Mathematics Information Resources
5. Web of Science Database
6. PubMed (Cover Systematic Review, Integrated Literature Review)
8. Introduction to Scientific Writing
9. Scientific Presentations
10. 3D Printing Training Session
For questions regarding the classes, contact Vincent F. Scalfani, email@example.com
If the above classes are not what you are looking for, suggest one or request the one you want and we will be glad to assist. Contact one of the subject specialists at Rodgers anytime:
John Sandy firstname.lastname@example.org