Medline, the bibliographic database produced by the U.S. National Library of Medicine, is not the only resource available to MUHC personnel when conducting a literature search on a topic. In fact, the MUHC has purchased several bibliographic databases, including Embase.

Though less known, Embase has particularly strong coverage in pharmaceutical and pharmacological topics. Embase is also useful for identifying conference abstracts published since 2009. Finally, its extensive indexing makes it a premier resource for comprehensive searches of the literature.

To better understand the different characteristics of each database, and when to use one or the other, take a look at our new guide: MEDLINE VS EMBASE.

For further information, or to organize a training session on either Medline or Embase, please contact your hospital librarian.

Published October 22, 2013.

As of January 1st 2012, nurses practicing in Quebec are required to devote a minimum of 20 hours per year to continuing education, seven (7) of which must be in an accredited activity.

To help MUHC nurses find training activities and acquire CE units, MUHC librarians have prepared a convenient guide listing the organizations and journals where you can find accredited continuing education opportunities.

You can access the “Continuing Education Resources for MUHC Nurses” guide by clicking on “Guides and Tutorials” under the “Training and Consulting” menu, or from the “Quick Links” menu, on the right of the screen, under the MUHC column.

Consult the guide.

Published September 24, 2013.
Updated September 1st 2016.

Prior to starting a search, it is essential to choose the most appropriate database for the topic. Medline and CINAHL are the principal resources for a literature search in nursing.

To better understand the different characteristics of each database, and when to use one or the other, take a look at our new guide: MEDLINE VIA PUBMED VS CINAHL.

To organize a training session on either of these databases, please contact your hospital librarian.

Published July 30, 2013.

ClinicalKey, a point of care tool produced by the medical and scientific publisher Elsevier, integrates and improves upon FirstConsult and MDConsult, and will replace both completely in December 2013.

This search engine allows users to perform a simple keyword search to locate electronic books, practice guidelines, drug monographs, biomedical journal articles, patient education, and other types of documents. ClinicalKey also contains a vast multimedia collection of thousands of videos and images.

After executing a search, results may be filtered by date, content type, specialty, and study type.

While useful for a quick search, ClinicalKey is not recommended for comprehensive literature searches, since the content of ClinicalKey comes primarily from the publisher Elsevier.

Questions about ClinicalKey or other information needs? Your hospital librarian can guide you to the appropriate resources and assist you with your research.

Published June 5, 2013.

The Ordre des infirmières et infirmiers du Québec (OIIQ) announced recently that they have completed the deployment of Mistral, their long-awaited continuing education portal.

As of January 1st 2012, nurses practicing in Quebec are required to devote a minimum of 20 hours per year to continuing education, seven (7) of which must be in an accredited activity, in accordance with the Norme professionnelle de formation continue adopted by the OIIQ.

Three (3) types of accredited continuing education content are available online via Mistral. Several interactive training modules, which can be accessed at any time, are available. A series of short video capsules, as well as Perspective Infirmière articles offering CEUs (Continuing Education Units) are also available.

Nurses interested in attending an accredited continuing education activity can consult the calendar of accredited activities or browse the training activity index for a comprehensive list of courses offered by the OIIQ as well as other organisations. You can also search for a specific training session by using the advanced search option, also available via the index.

Published May 21, 2013.

The title and abstract are the most read parts of a biomedical article and so they must be clear, concise and transparent as they are essential for the rapid assessment of a study’s methodology and conclusions.

In 2009, the PRISMA statement established guidelines for reporting systematic reviews and meta-analyses. An extension to the PRISMA statement has been published recently that provides guidance on writing abstracts for systematic reviews:

Beller, E. M., Glasziou, P. P., Altman, D. G., Hopewell, S., Bastian, H., Chalmers, I., . . . for the Prisma for Abstracts Group. (2013). PRISMA for Abstracts: Reporting Systematic Reviews in Journal and Conference Abstracts. PLoS Medicine, 10(4), e1001419.

This extension to the PRISMA statement will undoubtedly prove useful to authors of systematic reviews thanks to the PRISMA for abstracts checklist, which lists the information that a systematic review abstract should contain, along with numerous examples.

Should you have any questions regarding searching in support of systematic reviews or on the PRISMA guidelines, contact your hospital librarian.

Published May 6, 2013.

TRIP database (Turning Research Into Practice), a search engine designed to locate high-quality evidence from multiple sources via a single website, has launched a new graphic design as well as a new search feature based on the PICO method of formulating answerable questions.

In addition to the basic and advanced searches, TRIP database users can now select the PICO search feature (accessible by clicking the PICO search button). The feature is comprised of four search fields – labelled Population, Intervention, Comparison and Outcome – which users can fill in based on the elements of their clinical questions. For example, users interested in quickly locating evidence on the impact of a laparoscopic approach for liver resection on patients’ length of stay would enter the following:

  • Population: Liver resection
  • Intervention: Laparoscopy
  • Outcome: Length of Stay

While definitely useful for quickly locating evidence from authoritative sources, the new feature is designed to help users obtain a “manageable set of results to help answer their clinical query” and should not be used for a comprehensive search of the literature.

Need help locating the best evidence? Your hospital librarian will perform literature searches on your topic in the appropriate databases and provide a list of relevant articles, including abstracts, upon request.

Published January 3, 2013.