Course A88/80 Systematic Literature Search (Research-year)

ECTS: 0.7

Course leader: Janne Lytoft Simonsen

Language: Danish

Graduate school: Faculty of Health

Course fee: 840.00 DKK

Max seats: 24

Applicants: 1

Status: Course is open for application

Semester: Spring 2022

Application deadline: 24/02/2022

Start date: 24/03/2022

Administrator: Johanne Gregor Nielsen

Only for Research Year students

This course is for Research Year students. Please notice the equivalent course for PhD students: A137 Literature search in medical databases. If you sign on as a PhD student, the administrator will remove you from the list.

The course, A88/80 Systematic Literature Search (Research Year), is being offered by the Graduate School of Health, Aarhus University, Spring 2022.

Criteria for participation: Research-year students.

Please notice the equivalent course for PhD students: A137 Literature search in medical databases.

Aim: To make the research year students familiar with the most important medical databases, and enable them to perform qualified searches for relevant scholarly literature. Participants will be introduced to systematic literature searching as well as citation searching and reference management.

Learning outcomes: To enable the participants to assess the relevance, strengths and weaknesses of different search methods. To enable the participants to build a search strategy and select relevant information sources and search terms. To make the participants familiar with the concept of reference management software in general and EndNote in particular.

Content: Structure and content of relevant databases will be reviewed. For the systematic literature search, emphasis will be on PubMed and Embase, and the participants will learn to construct precise search strings by employing the tools (e.g. MeSH) of the databases. For the presentation of citation searching, Web of Science and Scopus will be used to illustrate the characteristics of this search technique. EndNote will be used to introduce the different features and uses of a reference management software. Furthermore, the course will touch on impact measures, the evaluation of a search result, critical appraisal of different article types and what to consider when starting a literature search. The lessons will alternate between theory and hands-on exercises. It will be possible for participants to search for literature for their own project.

Instructors: Karen Rodríguez Sigaard, MLIS, and Janne Lytoft Simonsen, MSc, PhD, AU Library Health Sciences

Venue: Loftsalen (1266-316), The Victor Albeck Building, Vennelyst Blvd. 4, 8000 Aarhus C

Participation in the course is without cost for:

  • Research Year students and Research Honours Programme students from Aarhus University

Course dates:

  • 24 March 2022 08:30 - 16:00