On November 24th at Noon Robin Parker and Melissa Helwig generously donated their time to give us an overview of Health resources and searching within them. Melissa and Robin will be teaching a full course on the subject in Winter 2016. There were snacks!
the 5S/6S pyramid
which background questions to ask yourself and the client during a reference interview and the importance of asking them
Foregound questions: more specific
PICO, PIOx or PICOT (Population, Intervention, Comparison, Outcomes)
Where to search (Point of Care, Citation DBs, Hybryd DBs, Other)
Hands on search in PubMED
They have provided us with the slides used during this presentation. You can find those here:
Hey everybody! On Tuesday, November 24, SLA will be hosting an hour-long workshop with Melissa Helwig and Robin Parker. This workshop will be a crash course for those interested in learning more about effectively searching specific Health Sciences Literature and Information Sources.
David generously gave his time to show us the Legislative Library and all it has to offer. The legislative library is open to members of the public during regular daytime hours. For the general public, some materials may be borrowed through interlibrary loan at a public library, but there are exceptions that have to be used in-house: reference books, legislative materials, and very fragile texts.
(Image from http://nslegislature.ca/index.php/library/)
Much of the information gathered in the library is to serve the Members of the Legislative Assembly and their caucus staff, but there is lots of interesting information for the public to browse. You can search the catalogue online (http://legcat.gov.ns.ca/) to find materials. Some of the more notable collections in the Legislative Library are the first edition works by Thomas Chandler Haliburton, the Nova Scotia Journals of the House of Assembly (dating back to 1758!), and the Army Lists from 1759 to 1901.
David also took the time to show us another part of the collection that is housed across the street in another building. These materials are not as commonly circulated, nor do they easily fit into the collection in the library. There are also rare collections that are housed in another building across the street from the Legislative building.
Thank you to David from the Nova Scotia Legislative Library for taking the time out of his day to answer our questions, and thank you to those who came for this wonderful tour.
Congratulations to everyone for finishing up another year! We wish all the best to our graduating class, and are looking forward to a new year, new faces, and new libraries to explore. Enjoy the summer, and we’ll see you in September.
Crystal and Maggie graciously gave their time to show us the small library curated by the Council.
The Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women aggregates all kinds of information relating to women, from memoirs to handbooks to info-graphics. Their major areas of focus are employment, earnings, leadership and education, for which they have created handy info-graphic fact sheets, which incorporate the newest statistics available! These fact sheets were only a few of the many, many informational pamphlets that the Council produces and circulates.
Beyond providing a varied collection of resources Crystal spoke of the other tasks that the Council participates in, such as gathering information for policymakers and clipping women-related stories out of newspapers for publications.
Ultimately, much of the information gathering is done to support the Advisory Council itself, which is made up of six to twelve women who are committed to bettering the status of women within their respective communities.
Thanks to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women for taking the time out of their day to answer our questions, and thanks to those who came for making this tour lovely!
We are excited to announce our first tour of the Winter 2015 semester! Next Thursday we’ll be heading over to the Nova Scotia Advisory Council on the Status of Women. You can find out more information about the advisory council here.
Where: Quinpool Centre
2nd floor, Suite 202
6169 Quinpool Road
SLA was thrilled to host a workshop today on searching Law and Medical databases. Paul McKenna, Robin Parker, and Melissa Helwig gave us a crash course with resources like CanLII and PubMed.
We’ve been provided with the slides from their presentations, so whether you missed the session or need refreshing on the different types of legal resources to use, you can download them from here: Medicine: Tips Tricks in Health Sciences