The Basics - Entering the Medical Research Library of Brooklyn, the DMC Library
Most of us were last in libraries when we were students. The Medical Library of Brooklyn (Downstate's library) has changed. Most resources are now online. The catalog is only on line. Searching for the best evidence in evidence based nursing practice is actually easier now, but the experience is different.
Any employee of DMC has a Net ID that allows access to their time sheets, and usually their email and the Library off-site. Your NetID allows you to use the library from any computer, anywhere that has internet access.
If you don't know your NetID go here first.
You can start using this LibGuide without a NetID, but once you want to explore sites that are particular to this library, you will be asked for your net ID.
Resources that you may need are in the left hand column. The tutorials for these resources are here as well.
If you need assistance you can reach a reference librarian by going to the Main Library page and using the link between the life rings. The Library's calendar lists the service hours for each day.
Many databases use Boolean Operators to to logically sift through your search terms. This video from the University of Florida Medical School defines Boolean terms and demonstrates their use in a database search.
These are general instructions for evaluating web pages, any web page, not just medical or health related pages. It's thoroughness and vivid examples make this tutorial useful.
This site uses the same criteria to evaluate health sites.
Does the treatment really work? Have the study authors really proved that a treatment doesn't work? These articles help you interpret conclusions in a research article.
This is an editorial from the British Medical Journal.
This blog post discusses how to approach critically evaluating evidence in the literature.