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Effective searching of LILACS database for systematic reviews

Topic category Searching and information retrieval
Date and Location
Date: 
Saturday 22 October 2011 - 07:30 - 08:55
Methods Group
Methods Group: 
Information Retrieval Methods Group
Contact person
Contact person: 
Gabriel Rada (Contact this person)
Agustín Ciapponi (Contact this person)
Demian Glujovsky (Contact this person)
Facilitators
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Gabriel
Last name: 
Rada
Affiliation and Country: 
Centro Colaborador Cochrane Chile
First name: 
Agustin
Last name: 
Ciapponi
Affiliation and Country: 
Centro Colaborador Cochrane Argentina
Other contributors
First nameLast nameAffiliation and Country
First name: 
Rosemeire
Last name: 
Pinto
Affiliation and Country: 
BIREME/PAHO/WHO
First name: 
Veronica
Last name: 
Abdala
Affiliation and Country: 
BIREME/PAHO/WHO Brasil
Target audience
Target audience: 
Review authors or general researchers
Is your workshop restricted to a specific audience or open to all Colloquium participants?: 
Open
Level of knowledge required: 
Basic
Type of workshop
Type of workshop: 
Training
Abstract text
Abstract: 
Objectives:
To enable participants to operate an effective searching on LILACS database in order to retrieve relevant information to improve the construction of Systematic Reviews.

Description:
Information retrieval for systematic reviews needs to be comprehensive in order to identify those studies which will provide a reliable result. The range of databases used to identify those studies, and particularly the inclusion of regional databases such as LILACS – the Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences database, varies across organizations. Information Specialists and others involved in searching for studies for evidence syntheses such as systematic reviews, need to be aware of regional databases such as LILACS and how best to search them to identify studies not included in other major bibliographic databases such as MEDLINE and EMBASE.
The Workshop will include an overview of the LILACS database and will focus on issues such as journal coverage, multilingual searching (to identify records in English, Portuguese and Spanish), advantages of searching these resources in addition to other databases, search features, downloading records, any current limitations to the search interface and plans for future enhancements.