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Introduction to Systematic Review Searching - RCPSC CME Credit Available
This session will provide an overview of the requirements for systematic review searches. This session will consist of lectures, practical exercises, and hands-on database searching. By the end of the session participants will be able to:

1. Identify systematic reviews and distinguish them from other reviews,
2. Recognize the breadth of resources required to execute a systematic review search,
3. Develop a well formulated search question and structure a search using the PICO format,
4. Know how to apply appropriate date, language and publication type limits,
5. Document a search in a standardized form,
6. Understand the importance of peer-review of systematic review searches
7. Recognize the level of expert searching needed for a systematic review

Participants are encouraged to bring search topics, but this is not required.

This session is part of the "Information Skills for Health Professionals" program, a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Restricted to University of Alberta Faculty, Staff and Students. CCID and password are required for participation.

To be placed on a waiting list for a full session, please contact Caroline Lieffers at caroline.lieffers@ualberta.ca
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Effective Literature Searching in the Health Sciences - RCPSC CME Credit Available
This class is designed primarily for new graduate students and summer students undertaking research projects, but others may attend. By the end of the class, students will be able to:

1. Develop a well formulated search question using the PICO format

2. Convert a research question to a searchable format

3. Identify several different kinds of health literature databases.

4. Structure a search on at least one database platform.

5. Apply appropriate date, language and publication type limits.

6. Export records to the Refworks citation management software.

Participants are encouraged to bring research questions with which they are currently working. Please also ensure that you have a RefWorks account.

Class is restricted to University of Alberta Faculty, Staff and Students. CCID and password are required for participation.

This session is part of the "Information Skills for Health Professionals" program, a self-approved group learning activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

To be placed on a waiting list for a full session, please contact Caroline Lieffers at caroline.lieffers@ualberta.ca
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What Does Good Metadata Look Like?
When researchers deposit data in repositories, they are usually asked to supply metadata for it as well. This workshop surveys metadata requirements for several data repositories, and gives a few basic things to look for that distinguish good metadata, no matter what format it's in.
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Data Management Plans
This session will discuss the need for data management planning when starting a research project, and will introduce a web-based tool to guide you in the planning process. The end result of using this tool is documentation that can be submitted with grant applications. Please come prepared with a research project in mind, as you will have the opportunity during the class to begin compiling a data management plan.
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ERA and Data Archiving
ERA: Education and Research Archive is the University of Alberta's institutional repository, and it contains thousands of theses, articles, white papers, technical reports, and learning objects. For small and simple datasets, it may be an appropriate solution for data archiving. Leah Vanderjagt (Digital Repository Services Librarian) will describe ERA's place among research data archiving solutions and services.
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Dataverse
Dataverse is a network, web-based platform to support the sharing and dissemination of research data. If you would like to have a controlled environment for sharing files within a research project but not release the data more widely, Dataverse provides you with this option. It is a better option than Dropbox because of the security and metadata options that it supports. On the other hand, if you wish to disseminate your data more globally, Dataverse also allows this. This workshop will introduce the basic operations of Dataverse and how you might incorporate it within your research.
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(Research) Metadata and You
A brief introduction to research metadata, why it's important, how to make it a part of your research activities. Covers (very brief!) theory, standards and practices, and software tools for metadata creation with focus on the DDI (Data Documentation Initiative) metadata standard.
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Preserving Data for the Future
Rapid changes in the technology has a profound impact on the future accessibility of our digital resources. Appropriate digital preservation measures are imperative for the responsible stewardship of digital assets. This session will highlight some of the challenges and opportunities in this area, industry best practices and UAL initiatives to preserve materials of enduring value.
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Introduction to RefWorks
This course is open to all University of Alberta faculty, staff and students who have a valid Campus Computing ID (CCID).

RefWorks is a web-based citation manager which allows you to create, organize and store references. By the end of the session participants will be able to:
1. create a RefWorks account
2. navigate around RefWorks
3. organize references into folders
4. export references from databases into RefWorks
5. cite your references into a Word document
6. automatically format a bibliography in your choice of styles (APA, MLA,Vancouver etc.)

The emphasis in this session will be on the use of RefWorks with health sciences resources.

More information about RefWorks can be obtained from http://guides.library.ualberta.ca/refworks

Please contact Caroline Lieffers (caroline.lieffers@ualberta.ca , 780-492-7938) if you have any questions.
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