Program Session

3 - Quality of Data Downloads from Bibliographic Databases Frequently Used in Systematic Reviews

Sunday, May 28
3:35 PM - 3:50 PM
Room: 607

Objectives: To assess the quality of data downloaded from a variety of bibliographic databases commonly searched in systematic reviews, in order to provide guidance on the order in which database records should be uploaded into a citation manager and which record should be used as the “primary record” during the duplicate removal process.

Methods: We downloaded the bibliographic records of a random sampling of two hundred journal articles from the following databases: MEDLINE (via PubMed and Ovid), Embase, Web of Science, Scopus, Cochrane, CINAHL (via Ebsco), International Pharmaceutical Abstracts (via Ebsco), Sociological Abstracts (via Proquest), and Google Scholar. We required that each article be available in at least three databases and that each database contain at least fifty of these articles. We then assessed the completeness and correctness of the downloads using the full-text article as our gold standard. Records were scored on presence, completeness, and correctness of the following fields: title, authors, digital object identifier (DOI), volume, issue, pages, publication year, accession number, abstract, and URL. Using these data, we calculated an overall score for each database and a head-to-head score for each database combination using the article overlap for each database pair.

Results: Results will be made available during our presentation at MLA '17.

Conclusion: Conclusions will be made available during our presentation at MLA '17.

Keywords: systematic reviews, duplicate removal, citation managers, bibliographic databases, data analysis

Program Session

Rachael Posey

Pharmacy Librarian
Health Sciences Library
Raleigh, NC

Rachael Posey, MSLS is the Systematic Review Services Coordinator and the Librarian Liaison to the Eshelman School of Pharmacy at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. As a librarian, she has worked in systematic review creation, with experience in resource management, study selection, report creation, and editing, first at the Duke University Evidence-based Practice Center, then at the RTI-UNC Evidence-based Practice Center. Her research interests include evidence-based practice, comparative effectiveness, and systematic review searching and creation.


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Jennifer Walker

Cancer Information Librarian
Health Sciences Library
Chapel Hill, North Carolina

Jennifer Walker, MLS, is the Cancer Information Librarian at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and chair-elect of the Cancer Librarians Section of MLA. In her role at UNC, Jennifer identifies information needs and provides outreach services to faculty, students, researchers and staff from the five health affairs schools (Dentistry, Medicine, Nursing, Pharmacy and Public Health) as well as clinicians and patients at UNC Hospitals and to the citizens of North Carolina.

Prior to joining UNC, Jennifer served as the Nursing Liaison Librarian for East Carolina University where she worked with students, faculty and clinical staff nurses.

She holds an M.L.S. with a concentration in health informatics from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and a B.A. in public affairs journalism from The Ohio State University in Columbus, Ohio.


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