The Need to Know
Accessing the Website Exercise
ANSWERS


- Open your internet browser and go to "http://www.rha.cpe.umanitoba.ca".
- Left click on "Data Resources".
- Left click on "RHA 2002 Preliminary Figures".
- Enter in username and password.

- Select the graph you chose by left clicking near the edge of the chart page.
- From the "EDIT" menu select copy.
- Go to your Word document and under the "EDIT" menu select "paste". Pasting it will allow you to change the graph (e.g., change the colours on the bars or delete data). To make changes double click on the graph.
OR
- If you do not plan to edit the graph - it is best to paste it as a picture. Go to your Word document and under the "EDIT" menu select "paste special" and then "picture". Pasting it as a picture makes for a MUCH smaller file size.

- SAME STEPS AS PASTING INTO A WORD DOCUMENT...
- Select the graph you chose by clicking near the edge of the chart page.
- From the "EDIT" menu select copy.
- Go to your PowerPoint document and under the "EDIT" menu select "paste". Pasting it will allow you to change the graph (e.g., change the colours on the bars or delete data). To make changes double click on the graph.
OR
- If you do not plan to edit the graph - it is best to paste it as a picture. Go to your PowerPoint document and under the "EDIT" menu select "paste special" and then "picture". Pasting it as a picture makes for a MUCH smaller file size.

- Go to "http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/entrez/query.fcgi?db=PubMed"
- Enter in the author(s) name - last name first and then first/second initials (e.g., Smith J, Brown FB). Use a comma between authors.
OR
- Enter in the Journal name - do not worry about entering in "of, and, the", etc. You can enter the full title of the journal or the abbreviated title (e.g., Canadian Medical Association Journal or Can Med Assoc J or CMAJ)
OR
- To narrow your search you can enter in the author(s) name and journal title by adding the word "AND" in between them (e.g., Smith J AND Can Med Assoc J). You can also add in the Year to narrow your search even further.
- Click "Go".
- Choose the citation you were looking for and click on the authors. This will then allow you to read the abstract (if one is available).
- At this point you can choose to view the abstract, summary, or citation, etc. by clicking on the arrow key on the right-hand side of the "Display" bar. Scroll up or down, highlight and click on your preference. Now click the "Display" bar.
OR
- To search by terms use the "Preview/Index" tab on the menu bar.
Add Term(s) to Query or View Index:
Enter a term in the text box; use the pull-down menu to specify a search field.
Click Preview to add terms to the query box and see the number of search results, or click Index to view terms within a field.



From PubMed's Help function:

Preview/Index
Use the Preview/Index feature to:
Preview the number of search results before displaying the citations.
Refine search strategies by adding one or more terms one at a time.
Add terms to a strategy from specific search fields.
View and select terms from the Index to develop search strategies.
To preview the number of results before displaying the citations, type your term(s) in the query box and click Preview. Preview displays the number of citations in your search results. To refine your search strategy, add another term to the existing term(s) in the query box and click Preview. The additional terms will be combined with the existing terms, and the new search with the new number of citations will display. Continue adding terms until your strategy is complete. To display your results, click on the result number (hypertext) in the Preview display.
To search for terms from specific search fields use the Add Term(s) to Query text box. Select a search field from the All Fields pull-down menu and enter a term in the text box. Click AND, OR, or NOT to add the term to the query box with the appropriate search field tag, or click Preview to see the number of results.

The available Boolean operators are:

Intersection (AND) - only those citations that contain selected terms.
Union (OR) - citations that contain at least one of the selected terms.
Difference (NOT) - exclude citations with the selected term.

You can also use Index to select from a list of terms within a search field. Select a search field from the All Fields pull-down menu, enter a term in the box, and click Index. PubMed displays an alphabetic list of terms in the Index for the selected search field. The number of citations in PubMed that contain the term appears in parentheses to the right of the term. You can scroll up or down the list, or click Up or Down to move along in the Index.

Highlight a term by clicking on it. Then click the appropriate operator, AND, OR, NOT. The selected term will be added to the query box. To OR together multiple terms from an Index display and then add (or AND) them to your search, click on each term while holding down the Ctrl-key. When all the terms you want are highlighted, click the connector AND to add the terms (ORed together) to the query.

You may then continue to add additional terms from other search fields. Once your strategy is complete, click Preview to see the number of results, or click Go to display the citations.

For example, to see the MeSH Terms beginning with "chickenpox," select MeSH Terms from the All Fields pull-down menu, enter the term, chickenpox, in the text box, and click Index. Scroll down in the Index box, highlight the MeSH Term "chickenpox vaccine," and click AND. "Chickenpox vaccine" [MeSH Terms] will be added to the query box.

- You can also choose how you want to download this reference. To copy an abstract, summary, etc. to a file, click of the right-hand side of the "Send to" bar. Scroll up or down, highlight and click on your preference. I prefer the "clipboard" if you are collecting various articles from various searches and are not completely sure which ones you will need. I use "text" when you have only one citation that you want to add to an existing document or print directy from your web browser. I use file when you want to save a single citation into a new file often used for downloading into another computer program.

From PubMed's Help function:

Send to
Text
You may display citations as plain text without the sidebar menu and toolbars by selecting Text from the Send to pull-down menu. To display citations in a different format, choose the desired format from the display pull-down menu, select Text and click Send to. To return to your results in PubMed, use your browser's back button.

File
The PubMed File function creates a text file of your PubMed citations on your computer. The Send to File selection is available on screens with search results. You can save entire search results or selected citations. If you don't select specific citations before selecting File and clicking on the Send to button, you will create a file on your computer that will contain the entire search results up to a maximum of 10,000 items.

Clipboard
To place an item in the Clipboard, click on the check box to the left of the citation, select Clipboard from the Send to pull-down menu, and then click the Send to button. Once you have added a citation to the Clipboard, the record number color will change to green.

Note: If you select Clipboard from the Send to menu without selecting citations using the check box, PubMed will add all (up to 500 citations) of your search results to the Clipboard.
The Clipboard will be lost after one hour of inactivity on PubMed or any of the other Entrez databases. Consider changing the .fcgi extension to .txt if you wish to open the file in a text editor, word processing or reference manager program.

- Go to "http://www.rha.cpe.umanitoba.ca".
- Click on "Bulletin Board".
- Enter in our username and password.
- Click on "General Discussions"
- Click on "Create New Conversation"
- Type in a Subject, add in your message, enter your full name into the "Username" box and leave the "Password" box empty. Your e-mail address is optional.
- Click on "Preview/Post Message".
- You can preview your message at this point and make changes if necessary.
- Click on "Post Message" or you can cancel your message at this point.
- To view all messages, click on "General Discussions".

 

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