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Starting Broad: A Summon Tutorial
Health Informatics Databases
After trying a broad search in Summon (described in the next column) I recommend exploring each of the databases listed on the first page of this library guide. Each interface is different. But to the extent you can explore both the keyword search and subject browse options, you may gain new perspective on your topic.
Students will prepare a paper giving an overview of an issue or problem of their choice that they wish to investigate during this course. The paper should include the problem statement and a a literature review consisting of a minimum of 10 articles. The literature review should be a synthesis of relevant literature which places the problem in context and indicates its importance.
Questions to address include:
- What is currently known about the problem?
- What previous solutions have been presented?
- What methods have been used to examine the problem?
- Why is the problem important?
- How might the problem be solved through evaluation?
Your paper should have an introduction, statement of the problem, presentation of the literature review, and references conforming to a format of your choice.
Possible topics: wearable devices, use of those technologies by the elderly, and issues associated with the implementation of electronic health records, mainly safety and security.
Summon Tutorial (aka "Articles & More" searchbox)
If your literature searching skills need a quick refresher, then I highly recommend you take this hands-on tutorial. Six interactive screens will guide you through the details that will enable a search of all the Drexel Libraries full-text databases. Use broad terms to get started and then filter your results with the Subject Terms/ More option. This approach will open an index of all the index terms contained in your results so you can browse to the most relevant articles. (Tip: sort your subject terms by rank, not alphabetic order)
The tutorial takes about ten minutes. I guarantee this is a good investment of time that will save you hours in the future.