Some implications of "digital" for scholarly writing and publishing

Category: health informatics

Boolean search and how humans think

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Boolean Search

You might say that Boolean is designed for humans, so the title of this post is a misnomer. In this post I hope to show that Boolean search is not a magic bullet. If humans miss terms, then Boolean will miss …

Evaluating systematic reviews

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The European Association for Health Information and Libraries (EAHIL) annual meeting included a number of fascinating workshops. These workshops were revealing perhaps for unintended reasons. What do health librarians do? On the basis of this conference, they largely carry out systematic …

The Cochrane PICO Finder: how not to trial an interface

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At the EAHIL Conference in Basel today, a team from Cochrane gave a workshop entitled “PICO Search: Unlocking the Cochrane data vault”. The PICO principles are a four-fold way of interpreting a clinical trial:

  • Patient, population or problem (what are the

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