[Guest post by Robin B. Devin]
Thank you to the NNLM/NER for awarding me a MLA Professional Development Award which allowed me to attend this year’s MLA National Conference in Austin, Texas.
Throughout the conference MLA records many of the sessions so those who missed out may view them online. However I am not aware that the Sunrise Seminar meetings are included in those recordings. This year that were two outstanding sessions on systematic reviews that made getting up at the crack of dawn and going out in the pouring rain well worth the effort!
EMBASE sponsored a session “A Unique Method for Fast, High-Quality Systematic Searching” presented by Wichor M. Bramer, a biomedical information specialist from the Netherlands. He used research questions provided from the audience to constrict systematic reviews from multiple databases. His prowess caused one attendee to refer to him as the “rock star of systematic searching.” His presentation slides are available at: www.slideshare.net/wichor.
An excellent complement to that presentation was a session sponsored by Wolters Kluwer on “unleashing the Value of Grey Literature in Research Practice” presented by Sarah Bonato from the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health in Toronto. In addition to mentioning the value of subscription databases OCLC’s PapersFirst, Ovid’s Northern Light and APA’s PsycEXTRA, she highlighted free resources such as the Grey Literature Report from the New York Academy of Medicine (www.greylit.org) and NIH’s clinicaltrials.gov. She also mentioned using Duck Duck Go (duckduckgo.com) as an alternative to Google searching to avoid the problems caused by Google’s personalization of search results. A link to her presentation is available: www.ovid.com/greylit.
Submitted by Robin B. Devin, Health Sciences Librarian, University of Rhode Island Library