QMedCONNECT: Highlights 

August 2021

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What do we have for you this month?

• An interesting blog post from the founder

• Literature links on observances this month:
    World Lung Cancer Day, World Breastfeeding Week and Eye Donation Fortnight

• Useful resources: CASP UK, Living Systematic Reviews, SocArXiv, NLM Digital Collections, Open Texts and The Census Library

• Eight interesting articles that came into our alerts this month.  

Updates from QMed

• The Lancet Citizens' Commission  joined us for Institutional Access to our courses

• RMRC Bhubaneswar renews their access for a second year.

• We conducted four webinars for participants of QMedCourses and four at other events

The QMed Team 


From our Blog - Our CEO's Posts


Vasumathi Sriganesh, in her blog posts this month highlights the errors that people commit while using truncations / wild cards when searching. The truncation symbol is just for variations in a single word, and not to find words that follow your keyword. 

The truncation confusion

“Search using keywords”.

This is what most guides / teachers tell students when they want them to do a literature search. Keywords are usually the important words from one’s research question, that one uses to perform a search. For a research topic like: - “Long-term risk of pneumothorax in asthmatic patients”, the keywords used to search for literature would be - pneumothorax and asthma.

In databases like PubMed, one could search these as thesaurus terms (Mesh terms) to get the most relevant results. The search strategy would be :

Asthma AND pneumothorax

But, when one is doing an exhaustive search – in contexts like authoring a systematic review, one needs to also search for these keywords – as terms that appear in the title and abstract. Different authors may use different forms of these words. For asthma, an author may use asthmas, asthmatic, asthmatics or asthmaticus.

Read more.


From our Social Media Posts- International Observances

International Days

The month of August had four observances. We searched PubMed for articles of interest in each of these areas. We have provided links to searches that we did on each topic. The search results  retrieve reviews and systematic reviews that are available free.  


World Lung Cancer Day - 1st Aug -  PubMed results Our FB post

World Breastfeeding Week (1st-8th) 2nd Aug - PubMed results   Our FB post

National Librarians Day (India) - 12th Aug - FB Post

Eye Donation Fortnight - 25th Aug - PubMed results   Our FB post


From our Social Media Posts - Do You Know

The CASP-UK - ChecklistEveryone desires excellent health and effective healthcare. But how do healthcare providers know if the treatment they are providing is the best? A drug or intervention that was once thought of as great, has several times been found ineffective over the years. Every health care provider needs the skills to critically appraise research papers. Critical appraisal skills are needed to assess the credibility and relevance of research CASP – or Critical Appraisal Skills Program teaches these skills. A useful resource of CASP is the CASP checklist to evaluate Systematic Reviews, Randomized Controlled Trials, Cohort Studies, Case Control Studies, Economic Evaluations, Diagnostic Studies, Qualitative Studies, and Clinical Prediction Rules. Find out more at https://casp-uk.net   Our FB Post
What is a Living Systematic Review?: Information is always evolving and good research needs to be constantly mindful of new developments. A living systematic review is one that is continually updated, incorporating relevant new evidence as it becomes available. It means that the information available on the topic of review is as current as it could be, and new important information is continuously added.
Read more at https://community.cochrane.org/review-production/production-resources/living-systematic-reviews   Our FB Post

SocArXiv is a social science open archive. It offers a free, non-profit open access platform for social scientists to upload working papers, preprints, and published papers. Before they appear on SocArXiv, articles are moderated using a six-point checklist to ensure that they are scholarly, in study fields that they support, reasonably classified, properly referenced, in acceptable languages, and in text-searchable formats (such as PDF or docx). They also want that writers have the main right to distribute the articles they submit.
For more, visit https://osf.io/preprints/socarxiv/    Our FB Post

NLM Digital Collections. Because of the ease of access, digital collections of information have grown increasingly essential in today's world. The National Library of Medicine's Digital Collections is a free online collection of biological materials such as books, manuscripts, still pictures, films, and maps. Unless otherwise stated, the material in Digital Collections is freely accessible globally and in the public domain. Still pictures from the Images from the History of Medicine collection are also available in Digital Collections, including fine art, photos, engravings, and posters that depict the social and historical elements of medicine from the 15th to 21st centuries. Read more at https://collections.nlm.nih.gov/about  Our FB Post

Open Texts. Thousands of books are digitized each year by libraries across the globe. Open Texts brings some of those resources together, enabling you to search across a broad range of libraries. They currently hold items from HathiTrust, University of Oxford, The Wellcome Collection, Cambridge University Library, and more. They  offer both basic and advanced search options. Titles may be found by utilizing parameters such as title, author, date, or topic. Read more at https://opentexts.world/  Our FB Post 

The Census Library. This is a research library (of the United States) with the specific responsibility of collecting, conserving, and making available to Census Bureau workers, government agencies, and the general public information resources generated by the Census Bureau. Statistics, Survey Methodology and Sampling, Population Studies, Demography, Geography, Computer Technology, Census Histories, and International Census Data are the primary topics of the Census Bureau Library. The Library gathers more selectively info on other disciplines including Public Health, especially when this connects with the U.S. Census. Read more at https://www.census.gov/library.html   Our FB Post

From our Social Media Posts- Interesting Articles

Interesting Articles


Interesting articles that came up in our alerts this month


1. Sarkar S, Aggarwal R. Covid-19 Pandemic: A spoiler for health research. Natl Med J India. 2020 Sep-Oct;33(5):257-259. doi: 10.4103/0970-258X.317469. PMID

2. Ellingson MK, Shi X, Skydel JJ, Nyhan K, Lehman R, Ross JS, Wallach JD. Publishing at any cost: a cross-sectional study of the amount that medical researchers spend on open access publishing each year. BMJ Open. 2021 Feb 1;11(2):e047107. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2020-047107. PMID

3. Dhir SK, Gupta P. Formulation of Research Question and Composing Study Outcomes and Objectives. Indian Pediatr. 2021 Jun 15;58(6):584-588. PMID

4. Renjith V, Yesodharan R, Noronha JA, Ladd E, George A. Qualitative Methods in Health Care Research. Int J Prev Med. 2021 Feb 24;12:20. doi: 10.4103/ijpvm.IJPVM_321_19. PMID

5. Federated searches: why a one-stop shop approach to literature searching falls short for evidence synthesis. JBI Evid Synth. 2021 Jun 1;19(6):1259-1262. PMID

6. Effect of COVID-19 on oral research in Indian scenario: An observation: J Oral Maxillofac Pathol . Sep-Dec 2020;24(3):446-450. doi: 10.4103/jomfp.jomfp_480_20. Epub 2021 Jan 9. PMID

7. Maurer E, Walter N, Histing T, Anastasopoulou L, El Khassawna T, Wenzel L, Alt V, Rupp M. Awareness of predatory journals and open access publishing among orthopaedic and trauma surgeons - results from an online survey in Germany. BMC Musculoskelet Disord. 2021 Apr 17;22(1):365. doi: 10.1186/s12891-021-04223-7. PMID

8. Tripathy JP. Is publication ethics becoming a casualty of Covid-19? Indian J Med Ethics. 2021 Jan-Mar;VI(1):1-3. doi: 10.20529/IJME.2020.092. PMID


Lectures & Webinars this month

Webinars this month:

For QMedCourses registered users: Updates about the QMedCourses site offering & discussions on topics:

– 13th Aug – RMRC Bhubaneswar
– 18th Aug - AIIMS Guwahati
– 19th Aug - Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital
- 28th Aug - The Lancet Citizens' Commission


– 7th Aug – PHARMATECH – by KEM Hospital. Lecture on Literature searching & Reference management - 165 participants
– 11th Aug –  Rotaract Club of the Caduceus – a UG student group on Literature searching - 150 participants
– 14th Aug – Nair Hospital – UG workshop -Lecture on Literature searching & Reference management - 50 participants
– 20th Aug – MUHS workshop - 50 participants
– 28th Aug –  Student body of the Cardiff University, UK


QMedCourses News

New Institution:

We are pleased to announce that The Lancet Citizens' Commission, CMC Vellore has joined us for the institutional access to our courses

RMRC Bhubaneswar renews their access for a second year. They are the second institution to renew, AIIMS Bhubaneswar being the first.  

We present some current statistics about the overall progress of our courses.



Total Enrolled

Information Resources & Literature Searching (IRLS)



Introduction to Referencing (IR)



Mastering PubMed (PM)



Reference Management with Mendeley (RMM)




Testimonials for QMedCourses

Course: Information Resources & Literature Searching 
Great Course. Faculty explains everything clearly and cut to the point. Finding myself more confident to head towards my research journey. Thank you QMed. Janvi Bokoliya, UG Student, Maulana Azad Medical College

Course : Introduction to Referencing
Heartfelt thanks for a wonderful and informative course!! Meera M, Sri Manakula Vinayagar Medical College and Hospital

Course : Mastering PubMed
As a 71 year old semi retired Neurosurgeon and Telemedicine specialist, I found the course very very useful! Keep up the excellent work . Prof K. Ganapathy, Director Apollo Telemedicine Networking Foundation & Hon Distinguished Professor Tamilnadu Dr MGR Medical University 

Course : Reference Management with Mendeley
Very useful specially as it is a hands on training of Mendeley. Chandan Kumar Nath, AIIMS Guwahati


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