Resources for You – A Library of resources in www.qmedcourses.in
QMed has compiled a set of resources (currently over 90 records) which are useful for
- Searching – Includes several indexes, tutorials, and other databases
- Writing / Reporting of Research – Tutorials, Organizations, Guidelines
- Extra Reading – Rich library of articles and abstracts on various aspects of research
- Research – Generic – Platforms, Consortia, Organizations, Tutorials
These are accessible for those who are fully enrolled for all our online courses. (Not for those who are only registered for the free courses)
We share a small sample of our resources page here.
Resources useful for Searching
A guide to finding full text articles: This is a short tutorial by QMed. A common grief around article retrieval goes, “I cannot find the full-text pdfs!” We go online, we search resources, and we see that they are not free for download. But, there are actually a number of legal ways to obtain full-text articles. A number of items not marked free may be actually available free? And articles that you find through other methods, are also available free in sources other than the journal websites? This guide will help you understand how to access these articles.
LILACS: LILACS is a comprehensive index of Latin American and Caribbean scientific and technical literature. More than 600 Latin American and Caribbean medical journals are indexed in this database. LILACS has multiple language interfaces, along with their original content. For the last 32 years, the index has worked to increase public awareness, availability, and quality of health information. It covers important topics, such as public health, homoeopathy, health surveillance, and science and health. The WHO Global Index Medicus supplements MEDLINE/PubMed. Look it up today to learn more!
Resources useful for Writing & Reporting
Finding and using health statistics – This is a basic Health Statistics tutorial from the National Library of Medicine in the US. Understand how to use health statistics and learn how to interpret them. Study the commonly used statistical terms to better understand health statistics. Explore health data collection techniques, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of each. Look into online health statistics and record different methods for finding health data.
PRISMA S: A specific tool used by Systematic Review Authors – Systematic reviews and similar review forms are based on literature searches. Despite this, literature searching often goes unmentioned in various forms of systematic reviews. We are often not given sufficient guidance on how to disclose research methods and sources in a straightforward, repeatable manner. This article documents literature search methods and tactics with a 16-item checklist. It is equipped with examples, definitions, and references.
Resources – Extra Reading
We have a compilation of topics, for which we have links to articles in PubMed. We’ve added three hyperlinks to each topic, each of which retrieves PubMed results based on the search strategies we used. The first searches for resources related to Indian research. The second retrieves free articles, while the third locates non-free but still important articles.
Here are some sample topics:
Medical writing techniques help in creating well-structured scientific documents that include clinical research documents, content for healthcare websites, and journals. This section will retrieve articles about the importance of medical/ scientific writing and communications, and topics like difficulties in writing, guidelines, authorship and more
This section is helpful for individuals who want to do systematic reviews or learn more about them. You may find articles about quality assessment tools, reporting of systematic reviews, tools to automate processes and more.
Plan S is an initiative for Open Access publishing. It requires that scientific publications which are the result of public grants-funded research shall be published only if they agree with the rules of Open Access journals or platforms. This includes encouraging subscription publishers to transform into open access platforms via “transformative agreements”. This will make the published journals “transformative”. A Transformative Journal (TJ) is a subscription/hybrid journal dedicated to becoming a fully open access journal in the near future. As an additional requirement, a Transformative Journal must give authors the chance to publish the original research in open access format, which will make the research available to all. At a time when good research is essential for health professionals to practice evidence based medicine, these journals could be of great help by providing open access content to quality research material.
Remote Xs: RemoteXs assists academic and research institutions in maximising the use of valuable eResources. Libraries in Institutions subscribe to several expensive resources for their users. These could be books, journals, databases, softwares and more. The resources are often from different vendors. Most of these require individuals to login. And the chances of these being misused or hacked are real. It is easy for all, if access were available through a single login by a user through the institution. RemoteXs (pronounced as Remote Access) is one such solution provided by an Indian company. People login to their library and through this, get access to all subscribed resources.
Page last checked / updated: 20-Mar-2023