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USAIN Conference 2022 post-conference

Crafting and Evaluating Complex Searches for Evidence Synthesis

April 8, 2022 12:00 pm-3:30 pm EDT.  Virtual. 

Attendance is limited because of the hands-on nature of the post-conference session (28 attendees).  Conference attendees may register using the link in their conference registration confirmation email.  Cost: $40.00. 

Moderator: Leyla Cabugos, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, Agriculture and Environmental Sciences Librarian 

Carol Hollier, Senior Information Literacy and Outreach Manager, IFIS Publishing

Zahra Premji, Health Research Librarian, University of Victoria, British Columbia

Robert Taylor, Editorial Director, CABI, Oxford, UK

This hands-on workshop is designed to offer facilitated practice and peer support in crafting and evaluating complex searches. Librarian facilitators will introduce best practices and tools for comprehensive searching for evidence synthesis. Representatives from CABI and IFIS will demonstrate how to make optimal use of core agriculture information search tools for complex/comprehensive searches. Audience: Librarians who currently support or plan to support evidence synthesis in Agriculture, Animal & Food Sciences.
Learning Outcomes
By the end of the workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Understand the goals, scope, and common standards of a formal evidence synthesis, and how these relate to a robust and comprehensive search
  • Distinguish between exploratory and comprehensive searching, in terms of purpose, outputs, and how they relate to process and application of search tool functions (such as filtering).
  • Understand the process and rationale for gathering an initial set of known articles on a topic, and how these can be used at various stages of an evidence synthesis review.
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