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Monday, July 30, 2012

Online Journal Articles and Social Media


The academic study of Health Informatics requires a lot of researching of journal articles, mostly online versions through a university electronic subscription. The work of librarians is constantly changing because of digital technology, and journal articles are framed in the context of relevance, statistics, interrelationship.  Of course, one needs to know how to read a journal article, and in my courses at McMaster, we learned how to read journal articles along the principles of evidence based medicine.  Evidence based medicine was started at McMaster, and one of my tutorial leaders, Dr. Brian Haynes, was one of the original founders of this approach.

But if you look at the journal article link above "Emerging Patient-Driven Health Care Models: An Examination of Health Social Networks, Consumer Personalized Medicine and Quantified Self-Tracking", there are many ways to make the data in the article organizable, searchable, and ultimately understandable.  One of those is the link to Connotea, which  reminded me that I setup a Connotea account but haven't used it in several years.  There are so many ways to slice and dice a journal article as a research object, which is why it makes sense to approach research looking for the "nano-slice of the pie of science".

My favourite way of organizing journal articles was through Refworks.  There are three main reasons way Refworks really rocks:
1) you can search the Pubmed or other library catalogues and import articles quickly
2) you can create footnotes and references exported into Word documents easily
3) you can share, add, edit and delete your references with others on the academic team