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Med Ref Serv Q. 2014;33(3):241-52. doi: 10.1080/02763869.2014.925379.

The use of Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) software to create a database of librarian-mediated literature searches.

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a University of Florida Health Science Center Libraries , Gainesville , Florida , USA.

Abstract

Expert-mediated literature searching, a keystone service in biomedical librarianship, would benefit significantly from regular methodical review. This article describes the novel use of Research Electronic Data Capture (REDCap) software to create a database of literature searches conducted at a large academic health sciences library. An archive of paper search requests was entered into REDCap, and librarians now prospectively enter records for current searches. Having search data readily available allows librarians to reuse search strategies and track their workload. In aggregate, this data can help guide practice and determine priorities by identifying users' needs, tracking librarian effort, and focusing librarians' continuing education.

KEYWORDS:

Data capture; REDCap; evidence-based librarianship; expert literature searching; mediated literature searching

PMID:
25023012
PMCID:
PMC4339087
DOI:
10.1080/02763869.2014.925379
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