By William F. Whimster MA, MD (Cantab), FRCP (Lond), FRCPath (auth.)
It is a different excitement to be invited to organize a quick Foreword to Biomedical study: tips on how to plan, put up and current it, through William F. Whimster. 90 years have elapsed considering T. Clifford Allbutt, the Regius Professor of Physic on the collage of Cambridge, released his c1assic paintings of 1904 Notes at the Composition of medical Papers. Small in dimension, yet deep in knowledge, it continues to be a remarkably necessary, if a little bit out of date, publication, nonetheless weIl worthy examining. because 1904, and especially within the final 25 years, there was an avalanche of books on medical kind. Medawar has aptly saw that "most scientists don't know the right way to write, insofar as variety betrays I' homme meme, they write as though they hated writing and wish ed not anything greater than to have performed with it. " Whimster's booklet has a broader goal than so much of this style. not like Allbutt, who used to be addressing by and large those that have been writing their theses to procure the MD, Whimster writes for the younger scientific scientists who're making plans and writing up an account in their study, both for pub lication in medical journals, or for presentation of the clinical fabric at conferences. Whimster, a scientist and an skilled lengthy time period technology editor, has written an up to date model of an previous and intensely profitable quantity, examine, the way to Plan, communicate and Write approximately It, edited by way of C. Hawkins and M. Sorgi.
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They define the "state-of-the-art" knowledge in any given area, point you to related projects and highlight at an early stage whether you are duplicating projects that already exist elsewhere. A weH organised literature review using all available tools at your disposal is an integral part of research methodology, and will provide the basis for your experimental work. Missing one key research paper can often devalue the impact. So where do you start? The next three chapters highlight some of the key biomedical resources, and provide a framework on which you can build your information retrieval skills.
This may retrieve useful papers that may not immediately seem relevant in terms of subject matter, but which on investigation share some fundamental point of interest, like a highly specialist laboratory technique. CD-ROM versions offer a similar "Related Records" option, which will help you locate papers which share a high proportion of identical citations. Which databases do you choose? This chapter has addressed only the key biomedical databases. There are many more bibliographic services that you may have access to.
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