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BME Seminar Series: Stephanie J. Schulte, The Ohio State University

Associate Professor; Head, Research and Education Services, Health Sciences Library
Tuesday, January 16, 2018, 10:00 am to 11:00 am
245 Bevis Hall
1080 Carmack Road
Columbus, OH 43210


"Effective and Efficient Searching and Management of Results in Major Biomedical Databases"

Biomedical information is being produced at a rate that most of us cannot humanly keep up with unless we use efficient search and retrieval methods. This seminar will provide a foundational look at the primary databases used for biomedical research and the best approach for searching various topics and staying current once you develop effective searches. You are encouraged to bring along a device if you’d like to try out techniques during the seminar.

At the end of the seminar, attendees should be able to

  • Identify primary biomedical databases, including PubMed (Medline), Embase, and at least one interdisciplinary database (Scopus, Web of Science, Google Scholar) and also describe the strengths and general coverage of each database.
  • Utilize special features such as controlled vocabulary (Mesh, Emtree) to harvest terminology on a topic in order to develop comprehensive searches.
  • Construct appropriate search strategies with Boolean operators.
  • Create saved searches and alerts via My NCBI in Pubmed, Embase, and Scopus.



Stephanie Schulte, MLIS, is an Associate Professor, and Head, Research and Education Services, at the OSU Health Sciences Library. At OSU since late 2008, she teaches within the Evidence Based Inquiry and Research thread in the medical school curriculum and is the lead instructor for Mastering the Biomedical Literature I, a required course in the undergraduate Biomedical Science degree program. Schulte has expertise in evidence based practice, information literacy, systematic reviews, and research impact metrics, and her research work spans these areas. She was a 2016 National Library of Medicine/Association of Academic Health Sciences Libraries Leadership Fellow. Prior to beginning work as an academic librarian in 2006, she spent a decade in the laboratory at Proctor and Gamble, conducting core laundry technology research and Springborn Laboratories (now Charles River – Ohio), participating in a variety of aspects of preclinical toxicology research including clinical pathology, quality assurance, and technical writing. She is currently a Faculty Senator, and is serving on the Faculty Compensation and Benefits and Health Plan Oversight Committees, and an active member of the Medical Library Association and the Midwest Chapter of MLA. She is a proud mom to three daughters, two in college (chemical engineering and math/stats majors, respectively) and one in high school, a wife to an experienced mechanical engineer, a trumpet player in the Delaware Community Concert Band, and enjoys running, sewing, and following drum corps and winterguard competitions. Stephanie received her BS in biology/minor in chemistry from Morehead State University in 1992, and her Master of Library and Information Science from Kent State University in 2005.