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Biomedical Literature, Databases and Bibliometric Indicators

Where and how to get the scientific literature that makes the difference


4 March 2020





Biomedical Literature, Databases and Bibliometric Indicators

An accurate literature search is the starting point of:

  • A clinical research study protocol
  • A scientific publication
  • A medical device clinical evaluation
  • A congress presentation

The list is not complete, yet shows how important a training that guides you in the following steps is:

  • Appropriate design of a search strategy
  • Correct and smart use of available tools and resources
  • Step-by-step guide into how to conduct a biomedical literature search
  • Use of bibliometric indicators
  • Visualization and navigation of results and retrieval of scientific literature

It is an opportunity to understand which databases are available and to learn how to use them at their most!

How to retrieve the biomedical literature you need

  • The structure of a database: PubMed
  • A bibliographic record
  • How to design a search strategy: the PICO/PICOS model
  • (Patient/Intervention/Comparison/Outcome/Study design)
  • Identifying medical databases
  • Two databases compared, PubMed and Embase: the pros and the cons
  • Other sources of information: guidelines, international registries.

Getting into PubMed:

  • Simple or advanced searching
  • The use of ‘free-text’
  • The use of the dictionary
  • Which are the differences?

Bibliometric indicators: Impact Factor, Citation Index, H-Index

  • Scopus
  • CiteScore
  • Web of Science
  • Google Scholar 
  • Publish or Perish

Course Language
The course will be in Italian.
Vanna Pistotti
Vanna Pistotti Documentalist consultant

Vanna Pistotti is a documentalist consultant for the Systematic Review and Guidelines Production Department of Mario Negri Pharmacological Research Institute of Milan. She is also Head of the ‘documentation’ section of the Italian Cochrane Center. From 1970 to 2018 she was responsible for the Library and Documentation Center of the Mario Negri Pharmacological Research Institute. Over the years she has been a speaker at national and international conferences and has devoted herself to writing a varied series of scientific and educational publications, both in English and in Italian. Since 1999 she teaches in many continuous educational courses for health-related professionals on the use of Internet, medical websites, and databases. In addition, she is also part of the Scientific Committee of the Lombard Biomedical Library System of the Lombardy Region (SBBL)

Medical Direction, Clinical Operations; Quality Assurance; Regulatory Affairs; Clinical Affairs; Research & Development; Medical science Liaison; Medical Writers; Pharma & Biotech, CROs, Research Centres and Universities applied sciences and biotechnology faculties.

Participant experience

Good command of the Internet. English knowledge is a must.

Hands-on training. Participants are asked to bring a computer with them.

Hotel Melià
Via Masaccio 19
20149 – Milano

Melia Milano is perfectly located in the most dynamic and fastest-growing district in Milan, a short walk from CityLife, a new architectural project with a shopping centre and urban garden. The historical city centre of Milan is just 15 minutes away using the nearby subway.

  2 minutes walking from the metro station Lotto (M1 red line or M5 violet line)

  Milan Linate airport, 12 km from Hotel Melià, is the most closest airport to the city and can be easily reached by car, bus or train

  Central Station 6 km, Cadorna Station 3,5 km, Garibaldi Station 4 km

  Garage Masaccio (30 mt), Garage Lotto (350 mt), Parcheggio San Siro (300 mt)

  In addition to the hotel venue here is some recommended hotels for accommodation in the nearby:

            Hotel Oro Blu (at 230 mt)

            Hotel Portello (at 450 mt)

            Hotel Montebianco (at 270 mt)

  Ristorante Pizzeria La Primula, Via Spagnoletto, 19 (11 minutes by walking). Or, in 15 minutes by metro you can reach the historic city center (“Duomo” metro stop) with various restaurants.

Upon Arrival
At your arrival you will find our Staff at the Welcome Desk to greet and make you feel welcome and as comfortable as possible, providing direction and all information about the meeting, seating, refreshments.

Coffee breaks and lunch will provide a pleasant moment of refreshment. Special care about the food quality, in particular to your dietary needs or preferences, from menus of local products and flavors to vegetarian dishes.

Limited number of participants to encourage networking and discussion.

Training Room

All our training facilities are safe, healthy, comfortable, aesthetically-pleasing, and accessible. They are able to accommodate the specific space and equipment needs of the training program.
Depending on the seating configuration, the room may accommodate lecture-style instruction or encourage interaction in the form of roundtable discussions. Equipped for audio/visual, Free Wi-Fi to allow everyone to connect with just one click, electric sockets.

Teaching materials

All the information necessary for learning during the course is provided. It is recommended to bring your PC to take notes (even directly on the slides provided in PDF format). The environment is important to us and that's why we try to make this meeting an experience of environmental sustainability.

Fee includes
Tuition, teaching materials, lunch and coffee breaks, organizational office assistance, attendance certificate. 

The course will proceed with a minimum number of participants. Should this number not be reached the registered participants will be notified one week prior to the commencement of the course.

Certificate of attendance

Early Bird: € 790,00* (until 12 February 2020)

Ordinary: € 905,00*

Freelance - Academy - Public Administration: € 485,00*

* for Italian companies: +22% VAT

** Early Bird discount not applicable to Freelance - Academy - Public Administration fee

The fee includes: tuitions, teaching materials, lunches and coffee breaks, organizational office assistance, attendance certificate.

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Course Price

905.00 €

Early Bird

Wednesday, February 12, 2020

790.00 €

Payments accepted

  • Bank Transfer
  • Credit Card
  • PayPal

Other Details


1 day

Course Type

Limited number of partecipants

You will receive

Certificate of attendance

At the end of the training, you will be able to

  • Be able to get scientific information using different tools

  • Be able to evaluate the quality of scientific journals using bibliometric indicators

  • Evaluate the quality of publications and authors using the said indicators

Participants' Feedbacks

Perfect time for discussions, and sharing of experiences

Expert speakers on the topic

In each topic there was some relevance to my daily work

Linearity of presentations and clarity

The teacher is very competent

Comparison with problems faced in other working realities

Exemples from real life situations from the workplace were very useful.

Perfect organisation, great speakers, relevant topics

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The fee includes: tuition, teaching materials, lunches and coffee breaks, organizational office assistance, attendance certificate. Early Bird discount not applicable to Freelance – Academy – Public Administration fee.
The course will proceed with a minimum of 8 participants. Should this number not be reached the registered participants will be notified one week prior to the commencement of the course.
For further information please contact:  e-mail:  telephone: +39 (0)35.515684

The fee includes: seat at the conference, copy of presentations of Speakers who allow the distribution, informative literature for the day, networking lunch, coffee break, organisational office assistance, certificate of attendance. For further information please contact:  e-mail:  telephone: +39 (0)35.515684

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