1. Literature searching in medicine

Many thanks for taking the time to fill in this survey. One lucky participant will win a bottle of Veuve Clicquot NV, or cheque of equal value (whichever they prefer, and I'm happy to bank transfer for any international participants). If there are a lot of responses I'll try my best to add in a couple more prizes.

* 1. What is your email address? (So you can be contacted if you win the prize)

* 2. Which one of the following best describes you?

* 3. If you are a medical student, which year are you in?

* 4. If you are a speciality doctor, which field do you work in?

* 5. Which country do you work/study in?

* 6. Have you ever had formal teaching on literature searching?

* 7. Do you think you would benefit from extra teaching on literature searching?

* 8. Are you aware of the term 'impact factor' regarding journals and its meaning?

* 9. When asking a clinical question, I am most likely to...

* 10. Have you ever performed a literature search? If you answer 'no', you can skip the rest of the quiz and 'submit'.

* 11. Approximately how often do you perform literature searches?

* 12. For which reason(s) have you performed literature searches?

* 13. Regarding the following search engines, which have you heard of, used, or use regularly for medical literature searches?

  Not heard of Heard of Used Use regularly
Simple search engine (Google, Bing, etc.)
Google scholar
PubMed (MEDLINE)
EMBASE
TRIP database

* 14. Are you aware of MeSH indexing?

* 15. If you were investigating the evidence for using crystalloids versus colloids in fluid resuscitation in hypovolaemic shock, which of the following would best describe your usual search string, typed into your favourite search engine?

* 16. Have you ever submitted a paper (that is written a paper and chosen a journal, rather than being a co-author)? If you answer 'no', you can skip the rest of the quiz and 'submit'.

* 17. If you have submitted to a journal in the past, how much do the following matter to you when submitting a journal?

  Not at all Not much Quite a lot It's a major factor
Journal's impact factor
Inclusion in PubMed/MEDLINE
Inclusion in EMBASE
Paper or electronic-only publishing
Cost
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