Table 1

Information accessing and formatting features and examples of each reviewed with informants

Information Accessing or Formatting Features

Website Examples of Specific Features Reviewed with Informants


Keywords for searching published literature for articles of interest

PubMed [23]

Pre-formulated search or screening filters

Partners in Information Access for the Public Health Workforce [42]

PubMed Clinical Queries [41]

Automatic notification (alert systems and topical listservs)

AJPH Online Subscriber Help & Services[50]

SafetyLit [51]

TB-UpDate from the CDC [60]

Abstracts, summaries and expert commentaries

Journal Watch [49]

Evidence-based Healthcare and Public Health [52]

Systematic reviews

Cochrane Systematic Reviews [46]

Evidence-based guidelines

Guide to Community Preventive Services [24]

Comprehensive knowledge collection

CDC website [53], UpToDate [47]

Within article indexing

UpToDate [47]

Archiving of information sought

SafetyLit [51]


LaPelle et al. BMC Public Health 2006 6:89   doi:10.1186/1471-2458-6-89

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