International Pharmaceutical
Abstracts, RPS e-PIC

IPA covers material from 1970 and includes clinical and technical drug information, pharmacy practice, pharmaceutical education, and legal aspects of pharmacy and drugs. The Royal Pharmaceutical Society’s Electronic Pharmacy Information Coverage (RPS e-PIC)databases cover all aspects of pharmacy, it’s history, practice, management and current research in the community and hospital. It also includes information on new and discontinued products. Getting started
Load an Internet browser (Internet Explorer, Enter a word or phrase into the box in the top half of the screen and click Search to find all records
Go to www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/eresources
and click on Databases. Click on the letter I
If you enter multiple search terms into the search and then International Pharmaceutical
box, which are not a phrase, you will need to Abstracts or click on the letter R and then
combine them using the words AND, OR or NOT.
Use AND between keywords to find records
You will need to use your Cardiff University Use OR to find records that contain any one or
more of your search terms. This is useful if your keywords have alternative spellings or To view all of the features in IPA or RPS e-PIC you will need to set your screen resolution to a • Use NOT to find records which include the first
term but not the second e.g. antihistamines At the Select Databases screen, click in the box next to International Pharmaceutical Abstracts To find plurals or ending variations of a search and/or RPS e-PIC, a tick will appear and then term use * e.g. pharmac* will retrieve records click Start Searching at the top right of the
containing the words pharmacy, pharmacist, Searching
To restrict your search results to records containing your keywords in the just the Title, Author or Subject fields, select the required option If you wish to find a specific article in the from the drop down menu next to the search box. database, click on the Find Citation tab. Complete any details you know and click on Search. If searching by article title you only need
Use the Index to help you identify other keywords to enter one or two keywords from the title. related to your topic. You can also combine To search generally, use Search or the Index.
keywords you find in the index and choose to view all the records which contain those words. Search history
Click on the Index tab. Enter a word into the box
To display a list of your previous searches and and click Go To Term. Click on a word if you
combine them to form a new search, select the want to view all the records containing that word. Search History tab. Click on the button to
To view records containing two or more index display the results retrieved from a previous terms, search for each term individually and click search. To combine previous searches click in in the box next to it. When you have found and the boxes to the left of the required searches, then selected all the keywords you want to combine, click on either the AND or OR buttons on the
click on Search Marked.
Printing and emailing results
In the Limit Search To: area on the right of the To print either the full list of records or those that search screen you can choose to restrict your you have marked, click on the button on the search to articles published during certain years. toolbar above your results. Choose the options you want and click Print. Then click OK. To
To restrict your search results by language, email your results click on the button, enter publication type or publication years, click on your email address and select the options you More and select the limit from the list on the left of
require. Click Send Mail.
the screen. Choose your options in the window on the right. Click OK near the top of the screen.
Saving & Importing into EndNote
To remove your limits click on Clear.
To save your results to disk, click on the Viewing your search results
button. A window entitled Save Records to Disk appears. Select the options you require and click The first ten records your search retrieves will be Save. Click Save when prompted in the File
displayed in the bottom half of the screen, to view Download window. In the Save As window that the full details of a record click on Complete
appears, give the file a name and choose to save Record. To view the next ten or previous ten
it to your h:\ or a:\. Click Save. In EndNote, open
the required library. Click on File then click on
Import. Click on Choose File, select the file for
You can also check whether the reference is in import and double-click on it. Use the next drop the Library by clicking on Check Library
Holdings which links to the Voyager Library
Pharmaceutical (SP). You may need to browse the list under Other filters the first time you do
this. Click on Import and the records will appear
You can expand or minimise this area by clicking Leaving the database
Marking records
To exit IPA, click on Logout.
Marking records allows you to select the most relevant records from within a set of results and view, save, print or email them later. Click in the For further information or assistance contact the box next to the record you want to mark. To To display only your marked records, select Also available in alternative formats. Marked Results from the Show: drop down menu

Source: http://www.cardiff.ac.uk/insrv/resources/guides/database/but025.pdf


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