Universitat Internacional de Catalunya

Bibliographical Research (Cross-Disciplinary. Research.)

Bibliographical Research (Cross-Disciplinary. Research.)
Main language of instruction: English

Other languages of instruction: Spanish

If the student is enrolled for the English track then classes for that subject will be taught in the same language.

Teaching staff


- Identifying a relevant topic, searching, managing and writing a final manuscript are also key factors for being succesful when conducting a research project.

- Textbooks, scientific journals, bibliographic databases, directories, search engines and other multiple information sources offer a great variety of possibilities to document itself in the initial phase of a research project.

- This subject aims to get knowledge on tehniques and information resources that lead the user to get relevant and efficient results.

Pre-course requirements

Not required


 - Acquiring searching and management skills for Selecting the most relevant scientific information in multiple information sources.

- Knowing how to select which information sources will they be more useful in accordance with the information needs.

- Designing and executing complex and advanced search strategies on different information sources.

- Managing the selected bibliography in an automated way through bibliographic management resources.

- Introducing the students to some of the basic bibliometric indicators

- Implementing automated strategies on selective diffussion information

- Transfering the acquired techniques and knowledge to the development of the final subject


  • CB6 - Students should have and understand knowledge that provides the basis for or opportunity to be original in terms of the development and application of ideas, often within a research context.
  • CB7 - Students should know how to apply the knowledge they have acquired and be able to resolve problems in new or little known environments within a broader (or multidiciplinary) context, related to their area of study.
  • CB8 - Students should be able to incorporate knowledge and tackle the complexity of making judgements based on information which, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections on the social and ethical responsibility linked to the application of their knowledge and judgement
  • CB9 - Students should know how to express their conclusions, and the knowledge and reasoning these are based on, to specialised and non-specialised audiences in a clear and unambiguous way.
  • CE1 - Students should be able to undertake a proper analysis and an extraoral diagnosis, and underline the aesthetic and functional aspects of the teeth and the soft areas of the lower part of the face as well as a analysis and clinical and lab-based diagnosis, using diagnostic and therapeutic wax models, in order to rehabilitate dental occlusion with good functional and aesthetic balance, while taking into account multidisciplinary factors related to the masticating apparatus.
  • CE10 - Students should acquire the ability to apply scientific methods, and apply the knowledge acquired to resolving problems in a scientific field. They should learn how to develop research projects both in vitro and in vivo, within the fields of mechanics, biology and microbiology applied to prosthetic and restorative dentistry and dental implants.
  • CE11 - Students should be autonomous in terms of developing and applying new technologies to aesthetic restorative dentistry and searching for new scientific information, as well as acquiring the ability to evaluate and undertake the research and development projects the industry offers in an ethical way, and manage the financial and human resources, as well as be aware of the strategic basis for the transfer of new knowledge to the industry.
  • CE2 - Students should be able to work as a clinical professional and/or researcher in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry, and act as a real specialist or expert in the material; as well as know how to diagnose, treat, prevent and research oral disorders and have updated knowledge of the diagnostic and treatment-related advances which continue to arise throughout their professional life.
  • CE4 - To acquire the ability to make oral preparations on mucosa, teeth, and dental implants, to build dental prostheses in patients with advanced oral and multidisciplinary disorders; as well as identify and undertake the procedures and various checks for the prosthetic components during construction.
  • CE5 - To be able to give public presentations on your own clinical cases based on the scientific literature, and correctly use the scientific terminology related to temporomandibular dysfunction and aesthetic restorative dentistry.
  • CE6 - To acquire the ability to make scientific informed opinions so as to choose the type of material a dental prosthesis is built of in order to fit the patient with it, as well as know how to continuously update your knowledge of the dental biomaterial used in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry, know how to manipulate it, and about its properties, indications, biocompatibilities, toxicity and environmental impact.
  • CE7 - To be able to search for, organise and analyse, from a critical point of view, and using biomedical sources of information, scientific literature on issues related to temporomandibular dysfunction and aesthetic restorative dentistry, in order to pursue continuing education in a self-directed and autonomous way.
  • CE8 - To know how to apply epistemological, ethical, legislational and humanitarian factors to research and the disclosure of scientific data in the field of aesthetic restorative dentistry.
  • CE9 - To recognise and interpret images and specialised diagnostic techniques that are significant in research, as well as know how to apply bioinformatic tools and new technologies to the fields of prosthetic and restorative dentistry and dental implants.
  • CG2 - To be autonomous in terms of obtaining a patient's anamnesis and oral explorations in patients with pathologies that might be either advanced or multidisciplinary in nature; and fill in their medical record and other clinical paperwork using scientific language and terminology that is suited to an aesthetic restorative dentistry professional.
  • CG4 - To know how to apply protocols for the use of the equipment in the dental laboratory-workshop to the point of undertaking the necessary procedures that help in oral rehabilitation or the treatments common to a restorative dentist.

Learning outcomes

- To design suitable research questions.
- To use computer & information tools for making bibliographic searches.
- To learn how to retrieve efficiently the scientific information.


Chapter 1 Health bibliographic databases & search engines

1.1 Google (advanced search)
1.2 Google Scholar
1.3 PubMed / MEDLINE
1.4 ISI Web of Knwoledge

Chapter 2 Bibliometric indicators: Impact factor of scientific journals & H index

Chapter 3 Accessing full text document. Information resources of the UIC University Library

Chapter 4 Bibliographic reference manager systems: Refworks/Mendeley

Chapter 5 Vancouver recommendations for publishing manuscripts

Teaching and learning activities

In person

Metodologia docente: CM, MC

Actividades formatives: CT (0.5 ECTS), SEM (0.5 ECTS)

Evaluation systems and criteria

In person

FINAL EXAM Bibliographic Research

Deadline: November, 15 2017

Objective of the exercise:

The objective of this exercise will consist on searching bibliographic references on the research topic you are working for this Master course in the Pubmed/Medline health database (www.pubmed.gov) and Web of Science (access through the UIC campus).

How to proceed:

1.- Begin by writing a brief abstract (three or four paragraphs) describing the topic you are studying and point out which is the research question you are trying to answer.
2.- Which concepts (key terms or keywords) do you choose to build your search?
3.- How are you going to combine the selected terms with the Boolean operators (AND, OR, NOT)?
4.- Which items of the LIMITS can be useful for you to refine your search?
5.- Select from 10 to 15 of the most relevant references retrieved in Pubmed or Web of Science databases and transfer them into your exam in Vancouver format.

Once your exercise is ready send it in a WORD format file into the e-mail address aparada@uic.es


Bibliography and resources

• Gutiérrez-Ibarluzea I, Parada Martínez A. Adquisición de Competencias para la búsqueda, recuperación y gestión de Información en Biomedicina [materiales docentes curso en línea]. Zaragoza: Instituto Aragonés de Ciencias de la Salud: 2011 www.ics-aragon.com/cursos/iacs/107/adquisicion-competencias.pdf

• Parada A. Revistas científicas. [learning materials]. www.box.net/shared/a2d41m171b

• Parada A. Recuperando información en bases de datos y repositorios especializadas. [learning materials]. www.box.com/shared/rdl3g6sem7

• Parada A. Otras fuentes de información. ¿Cuándo y para qué las necesito?. [learning materials]. www.box.com/shared/5j7r9lxhmy

• Pubmed tutorials [official Pubmed Video tutorials in English] www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/pubmed.html

• Lefebvre C, Manheimer E, Glanville J. A. Searching for Studies (Chapter 6): In Cochrane Handbook for Systematic Reviews of Interventions. Version 5.1.0. Higgins JPT, Green S, editor. 2011. (The Cochrane Collaboration). www.handbook.cochrane.org

• Appendix 2: Example search strategy to identify studies from electronic databases. In: CRD Center for Reviews and Dissemination. Systematic Reviews: CRD's guidance for undertaking systematic reviews in health care. York (United Kingdom): CRD; 2009. www.york.ac.uk/inst/crd/index_guidance.htm

• Identifying the evidence: literature searching and evidence submission (chapter 5) . In: NICE The guidelines manual. November 2012. London (United Kingdom): National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE). www.nice.org.uk/article/pmg6/chapter/5-identifying-the-evidence-literature-searching-and-evidence-submission

***Health bibliographic databases

• PubMED/MEDLINE www.pubmed.org

• ISI Web of Knowledge (access through the university campus)

• Biblioteca Cochrane www.bibliotecacochrane.com

• Google Scholar http://scholar.google.es

***Health bibliographic databases on biomedical literature in Spanish

• Índice Bibliográfico Español en Ciencias de la Salud (IBECS) http://ibecs.isciii.es

• MEDES. Medicina en Español https://medes.com

• Google Scholar http://scholar.google.es/

• LILACS (Database of Health Latinamerican journals) www.bireme.br


*** Bibliographic management software

    Refworks www.refworks.com  - Tutorial www.refworks.com/tutorial
    Mendeley www.mendeley.com  - Tutorial https://community.mendeley.com/guides
    Endnote www.endnote.com - Tutorial https://www.youtube.com/user/EndNoteTraining
    Zotero www.zotero.com https://www.zotero.org/support/screencast_tutorials

***Vancouver rules for citing bibliographic references https://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/uniform_requirements.html