[PW] Importance of good research - cautionary tales?

Charles Early charles.early at gmail.com
Wed Jul 18 08:27:07 PDT 2018


This is the case you were thinking of:
http://newsbreaks.infotoday.com/NewsBreaks/Johns-Hopkins-Tragedy-Could-Librarians-Have-Prevented-a-Death-17534.asp


On Wed, Jul 18, 2018 at 5:55 AM Caroline Barratt <caroline.cason at gmail.com>
wrote:

> Hello everyone,
>
> I am trying to compile some real-life “cautionary tales” about why doing a
> thorough literature review is so important to good research. The main point
> I'm trying to make is that if your literature review is rushed and
> incomplete, you could face some serious consequences in terms of research
> design, conclusions, knowing if you are making a new discovery, etc. I am
> hoping you might have some good real-life examples you use in your classes
> or remember from library lore that you could share with me.
>
> One I remember (but cannot find again) was about a study that only used
> online indexes for their literature review and didn't use the print at all.
> Because this gave them an incomplete date range, they missed a study that
> would have led them to avoid a drug interaction that ended up killing or
> injuring someone. Maybe this was apocryphal? I know it sounds a bit
> extreme! Does anyone remember this one?
>
> If you have some examples you could share I would really appreciate your
> ideas and expertise.
>
> Thank you!
> Caroline
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