Building, Limiting and Saving a PubMed ® Search for Osteoporosis Research

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This tutorial explains how to use MeSH terms and PubMed's Search Builder, Filters, and Clipboard to construct and save osteoporosis research.

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Building, Limiting and Saving a PubMed ® Search for Osteoporosis Research

  1. 1. Building, Limiting and Saving a PubMed® Search for Osteoporosis Research Kathleen McKim LS5473-Texas Woman’s University Summer 2012
  2. 2. View the Tutorialhttp://screencast.com/t/mmtQzjBg34
  3. 3. Step #1• Identify key concepts based on the natural language query.• Example: What is the latest, most reliable data regarding the efficiency of various methods to prevent postmenopausal osteoporosis?• KEY CONCEPTS – Osteoporosis – Postmenopausal – Prevention – Evidence-based
  4. 4. Step #2• Go to www.pubmed.gov to convert key concepts into appropriate MeSH terms using the MeSH database.• Example: osteoporosis• MeSH Terms – Osteoporosis – Osteoporosis, postmenopausal • Subheading: prevention and control
  5. 5. Once you have located your MeSH term, you can chose asubheading and add it to the search builder on the left. You cancombine as many related MeSH headings as you like.
  6. 6. Step #3• After you have built your search, click “Search PubMed.” If you have chosen appropriate MeSH terms, you will have good results.• If you find too many results, use the Search Filters on the right side of the screen to limit your results.
  7. 7. Step #4• Select the articles you are interested in, and send them to the clipboard for later viewing.
  8. 8. For More Information• View the tutorial “Branching Out: the MeSH Vocabulary,” available online from the US National Library of Medicine (NLM)• http://www.nlm.nih.gov/bsd/disted/video/• For questions, comments or additional help, please contact Kathleen at mckim@twu.edu

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