Pub Med Apr 2009

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Pub Med Apr 2009

  1. 1. PubMed: an introduction Louise Simon Wellcome Library
  2. 2. What we’ll be covering <ul><li>What is PubMed? </li></ul><ul><li>Why is it useful? </li></ul><ul><li>Simple searching </li></ul><ul><li>Saving, emailing or printing results </li></ul><ul><li>Other features </li></ul><ul><li>Searching using Medical Subject Headings (MeSH) </li></ul><ul><li>PubMed Central </li></ul>
  3. 3. Practical exercise 1 <ul><li>Use PubMed to carry out a search on: </li></ul><ul><li>Food advertising on TV aimed at children </li></ul><ul><li>or </li></ul><ul><li>Articles on the history of plastic surgery </li></ul>
  4. 4. Tips for refining your search <ul><li>AND - retrieves articles that contain all the words you specify </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. coffee AND health </li></ul></ul><ul><li>OR – retrieves articles that contain any of the words you specify </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. coffee OR caffeine </li></ul></ul><ul><li>NOT – excludes the word(s) you specify (use with caution) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. coffee NOT tea </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Combine using parentheses </li></ul><ul><ul><li>E.g . coffee AND (health OR benefits) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Phrase-searching </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. avian influenza </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Truncation ( * ) – use after the stem of a word to retrieve all words with this stem </li></ul><ul><ul><li>e.g. ethic* (retrieves ethic, ethics, ethical etc.) </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Other search features <ul><li>Searching for authors </li></ul><ul><li>Searching for journals </li></ul><ul><li>Combining searches </li></ul>
  6. 6. Printing, emailing, saving <ul><li>Printing, emailing, saving </li></ul><ul><li>Clipboard </li></ul>
  7. 7. Practical exercise 2 <ul><li>Find articles on food advertising on television aimed at children by the author LM Powell </li></ul><ul><li>Or </li></ul><ul><li>Find articles on the history plastic surgery in the journal “Annals of Plastic Surgery” </li></ul>
  8. 8. Using Medical Subject Headings <ul><li>A controlled vocabulary used to describe the content of articles </li></ul><ul><li>Arranged hierarchically from broad to narrow </li></ul><ul><li>Why should you use them? </li></ul><ul><li>Overcomes deficiencies of keyword searching </li></ul><ul><li>Enables a more focused, precise search </li></ul>
  9. 9. Other features <ul><li>My NCBI </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Save searches </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Build ‘collections’ </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Set up alerts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Single citation matcher </li></ul>
  10. 10. Summary <ul><li>Plan your search before you begin </li></ul><ul><li>Use “operators” to refine your search </li></ul><ul><li>Set limits to your search (e.g. date, language) </li></ul><ul><li>Use MeSH headings for precision and focus </li></ul><ul><li>Make use of alerts and saving searches </li></ul>
  11. 11. Wellcome Library [email_address] 020-7611-8722

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